Artists’ Boot-Camp February 21st and 28th

Feb. 21st: Blockbusters, No to Others, Yes to Dreams, The Four C’s of the Creative Life

Your creative work matters enough for you to make the time to work. Negative self-talk, fear, and doubt will derail your creativity and productivity. Learn to take control over the anti-creating forces in your life such as procrastination and perfectionism and discover your most powerfully productive times during the day to work.

Set clear and defined goals, make it matter and make it happen, your personal challenges, identify a noble substitute activities stop before you start, the psychological scoop on procrastination (how time, value, expectancy, delay, need for affirmation and impulsivity steal your time and derail your productivity and Q & A.

How self-sabotage show up in your life (inner dialogue, critique, performance/productivity), when and how to say “No,” approaching elephants, ANTS (automatic negative thoughts) and rabbit trails, how to make quick decisions using your intuition, work with your body’s energy rhythms, creative time keeping (input vs. output), what is “good enough?” and Q & A

Instructor Bio:
Romney Nesbitt is a Creativity Coach, art teacher, artist, and author. Nesbitt is Jenks Public School’s 2014 Teacher of the Year and was one of twelve finalists for 2015 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. Nesbitt has a B.F.A. in art from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, a M.A. in painting from The University of Tulsa and a Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary. She has taught at The University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., Tulsa Community College and Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK.

Since the publication of her book, SECRETS FROM A CREATIVITY COACH (2008), she’s become the go-to speaker on creativity and productivity. She writes the popular advice column, “Ask a Creativity Coach,” for ART FOCUS OKLAHOMA magazine. Nesbitt has presented workshops on the creative process for Romance Writers of America, Jodi Thomas’ Writers’ Academy at West Texas A & M University, Southern Nazarene University, Ozark Writers League, Salina, Kansas Arts Council, Oklahoma City Writers, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Artist Survival Kit workshops, Oklahoma Arts Council’s annual conference and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Inc.

Feb. 28th: As an artist, do you want to make a living or just be a hobbyist? Learn to sell your art!

Organizations and businesses spend thousands, even millions, of dollars each year to promote and position themselves to the public. Artists are rarely afforded the resources for such a campaign, but the need for promotion and awareness is still there if an artist hopes to make a living through his or her work. Fortunately, artists of all variety of media can learn some simple marketing and public relations tools to promote their work and build their business.
Students in this class can expect to take away:

  • Basic marketing and branding knowledge, including the development of a personal brand positioning statement
  • Foundation of media relations, including how to pitch reporters and write a basic news release
  • Capitalizing on owned media to promote one’s work and complement media relations efforts
  • Does the government buy art? You bet. Learn how to use the government bid system.

Instructor Bio:
Adrienne Nobles, APR, brings nearly 20 years of experience in public relations, marketing and communications to her role as Assistant Vice President for University Relations at the University of Central Oklahoma. She manages the news bureau, serves as a media liaison and spokesperson, and directs the creative development of advertising, marketing and branding initiatives at Central. Her past experience includes similar work for the UCO Foundation, Central’s College of Arts, Media & Design, and TAParchitecture. A graduate of Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting, Adrienne also worked in radio and television broadcasting as an anchor, reporter and producer in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Adrienne is an active community volunteer, serving in various capacities for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC), the OKC Museum of Art, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma City, the Arts Council of OKC, deadCenter Film Festival, the Junior League of Oklahoma City, among others. She has presented on the topic of marketing, branding and promotion to artists and college students throughout Oklahoma with organizations like OVAC and Artist, Inc.

Register for both or for just one of the two sessions.

The general public wishing to enroll should call the Great Plains Technology Center Adult Career Development Center at 580-250-5500 or come by the enrollment desk in room 111, building 100 at 4500 W. Lee Blvd. All classes are being held on the Great Plains Technology Center EDC building 600, Rooms 655 and 656.

Dates: February 21st and 28th , 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Lunch on your own or bring a brown bag lunch.