Thursday, September 15, 2011

7. Fine artist

Work Activities

The following list of occupational tasks is specific to this career.
  • Use visual elements such as line, color, and perspective to create images.
  • Apply paint, pastel, and other materials to canvases and other supports. Use brushes, palette knives, and other tools.
  • Model sculptures out of clay or wax. Use small hand tools or fingers.
  • Carve objects out of stone, concrete, or wood. Use chisels, gouges, and malls.
  • Create forms out of metal or stone. Use welding and metalworking equipment.
  • Study the style, technique, and materials used by the original artist before restoring items.
  • Inspect surface of paintings to determine needed corrections. Use magnifying glasses.
  • Test paintings to determine age and pigment stability.
  • Apply solvents and cleaners to remove old paint and varnish.
  • Retouch damaged areas and apply preservative for protection.
  • Render drawings, illustrations, and sketches from memory, photos, or other reference materials.
  • Paint backgrounds for movies and TV shows.
  • Create drawings for textbooks, magazines, and other publications.
  • Meet with clients to determine their needs.
  • Meet with gallery owners to plan showings.
  • Think creatively.
  • Get information needed to do the job.
  • Make decisions and solve problems.
  • Handle and move objects.
  • Convince others to buy goods.
  • Communicate with people from outside the organization.
  • Establish and maintain relationships.
  • Organize, plan, and prioritize work.
  • Update and use job-related knowledge.
  • Judge the value of objects, services, or people.
  • Identify objects, actions, and events.

Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, people in this career:
    Interpersonal Relationships
  • Have a low level of social interaction. They talk to clients and customers, but spend most of their time alone.
  • Usually communicate via telephone and e-mail.
  • Physical Work Conditions
  • Often work indoors in studios. May work outdoors when they need natural lighting.
  • May wear protective and safety gear, depending on the materials or methods they are using.
  • Are occasionally exposed to contaminants, such as paint fumes or dust.
  • Work Performance
  • Must be exact in their work. They must be sure that customers are happy with their work.
  • Rarely consult others before making a decision or setting daily tasks and goals.
  • Work in a moderately competitive environment where they must meet strict weekly deadlines.
  • Hours/Travel
  • May work part time or full time.
  • May work more than eight hours a day to meet deadlines.
  • May have flexible schedules

Education & Training


To work as a fine artist, you must:
  • have a high school diploma or GED;
  • have many years of artistic training and practice;
  • have good communication and business skills;
  • be creative;
  • be ambitious and persistent; and
  • have talent.

Fields of Study

  • Art History
  • Art and Fine Arts, General
  • Ceramic Art and Design
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Computer Graphics
  • Crafts
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
  • Fiber, Textile, and Weaving Arts
  • Illustration
  • Medical Illustration
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts
  • Multimedia and Intermedia
  • Museum Studies
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Work experience
Exhibiting works in local fairs and shows is a good way to find new opportunities to sell artwork. Volunteering at art shows is a good way to meet artists and learn more about what they do.

On-the-job training
Formal on-the-job training is not common, except in as much as you learn by doing and getting feedback from others. Fine artists are often self-employed and are responsible for their own training. Some artists learn their skills by working as an apprentice for a master artist or by working in a workshop with other artists.

Fine artists use many methods, such as painting, sculpting, or illustration, to express their ideas. They also use many different means, such as oils, plaster, clay, and computers. Most fine artists are self-motivated. They view their art as a means of self-expression. Other artists use their skills to create commercial art. They are paid to create specific designs.

The works of fine artists are displayed in a variety of places, including museums, galleries, gift shops, public buildings, and private homes. Some artwork is commissioned (done by request). For these pieces, artists meet with clients to discuss objectives, ideas, and themes to be portrayed. Most artwork, however, is created by artists and bought by people who like the item. Because there is no guarantee that artwork will sell, many fine artists hold other jobs. Some teach art in high schools and colleges. Others work as administrators of arts programs. Fine artists also work as art critics and consultants to foundations that invest in art. Many also work at jobs very different from their work as artists.

Average Wage $25.88.

This career (fine artist) is a great career for me. It fits my personality comfortable. I can express myself in any types of work that I make. I love making detail art and love doing mulitple forms of art.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

8. Art therapist

 Job Description:

       Art therapy incorporates art media, images, the creative art process and patient/client responses that are reflections of an individual’s development, abilities, personality, interests, concerns, and conflicts. An art therapist may work as part of a team that includes physicians, psychologists, nurses, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, rehabilitation counselors, social workers and teachers.

Training and Educational Qualifications:

Entry into the profession of art therapy is at the master’s level. Graduate level art therapy programs include the following: master’s degree in art therapy, master’s degree with an emphasis in art therapy, or 24 semester units in art therapy coursework with a master’s degree in a related field.

