Workshops

VANS’ Professional Development Workshop Series is presented in an effort to keep members and visual artists informed of best professional practices in the visual arts.

REGISTER FOR A WORKSHOP:

1. ONLINE: Visit our shopping cart to read full descriptions, register and pay by PayPal or with your credit card.

2. MAIL: Please print the attached Workshop Registration Form and send with payment to Visual Arts Nova Scotia at: 1113 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS, B3H 4P7

3. IN PERSON: Drop by our offices during regular business hours to register and pay in person. Please note we only accept credit cards, cash and cheques in the office.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds of 75% of workshop fee will be given if cancellation occurs 72 hours or more prior to the beginning of the workshop. No refund will be given if cancellation occurs on the day of the workshop. If VANS cancels the workshop for any reason, registrants will be notified and given a full refund.


STUDIO SESSIONS

Visual Arts Nova Scotia announces the return of Studio Sessions, the webinar series for artists that debuted last winter. Starting on Wednesday, February 15, at 6pm AT, this three-part online workshop series will focus on professional development for artists in the internet age. Each one hour session will be taught by artist, entrepreneur, and popular workshop instructor Stacey Cornelius, and will allow artists from across the country to learn about branding, sales, and technology tools, from the comfort of their own home or studio.

WEBINAR WORKSHOPS

Technology Essentials: The BEST Tools for Artists – Stacey Cornelius

Wednesday, February 15, 6 – 7pm
Registration Deadline: February 13

Beyond the artist website, technology provides powerful tools that can help artists promote and sell their work. We’ll discuss some of the most powerful tools for websites, blogs and newsletters (even if you hate to write), as well as print on demand services—and the best ways to use them to grow your reputation and customer base.

Brand Essentials: Make a Professional Impression (Even on a Tiny Budget) – Stacey Cornelius

Wednesday, February 22, 6 – 7pm
Registration Deadline: February 20

“Brand” is a loaded word. To some people it seems cynical and corporate, to others, it’s nothing more than a logo. But your brand, or professional identity, is every experience your customer has with you. We’ll discuss how to polish your real-world and online presence while maintaining your personality and style. You’ll learn typography and layout tips for non-designers, and how to use your creativity to build “brand” recognition with customers.

Sales Essentials: Knock Down the Barriers to Selling –  Stacey Cornelius

Wednesday, March 1, 6 – 7pm
Registration Deadline: February 27

Are you unwittingly setting up barriers for your customers? We’ll explore roadblocks customers encounter both online and in the real world, and how to easily remove them. We’ll also walk through a sales experience from your customer’s perspective, and discuss how to make it easy for people to buy from you.


Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, we have to cancel WORK IT! WORK IT! Boot Camp for Artists. We hope to reschedule in the spring but we don’t have new dates at this time. We will update this page as soon as new dates are confirmed.

WORK IT! WORK IT!

A 2 day intensive professional development boot camp for artists

Visual Arts Nova Scotia, in partnership with Cape Breton University Art Gallery, presents this 2 day intensive workshop designed to help artists with various aspects of their professional practice. Instructed by artist, curator and filmmaker Eryn Foster, all sessions will be held at CBU Art Gallery, 1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, NS. Sessions are $25 each or $60 for all three! Artists may sign up for one or both days but if you bundle all three parts you can save! Registration Deadline: February 17.

BOOT CAMP WORKSHOPS

Part 1: WORK IT! WORK IT! – Eryn Foster
Friday, February 24, 4 – 7pm

The first part of this workshop will focus on how and where to apply for artist opportunities such as exhibitions, festivals, residencies and curatorial projects. It will also briefly discuss strategies for networking and marketing/promoting one’s artwork.

Part 2: WORK IT! WORK IT! – Eryn Foster
Saturday, February 25, 10am – 12pm

The second part of this workshop will focus on proposal and application writing for exhibitions, residencies, art festivals as well as writing artist statements.

Part 3: WORK IT! WORK IT! – Eryn Foster
Saturday, February 25, 1 – 3pm (Workshop) & 3 – 4pm (1:1 Meetings)

The final and third part of this workshop will look at where and how to get grants and funding to support art works and artistic practice. It will also include an optional 1 on 1 meeting with the workshop instructor.

 

VANS Cancellation and Refund Policy

Refunds of 75% of workshop fee will be given if cancellation occurs 72 hours or more prior to the beginning of the workshop. No refund will be given if cancellation occurs on the day of the workshop. If VANS has to cancel the workshop for any reason, registrants will be notified and refunded in full.

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For more information, please contact:
Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Rd.
Halifax , NS B3H 4P7
902-423-4694
communicate@visualarts.ns.ca