How to host your own art workshop-Art Made Easy 018

How to Host Your Own Art Workshop – Art Made Easy 018



How to host your own art workshop-Art Made Easy 018

Do peers ever ask you to share your teaching secrets?  Do you specialize in an area of art-making? Does generating extra income sound appealing?

If there is a yes in there somewhere, this episode is for you.

In this episode, I unpack how I developed and executed my successful Art Workshop. I break down the process from the idea to how to book a facility to structuring the projects plus much more. This process may sound scary or unrealistic to some of you. You maybe asking why anyone would attend your workshop, let alone pay for one. But they will. You can put on a small event with 10 teachers or a large one with 50!

This show is for anyone who has a desire to share their art experience through a workshop and earn extra income in the process.




Here are some common questions you may ask yourself as you think about whether you should host your own workshop:

How many people should I have and where will I host it?

Workshops can be as small as just a few people or as large as a couple of hundred—or more.

– Less than 10 people allows you to host the workshop in your home.

-10-25 means you’ll need a larger room like a neighborhood club house or classroom at school

– 25-75 means you’ll need to rent a space in a school, community center, etc.

– Larger than that and you’ll need to look for facilities that specialize in events for larger groups. Popular choices are hotels and colleges and universities.

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What qualifications do I need to have?

You may wonder what qualifications you need to host your own workshop especially if you are charging a fee. As far as I am concerned, you don’t need any special qualification to teach what you know. Other than being good at what you do, people will either pay you for your skills or not.

What should I teach?

This is entirely up to you. Sometimes you don’t know what you are really good at until someone points it out. I never considered myself a great art teacher until my art teacher friends started asking me more and more questions. They wanted to know how I did things. And they were willing to pay for my expertise.

That gave me the confidence to run a business.

To help determine what to teach, write down a list of questions or statements people often ask you. If you have a blog, look through your comments to see what questions pop up the most. Or what style of art projects get commented on more than others. These are good indications where people resonate with you.

How do people to register?

It goes without saying that if you do not already have a following, it might be hard to get 200 people to a workshop, but 10-25 is very doable. You can send emails to teachers in your areas. You can ask your friends to spread the word.

You can use social media like Facebook to announce your workshop and invite people to email you for more information.

What should I charge?

As teachers we often expect our peers to share for free. That’s a fact. In fact, it wasn’t long ago that teachers chastised other teachers for trying to earn extra money on Teachers Pay Teachers. The truth is, I love to share. And I love when others share, but there are some efforts that are valuable to others and payment is necessary.

In the case of a workshop, there will be fees involved. You must cover these fees plus pay yourself for not just your effort, but you expertise. Charging between $25 and $150 a day for a session is normal.

What do you think?

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  • yetunguez@gmail.com

    I have requested the download about 4 times but nothing happens. I have tried using a different address. Could you please send to me? Thanks!

    • Patty Palmer

      Sent you an email.

    • Parisa.st

      It is that same for me

  • Tara

    Evening, Patty!
    I have tried multiple times to download the guide on how to host your own art workshop. Can you email it to me?

  • Patty Palmer

    I am SO So Sorry! This is totally my fault. I forgot to add the correct link to the download tab. You can go ahead and download now. Thanks for listening!

    • Edna Hemming

      I would appreciate if you could send me the link to the download tabs. As l am very interested in doing art work shops.

      • Bethany

        Hi Edna! I just tested the download link and all seems to be fine on my end. Are you clicking the box that “Click to Download”? When I tested the link, I added my name and email and received the email shortly after. I know the Chrome and Safari browser both work well so try one of those if needed. And be sure to check your spam folder in case our email ended up there! Enjoy

  • Amber Kane

    Really enjoying listening to your podcast. And this one is making me want to try out hosting a mini workshop at my home studio!

    • patty.palmer@deepspacesparkle.com

      Definitely do it! So much fun and a great source of income. Good luck!

  • Ruth Post

    You are so generous to share all your teacher tips with fellow art teachers like myself.
    Keep doing what you do 🙂 You are “top notch”!

  • Solmaz

    Hi dear friend, would you mind sending me the pdf you mentioned in your website about art workshop?
    Thank you so much

    • Patty

      Yes. Just scroll down the page and click the yellow box that says, download guide. Enjoy!

  • Leo Kahl

    Hi Patty, I’d love to read your workshop PDF but it will not download.? Could you email to me?


    • Patty

      Just enter your name and email in the form after you click the image. The PDF will be emailed to you. If you are having any trouble, just contact support@deepspacesparkle.com and they’ll walk you through the process. 🙂

  • Shruthi Sathyan

    Really helpful ❤️

  • Josephine Felton

    Hello, I have been skeptical and lost about starting a painting business. However, I am intrigued by what you presented so far. I tried to download the guide but nothing happens. Would you be able to send it to me? I look forward to any new information you can provide.

    • Bethany

      Hi Josephine! To learn more about starting your own art business you should add your name to our Primerry Pro newsletter list. Primerry Pro is a membership for art entrepreneurs that can help you get started and grow your art business. You missed the chance to join earlier this year and you want to be emailed a reminder when we open again, or if you are curious how teaching art for income can change your life, add your name to our notification list. https://join.primerrypro.com/join-the-waitlist/

      We would love to support you on your journey as a creative business owner. Please email us at support@primerrypro.com with any questions.

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