WHAT THE BODY ARTIST YOU ARE PLANNING TO BOOK FOR YOUR EVENT SHOULD KNOW- Body Artistry Do's & Don'ts 101
When booking a body artist for your next event, there are several KEY things you should look for in a Body Artist that goes beyond their design ability and natural talent.
Thinking of training staff or volunteers instead? This key list of critical things you should do and not do, will guide you to be fully prepared no matter which avenue you decide to venture upon.
Although you may think of face painting or temporary tattoos as just another "add on" activity to your event, there are potential risks and benefits that can completely change the outcome of the experience for our guests. This is why I have created this list for you to consider the various options available to you. Regardless of your event "budget" there are certain elements that are more important than others, and ones you should NEVER compromise on. Remember, you get what you pay for!
2. SCOPE OF PRACTICE/ DESIGN ABILITY
PERSONAL SAFETY OF YOUR GUESTS
SAFE SET UP FOR ARTISTS & GUESTS
THE TRUE COST
What are you really paying for when you book a Body Artist?
You are paying for not just their supplies, but their skill level, and professionalism. I don't know how many times I have had people try to cut the cost of the gig by offering to buy supplies, or asking the Artist to do the job of two people for less than the price of one. If they are not in your budget range, that is fine, but remember these are real people who DO pay taxes, and must be accountable for their gigs to their union, insurance provider, agent, and government.
Body Artistry IS a trade, and not just something ANYONE can do. Although more and more people are learning the tricks of the trade, an Artist has set their prices for a reason. The travel time to and from the gig, the time to clean and prep the supplies in between gigs, the time to order and arrange their products, type an invoice for you, answer your questions, and put a qoute together for you, all takes TIME.
Very few professional Body Artists are rich, so remember the price they have given you is most likely fair and reasonable even if it sounds to you like they are getting paid $100 hour, once divided into all the things they need to do for one gig, it is alot less. Just like any business, they have costs. They also have to pay for their own health insurances, travel insurance etc, so its rather insulting to make comments about their worth as an Artist. Often times this is the reason really good Artists retire early, and it has nothing to do with whether or not they are talented or enjoy painting.
So, remember, respect the Artist, and respect your Guests. Treat them well, and expect the best. Ask questions, provide support, and above all, do your research before bringing in an Artist. Ask for references, and do not allow the price of an Artist to be the main factor in deciding on who you want to book.
Looking for a Body Artist for your next Gig? Contact ArtWithSas! E: firstname.lastname@example.org P: 204.894.1075
Everywhere you look you see a child in front of a TV, a tablet, a computer, or a smart phone. It seems as years go by, the children get distracted by these devices at a younger age. With all the advances in digital technology and social media in the 21st century kids spend less time doing kid things. When I was younger I enjoyed to sew from the fabric scraps my mother had, or play in the snow. In the summer running through the parks discovering nature, or sitting back reading a paperback book were some of my favorite past times. There was no such things as YouTube tutorials, and how-to-do apps.
As much as these advancements serve a fantastic purpose, and can be a great tool for kids, all kids should "unplug" once in a while and learn to create fun from their OWN imagination through self-guided discovery.
Some of the best artists did things at their time that were considered "eccentric", or their art wasn't even considered art, or masterpieces because it was "different". Being different is OK. With TV, and Media constantly putting pressure on our children to look and be a certain way 24-7 whether to compete with other children in school, or to be a team player "popular" no lesson is more valuable for them to learn than to be their OWN person.
Art allows a child to be weird, different, eccentric, outgoing, introverted, sad, happy, mad, or glad in a productive way that not only helps them gain confidence and healing, but it also helps them develop their own identity. Kids who are confident in their individuality do better in school, and socially as well. In the attempt to make our kids more well rounded so that they can become productive adults we sometimes forget to let their hearts guide their path.
Art speaks what no words can, in a beautiful way. Some of the greatest pieces of art I ever made were composed of beautiful mistakes. Art teaches kids that they can make lemonade out of lemons, and it also teaches them to search for beauty in every facet of life.
