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How Much Should You Charge As An Art Tutor?

By Yann, published on 12/06/2018 We Love Prof - AU > Tutoring > Advice for Tutors > How to Set Your Rates as an Art Tutor

Finding the best price to offer private drawing lessons is not obvious.

It’s necessary to take into account several parameters so the art tutor gets paid fairly and the beginner student also gets his benefits.

Where do the painting or drawing workshops take place?

Is the artistic material supplied (paper, paint, brushes, felt, etc.) for the drawing course?

In what purpose are these courses or internships of plastic arts given?

So many questions to ask to set a price for private lessons of a fairly remunerative and attractive drawing course for the professional or the enthusiast who delivers it.

Offering a Fair Price for a Drawing Course Depending on the Level of the Student

Depending if the art teacher leads a private lesson for a child in leisure or for a preparation for an entrance examination in a school of art, the rate will be different. Quite logically, the price of a painting workshop or drawing can vary from the simple to the double, let’s say from £20 to £40 per hour.

Indeed, the required technical level will not be the same, just like the personal involvement of the teacher, which can become a professor as well as a personal coach. But we can also wish to learn to draw for our own pleasure as can be seen here.

The approach to always keep in mind is that of the win-win. It’s a fact that the drawing or painting teacher loves art, but he offers classes to earn money.

Namely that if the professor is self-employed to declare their hours of private drawing courses, they will have to put back a contribution of about 25%.

For example, he can propose painting classes in their own residence for £20 an hour, asking the student to bring his material. Once the contributions are paid to the National Insurance Contributions Office, he will keep only approximately £15.

In addition, if he supplies all the material from the paper to the eraser, you can quickly imagine that giving drawing courses is not very lucrative…

Of course, if a student asks for an intensive preparation, hoping to enter Newcastle University or the University of Oxford, for example, he will have to dig into his pockets.

Find out what qualifications you need to become a private art instructor

Watercolour is a technique you can learn with private lessons Become a painter of watercolours by following private painting lessons! Photo via VisualHunt

Choose your Rates for your Drawing Course according to your Degrees

As an independent art teacher, it’s necessary, as in any domain, to value your experience and your degrees as a drawing teacher.

Therefore, an independent artist who has already exposed his work, can ask more for a drawing course than a post-bachelor student who has been drawing for a long time.

Also, if you have only taken the high school diploma with option plastic arts, you can’t ask for the same remuneration as for a student of the Fine Arts or of the Royal College of Art. Logic. In fact, many teachers find tutoring as ideal jobs for ex teachers.

The expertise has a cost and it’s necessary to value your background. Indeed, during your private lessons you can pass on the techniques you were taught in prestigious formations to people who would never have access otherwise.

Concerning rates, here are some initial ideas:

  • A high school graduate can start offering a course for £15 per hour
  • A student with an Applied Arts BA can ask at least for £20 per hour
  • A graduate of a school of art can give courses for £35 per hour

Regarding the student, he should not hesitate to look closely at the CV of the professor and to ask if it’s possible to see some achievements or certifications.

And yes, we don’t judge a professor of plastic arts “on paper”. It’s necessary to see what he actually masters.

Join the discussion: is professional status mandatory to become an art instructor?

And if you really want to learn to make attractive watercolours and the professor is an expert in acrylic paint, that’s not necessarily the right person.

This is why it’s always better to test a first drawing course before making a commitment on the duration for a fixed package of 5 or 10 courses for example. This is good for the teacher as for the student!

SuperProf allows art teachers and amateur painting and plastic arts students to simply enter into a relationship. The best of the site: art professors profiles are ultra complete to make a good choice.

If the professor goes to the student’s home, they can charge, of course, a compensation for the kilometres expenses. For example, if the course is 15 kilometres away from the place of residence of the teacher, he can ask for a stake at the level of £3 per course.

Learn the best ways to find students for your art courses!

Knife painting is a drawing technique you can learn The technique of the knife, an extra hand to take in a painting workshop! Photo credit: Ruth and Dave via Visualhunt.com

Offering an All Inclusive Rate for a Drawing Course Including the Material

The art or painting teacher can choose a particular formula, which is to supply the material or part of the material for his painting course or internship.

Let’s make a point on the price of the supplies for drawing and painting:

  • A kit of soft pastels costs from £25 to £70 according to the quality and the brand
  • A tube of acrylic paint costs from £2 to £4.5 approximately
  • A case of painting brushes costs from £4 to £40 according to the quality of the wood, the bristle (synthetic materials or not), the finish, etc.
  • 12 paper sheets Canson of 24 x 32 cm cost approximately £4.5 when10 sheets of the format big eagle of 75 x 110 cm amounts to £2.5
  • For information purposes, a portfolio in the size of 80 x 120 cm amounts around £70 (essential for the aspiring artists).

For the students who are sure to continue or who participate regularly in art workshops, it can be interesting to have their own material!

Every sub-discipline in an online drawing and painting course can require a specific material. For example, for a workshop of watercolour, it’s necessary to have a specific paint and adapted brushes.

In any case, the minimum is to have a portfolio, a case with dry and soft lead pencils, a kneaded eraser and some sheets at least to begin. This is the basis to learn the techniques of drawing and painting.

It’s common that a painter or illustrator has all the drawers filled with supplies or with sheets but providing everything is not suitable. Depending on the means of the art tutor, he can have more or less the material available there, this often depends on the professor drawing or painting status (student, professional, passionate, etc.).

You don’t lend your alcohol-based felt-tips Promaker of £25 the 12 units to anyone, in particular to the apprentice artists from 6 to 10 years old. Unless you offer a high-end course!

It’s up to the student to find the formula that corresponds to him, according to if he wishes to discover several techniques or to specialize in watercolour, oil paint, oil pastel, artistic collage, etc.

To discover the basic drawing techniques, view the tutorial of the School of Fine Arts on this page.

Art lessons to become a painter Take the break as a real painter when learning the painting techniques. Photo credit: Bennilover via VisualHunt

What are the Packages of Drawing or Painting Courses?

A teacher who wishes to develop loyalty with his students can choose to propose thematic drawing or painting courses, or on demand in a group version.

Rather than delivering courses in dribs and drabs, without knowing where it goes, an art tutor can be better organized. With this system, he manages more easily his employment and his money income.

Another brilliant idea to justify the price of your drawing course, is to create a loyalty card. It allows you to differentiate yourself from your competitors, to give presents to the students who are loyal, and to create a sympathetic capital.

Here are some ideas of rewards that you could offer to your diligent students:

  • For 10 courses completed, the 11th at half-price, or the material given for the session, or a free course.
  • For 20 courses bought, the 21th offered in a museum to copy a statue.
  • With 20 courses bought, the following five with 20% discount.
  • An workshop made, the second at half-price.

To gain acceptance of your prices for the drawing courses, there’s nothing like good commercial techniques which will tempt your students to continue with you.

Of course, think of smoothing the cost of the course offered in your basic formula so you don’t have to pay of your own pocket.

Morality: take out the calculator and run your thinking caps, even if you are a creative person.

Drawing animals with drawing private classes In some pencil strokes, the magic takes shape in a workshop of drawing. Photo via Visualhunt

Thanks to this article, now you know how to set your price as an art teacher to propose private lessons of drawing or painting.

It’s necessary to take into account your level of knowledge, experience, certifications, the offering of the material or not, but also the request of the student-customer and his objectives.

If they just come to learn to draw, it will demand you less effort than for a preparation for an entrance examination for a school of applied arts.

To find tricks that will allow you to excel in your courses of drawing, keep reading our blog! Find tutoring jobs London to Glasgow at Superprof.

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