Arts and Crafts Classes: How Do You Start?
Teaching arts and crafts to kids can be a small but profitable business to start up, especially for ambitious housewives. It's a lucrative home-based business opportunity.
I myself entered into this field because I wanted to give enough time to my child and was not ready to put him into boarding school. I quit my job and started my own art and craft classes for kids. The best part was that my child was learning a lot from this activity and getting lot of quality time to spend with his parents.
Initially I struggled, as I knew it takes time to get recognition especially when you live in an area where there is a good competition. But I learned that if you give good quality instruction and kids are satisfied, you will surely get success. I realized this when a few of my students stood first in art competitions; I started getting lot of calls for more admissions. Kids I trained have been consistent award winners. I was never worried about what others were teaching; I concentrated more on what and how i would teach. For this I put great effort into the curriculum and how to find a way to transform a child's ability in one year of training.
I found this business most satisfying and at the same time it was improving my artistic and creative abilities. I will explain in this article what you can to start such a business without much investment.
How to Start Your Own Arts and Crafts Training Center for Children
1. Assess Your Knowledge
Knowledge of the art field is the first place to start. So assess your skills, or should I say, know your basic drawing ability. If you have previous formal training in the field of art then go to the next step. If you don't have previous training, but your hand at basic drawing is good, then take at least 2-3 months to train yourself, and in the beginning start drawing classes for little kids up to the age of 8 years. The next step will tell you how you can train yourself without spending too much money.
2. Train Yourself in Arts and Crafts
If you are not a fine arts graduate and don't have a diploma in art, not to worry. The Internet is the best source of information and full of easily downloadable books and tutorials like 123peppy.com or youtube (or my own tutorials that I keep uploading on HubPages). You can also purchase some good drawing books from the nearby bookstore.
Train yourself in the following areas and include all this in your curriculum.
- Pencil. Improve your knowledge about pencils like what HB stands for and what is the difference between 2B pencil and a 2H pencil and what all different kinds of pencils are available in the market and so on.
- Colors and brushes. Improve your knowledge about all types of color mediums like crayons, oil pastels, water colors, pencil colors, soft pastels, paints and learn about round and flat brushes and there differences.
- Shapes. Learn to draw all types of shapes like circle, oval, triangle, square, rectangle, cone, cylindrical, and move on to trapezium, semicircle, kite, heart shape, eye shape and cloud shape.
- Lines. Learn to draw lines like standing, sleeping, slanting, dotted, wavy, curly, zig zag, and curvy lines, and "m" and "w" shaped lines.
- Alphabet drawings. Learn to draw basic things around us using alphabets and shapes. Alphabets and shapes help kids learn drawing easily.
- Basic elements. Learn to draw trees, houses, flowers, clouds, mountains, water, island, and the sun and make some simple nature scenes. In the same manner, draw some cityscapes like school building, market area, a house with garden, and so on. Practice a few under water scenes with underwater animals and fishes, corals and seaweeds. 4-5 drawings in each area is enough for the beginning.
- Shading. Learn basic shading and coloring at the level that kids require. Begin with pencil shading first and then go for coloring. For the 3 to 7 year age group hardly any shading is required.
- Drawing living things. Learn to draw animals, birds, and insects, and try to draw all these with the help of shapes.
- The human body. Learn to draw human body actions like sitting, standing, running, jumping, walking. Start with a boy and girl and move on to topics like 'My family'.
- Craft materials. Learn about various craft products available in the market like sheets, origami papers, cardboards, punches, calligraphy pens, flower making materials, greeting cards embellishments.
- Craft ideas. Learn to make greeting cards, origami basics, flower making, punch craft, quilling, school projects. These craft areas are very easy to learn and teach.
3. Consider Your Investment
Starting classes at your home is the best idea, as no investment required is required for the space. You need to purchase table and chairs, some colors, shelves to display some drawing books and some of your art and craft work. Besides this, you need to spend money on advertising; printing and distributing pamphlets is a must. So the total investment is very little if you can start at your home.
