Education Seminars & Workshops

Our goal at the Artists’ Network is to provide tools and opportunities for artists to use to continue to build their art practice. In order to provide access to artists across Canada, we are continuing to deliver these sessions via Zoom.

Our monthly Education sessions via Zoom are FREE to members and only $25 for non-members to attend.

What do you think? We want your opinion!

UPCOMING

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RECURRING EVENT – Figure Drawing in the Gallery

Starting Sep 2023, then recurring every third Tuesday night of the month, unless otherwise noted.

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

For beginners or experts, take the opportunity to draw a live model at the gallery. Different form a pure figure drawing session, Steven Lewis will be on hand to provide guidance, critique and direction …if desired.
More important materials & session information in the link.

PAST

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Nov 15, 2023

What are Traditional Galleries Looking for and how can you get Representation?

Panelists: Andrea Jackman, Jelena Jankovik

Moderator: Kate Taylor

Although there are more options than ever to sell your work, many buyers still prefer to see art in person through a traditional gallery. The global art market is up but traditional galleries still sell more art/year so….how do you get representation? Join us as e chat to gallery owners about whet they are looking for and how you an improve your chances of being noticed. (P.S. – it is NOT by showing up unannounced at the gallery.)
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Oct 18, 2023

Online Galleries – how do they work and are they right for you?

Panelists: Julia Hacker, UGallery, Curator on the Go

The value of online art transactions totals around 11 billion U.S. dollars/year. How can you get into the action? What is the best way to determine if an online gallery is a good option for your business? Join us as we chat with artists and online galleries about this growing trend. See Part II – Getting Gallery Representation – next month.
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Sept 27, 2023

I Need Help! How Coaching can help you elevate your art practice

Panelist: Alissa Sexton

Moderator: Kate Taylor

We all get stuck sometimes and working with a coach can be the difference between slogging through the challenges or getting help to find your path. One of the critical pieces is finding a coach that you connect with and who understand your business. Join us to hear how you can work with a coach and drive your art and your business forward as well as 2 artists who have used coaching to elevate their practice.
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You hear it all the time – not to rely on social media alone to connect with art buyers. People who sign up to receive your newsletters are GOLD – they have chosen to hear from you so….how do you nurture and build those relationships to grow your business?
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July 19, 2023

AI IN THE ART WORLD – what does it mean to you?

Panelists: James Fowler, Mark Gleberzon

Artificial Intelligence has been making waves in various industries, and now it’s making its mark in the creative realm. But what does this mean for artists? Can technology truly replicate the creative process? Mark Gleberzon and James Fowler will shed light on how AI is shaping the art world and how artists can navigate this new landscape.
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JUNE 21, 2023

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Understanding Copyright

Speaker: Paul Sanderson, Barrister and Solicitor, Owner Sanderson Entertainment Law

As artists show more work digitally, the challenge of protecting your rights becomes more complicated. Who owns the rights? What rights does the new owner have to the work? Is there a time limit on copyright laws? Can you print copies of a sold work? Join us to find the answers to these and more questions….

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MAY 24, 2023

EVERY WORD COUNTS: How to write a convincing artist statement

Speaker: David McClyment,

For most visual artists, writing their artist statement ranks right up there with going to the dentist (apologies, to all you dental workers, but its true!). As visual people we all believe that our work speaks for itself. But in the competitive world of money and exposure visuals are simply not enough. EVERY opportunity – especially those with juries or selection committees – will require an artist statement …

APRIL 8, 2023

HUMANTIME: Your Part in the Really Big Picture (PART II)

Speaker: Martha Johnson

Continuing on from Martha’s previous seminar HUMANTIME– A REALLY BIG PICTURE ABOUT ART, this session. Artists will be chosen to submit work for critique and discussion as to their connection to a greater lineage. Conversation and themes discussed finding placement in the Contemporary art world. Martha’s version of critique is positive, layered, insightful and thorough. It is meant to inspire action, assist in completion of a work if required and importantly suggest when to stop.

