Wanting to give courses in painting and drawing is a good start, but having the know-how is even better!

How much should you charge for a drawing course?

How do you plan your artistic workshops?

How do you become known as a drawing teacher?

There are many questions to consider before seeking your first student. Here is a short guide to help you launch your activity as a private drawing teacher — a great option for jobs for ex-teachers teaching art in school.

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How To Decide The Price Of Your Drawing Course

You give drawing courses; therefore, you should have a minimum of art supplies available, which will have an impact on the price of your drawing course. Every good drawing teacher continues to draw for their own pleasure, so you will also need to have your own material in reserve for that purpose too.

If you receive your students at home, the service may include giving out drawing paper, lead pencils, erasers, charcoals, etc.

To propose various painting techniques, every good art teacher must have at least a box of soft pastels, oil pastels, but also a boxed set of graphites.

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Concerning painting, you can choose to offer oil paint or acrylic paint. As a supplement to those, you'll also need to consider painting pallets and paintbrushes.

Finally, don't forget the smaller essentials such as clips and adhesive tape, to keep portfolios together and fix sheets of paper to boards and surfaces. These essentials may also include hairspray or a fixative to set the color on paintings.

For example, a drawing course goes up to $25/hour on average on Superprof.

Are Any Degrees Needed In Order To Give Drawing Lessons?

Before you embark on working as a private drawing professor, here is some practical advice to not be all over the place and value your artist's know-how.

What Drawing Skills Do You Need To Have?

Certainly, when we begin to give drawing courses, it's difficult to refuse students. Typically, we are good at what we know then, in order for your creative students to trust you and to satisfy them, teach what you master and what you like!

  • Are you an enthusiast of oil painting? Highlight it to allow your students to improve!
  • Do you like above all the work of the chalk and the pastel? Propose drawing courses and artistic internships on this particular technique!
  • Aren't you a follower of live model painting? Don't include this option in your drawing courses!

In brief, to organize your artistic workshops offer, preliminary work for the selection of activities is necessary.

How To Create Masterpieces: Oil Painting, Red Chalk Drawing, Pastel Colors

Organizing workshops in the arts, across one or two days, for example, can also be an excellent way to make a good fill factor for the course.

It's enough to choose a topic that interests your customers to ensure a minimum of students in order to make profitable your artistic course.

You can, for example, have your students:

  • On Tuesdays for pastels,
  • Your Wednesdays for acrylic class,
  • Your Saturdays for drawing with graphite.
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But, all this know-how, where can we learn it?

Are degrees absolutely required to give drawing courses?

Know in the first place that nothing imposes you to possess such or such diploma to teach the art to draw to a student. Indeed, the role of a private professor does not suffer from any obligation of formation!

Only prerogatives: to be at least 14 years old (minimum age according to the law) and, of course, declare your income.

However, if you wish to attract more customers to take your course, having some art qualifications will never be an excess!

You can get a high school diploma with specialization in the arts, make a preparatory school for entrance to the top art schools, have a MANAA, or even have a two-year visual creation technical degree.

How To Organize Your Private Drawing Course?

To give drawing courses, it's not enough to have a corner of a table and drawing material.

Do not avoid preparing for your drawing course

As an organizer of painting and drawing workshops, it's important to structure your sessions.

For example, you can choose topics that will serve as a basic idea of the course. For every drawing workshop to be different, we can think of the following options:

  • A drawing course around color as the Blue Klein, for example,
  • Realistic or abstract style drawing,
  • A live model or still life drawing workshop,
  • A drawing course placed under the banner of an artistic movement as abstract art or pointillism,
  • How to draw manga, the human figure or how to draw cartoons,
  • A workshop in sponge painting.

Of course, it's possible to give drawing training courses, internships, and workshops a la carte.

Certain students may wish to learn a particular technique such as charcoal, acrylic paint, or their art project for their high school diploma.

In this case, the private drawing professor will just have to create a personalized program with the number of sessions asked by the pupil.

The idea of organization of a private drawing workshop

Let's say that you want to give a class on symbolism in painting to your passionate students.

Over a two-hour course, you can begin, for example, introducing the work of a known artist. Let's say Gustave Moreau, a vital figure of symbolism in painting, fanatic of mythology and orientalism.

Then, you can explain technical issues on the creation of the shiny effect on a painting.

  • How to make the light enter a precious stone?
  • How to reflect the sun on a dress in satin?
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The Appearance of the symbolic painter Gustave Moreau. Photo by noii's on Visualhunt.com

Take the example of the painting Apparitionqui representing Salomé looking at the head of St Jean-Baptiste. You can peel the technique of the artist before passing to the practical class.