4. Plan the Curriculum
Plan a curriculum for at least a year, with 2-3 classes in a week, for example two classes and one craft class. Plan a curriculum in such a way that kids complete 3-4 drawings in a month and 2-3 craft projects. In the beginning, let the children practice only shapes and lines for 3-4 classes which helps improve wrist movements.
5. Choose an Age Group
Choose the age group best suited to your skills, perhaps 3-12 years, or one group of 3- to 7-year-olds and a second of 8- to 10-year-olds. Keeping separate groups is better as these two age groups have different needs.
6. Choose a Location
It's best if you can start from your home; otherwise rent a room in a potential place that gets a lot of traffic. You can also share space with an already established tutoring center or playschool.
7. Choose a Name
Pick a catchy name for your art school, like Colors, Color Palette, or Pencil and Scissors. Or use the name of any famous cartoon character. Or choose a more intellectual name like Virtuoso, Little Artist, or Strokes and Cuts.
People will come to know about your center only through advertising, so distribute pamphlets, and put display ads in book stores and stationery stores. Put advertisements in newspapers and on the internet so that more and more people know about your center. You can also organize workshops or art competitions for children in your area which will help you a lot in gaining recognition.
9. Hire Teachers
Once your business is doing well and you are not able to take all the classes yourself, hire outside teachers on a monthly basis.
10. Keep Polishing Your Art Skills
There is always more to learn about art. So keep learning more and more art and craft techniques and forms and keep mastering your skills.
Kids can learn how to draw much faster with the help of letters. Kids at a very young age learn to recognize the English alphabet through charts, toys or being taught at playschools. But they start drawing in the form of scribbling long before they learn to write the alphabet.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Chitra on July 15, 2020:
Approximately how many monthy will take mam if i will teach drawing for kids
Bhavna on January 15, 2020:
Sonia on August 12, 2019:
This is a great article and so helpful for all the people wanting to teach art classes.
You can also post your class on Ozli.co - It's like AirBnB for Artists & Creatives. You can post your class, including date & time, price, and the payment can all be processed via the website.
It's a great for you to get exposure and a place for students to find you. It's also 100% focused on arts & crafts
Khushbu on July 07, 2019:
Its a lovely detailed guide you shared selflessly! I thank you for sharing this as myself want yo start art classes for kids very soon!
Rinku Roy on May 03, 2019:
Thank you so much for your suggestions.It is very motivated and helpful for me.
Sandip Mashalji on May 03, 2019:
Thanks for your suggestions ,
Very useful for me
KavithaR on April 13, 2019:
Thanks for your suggestions..it really motivated us to start A&C classes ... what is the basic fees we can charge for this class..
Roopa on March 31, 2019:
Thanks good tips
Chizoba on March 30, 2019:
thanks so much for this tips, you know i don't really know how to draw a lot. but I will love to have an art and craft school in my area I have never seen one before here, how do I go about it. I can employ an art teacher right? I can make crafts work like paper work, rug making. am in Nigeria 08169393632.
Amandeep on March 19, 2019:
Plz suggest some activities to b added in different age group
anindita on January 17, 2019:
see being new to these metropolitian cities in kolkata ,it has been found that in almost all the areas their are no 's of school of craft, pl help me out that what i will do different so that kids get atrracted towards me and secondly where i used stay earlier i found there people keep on asking for certificate or diploma certificate ,pl help me how to help them out.
email@example.com on September 06, 2018:
Pl suggest new ways to attract kids for classes
Bharti on July 22, 2018:
Thank you for sharing tips.
Very useful for me.
ajay on May 27, 2018:
How to provide certificates
Deidre on May 23, 2018:
Love but what do you need to start ? Do I need a license?
Sonali on April 08, 2018:
Nice help line
Lalitha Ananth on April 05, 2018:
Very useful. I m good at doing pencil portrait n paintings too since childhood. Wanted to start drawing class for kids. Please tell me what are the materials need to be given for students from my side.. and do we have any strict rule for planing the curriculum ??
