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.

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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Set of brushes to shine in the painting course. Photo on Visualhunt

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

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 colour on paintings.

For example, a drawing course goes up to £20/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 organise your artistic workshops offer, a preliminary work for the selection of activities is necessary.

How to Create Masterpieces: oil painting, red chalk drawing, pastel colours

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.
Art lessons to learn drawing techniques like charcoal
The magic of the charcoal to make portraits. Photo by Kim Schuster on VisualHunt

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 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 specialisation 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 which will serve as a basic idea of the course. In order for every drawing workshop to be different, we can think of the following options:

  • A drawing course around a colour 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,
  • An workshop in sponge painting.

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

Certain students may wish either to learn a particular technique such as charcoal, acrylic paint or to work on 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.

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 key figure of the 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?

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.

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The Appearance of the symbolic painter Gustave Moreau. Photo by noii's on Visualhunt.com

To recapitulate, on a painting course session, one of the possibilities is to cut your time into 3 parts:

  1. A point in art history of your choice,
  2. The explanation of a drawing or painting technique from the study of a practical case (perspective, shade, light, etc.),
  3. 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 becoming 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.

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 the find students for your art classes.  Here are some tips to consider:

  • Show artistic skills by organising 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 eg. charcoal, water-colours, soft pastels, India ink, etc.)
Learning drawing techniques can be possible with private drawing courses
Transmit your creativity to your students! Photo on VisualHunt

If you don't wish to undertake the preparation 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 in order to reach students who want to reach 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 good old methods!

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