To recapitulate on a painting course session, one of the possibilities is to cut your time into three parts:

  • A point in art history of your choice,
  • The explanation of a drawing or painting technique from the study of a practical case (perspective, shade, light, etc.),
  • Practical classes of painting or drawing so the students are confronted with the taught pictorial technique.

Now, who said that organizing a drawing course was complicated?

What Status Do You Need To Give Drawing Courses?

Whether you possess an art degree or not, it will be necessary for you to choose a status to become a private drawing teacher or a structure to practice in proper way!

As for the private lessons, so many teachers choose the freelancer status. Very easy to acquire, you can obtain your registration in the two weeks. And the possibility of declaring your income properly!

But what about school qualifications?

If you wish to integrate a real structure and not to become independent, you can also join the public service or a private school!

As for the first option, a CAPES (Certificate of Aptitude for Secondary School Teaching) of arts will be required. As for the second, the private institution hires you in the form of a contract, as a company. You obtain an "employee contract" status!

Note that to teach in a private secondary school, it will be necessary for you to obtain your Vocational certificate in the functions of education in private establishments.

Teaching Drawing In Public School

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Do you know that you can begin practicing painting and drawing at a very young age? This means you can teach drawing in private and public schools, or you can also give private drawing classes virtual or in-person (Source: Unsplash)

Did you know that an art professor who teaches art history, painting, or any other arts in a university, college, or school may have two positions? These include:

  • First, they can become state employees and full-time professors if they obtain an art diploma in a public program. Under this scenario, their employer is the state, and they're members of public service
  • Second, they can be hired by a private university, college, or school to teach art subjects such as drawing (soft pastels, graphite, black stone, etc.) and painting (acrylic, oil, gouache). However, teachers in this form of employment have contracts with their employers
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Giving Painting And Drawing Classes In Private School

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Whether you teach drawing, painting to grade 11 students in a secondary school or art majors at a prestigious applied arts and design school, you may have different positions,

These positions differ according to if the school is off-contract or under contract. Therefore, read on to find out what status you will carry if you start teaching:

  • When it comes to private schools under contract, you'll have a contractual position with hourly workload and remuneration similar to the other employees of the same rank
  • As for private schools off-contract, you'll have no concourse to obtain a job or pay scale for your drawing courses

A private school under-contract can't issue the status of state employees to professionals giving private drawing lessons, workshops, or art-history courses.

However, they may pay better than public schools. For example, at the start of your career, you can easily make up to $1,966 per month, which means $23,592 annually.

And if you aim to teach drawing at secondary schools (grade 11 to 12), you'll need to acquire a vocational certificate in drawing from a private institute.

Mostly, private schools are unable to find a suitable replacement for an art professor/teacher. Under this scenario, they give chances to people who may not have the required certificates or diplomas.

But you should know that as soon as private schools find a permanent drawing teacher with essential qualifications, you'll be chucked out without any remuneration!

Moreover, if you have taught drawing or other art subjects at a private school, you can become an art teacher and offer art courses after retirement.

Is The Professional Status Compulsory To Host Drawing And Painting Workshops?

Art is a discipline that stems from passion. And if you're teaching people without having the necessary professional qualifications, you may not be able to count it towards your resume.

These opportunities are often privately done as favors or for minimal fees. After all, $35 now and then won't hurt anybody! And like all other illicit activities, the payment is usually made in cash.

For one or two students, this can be harmless; however, if you're planning to settle as a painting or drawing professor or teacher, this isn't the feasible solution to start your career.

You may be wondering what the cost of teaching without a license would be. Well, there are several risks, but the biggest is denunciation.

Why would other professionals giving the same art services at a school, college, or university, let you offer the same courses at a lower cost without even declaring them?

Apart from drawing the professor's censure, you'll face another threat, more significant in magnitude.

If you continue teaching private drawing classes like this, you'll have to deal with institutions hiring investigators to spy on your sessions, searching for malpractices!

Therefore, if you want to offer your art, painting, and drawing courses, you have many choices to choose from as per your profile.

Whether you want to provide classes to make ends meet or simply because you're independent, you should start freelancing!

Wondering where you can get students from for your painting and drawing classes? Join Superprof as an art tutor! You can offer your course or choose from the following:

  • Discovering brush polishing
  • Introduction to drawing
  • Improve your skills with a painting workshop
  • Learn to sculpt with conventional techniques
  • Modeling and essential drawing exercises
  • Fine art

Furthermore, to start teaching, most artists have to acquire a professional diploma or master's degree. Some even obtain a doctorate for an edge.

The majority of drawing teachers start as assistants to professors and part-time teachers, then work to be promoted to the consultant professor's position.

And only after that can they secure a full-time job. Keep in mind that the field of art, including drawing and painting, has tough competition because of its limited full-time employment opportunities.