EDITH NGWENYA on March 22, 2018:
thank you for sharing
Sayara Ashory on March 16, 2018:
reading the comments I thought its the right place to share this information
I work in a community organization where we have arts and craft workshop for women every Wednesday 11 to 12:30 and we are looking for someone who can facilitate workshop.
we pay 50$ per workshop which is 1 hr and half. anybody interested please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lata on March 02, 2018:
Hi, that's very helpful but i ur need help in setting the curriculum for the age groups u have suggested above.
Sharora on February 25, 2018:
Thank you. It's very useful.
Sheetal Mangla on February 20, 2018:
Hi I am working but I think post baby it's not my cup of tea. I want to start my own small venture for art and craft so that I am not dependent on my husband. moreover I like doing it as my hobby. Please suggest how can I proceed.
Neeru Aggarwal on December 29, 2017:
Very useful, thanks for sharing this information
Mum on November 10, 2017:
Hi there I'm a qualified nursery teachers with 13 years experience
I am looking to starts classes on my own in a rented building for 2-5 year olds
Where do I start with licensing etc
Mama on November 09, 2017:
I am thinking about starting an art class for kids but don't have the room in my home but there is a local spot in my town to do it for a donation. My question is would I need licensing if it's not in my home?
Munmun on November 07, 2017:
Hi thank you so much for all the advice and motivation... I am really keen to help kids to learn craft. I love doing craft activities. Want to make it my profession.....
Nivedhitha on November 05, 2017:
I want to study drawing, arts and crafts. Could you please find the best institute for me in hyderabad.
revathi on November 03, 2017:
i want to start my own art and craft class iam do good draw what should ido please suggest
Leena on October 31, 2017:
I have been seriously thinking of starting a small Arts school for kids. But had no idea how to go about it. This article gave me quite a lot of insight on the matter and a drive to move ahead with my dream. Thank you so much for the motivation.
Nina on October 21, 2017:
Thank you ! I've been wanting to do this for so long but kept on holding back for lack of funds and confidence. I'm not a professional artist but I love painting and all sorts of crafts that I later sell at fête and fares. Now, I'm launching my little art club next month and could not be happier! Thank you for this article, it's a life-changer!
Sarah on September 18, 2017:
Not typically, unless you are running a childcare facility. If you are strictly teaching an art class in your home you do not need licensing, but I would advise you look into getting liability insurance to protect yourself.
Harini on September 12, 2017:
I love to teach kids .I don't know where and how to start ?
Driantha on September 11, 2017:
Thank you for this article you have given me so much more confidence in doing this. I would like you to answer Sarah's question please as this is a question I need an answer to in order to start this venture.
Sarah on August 21, 2017:
Are there are licensing requirements and such for having an art class for young children in your home with parents involved? I cannot seem to find any information on this...
amrutha on August 11, 2017:
I want to study about pencil drawing and painting I had no techer
Vicky on July 20, 2017:
Very useful article.
Panchu on July 14, 2017:
Really nice article.
Monika Bansal on July 13, 2017:
Very nice n knowlegable
Shradha on June 05, 2017:
Very useful and detailed
Nisha Vishwakarma on May 23, 2017:
Superb idea with small investment..
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Nice to see your suggestions
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It's very helpful to me.. Thank you...
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Very helpfull article. Thanks
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I want to start my hobby class ,very thankful to you for giving such a useful tips
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I want to start my own art and craft classes at my home. What should I do for. Please suggest me. This article is so helpful to me but give me some more information about it.
Kanupriya on January 18, 2017:
very helpful...best article...very practical and simple instructions
Asha on January 09, 2017:
Thank you, very helpful.
Pushparani on December 17, 2016:
Thank you so much.
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Pooja Mg on November 30, 2016:
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anne on November 28, 2016:
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shreedevi.s.reddy on November 23, 2016:
tkank you . it is very helpfull to start ahobby class at home.
Behnaz on November 14, 2016:
Thanks.... very nice and easy to follow steps.... but do I need to get a licence for it/center/homebase??? doe i need to take any child care development courses???
Neha on October 11, 2016:
Jovia on September 22, 2016:
great advice! thanks for sharing
Omolara on September 20, 2016:
Very helpful. Thank you so much.
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Systematic planning. Thanks
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