I took my first acrylic painting class when I was 13, and followed up that learning with taking graphic design in high school. My first painting class consisted of 8 weeks of 1 hour classes in a non-structured lesson plan environment. Basically, you were given a blank stapled canvass, bottles of cheap acrylic paint in the 5 basic primary colors, and were told ready-set-go. In my graphics design class we always received a lesson and then completed an art activity related to the lesson that was shown that same day. Classes in high school were also under an hour.
Nowadays you can purchase an art book from a store, and learn just about any skill set through disciplined study. So then the questions we must ask ourselves when choosing an art teacher to learn from are:
1. What is the need/ purpose of an art teacher
2. What can an art teacher teach you in-person that you can not get from an art book?
The answer to the first question is simply.....
"A great art teacher inspires their student first, and guides their student to develop their creativity, technique to discover their own style."
The answer to the second question are the following 3 qualities:
1. GREAT PERSONALITY: They have excellent/ above average customer service skills.
2. DIVERSE IN MULTIPLE ART GENRES/ MEDIUMS: A great art teacher is a student themselves who is always expanding his/ or her horizons by developing their current artistic skill set by trying new mediums, and learning a variety of genres.
3. INTERMEDIATE- MASTERY OF CHOSEN SKILL-SET TEACHING: I have always believed that as a teacher you must always be in tune with current industry trends and be continually educating yourself on new techniques and artistic methods. That being said, as long as you have created works, there is a skill set that you posses, and must master to teach your students well. Just because some one is a great artist, does not mean they will be a great art teacher, no matter how much of an art education they have. Teaching is not easy, and is one of the most challenging and rewarding careers if done right. It is great to teach traditional methods (foundation skillets) such as:
But unless you can unravel the mysteries of creating artwork, and make learning art less intimidating, more fun, and keep your student's engaged from the beginning to the end of the class, you have not yet mastered the 3 top qualities. Never under estimate your student's potential, as you will be surprised what you can learn from them
The perfect solution for a 2 hour getaway for new parents and couples with older children.
As a new parent I realized early on, that one on one time with my spouse is extremely important to keep the romance in our stress out so I began searching online for an activity to do as a couple one day a week. He is a sports guy, and I am a dancer, both activities were too time consuming for our 2 or 3 hour babysitting limits.
After searching through the Leisure guide and facebook for an activity that was affordable, fun, new, and started after 6:00pm, and ended around 7:30pm or 8:00pm during the week and weekends, the options looked limited, After a long day of work and baby care I wanted to make sure I came home sober with energy left to care for our child.
Most importantly, we wanted to save money and put our hard earned dollars into savings for our son. So what was the solution?
We both have an interest in art, so art classes looked like a great fit. Simply put, art classes are inexpensive in 6 sessions or more, and we are sharing a skill that we can pass onto our son when he is older by doing art with him. Finding art classes that start in the 6:30pm-8:30pm time range can be tricky, so when my son was old enough I began teaching beginner art classes in the evenings for adults.
If you are interested in attending, I would love to have you! To learn more:
Whether you are a mom who wants to learn how to do face painting for your kids and special events, or a comic con/ cosplay enthusiast, this introductory workshop will teach you the foundations of body art.
From henna tattoos, to cheek, nose, and full face designs, you will learn:
Over the years I have trained various teens and adults on how to do body artistry correctly, giving them the chance to provide face painting and temporary tattoo application at the various corporate, family, and grads I was commissioned too.
My goal is to show you just how exciting, simple, and interesting body art can be for recreational purposes. Workshops are offered in an intimate setting of 20 or less students, and my "Body Art with Sas" training book will be available for purchase after the workshop to help you build on your new skillset.
In a world where boys are taught that to be masculine is to use physicality over emotions, art can teach them where gentleness is still masculine, and when to exercise the ladder.
