October 17, 2019 | Alyson Stanfield

Leading Your Own Art Workshops and Retreats with Lorraine Glessner

Teaching art workshops for artist organizations and venues can contribute significantly to your art income. But you can dramatically increase your bottom line when you organize those workshops yourself.

Artist and instructor Lorraine Glessner
Artist and instructor Lorraine Glessner conducting a workshop.

Of course, creating and running your own workshops presents challenges that you don’t have when groups and individuals hire you. If you earn money from teaching, or if you’d like to, this episode of the Art Biz Podcast is for you.

In this episode, I talk with Lorraine Glessner talk about how she makes a living as an artist and an instructor and why she views her retreats as “collaborative teaching ventures.”

Music by Wildermiss

I wasn’t only teaching, but
collaborating and sharing with fellow students.

©2018 Lorraine Glessner, Participants Within the Vast Imagination. Encaustic collage on wood, 48 x 60 x 1.5 inches.


Here are a few things that came up during our conversation.

  • How Lorraine began teaching against her will and better judgment.
  • The steps Lorraine took to transition from assistant professor to running her own art workshops, and why she did it.
  • The role that teaching plays in Lorraine’s art and why it’s critical that she continues to teach.
  • Why Lorraine thinks of teaching as sharing and as a collaboration.
  • How her retreats are different from workshops–what the experience is like.
  • How she finds venues for teaching.
  • The pros and cons of doing workshops for hire v. organizing her own.
  • Lorraine’s ideal workshop schedule for a year.
  • What the calendar for promoting the workshops looks like, and why she sometimes doesn’t have complete control over that calendar.
  • The process for booking workshops and how far in advance she starts that.
  • The tools she uses to stay organized for her workshops.
  • The percentage of her income that is attributed to teaching
  • How Lorraine balances a committed studio practice with a demanding teaching schedule.
  • Where the best connections and sharing occur during her retreats.


Art Biz Success workshops
Lorraine’s workshops


Related Episode

Making a Living as a Teaching Artist with Elizabeth St. Hilaire


About My Guest

Lorraine Glessner’slove of surface, pattern, mark-making, image and landscape has led her to combine disparate materials and processes such as silk, wood, wax, pyrography, rust, paper, and more in her work. Lorraine is a former Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, artist mentor, workshop instructor and an award-winning artist.

She holds an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, a BS from Philadelphia University, and an AAS in Computer Graphics from Moore College of Art & Design. She has a diverse art background with skills that include painting, sculpture, graphic design, interior design, textile design, photography, and digital imaging.

Since 2016, Lorraine has evolved from an assistant professor of art to running her own workshops and retreats.

Follow Lorraine on Instagram.


Music by Wildermiss

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