As the guest teachers have shared in the Inspiring Teachers series, there are so many reasons to teach your art or craft online or at artist retreats or workshops.
Share your gifts
Maybe you simply love to share your gifts, knowledge or skill or just enjoy being in the company of other creative people.
Fund Your Travel
You might plan art or writing retreats in spots you love to visit or teach as a way to fund your travel.
Work From Home
Or, teaching online from your home studio may be the ticket to expanding your income while enabling you to stay home with your kids or pets.
You always hear “no one teaches for the money” and it’s true that most teachers choose that profession because they have a passion for education but let’s be honest here: money is a valid reason to teach. OR at least to add teaching to your income as an artist. In fact, one best-selling author and workshop facilitator says teaching is the majority of her income.
And several successful workshop teachers say that if they didn’t teach, they’d have to take a part time, non-art-related job to supplement their income so why not create a situation where you’re able to continue working in the arts as your extra income source?
As the guest teachers have shared in the Inspiring Teachers series, there are so many reasons to teach your art or craft online or at artist retreats or workshops. One thing all of us who love to teach have in common is the pure joy when a student has that “aha-now I get it” moment.
Inspiration is another benefit to teaching. Sometimes new students may use a tool or material in a way it wasn’t intended but has beautiful results. You can learn a lot from a novice who isn’t afraid to experiment . Nearly every teacher in the Inspiring Teachers series said they learn from their students.
Student’s questions can often give you insight. The work that comes easily and naturally to you may seem more challenging to others and breaking your processes down for them helps you see it in a way you might not have viewed your work before. Doing in-person workshops can be a wonderful barometer for how your classes will work online because you can get feedback from students who are at your live workshops about anything you might need to be more clear on.
Teaching is a great way to build a community of artists to share ideas, resources and information about events, venues, techniques and materials. Students or workshop attendees will tell their friends about you and your work and ideally recommend your future classes, spread the word about your shows and help you get invited to teach at other people’s events.
Sell Your Own Art or Supplies
You can usually display and sell your own art either in your workshop or at the marketplaces of larger artist events.
You can also, at many venues, offer supplies, tools and materials for sale when you teach. You can make up kits to sell to workshop participants at in-person classes and events or participate in a website affiliate program for art supply companies. Some art supply companies actually have a sponsorship program for artists who teach because you’re representing their products by demonstrating how to use them.
If you’d love to create your own art retreats to support your travel or as an additional way of making income from your home, you can learn how 30 popular teachers have created a successful teaching business. You can register for the Inspiring Teachers Series HERE.