Just like yoga and dance, art is another way for a young boy to see that his power and strength does not just lye in the size of his biceps, but in his heart as well. More and more these days young boys are developing eating disorders, considering plastic surgery, abusing steroids and energy drinks trying to be like the "loud and proud" men they see in movies, tv, video games, and music videos. Yes boys will be boys, and being physical is normal way for boys with developing testosterone to behave, but boys are emotional creatures too.
When boys are not taught how to effectively manage their emotions in difficult and stressful situations, they lash out physically or internally. Alot of young men are afraid to express their emotions in front of their peers as they get older, and in turn,push it deep down inside until they are overwhelmed with anxiety and lash out. I truly believe all young men are capable of being gentle physically,as long as they have a spiritual and creative outlet to safely express it in.
I have had the privilege of teaching young boys dance, yoga, and music from the ages of 2 and up, and have witnessed first hand how they can grow into gentleman who are respectful to women verbally, and less violent with their peers. When they play fight they know when to stop,and are much more equipped to verbally express their feelings before a serious conflict arises. Some of the boys I have instructed were the bully or were being bullied in school, and it amazed me how by simply listening to them nervously express their emotions when they first began to open up made a huge difference. All of a sudden they were asking to help me co-teach and would even bring me water and drawings, as well as food.
Art teaches boys how to engage in nature, science, history and various subjects in a non confrontational way. For boys with learning disabilities, or behavior challenges they can become and remain engaged in subjects that they may otherwise have done poorly in over time. Art not only raises boys mental intelligence, but their emotional as well.
Art naturally makes a person pause, slow down, and think about the world around them and allows for the greatest or most painful memories to be turned into something positive.
Whether you purchase them art kits for them to use at their leisure at home, or sign them up for an art class, a meditating child, is a more balanced child.
Art therapy, a proven method of recovery for those struggling with PTSD.
I wanted to use my experiences as an artist with a disability to help others, so in my early twenties I began working for various community and social service agencies on a part time basis. As I began to work full time, hearing peoples stories became too much.
I am sure you have read about firefighters, paramedics, policemen, nurses,doctors, soldiers, bus drivers, and social workers who have struggled with PTSD with very little success in recovery when reaching out for help. This truth remains partially because there is such a stigma around mental health.
Good news is thanks to social media and collaborative efforts by companies and not for profit organizations campaigns, the table has been opened to encourage people to talk about mental health, and be available to their loved ones if they need to talk. Slowly we are di stigmatizing mental health and PTSD, but there is still room for improvement.
As a caregiver, I truly believe that people who work in the social and public services industry really do care, and humans can only absorb so much pain before it boils over. These same everyday heroes tend to work over time, and
double time, giving very little space for downtime. Downtime is especially important for caregivers as they witness some of the worlds greatest tragedies. They run towards the fire when we run away, knowing they may never come back. Caregivers also feel at times over burdened, under-appreciated and simply like they aren't doing enough.
I left the community and social services industry in my mid twenties from burn out.I did not know I had PTSD till I learned more about it. I felt ashamed, as who was I to complain when other people around me were hurting so much more? I felt like I needed to be strong for them, and was scared to be judged or rejected if I spoke up about how much I was hurting. I would be okay for a while, then I would be triggered,and fall into depression. It was a vicious cycle, and as time went by it became harder to "stay happy" for a while again.
Thank goodness an artist's husband donated her art supplies to me when she passed away. I began to paint again. What I created was not for the purpose of sale or for me to post on instagram. It was just a way for me to divulge my most intimate pain in a private and healing way.
One day I was painting, and it dawned on me that I was no longer sad when I painted. I also realized I was happier more than I was sad. I had been painting for about 5 years when I had this Epiphany. Everyone heals differently in their own timing. Although I danced, sang and wrote songs, nothing quite expressed my deep emotions quite the same way as painting.
Counselling is paid for by work places, and I think dance, art or music classes should be too. Not only as a preventative measure for caregivers in the front-line, but also as a recommendation when they are beginning to show signs of distress.
