A six week intensive designed to help artists build professional practices & creative careers




You're ready to launch your art career... so where do you start?

When we started out, no matter how much paint we bought, we still felt like we didn't have everything we needed to build a successful studio practice

Like us, you might find yourself looking for:

Studio and inventory systems that give you more time to make art
A professional portfolio that is worthy of the work you create
Opportunities to share your work and receive support
A strong money mindset to build a thriving practice
Insight on the endless possibilities of creative careers


We built After Art School for you, and it's full of everything we wish we knew. 


How it works

Topics have been curated into 

bite-sized weekly chunks

This six-week intensive program is built for artists as they build professional arts practices.


After Art School has been thoughtfully curated with feedback from artists across careers and experiences to create conversations, spark inspiration, and demystify the art world.


This program creates opportunity for knowledge sharing and connection for artists at similar places in their careers.   

Program Information

October 17 - November 27, 2021

Live Zoom Sessions: Thursdays, 7:00 pm EST

(recorded for those unable to make the live calls)

  • Access to a virtual community 

  • Resources, examples, and information on weekly topics

  • Opportunities for questions and answers

  • Prompting questions on the topic for discussion and reflection

  • Content will be available for the duration of the program and a bonus two weeks 

Each week will feature a presenter with expertise and experience in the focused topic!

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Week 1: Artist Essentials

October 17 - 23

Live Zoom Call:

Thursday, October 21

7:00 PM EST (recorded)

  • Artist glossary: helpful terms and concepts

  • Tools for project planning

  • Must-know resources

  • And more!


This week's presenters:

Emily Pittman & Natalie Field (The Gathered Gallery)


Week 2: Portfolios & Studio Systems

October 24 - 30

Live Zoom Call:

Thursday, October 28

7:00 PM EST (recorded)

  • Inventory up-keeping and organization

  • Writing an artist statement and bio

  • Artwork documentation

  • And more!

This week's presenters:

Chrissy Poitras & Kyle Topping (Spark Box Studio)


Week 3: Applications 101

October 31 - November 6

Live Zoom Call:

Thursday, November 4, 7:00 PM EST (recorded)

  • How to write an application

  • Exhibitions, residencies, and grants

  • Examples of successful applications

  • And more!


This week's presenter:

Daniel Rumbolt

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Week 4: Platforms & Galleries

November 7 - 13

Live Zoom Call:

Thursday, November 11, 7:00 PM EST (recorded)

  • Selling from your studio

  • Working with curators and galleries

  • Building a strong website and social media 

  • And more!


This week's presenter:

Alissa Sexton


Week 5: Money & Mindset

November 14 - 20

Live Zoom Call:

Thursday, November 18, 7:00 PM EST (recorded)

  • Creating a healthy money mindset

  • Tracking income and expenses

  • Planning for the future

  • And more!


This week's presenter:

Nicole Hand (Artist with Abundance)

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Week 6: Creative Careers

November 21 - 27

Live Zoom Call:

Thursday, November 25, 7:00 PM EST (recorded)

  • Building a career in the arts

  • Artists working across disciplines

  • Continuing education: pros and cons

  • And more!

A Panel Discussion on Creative Careers with:

Image by Chris Montgomery




We met in our first semester of the University of Guelph's Studio Art program in 2012 and knew we'd found a friend for life. After we graduated in 2016 we created The Gathered Gallery to support artists; it started as a blog featuring a different artist every week, and it has grown into a project with a digital artist residency, a virtual critique group, and professional development workshops.


Now After Art School is our newest adventure and we can't wait to dive in! 

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WHAT artists

are saying

"This program is a well of valuable resources

and connections from a variety of professional perspectives. It was realistic and insightful

information and motivation to encourage me to go after new opportunities. Lots of useful info for emerging artists or a great refresher for someone who needs that nudge!


It's very apparent that Natalie and Emily put a great deal of care and thought into the success of their programs. Amazing value for the program cost! The guest speakers were all very open, honest and approachable."

— Janine Wheeler


Fall 2021 Program: October 17 - November 27
Investment: $130

Registration is closed for Fall Session
Join the waitlist for Spring 2022!

We have implemented a payment option to support artists facing barriers and statistically fewer opportunities in galleries, magazines, and institutions.


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