Greetings Art Educators,
Kathleen (on Art Education list) brought up the question of "how long do
your lessons take?".....
This idea for a discussion popped into my head. We all know that making good
art takes time...there is research time - think time - planning time - then
all the art making time - then the presentation/matting/framing/mounting
time.... What are you doing to get students to value the time it takes to
make art? We all learned a lot about that when we went to college...but what
percentage of students go to college and major in art?
When I was in college, a grad student wanted to purchase a fibers mask I
made... It wasn't for sale, but I was curious. I asked my prof what she
thought I should sell it for....Her reply to me was "double the cost of
materials".... Well...That certainly put a damper on my desire to ever try
to sell art....The mask is up in my attic now (and quite dusty) so maybe I
should have sold it? (I did have it displayed in my living room for a number
of years, though - way back in the 70s). I did sell a number of sculptures
while in college (I got way more than double my materials - but certainly
not a lot for my time).
What are some of your clever ways to get students to value the artist's
time? How are you creating buyers of art? In my World of Art class at
Bluffton College (for Masters in Education program), the prof asked if any
of us had original art in our homes...Very few raised their hands. Of
course - the three art teachers did. I was the only one who had fine art
original prints, though. He gave all of us our choice of his linoleum
prints! So hopefully everyone in the class now has a fine art original print
hanging in their home.
My girlfriend moans that kids working at MacDonald's make more money than
she does... Her watercolors are gorgeous - beautifully matted and
framed...She has tried to price them with a reasonable value for her time
but the work is not selling.
Yes - I would like to put these ideas on a page on IAD...so if you post and
I can not use your words of wisdom please indicate that. I will share my
ideas, too. All kids can become ART BUYERS ....not all need to become art
How much did it cost you per hour the last time you called a plumber? What
about your car mechanic?
Many have said I should make my little dollies for sale. Forget it! There
isn't anyone who is willing to pay for my time around here. How much would
you pay for one? $15.00? $20.00? $25.00 tops? I will keep them myself.
Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department (IAD)
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