Last Minute College Dash

Art, book nerd, college, life challenges

(Warning: use of colorful language included)

If you’re like me, you like to be ready for things; always prepared, as much as possible. Sometimes life catches you off guard or you didn’t pay attention. When that happens your week might end up something like this:

Wednesday:

I put together a whole check list of things I planned to do the following week to prepare for the fall semester. When my boss asked about the date classes started, I swore up and down it was two weeks away. It wasn’t. A co-worker and also fellow student double checked. Classes began the very next week.

Thursday – Sunday:

I’m scrambling to get everything together. Checking syllabus’s, double checking art supply lists and textbooks I may or may not need is usually at the top of my list. However, that didn’t happen quite the way I expect. I’m cramming to get new tires, prepping snacks, lunch and dinner to take with me, as well as trying to find a decent pair of hiking shoes. House chores didn’t get done. And still haven’t read any of the syllabus’s.

Monday:

I walked, sort of stumbled, in and sat down in the front row of the lecture hall for the first class and first the day of the semester. I am nowhere near mentally prepared for classes again.

The Field Ecology professor strode in, set his pens and folders down, “If you miss three lectures or two labs you will fail this class. I don’t offer make-up classwork or quizzes. You all will mostly likely fail my exams. That being said, you all are adults, you better fucking study.”

I chuckled. He threw down the gauntlet. All of a sudden I’m mentally ready to take on the semester.  What can I say? I like a good challenge.

The Art of Selling Art

Art, college, current events, life lessons

Out in the inter-webs there are lists on setting up booths to attract potential interested parties. Lists for what not to do and lists that give pep talks for when you fail to make a sell. This post is not a list, but observations I made while having a table at a college sponsored art festival.

I came into the event with very little expectations. On a community college campus not very many people have a lot of money to spend on art that serves no purpose except to be pretty or cool. While many were interested in my lino prints, what completely sold out were my hand painted tea sets (ergo something they can use).

One of the other artists completely sold out of his mini-comics he priced at one dollar. Another artist had a consistent stream of people making purchases at her table of sculpey clay jewelry all at reasonable and varying prices. However, one table with amazing melted glass jewelry didn’t do well as none of the items were under $20.

Selling to students is hard in general, providing items with low prices such as one or two dollar mini comics or buttons is a way to get people to walk away with something and you just a tiny bit richer. Have competitive pricing. I was sure that my prints at $5 or $8 for two were reasonable, but it was not enough to entice broke students to buy.

Finally, support other artists. I went around and purchased a few (less expensive items) from the other artists and they made a few purchases from me. The big take away I had from this experience is that being confident in your work, friendly and engaging might not gain you a sell every time, yet, I possibly have gained people who will buy something from me in the future.

And to have some $1 items or free stuff.