Don't Be Afraid of the Internet

Workshop Date:January 31 - February 7

When: Wednesday, 1:30-4:30pm

Sessions: 2

Price: $100

Teaching Artist: Sian Robertson

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This workshop is designed for artists, crafters and others who would like to design and/or manage their own web sites, or revamp an existing one, but aren’t quite sure how to get started and feel overwhelmed by all the options out there. In this era of wide internet access and social media, it is vital for artists to have a web presence. A good web site does not have to be complicated or hard to maintain, but it is an essential tool for an artist who wishes to be taken seriously by prospective gallery directors, potential buyers and art collectors, and those who write about art. Whether you’re looking to sell your art online, get into a gallery, or provide a place for someone who stumbles across your work to find out more about you, this workshop will help you to hone in on what is important to you and how best to go about achieving your website goals. It is specifically designed with a week between the two classes so that participants can start to work on their sites and get help with issues, opinions on layout, etc. during the second class.

Sian Robertson is a self-taught collage artist originally from the UK, now living in North Truro.
Her source materials are mostly paper ephemera, though she occasionally includes mixed media
components in her work. Robertson says “Maps are of particular interest to me – they are beautiful to look at, they represent areas lived in and places still to visit, and I have incredibly fond memories of learning to map read when I was very young. As a small child I loved spending time in the car, with me navigating our way home. I clearly remember being excited to predict that there would be a river, or a T-junction, or a hospital a mile ahead, and being thrilled when it was actually there. Now, as an adult, maps give me a physical and emotional connection to a time and place left behind, and the reassurance that it might be returned to in the future. I am driven almost entirely by the aesthetics of the colors and shapes within maps, and have been using them in different ways for some years now.”

Through her job as assistant director of a local art gallery Robertson has spent a good deal of time reviewing artists’ web sites. As an artist, she has created her own website. She has also developed web sites for other artists, as well as helping some to create their own. Through both her job and her experience as an artist she has developed a sense of what works, and doesn’t work, both visually and practically, as well as an understanding of how to create a site to further an artist’s individual goals. Robertson is an active member of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and has participated in members’ exhibits since 2009, including having her work selected for several juried shows. Her ‘Postage Portrait’ collages were featured in the Summer 2015 edition of Uppercase Magazine, and her map work in Provincetown Magazine in 2016. She is represented by Adam Peck Gallery in Provincetown. www.sianrobertsonart.com