MARCH 29, 2023

HUMANTIME: A Really Big Picture about Art (PART I)

Speaker: Martha Johnson

Martha Johnson has developed a series of “Big Concept” lectures that navigate human history and the narrative of making art. She speaks to artists that may not have had the opportunity to study visual art directly and are looking to establish depth in practice as well as finding their niche.

FEBRUARY 8, 2023

Photographing Your Art

Speaker: David McClyment

Moderator: Nikkole LeBrun

GOOD ENOUGH IS NOTHow to photograph your artwork so that people pay attention. Whether we like it or not, EVERY opportunity in the art world – exhibitions, competitions, commissions, and frequently sales – is dependent on your ability to photograph your artwork in a compelling way. 

JANUARY 26, 2023

How to Create a Strong Submission

Speakers: Angela Lane & Kate Taylor

This is the time of the year when artists start to think about submitting to outdoor fairs or art shows. Too often we see artists rejected not because of their work but because their submission is not strong. Join us as we share a few insights to ensure you always put your best foot forward!

DECEMBER 7, 2022

Helping your Clients Build and Hang their Art Collection

Panelist(s):Jodi Wheeler, Tamara Robbin Griffith

Whether you are a collector or an artist who hangs their art for a client, the placement of the art is critical to the overall look of a space. Join our panel of interior designers and professional installers for tips and tricks to get it just right, how to give suggestions and encourage clients to build a diverse collection of art. Overcoming barriers – hanging heavy or large art.

NOVEMBER 16, 2022

Creating Alternative Revenue Streams

Speakers: Diane Montreuil, Elizabeth Sutton & Julia Veenstra
Moderator:    Kate Taylor

Selling prints or functional merchandise is a great way for artists to supplement their income. Having multiple revenue streams allows artists to leverage an online store and to weather the economic ups and downs, ensuring you have items to sell when higher priced original art may be more challenging. Join us as the panel discussed multiple options and why they chose to sell items in addition to their original work.

OCTOBER 26, 2022

Selling your Art without Selling out!

Speakers: Jessica Lin (Residency: Toronto, Portugal, Paris), Vicki Carruthers (Residency: France) and Cherie Harte (Residency: Toronto)
Moderator:    Laraine

So, you got accepted into a show….now what? Learning how to connect to potential buyers is critical but does not come easily to many artists. If you struggle to ‘sell’ your work, we invite you to learn from our panel of artists who will share tips to talk about your work in an authentic way….and make the sale…both in-person and online!

SEPTEMBER 21, 2022

 Using Artist Residencies to Grow your Art

Speakers: Jessica Lin (Residency: Toronto, Portugal, Paris), Vicki Carruthers (Residency: France) and Cherie Harte (Residency: Toronto)
Moderator:    Laraine

Residencies allow artists to commit 100% of their time to developing a new body of work or to explore a new direction. This focused time and energy can reinvigorate your practice. Join our panel as they share their residency experiences.

AUGUST  3, 2022

Embracing Traditional Learning Through Art

Speaker: Josy Thomas

Josy Thomas learned early on the power and importance of the Longhouse Teachings. His grandfather, Jacob Thomas, started his training at age 6 until he passed away when Josy was 17. Join us to learn how Josy used his traditional teachings to create meaningful art.

JUNE 28, 2022
BUILDING YOUR BRAND with Benny Bing

Speaker: Benny Bing

Join us in a session with Toronto based artist Benny Bing as we discuss the benefits of branding and what it takes to build a successful brand. Get the recognition you and your art deserve!

MAY 11, 2022: Success Strategies for Outdoor Art Shows

Panelist: Jamie MacLean, Kate Taylor, Marjolyn van der Hart, Nancy Bennet & Moderator: Angela Lane

Artists well experienced with outdoor art shows, will share their knowledge on how to create a booth that draws in buyers. Then we’ll hear their tips about  how to sell to the general public. The seminar will also include an opportunity to chat with the artists and share ideas.

