The starving artist is starving by choice. Art does not have to be synonymous with poverty. Even Vincent Van Gogh, perhaps the poster boy for the starving artist archetype, wasn’t exactly starving. He worked in a prestigious gallery for six years, and he received a generous monthly stipend from his wealthy brother.
Maybe it was the Bedroom in Arles painting that perpetuated the myth, or maybe it was his sad demise before seeing any recognition for his work. Whatever the case, Van Gogh wasn’t the starving artist that he’s remembered as, and artists today don’t have to be either.
So if your child has a passion for art and wants to pursue an art-related career, there’s no need to panic. There are plenty of very lucrative options: graphic design, industrial design, interior design, fashion design and illustration–just to name a few.
Take industrial design, for example. Everything man made has an artists hand on it. Someone had to design your furniture, your car, all of the electronics around you, even your toothbrush!
But even artists who simply want to create and exhibit drawings, paintings, sculptures or similar art forms, don’t have to starve to do it. As their parents and the directors of their education (even if you choose to partner with a school, you are still the director of your child’s education), you can make sure your budding artist gets a strong foundation in
attorney marketing company and marketing skills, necessary tools to thrive as a visual artist.
A good art school doesn’t build only art skills — they teach their students how to leverage those skills in the marketplace to create both a life and a living.
So your challenge as the parent of a budding artist, is to find a selection of art schools that appeal to your child, contact their admissions departments (ideally when your kid is in middle school), and find out what it will take to get your child into those schools and to qualify for scholarships to help pay for it (good art degrees aren’t cheap).
You want to ask them what their IDEAL student looks like, and then use that picture to build a road map through middle and high school that will get your child to that place.
Along the way, challenge your teen to use their artistic skills to make money and help offset the cost of art supplies, lessons and specialized training programs.
My 15-year-old started a successful henna tattoo business. A local tea house has agreed to let her set up a booth once a week, and in a few hours, she can make 3 – 4 times more than her peers who have typical teen jobs, which will help pay for the expensive vocal lessons she needs to get into her first choice music school.
Young artists can teach drawing or painting to younger kids, do face painting at birthday parties or make and sell any number of cool, artsy things.
This Saturday at 10:00AM we are talking more about this with Christine Lange of Ringling School of Art & Design. Local folks can tune in live on 1220AM, 106.9FM or 98.9FM. Everyone else can listen live streaming on the WSRQ Radio website or get instructions on how to download a mobile app and listen on the go.