How To Offer Legitimate Private Painting And Drawing Classes?

If you're unable to offer your drawing services in a public or private school, you can opt for several other options to provide quality painting, drawing, or sanguine courses.

Ask yourself this:

  • Do you want to offer painting and drawing workshops from your porch?
  • Do you want to pass on the artistic knowledge you've gathered over the years?
  • Do you just like teaching?

Whatever the case, you can make your art teaching dream a reality by becoming a freelancer. It's pretty simple: start freelancing by offering design and art courses!

By starting your career as a freelance art tutor, you'll be an independent teacher capable of providing art lessons to both adults and children.

You can teach your private drawing classes either virtually or by going to your student's home. Whatever you choose, the motive is just the same:

  • Help them draw
  • Help them paint
  • Teach color techniques
  • Teach how to sell a painting or a drawing

One of the easiest ways is to assert auto-entrepreneur work on the same portal. This way, you'll be able to charge for your services within the ambit of labor rules and regulations.

As a result, all your services will result in invoices and compel you to maintain a record book. And if you're not good at paperwork, the US tax simplification system will help you out!

Also, because you will be on your own, you won't have a school finance department to account for paid and incurring tuition fees.

And to aid that problem, you should contemplate creating different course packages to avoid charging students after each painting and drawing session or workshop.

The professional life of an art teacher is listed as a liberal profession, including painting or drawing workshops – virtual or at home.

Want to give drawing and painting tutorials? You can achieve that by organizing training sessions on your off days; these could involve tutorials on watercolors or different light shades.

Relieved of administrative duties, you'll have adequate time to work on and perfect your new drawing or painting courses.

On the other hand, if you're a regular speaker in art schools or if the revenue you generate is higher than the art workshops you offer, in that case, you'll need another fiscal and legal status.

You would probably know if you form a company as a professor of arts – one which is free from micro-company systems – you'll require an accountant.

Wondering what nature of company you should be classified as when you're a drawing or painting professor? Here are a few options:

  • LTD – a limited company, is one where liability is limited by "shares" if you aim to collaborate with other artists
  • Single-member company – this company involves only one member and has little investment and risk
  • Unipersonal company – a company with limited liability and one or more shareholder with limited start-up capital

With any of these statuses, you'll be able to carry out your drawing lessons with ease. You can prep students for entrance tests, give watercolor classes, and teach the fundamentals of drawing or painting.

What Qualifications You'll Require To Become A Drawing Teacher?

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Do you want to become a drawing teacher? Well, the first thing you'll need is an art degree or some other kind of art qualification or diploma. And although you can teach drawing with a mere diploma or certificate, for better opportunities, a master's degree or a doctorate is ideal (Source: Unsplash)

Did you know that the US has no rules and doesn't require individuals to get certification before tutoring? Having said that, there are some caveats:

  • If you aim to offer tutoring classes, you must have some academic qualification and practical experience of that subject matter
  • If you aim to tutor kids, you should request a basic DBS check; however, if you're under 16, then the DBS isn't necessary
  • A general rule is that tutor must be academically senior to the pupil by at least one year

This means that if you're doing your Bachelor of Arts honors degree, you're competent enough to teach high school students.

You can get away without a professional degree when teaching private classes in:

  • Drawing
  • Watercoloring
  • Life drawing
  • Still life
  • Portraiture classes

However, if you don't have any experience, you won't go any further than just conducting private drawing classes.

Nowadays, if you don't have any paintbrush skills, you'll take longer to gain students' trust. You may believe lining the walls of your studio with the art you made would be adequate to establish artistic credentials.

However, some may consider these renderings to be made by somebody else, particularly if you don't portray your skill before a live class.

This is why it's best to have an art qualification!

How To Find Students For The Drawing Courses?

When you are clear on your services as an art teacher, the next step is to market yourself. You need to be able to showcase your talents to attract students to your art classes. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Show artistic skills by organizing an open house to explain how your course works. Your future students can discover your way of working, your rates, and the type of styles you teach, e.g., charcoal, watercolors, soft pastels, India ink, etc.)
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If you don't wish to prepare for the entrance examinations in the applied art schools, say it. On the other hand, if you have a formation in arts, you would want to highlight it to reach students who want to achieve the same purpose.

Flyers, business cards, and small posters are many tools for advertising that you need to take into account to win new students. Propose your drawing and painting courses, mention the topics, the schedule, if you go to the student's home, and maybe give an idea of the prices.

For the distribution, think of cultural spaces:

  • such as local cinemas,
  • media libraries,
  • or even shops windows

Even if most people find their drawing teachers on the internet, some still go with the suitable old methods!

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