 

April 13, 2022: Visual Arts Grants: The Essentials

Speakers: Sean Devine, Michael Peterson

Learn how to put together a grant application for the Canada Council for the Arts.
Sean Devine and Michael Peterson,  Program Officers from the Canada Council’s Explore and Create program will walk you through: how to create an artist profile on the Council’s portal, what types of grants are available, what to expect through the application process, and strategies for successful submissions.

We will also speak with Artists’ Network members who have received grants and to hear about their experiences with the process, the benefits and the experience overall.

 

February 23, 2022: Taking Your Career to the Next Level

Speakers: Angela Lane, Celine Gabrielle, Kari Serrao LEARN MORE

Hear about the experiences of three artists and get inspired to take the next bold step, understand the need to take some risks and to step outside of your comfort zone and gain practical information about how to make it happen.  Join us to hear from three artists who have taken different paths through social media, outdoor art fairs, gallery shows and social events.

 

February 23, 2022  –  The Gallerists Seminar

Speakers: Joan Spence, Spence Gallery; Phil Emond, Gordon Harrison Gallery; John Gagné, Gagné Contemporary

We’ve all walked past the window of a well-known gallery and pictured our art in its window. Join the Artists’ Network for an evening with a special panel of three well-known gallerists who will share their secrets on how to make that dream a reality.

 

January 19, 2022 (online) – Getting Your Art Show Submission Right

Speakers: Angela Lane, Professional Artist, Director ArtWalks, Artists’ Network and Kate Taylor, Professional Artist, Chair of Artists’ Network

 

November 17, 2021 (online) – From Frazzled to Focused: Digital Tools to Organize the Business Side of Art

Speaker: Justin Anthony, Artwork Archive

 

November 3, 2021 (online)  – Photographing Your Artwork

Speaker: David McClyment

 

October 20, 2021 (online)  – Getting Your Paid Ad Strategy Working

Speaker:  Marjolyn van der Hart

 

October 13, 2021 (online) – Growing Your Social Media

Speaker:  Marjolyn van der Hart

 

September 15, 2021 (online) – From the Studio to the Institution

Speaker: Fynn Leitch

Seminar on applying to Public Galleries and Institutions

 

August 11, 2021 (online) – Wisdom of Kinship: The Creative Spirit and Indigenous Art

Speakers: Diane Montreiul and Grandmother Kim Wheatley

Discussion with artists exhibiting in Wisdom of Kinship: Indigenous Art Exhibition 

 

June 23, 2021 (online) – Dos and Don’ts of Artist’s Statements and Applications

Speaker: David McClyment

Learn to write to get accepted to art shows.

 

June 9, 2021 (online) – How to Have a Great Website that Sells Your Art

Speaker:  Marjolyn van der Hart

Learn how to turn your website into an e-commerce site.

 

April 28, 2021 (online) – Growing Organic Traffic

Speaker:  Marjolyn van der Hart

Learn the ins and outs of keywords, SEO, hashtags and content strategy to build the organic growth of your website and social media.

April 14, 2021 (online) – Grants for Artists Seminar

Speaker: Peter Kingstone

Learn how to apply for a Toronto Art Council Grant

 

March 29, 2021 (online) – How to Sell  – An Art Launch Playbook for an Online Sale

Speaker: Marjolyn van der Hart 

Learn how to create a unique online event to sell art.

 

March 24, 2021 (online) – How Safe is Your Studio? Health and Safety for Artists

Speaker: John Deal

How Safe is Your Studio?  Health & Safety for Artists will help you develop a safe and healthy working practice in your studio. You may be inadvertently  exposing yourself  to  toxic and potentially harmful chemicals and situations as you create your artworks.  What are the hazards and what can you do to eliminate or reduce their impact by adjusting your practices and environment?

