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I am documenting what it means to be a working artist today by working as an apprentice to artists across the country.

What Is The Apprenticeship Project?

***TAP hit the 100% Funded mark six days after this Kickstarter launched. Thank YOU! No need to end the party - you can still pledge and receive backer rewards.  Remember, my goal is to exceed the goal - by a lot! All it takes is a pledge of ONE DOLLAR to become part of this project. Thank you!***

I am documenting what it means to be a working artist today by working as an apprentice to artists across the country.

Over the last five years my posts on Daily Art Muse have showcased the results of the hard work, dedication and commitment of more than 2,000 artists. I decided it was time to come out from behind the computer screen and get my hands dirty; time to move away from the finished piece and show the public what really goes into bringing a piece of art into the world.

This is a groundbreaking project - it has never been done before. I am sharing an inside look at the lives of today's artists from the perspective of an apprentice, showing what it takes to move a piece of art from idea to reality.

Last Fall I took my savings, my assistant (a cat named Chloe), a camera and a recorder and headed out of New York to work with a jewelry artist on the coast of Connecticut. A few months later I went to Washington, DC to work with ceramic and glass artists in the area (donations from DAM readers helped pay for temporary housing there). I did their scut work, swept floors and learned – about art, about life as an artist and about life in general. In addition to the artists I worked with, I also met, interviewed and observed many other artists during my stay in DC.

To date I have worked with 9 artists, taken thousands of pictures and published more than 50 posts about the project on Daily Art Muse. The multimedia posts include pictures, audio slide shows and text.

Help Me Work With More Artists

I need your help to keep the project going. There are artists in every region of the country who have expressed interest in The Apprenticeship Project. You decide how many I work with and include in the books.  

I've set my fundraising goal small with a big idea in mind. 

The more money I raise - the further I travel, the more artists I work with, interview and document for the books. 

The goal is to exceed the goal - by a lot. I'll go as far as the money takes me and work with as many artists as your support allows.  

The Books

Until now the project has been documented primarily through posts on Daily Art Muse - soon I will share selected essays on The Apprenticeship Project's new website. Moving forward, the project will be the foundation for three books:

  • Book #1 takes you deeper into the life of an artist: the daily rhythm, the solitude, the camaraderie, the highs, the lows - the details of the life of a working artist today. Stories about the artists, interviews with the artists, insights from the apprentice (me). This will be a myth-busting look at what it is like to work and live your passion. If you are looking for the Hollywood version, you won’t find it here. No reality show drama either. Just the facts. They are compelling enough.
  • Book #2 is a photo essay - selected images from the project. The artists, the tools, the studios, the work, the places they call home, the people and things that surround them in their cities and towns. Images tell a story of their own, and this is a powerful story.
  • Book #3 is my story - learn what was going on in my life that brought me to my knees and made me realize it was time to embark on this journey; find out how the journey helped me reshape my identity as I conquered fears, learned skills, discovered new things about my old self, explored the realm of possibility available to anyone and everyone and more. . .

Books #1 and #3 are eBooks. Book #2 is a print book.

This campaign features Backer Rewards that include books #1 and #2 - the third and last book in this series will be covered in another campaign.

How The Money Will Be Used:

The money raised through this Kickstarter campaign will help pay for costs associated with travel, temporary housing in the cities and towns where I apprentice, self-publishing costs and supplies for the interviews.

Take a look over there on the side of the page at the cool rewards you get for backing this project. Several participating artists donated a small work to be included as a Backer Reward but hurry - the artwork will go fast!

Read what people are saying about The Apprenticeship Project here.

Call To Action For Artists

Are you an artist? The Apprenticeship Project benefits YOU! I am educating the public about your journey - what you must do every day to move your idea from sketch to finished artwork. The whole DAM(N) truth.

Art is an important part of our culture and my goal is to educate the general public about what it takes to create great art - help them have a better understanding of what you do so that you can be compensated fairly, in a way that celebrates the importance of the contribution you are making to society.  

Get involved.

Give what you can.

Spread the word.

Write to me and tell me what this project means to you.

Help me get.this.done.

You deserve it!

Call To Action For Everyone

Give what you can.

Spread the word.

If you know of a corporation, a philanthropist an arts organization, or an educational institution that might be interested in sponsoring the project please pass along the link to this campaign, let them know about it, encourage them to back the project. 

Tweet about The Apprenticeship Project, share the link on Facebook, post about it on your blog, send the information to your email list - help me spread the word about this groundbreaking project. 

Rewards Images

Erwin Timmers' Green Rubber Band Ball

Rob Kincheloe's Floral Implosion Cube -  2" diameter

Tim Tate's Shoes - You won't receive the shoe in this picture, but the image gives you an idea of what they look like.  There are a few different styles of shoe - you will get my pick of the shoes. Here's another picture of the shoes.

More images coming soon.

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