Making myself my own job...
October 24, 2012 11:56 AM Subscribe
I've sent so many resumes out by this time that the word resume has lost all meaning, and cover letter makes me sigh. Aggressive job hunting since July has turned up bupkiss.
I need money. I really do. Social services gives me enough to not starve and that's about it. Not being able to do much other than go to my job experience job and to the grocery store is sucking the life out of me. So I sat down and tried to come up with a way that I could make money and still look at myself in the mirror.
I want to do a Mixed-Media Art Workshop aimed at the art-curious, beginners, just liked art class in high school, and people looking to kill an hour without it being a dating set up.
This is what is needed:
1. Cheap or free space to hold the class.
2. Materials list (I've made a three tiered one)
3. hour long lesson plan
4. Clean up supplies
The first thing I'm still brainstorming. Someone suggested the meeting room at the local library, but I think there's a fee if you charge for the class, and I'm not sure how they'd feel about mess. Someone else suggested an American Legion Hall, but those places make my skin crawl for very personal reasons. If you have any suggestions or ideas, put them out. The cheaper the better.
My materials list is three tiered. Basic is one the students come to the workshop with: Sketchpad, canvas, loose art paper, or chipboard. Up to the person. But I will stress sketchpad because it's easy, cheap, and very portable. Pencils: 4H, 4B, and a regular no. 2. You can get them all at Michaels, A.C. Moore, and the art section in Walmart. Pen. Just one. Something that marks permanent. Small watercolor set/watercolor crayons or wc pencils, and Crayola is FINE. One paint brush for now.
The second kit is the basic kit plus Scissors, things to stamp with (actual stamps or things like bubble wrap and coffee cup sleeves, and some decorative papers. I can bring newspapers and old phone books to rip up, but any other papers should be something they picked out. I can also supply various special cut edge scissors. I can give people glue sticks.
The last kit is the basic and second kit plus cheap acrylics, gel medium, glaze, and gesso.
Everyone needs a basic kit at first. Then they can add as they go or feel comfortable. And if they want to just stay at watercolors and collage, that's fine.
I have some lessons in mind, but I need to sit down and time it out in my head. I figure it's an hour class, but the time will be an hour and a half. This way there's a 15 set up and clean up built into the ends. Then the class would be a solid twenty minutes of talking and demonstrating, fifteen or twenty minutes of walking around and guiding, and then the rest would be independent work and class sharing.
If I provided a place, the lesson, some materials and the list to build your own art kit, and the clean up supplies, then how much would something like that be worth? Keep in mind that I'm a self-taught hobby artist and can't claim to be educated at some expensive art school.
Any suggestions, corrections, ideas or what-have-you to add would be welcome.
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