You’re searching for your place in the art world. Your career is at a standstill but you have no idea how to move forward. You’re feeling isolated in your work but have no place to go for feedback or creative stimulus. Or maybe money issues and/or lack of professional resources are interfering with your ability to create art. Sometimes it feels like you’re lost in the wilderness, right?
Artists of all disciplines share a unique set of goals and obstacles, and you’re no different. In an a2a guided peer group, you’ll be part a group of up to 10 participants — artists of all disciplines — who meet monthly for three, six or nine months. You’ll work as a group with your experienced facilitator who can help you find your way around those seemingly impossible obstacles.
An a2a peer group is all about helping connect you with the information, resources and support you need. Typically, we cover topics such as:
But this is by no means a complete list! Have a question or problem? Pose it to the group. Have an experience or idea that could help someone else? Don’t keep it to yourself.
Guided by your knowledgeable and resourceful facilitator, you’ll set goals, discuss the concrete steps necessary to reach them, and also share your own ideas and suggestions with your fellow artists.
Between sessions, you’ll work on making the changes and taking the steps you discussed to bring you closer to your goals. Accountability is an important feature of a2a: you can create personised goals to work towards in the peer group context, helping to overcome built-in obstacles such as time management, lack of direction, prioritizing, and procrastination. What’s more, you’ll benefit from the supportive feedback and experience of others in your group.
If you’re a painter, for example, don’t be surprised if you’re learning and sharing with musicians, papermakers, dancers and silversmiths. This cross-discipline “pollination” sparks creative problem-solving, not to mention exciting and innovative artistic and professional collaborations. You’ll discover new ways to create, share, explore and profit from your art. And you’ll find the journey can be as rewarding as the destination.
Call or e-mail us to find out more about applying to a2a guided peer group. Or download our application form. If you are selected for an a2a peer group, we’ll carefully select amongst your peers those whose interests and abilities compliment yours.
Help us name our little a2a wooden mascot and win a free individual phone session with ARTISIN founder and president Susan Schear. Visit the Getting Started page for further information, then email Susan Schear with your ideas. We’d love to hear from you!
Terms & Conditions are on the Getting Started page.
Try our cool new interactive poster! Yes, that’s right, an old time paper-and pencil project planner full of ideas and motivation. To get your free copy, simply send an email to ARTISIN, including your postal address, and we’ll put a copy in the mail straightaway. Try it, you’ll like it!
If you are interested in hosting or participating in an a2a peer group, we encourage you to Getting Started to review scheduling and pricing.
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Each a2a guided peer group is different because each one is based on the experiences, goals and needs of its participants. You are the driving force behind a2a. Your facilitator is guided by your questions and suggestions, and structures the discussion and exercises around them. You’ll be able to draw inspiration and support from your fellow artists, share your own hard-earned pearls of wisdom AND learn valuable skills and strategies from an experienced professional teacher and mentor. We all succeed when we share our skills, talents and passions. And we grow our community in the process.
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