As a workplace you can show your support to your staff by offering art classes in house, or creating a culture that stresses the importance of play hard as equally as they work hard. Providing these opportunities to your workers will make them more productive, help them keep the passion alive for what they do, and help decrease the turn around rate,.
I can honestly say in all of the workplaces I worked, not one of them ever reached out to me. When I reached out to them they simply suggested I took time off. Time off will only help a person so much. Extroverted and introverted people deal with trauma differently yes, but each of them needs an outlet regardless. My mother is and has been a nurse for almost 30 years. I witnessed her heartaches, passion, and joy as she positively affected so many lives. I also remember her putting herself last, which caregivers tend to do. She is now taking my art classes, and to see the joy in her eyes makes me happy because she deserves it. She is so dedicated to her field that she is only semi-retired, but now she understands the importance of loving herself as much as her neighbor.
"Take an art class? How intimidating! I can barely draw, but I have always wanted too." said Sue.
Sue used to watch her mother paint on the veranda and wonder how she was able to draw gorgeous swirling flowers with just a flick of her brush. It was like magic to 9 year old Sue. How does she do it? She wondered.
In high school Sue always wanted to take art classes but she never thought she could tackle the assignments. After all, her doodles and sketches in her book were just drawings she did after school in her spare time when no one was looking. No one really knew in her family that she wanted to learn how to draw or paint really, cause she never asked,.
One day Sue was walking by her local art supply store in town, and saw a sign that read "art classes for beginners" she thought wow! Here is my chance! So she hesitantly walked in, and signed up for the class, and a week later on tuesday she showed up for her first lesson. she sat patiently and eagerly, shy of course, but ready to learn. The Instructor began to paint and with quite the artistic vocabularey she explained the techniques, and somehow sue got lost. Sue thought to herself: " I thought this was gonna be fun." At the end of the class, allthough a little disapointed, she saw on the register a sign up sheet for another teachers course. This sign up sheet was on bright pink paper, and when she looked at the instructors bio and picture she didn't look so intimidating as the other instructor, so she signed up for her course.
Two weeks later she arrived at the new teachers course, and this time, she wasent shy to put her hand up for instruction. Sue was blown away byt the teachers chipper personality, and excitement to instruct her,. There was so much passion in her eyes and voice when she explained the steps. Sue could finally understand them. At the end of the class she had a finished piece, and a new found confidence in her artistic ability.
Sue wasent sure where her new hobbie would take her, but she really felt like she was learning something great, and making new friends at the same time. Plus, it felt kind of cool to decorate her home with works of her own. Sue found that with the right teacher, and a willingness to try something new, learning to paint wasen;t so scary after all.
Some of you may be saying:
"Okay this is it! The time has come....now what?"
or maybe you are one of those planning savey folk that says................................................................................................................................
Either way, the goal of every man or woman's retirement is to be happy, content, relaxed, rested, smiling, and carefree. You have possibly been putting off some of your greatest wild adventures into your bucket list for years. Now you have all this time on your hands, and you want to make sure you spend it wisely. I have always lived by the modo, that if you try new things, and explore your inner child-like curiosity, you will experience great things, and more meaning to your life. It can be hard after years of putting family first to do the right thing, and take the time you have earned to spend doing things you are passionate about, but it is never to late to start. Of course you can enlist the help of a retirement coach to put a plan together, or you can let your imagination lead.
Art has an amazing way of bringing out buried emotions and memories (good or bad) from our past and our current circumstances and packaging them into something beautiful. Think of whatever you create artistically as a keepsake, or a memoir of the life you led. Art is like a photo of your heart. You can either places these photos in a scrapbook or a box, or put them on a canvass for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Creating art builds confidence, and taking an art class is a great way to make new friends. You got to start somewhere.
I encourage you to take an art class, and bring it all together. To learn more please visit:
Stephanie A.E Strugar
Certified Grumbacher Painting & Drawing Instructor.
Certified Face/ Body & Temporary Tattoo Artist.
Public Speaker/Blogger/ Community Advocate