Job Outlook:

Art therapy is an expanding field and employment continues to increase as art therapy becomes recognized by professionals and clients, and in work settings.


Entry level income is approximately $32,000, with a median income of $45,000. Top earning potential for salaried administrators ranges between $50,000 and $100,000. Art therapists with PhDs, state licensure, or who qualify in their state to conduct private practice, have an earning potential of $75.00 to $150.00 per hour in private practice.

Typical activities include:
  • taking referrals, including self-referrals and referrals from other professionals such as teachers, psychologists, occupational therapists and psychiatrists;
  • making referrals to other professionals;
  • attending meetings and case conferences to share ideas, expertise and good practice;
  • assessing the needs of the client by listening and providing guidance;
  • working creatively with various client groups in a therapeutic setting; 
  • working in a group or one-to-one setting, often as part of a multidisciplinary team of professionals;
  • enabling clients to explore their art work and the process of its production;
  • assessing and understanding the feelings or temperament of others;
  • constructively challenging the behaviour and attitude of clients;
  • keeping up to date with administration: making phone calls; writing reports and case notes; and drafting letters to other professionals;
  • planning, designing and facilitating a schedule of activities with individuals and groups;
  • maintaining art therapy space and materials;
  • receiving support and discussing ideas in individual supervision;
  • exploring opportunities for work where it may not currently exist;
  • presenting a case to other professionals on reasons for employing an art therapist;
  • explaining what art therapy is to colleagues and other practitioners;
  • keeping up to date with continuing professional development (CPD) by attending seminars, lectures, and workshops;
  • liaising with team members.
The reason why this would not be a good job for me is Im bad at helping people.  I might love art and might be great doing it but I don't think (my art work or my art skills) can help people. Im not good at therapy and I don't know one single thing about therapy or how to do it properly without doing it wrong.

Friday, August 26, 2011

9. Murray State U.

Required documents
Each freshman applying to Murray State...

  • must submit an application for admission with a $30 application fee to:

    Undergraduate Admissions
    Murray State University
    102 Curris Center
    Murray KY, 42071-3312
  • must have a high school transcript mailed directly to Admissions from the applicant’s high school counselor; (If currently in high school, the transcript must include a list of courses being taken in the senior year.)
  • must have an official ACT score report sent to Admissions
  • and must provide any documents requested by Admissions to verify residency for tuition purposes.
  • (Transfer applicants who have earned fewer than 30 semester hours of degree credit must also submit the documents indicated above, and official college transcripts. To be admitted, an applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.00 on a 4.00 scale and meet the criteria indicated on this page.)

To be considered for admission each applicant must have received or be receiving a high school diploma or a GED certificate before the term for which he/she is applying. Those individuals who were not graduated from accredited high schools may be required to have a GED.

Note: The state of Kentucky requires each freshman to enroll in a subject-specific developmental course if the student’s ACT score in English is 18, mathematics is 19, or reading is below 20. SAT scores:  verbal 450, math 460 or below.  Additional developmental courses may be required by MSU before a student will be permitted to advance to entry-level courses.

Admission Criteria
The following criteria will be used in making an admission decision:

A. Completion of the following pre-college curriculum:

  • English I, II, III and IV (or AP English)
  • Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry
  • 1 life science, 1 physical science and 1 earth/space science (one of these must have a lab)
  • any 3 of the following:   US History, economics, government, world geography or world civilization
  • ½ unit of health
  • ½ unit of physical education
  • 1 unit of history and appreciation of visual/performing arts
  • 5 electives
  • For students graduated from high school in 2004 or later, two units of one foreign language
  • Note: Kentucky residents under the age of 21 must complete the state-mandated pre-college curriculum. All other applicants must complete a comparable college-preparatory curriculum.
  • B. Ranking in top half of graduating class or cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above.
  • C. ACT composite of 18 or above or SAT combined score of 870
    Scholarship Application Deadline: January 15!
    Portfolio Requirements : Your portfolio should be a collection of 10 to 20 examples of your best work that reflects your talent and potential. It can contain original work, 35mm slides, or a combination of both. You may send a variety of media (any combination of pencil, pastel, charcoal, watercolor, photo, oil, collage, ink, etc.). Every item in your portfolio must be labeled with your name, title of work, medium, size, and date completed.       Original two-dimensional works should be neatly matted and demonstrate your drawing ability and use of color, your creativity, imagination, and originality. Include at least three drawings from direct observation. Examples of three-dimensional work should be submitted in slide or photo form.       For a slide portfolio, shoot your work in front of a gray or neutral background like a piece of cloth or matte board. Individual shots should be taken of each piece. For best results use Kodak 35mm Kodachrome 64 film and take your slides outside in the shade. Submit 35mm slides in transparent slide pages (available at camera stores). The folowing should be done to all slides:
    • Print your name on the front side of each slide (shiny side)
    • Place an ink dot to indicate top of artwork on each slide
    • Number the slides
    Also make an inventory sheet which corresponds to the numbered slides with your name on it. For each item on the sheet include the title, medium, size, date completed, and any other pertinent information about each piece. Portfolios can be received from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. , Monday through Friday, in the Department of Art, sixth floor (room #604), Price Doyle Fine Arts Center, before the deadline FEBRUARY 1. Whether mailing or hand delivering your work, if you want your work returned to you by mail, you must include return postage; otherwise the Department of Art will hold your work for you to pick up.       When packing your work, place everything in one container. Use a flat box, a purchased artist's portfolio, or large pieces of cardboard taped securely around your work. Be sure your package is secure and reusable so we can mail it back to you. Mail your portfolio so it will be received in the Department of Art and Design no later than FEBRUARY 1.
    The University requirements for the art (BFA) are 38-41 hrs and the University Studies must include the following art history (ART 211 Intro. to the History of Art or ART 212 Intro. to the History of Art). Core Courses......................................................................60 hrs Foundation Studio Courses ART 099 Transitions ART 101 Drawing I: Introduction to Drawing ART 111 Two-dimensional Design ART 112 Three-dimensional Design ART 201 Drawing II: Life Drawing BFA Degree Requirement Courses ART 298 Mid-Degree Review1 ART 399 Professional Practices ART 498 B.F.A. Practicum Exhibition 2D & 3D Studio Electives     Three of the following: ART 300 Drawing III ART 330 Introduction to Painting I ART 350 Introduction to Graphic Design I: Digital Art ART 379 Introduction to Printmaking I ART 382 Introduction to Photography I ART 393 Special Topics in 2-D     Three of the following: ART 309 Introduction to Metalsmithing I ART 310 Introduction to Furniture Design I ART 360 Introduction to Sculpture I ART 370 Introduction to Ceramics I ART 394 Special Topics in 3-D Studio Emphasis Courses Five sequential courses from one of the following areas: drawing, painting, furniture design, graphic design, printmaking, photography, metalsmithing, sculpture or ceramics, with advisor approval.     Upper Level Art History Courses One of the following: ART 356 Art of Non-Western Cultures ART 425 Art of Asia ART 491 Special Problems in Art History ART 501 Special Topics in Art History or one course from: ART 415, 416, 418, 419, 428, 429, 430     Three of the following: ART 415 Greek & Roman Art ART 416 Medieval Art ART 418 Renaissance Art ART 419 Baroque Art     One of the following: ART 428 Nineteenth-Century Art ART 429 Art from 1900 to 1960 ART 430 Contemporary Art, 1960 to the Present THE BFA DEGREE HAS THE FOLLOWING THREE OPTIONS: Studio Art Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    15 hrs Five studio elective courses to be selected in consultation with your emphasis area advisor * additional unrestricted electives for this option. . . 9–12 hrs Art Teacher Certification Option . . . . . . . . . .    30 hrs ART 330 Introduction to Painting I  (listed above) ART 341 Fundamentals of Elementary School Art ART 342 Fundamentals of Secondary School Art EDU 403 Structure and Foundations of Education EDU 422 Student Teaching Seminar ELE 421 Student Teaching SEC 420 Practicum in Secondary Schools SEC 421 Student Teaching SED 300 Educating Students with Disabilities * please see departmental advising sheets for exact University Studies requirements for this option Art History Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    27 hrs Five studio elective courses to be selected in consultation with your emphasis area advisor * additional upper-level art history courses     One of the following: ART 415  Greek & Roman Art ART 416  Medieval Art ART 418  Renaissance Art ART 419  Baroque Art        One of the following: ART 428  Nineteenth-Century Art ART 429  Art from 1900 to 1960 ART 430  Contemporary Art, 1960 to the Present     Two of the following: ART 356 The Art of Non-Western Cultures ART 425 The Art of Asia ART 491 Special Problems in Art History2 ART 501 Seminar: Special Topics in Art History or ART 415, 416, 418, 419, 428, 429, 430 Total BFA Curriculum Requirements. . . . . . .  125–131 hrs * please see Departmental Degree Advising sheets for additional information on requirements 1The baccalaureate degree is not awarded automatically upon completion of any required number of courses or units of credit. The progress and status of students in the program is regularly assessed through reviews. All students are required to register for ART 298 the semester after they complete 30 credit hours of ART courses. After passing ART 298, students may form a B.F.A jury and track in the B.F.A. requirements. A final review, ART 498, is conducted by B.F.A. jury in conjunction with fulfilling the senior B.F.A. Practicum Exhibition requirement. B.F.A students must maintain a 3.00 GPA in the area of their studio concentration.