For an adult artist, it’s hard enough to get in the public’s eye. As young artists, it feels like you might as well forget the whole thing. But your message, as represented in your teen art, is no more or less important than some more well-known artists. So in this article, I’ll show you ways you can get your teen art out in the open. It’s not quite as hard as it looks-it’s just a matter of being willing to put it out there. It’s important that young artists feel proud of their art, and you are no exception.
Maybe the best opportunity for young artists is showcasing their teen art online. People who seek out and appreciate teen art will find it there, a benefit that doesn’t happen when it’s on exhibit in the physical world. But where can young artists, or even artists in general, showcase their personal masterpieces? There are a few options out there.
DeviantArt is the online art website. Here, you can create a profile and also create a gallery and fill it with your art. Besides from that, you can also create a journal so people can follow the processes of your teen art, and have the option of creating prints if anybody should request one. The great thing is you can get followers for your art. These support groups favorite you because they like you art. This is the greatest thing that could even happen to young artists. Also, DeviantArt is a great place for opportunities regarding teen art to find you. If your art is noteworthy, talent-seekers may present new prospects for you. It also allows you to be part of an art community where you can support other artists yourself, and they will support you. What’s better than that?
TeenInk is a magazine all about teen art that publishes a selected few young artists in their monthly magazine. Even if you don’t get in the first few times, it’s only because they want you to challenge yourself to be the best you can be. They want young artists to give their best stab at it. With enough effort, you will be accepted magazine. And, being published in a magazine that features teen art is the best way to get in the public eye. TeenInk isn’t limited to solely visual art, either; it advocates essays, poetry, and nonfiction, fiction and visual arts.
The Real World
The key to really being successful as young artists is to putting your teen art out there. How do you do that? There are several ways.
A lot of art clubs and communities would accept serious young artists even if it is mainly adults. But the key is serious. And when I say serious, I mean somebody who knows their craft-maybe has taken a few classes at the local community college-and is a professional artist. People can appreciate teen art because that’s usually when our feelings are unadulterated, passionate (you can thank hormones for that much) and not yet smothered by supposed art rules. But young artists taking part in local art communities must be willing to make sacrifices. You’d have to be willing to take part in shows the club might do, and that may mean sacrificing your time to showcase your teen art. Sometimes, they may give you the opportunity to hang just your work in a café, restaurant, or somewhere else. So you’re going to need enough art for that.
Teen Section of your Library
Most libraries have a teen section. Ask them if you can hang one or two pieces of your work up there. Most libraries will say yes; they usually can appreciate teen art and want to support young artists. Some teen sections even have their own teen magazines in which they publish teen art. That’s a great opportunity too. If the library likes it, they may ask you to hang it up throughout the entire library. Don’t be embarrassed to ask-if you want your art in the public eye, you have to take the initiative. Successful young artists are brave.
Your Art Teacher
Most art teachers are happening artists themselves. As long as you’re giving your best effort, you can ask your teacher about teen art opportunities in the area. Most of the time they have showings they know of and events they’d be willing to share with you. Don’t be afraid they’ll scorn you, they obviously respect young artists. (They are working, completely surrounded by teen art, after all.) Ask if there’s anywhere in or at the school where’s there’s a teen art opportunity. This could be painting a mural or hanging your photographs. Your art teacher has two jobs, (a) to teach young artists the basics of art and (b) to get you into the artist mode. This includes getting your work into the public’s eye. Ask if there are any opportunities and you’ll be surprised how helpful your art teacher will be.
Hang your art at the local nursing home
Here’s a great opportunity for young artists-a way to get your art out there and to be charitable is to see if you can hang it at the local nursing homes. Nursing homes are drab places that can be depressing to be around. Teen art is almost unfailingly the most colorful and energetic type of art. Ask around and volunteer your happiest art. Most nursing homes will be grateful and willing to support young artists. People will see and appreciate your teen art, as well as your good deed.
Local schools and galleries
Submit your art to a local community college, college, or university (they usually have galleries) or a local art museum near you. If your art is professional enough and quality enough, they will accept it and hang it and this gives you the opportunity to sell! You’ll be surprised how willing your community is to support young artists. Most of the time they aren’t too keen on accepting teen art applicants but if your art is excellent, they might hang it. Ask. It’s the most you can do. Hardly any teens get their art hung in galleries, but then again hardly any young artists actually try. Give it your best shot. It’s ok if it’s not accepted. A museum is a PhD to where most young artists are still working on their bachelor’s. Community colleges, colleges, and universities’ galleries probably won’t take your art unless you are enrolled in classes there, but ask anyway. Teen art is more appreciated than you might think. Non-profit galleries are, after all, there to support local artists. Teen art is not any exception.
Support your own art
Find places where you can put up your own teen art. In your room, in your binder’s cover, in your car. You art defines you to an extent. Be proud of it. Keep it with you. Show it off. Young artists, be proud!