 

Feb. 24, 2021 (online) – Back by Popular Demand! Building your Online Art Business

Speaker: Marjolyn van der Hart 

This seminar will update your knowledge of  websites, ecommerce and provide you with the tools to build your art business online. Artist, digital marketer and Artists’ Network Board member, Marjolyn van der Hart will reprise a condensed version of the sessions from last spring with new tips and tricks to help you succeed online.  

Jan. 20, 2021 (online) – Level Up, Ladder Up

Speakers: Artists’ Network Board members

How do you become involved in our artist led network?  The Artists’ Network is your Ladder ꟷ we help artists level up their skill set to thrive and succeed in the Toronto market. Our goal is to share with you our ideas in generating a program that provides you the educational resources, tools, and opportunities to show, share and sell your art.

 

Nov. 11, 2020- (online) – Packaging & Shipping Art

Speakers: Mark Starling, Managing Director, PACART and Kate Taylor, Professional Artist, Chair of Artists’ Network

This seminar aims  to provide participants, like you, with a broad understanding of the process, so that in the future you will be able to organize the transport of your works with the least disruption, and your artwork arrives in one piece!.

October 20 & 22, 2020 (online) – Branding & Art: How to Communicate to Your Buyer Effectively?

Workshop Leader: Marjolyn van der Hart,VDH Digital
We are inviting you to be part of this Interactive 2 day workshop that will help find the words and language to speak directly to your buyer. This workshop is to help you with the marketing content you need to attract your followers and make them fans of your work..

 

September 1,  2020 (online)  –  ArtWalk iin the Square Online Store Bootcamp

Speakers: Angela Lane, Professional Artist, Director ArtWalks, Artists’ Network and Kate Taylor, Professional Artist, Chair of Artists’ Network

To help you navigate your storefront, we are hosting a walk through and Q&A on the Eventeny platform. As well, we want you to get the best experience and have outlined a number of online marketing resources and opportunities for you!

 

June, July, August 2020 – (online) Artist Roundtables

In these uncertain times we need each other more than ever. What a better time to meet fellow Artists’ Network members. Share online strategies, discuss your art practice and talk about life.

Bi-weekly or once a month we will host 1-hour “Artist Roundtables” on the Zoom video conferencing platform, consisting of small “pods” of artists.

 

June 2020 (online) – Professional Practice

Speaker: Nicole Collins

 

June 2020 (online) – Sharing Your Art Story

Speakers: Charmaine Lurch , visual artist and Nathalie Bertin, visual artist

 

June 11, 2020 (online) – Riverdale ONLINE ArtWalk MARKETING BOOTCAMP

Panel: Zoey Zoric, visual artists and visual artist, Moderator Marjolyn van der Hart, Professional Artists, Director Social Marketing Artists’ Network
Learn how to activate your social media for success!

 

June 2,  2020 (online) – Riverdale  ArtWalk Online Store Bootcamp

Speakers: Angela Lane, Professional Artist, Director ArtWalks, Artists’ Network and Kate Taylor, Professional Artist, Chair of Artists’ Network

To help you navigate your storefront, we are hosting a walk through and Q&A on the Eventeny platform. As well, we want you to get the best experience and have outlined a number of online marketing resources and opportunities for you!

 

June 2020 (online) – Paid Social Media

Speaker: Marjolyn van der Hart,VDH Digital

 

May 2020 (online) – Organic Social Media

Speaker: Marjolyn van der Hart,VDH Digital

 

May 2020 (online) – Optimization for E-commerce

Speaker: Marjolyn van der Hart,VDH Digital

 

May 2020 (online) – Websites for Selling Art

Speaker: Marjolyn van der Hart,VDH Digital

 

Feb 2020 – Writing for Artists

Speaker: Marjolyn van der Hart,VDH Digital

 

Jan 2020 – Grow Your Art Career!

Panel with Johanna Reynolds, Marnie Mandel, Jennifer Wigmore,