Creative Jobs for Art Students
Today's students have been born and brought up in a tough-economy period. The importance of education has increased manifold but the expenses of education too have increased following the same pace. Education has become far expensive than difficult. In this economic crisis every student need to be engaged in any part-time or freelance employment, otherwise managing expenditure becomes almost impossible.
Art is the most expansive field
Art programs and courses are one of the most expensive among all fields in colleges and universities. On one hand routine fees and dues are difficult to pay on the other hand daily expenditures are also great. Art gadgets, equipments and other materials are always costly. For example a single brush of Winsor & Newton ranges from $ 5-10 and a student needs to have at least 5-10 brushes to make a painting. While you are in your professional career you can manage purchasing expensive products but as a student its difficult.
Art students experiment with different things throughout their student life. They create things that marvel their teachers and family members. They learn to appreciate nature and capture its beauty in photos, paintings and sculptures. They have so much to create and everything is fun to do. As a student they can take advantage of their abilities by showing the world their talent. There are many advantages they can get out of it: first, they will be able to earn some dollars for their studies; second, they will get exposure before they come out in the practical field; third, they will get appreciation from more people as their work will be seen by more people and last, they will get feedback which will help them in getting new ideas and improving their performance.
Being an art student I always got benefits which others can not have. I sold my paintings, sketches, did fashion designing on orders etc. This was fun and at the same time great way to earn for the expenses of my studies. I have listed below few of the ways in which you too can earn money.
Many of the art students are good at photography but if you are not you can learn it within a month or two. What you need to do is do a short course in photography basics from a near-by institute or else check out online courses. If you don't want to spend money then you can even learn photography for free of cost from any useful photography website on the internet. Below I have mentioned about some websites that contain useful resources on photography.
- Photography Tips, Tricks & Techniques This website provides from very simple basic to expert level guidelines for better photography. Its membership is not that costly and its worth being a member of this site if you want to do photography.
- 50 Incredible Photography Techniques and Tutorials Smashing magazine has published 50 useful and unique photography tips and tricks that will result in fantastic piece of photo-shoots.
Having understanding of basic principles and elements of arts you will learn photography readily and in better manner than others. Now how can you earn from photography? Its easy and you just need to do some beautiful photo-shoots. In most of the photography contests you can apply online. The prizes are usually bigger and worth your efforts.
- Photo Competitions This is a photography competitions, contests and awards database. This is an excellent resource for photography competitions and you can subscribe to this website. Keep looking for new contests that suits you and you can apply there.
Paintings Displays and Exhibitions:
During the whole session art students create several paintings in different mediums, and on different themes. What you create as a student is always great because you have an instructor at your back who guides you at each step and you yourself are energetic and are part of a competition. When your semester ends you have a couple of paintings in your hand, you can display these paintings at a place and advertise the exhibition. Ask your friends to join you and exhibit paintings of the whole class or group. People will come to see them, some of your paintings will be sold others will get appreciation. You will get exposure and if you invite some people who know about art, you will get guidance too for your next projects. In summer vacations working in a group you can create 4-5 paintings each on a theme and near the end of your summer break you can can display them and get money in return.
Sketching for Sale
Sketching is something that is the least expensive form of art. Sketching is part of every art course curriculum. Usually it is taught in the first two semesters because it is the bases for any drawing, painting, sculpture or designing. Many students are earning from sketching on order. You can make use of your social networking site or if you own a website its easy to advertise your sketching skills. Many of the students upload sketching pictures on Facebook and Twitter and readily get fame. A single sketch costs not more than 5-10 dollars but it can be sold up to 50 dollars depending on your perfection.
If you are good at drawing and painting it means that you can also become good makeup artist. Until you get your art degree in your hand and go for some job you can apply for any part-time makeup artist job and start earning from there.
Tattoos are quite in now-a-days. Young people especially love to have their arm, wrist or shoulders tattooed. By attending few classes in tattooing you can learn the techniques of tattooing and can easily start your own tattoo studio or else can work as an assistant with a tattoo artist.
Students of fashion designing can make use of their illustrations skills. If you know how to make use of digital media in fashion illustration don't let your skills go waste. There are many illustrators who work online and they are earning handsome amount from it. There are websites that advertise jobs in the field of fashion designing around the world and you can apply online. You just need to have a good portfolio so that you can get positive response.
Some ethnic, traditional and not-so-clichéd jewelery can be designed at home by using simple things like beads, stones, metal chains and fasteners. One of my friend started jewelry designing when she was a high school student. She got appreciation and positive response from her family members and friends. Later she started her own website through which she has started getting orders and is quite successful. Jewelry designing is very profitable small business for young students.
Freelance writing is one of the most common part-time job. People of any age are involved in freelance writing. There are plenty of websites that give you options to write and earn. Though earning is not great in the beginning but steadily earning increases.
Earning from Crafts
There are crafts that can be learned in few days. If you already know about any craft you can make use of it. Hand-made greeting cards, gift wrapping, flower making, flower arrangements, bangles decoration, are some of the crafts in which one can earn easily and cheaply. The initial costs are little and earnings are great. Crafts can be sold in many ways.
- Sell your craft to a local craft shop.
- Make your own website, advertise your craft and sell them.
- Advertise your craft by your social networking site and get orders.
- Promote about your craft among your college fellows and you will soon have many orders. Word-of-mouth is one of the fastest way to advertise your craft.
- Create your own home-based studio where you can have a display of your crafts and invite people to come and visit.
Guide to your Country's Tourists
There are girls and guys who become guide to country tourists. We all know well about our own country or city and we can guide tourists that will be fun to do too. It is an adventurous job and great way of spending your free time.
If you have in-depth knowledge of politics, fashion, history, cultures, etc you can become a part-time freelance journalist. Start posting your articles to any magazine or newspaper of your choice and once you get positive response you will get more good responses.