Careers for Creative Thinkers

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Not many school leavers are aware that art as a ‘gateway’ subject, just like science and mathematics, can enable them to become top earners. This guide introduces over 30 well-paying careers for creative thinkers by transposing the reader into the shoes of an actual practitioner.

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About Thea Van Schalkwyk

My name is Thea Van Schalkwyk. I am an art consultant and art educator.

I was born into the world of creativity. I was introduced to the intriguing and often complex world of artists and their beautiful creations at a very young age. This foundation lead me to study art at university and also to teach art. I learned about the business side of art thought the family gallery and was lucky enough to work with many great artists. I now own my own art consultancy and have a special interest in career development for those interested in art. I provide special career guidance to learners with creative minds and have written a guide called Careers for Creative Thinkers to make school leavers aware of the many career options available to those who might not specifically be into, or enjoy, mathematics and science.

The guide is almost like a journal of conversations I have had with more than 30 international visual arts practitioners that are currently benefiting from rewarding and well-paying careers. I use a novel approach to make the reader experience a day in the life of each practitioner – by means of a simple 30-minute fun project capturing the essence of the career.

Learners from all around the world are responding very positively to this new fun guide!

For the younger children I have developed a series called 'Lucy and the Fairies' READ & DRAW which consists of 5 individual short fairy stories where the child is invited to listen to the story and then make a drawing of it. The drawings can then be sent to my creative art website at Hotskills: for a positive, encouraging reply (for free).

Hope that you too will find my career guide and activity books valuable and fun!

Kind regards
Thea van Schalkwyk

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Review by: erb262 on Sep. 20, 2016 :
I recently purchased this book for my son as he is an aspiring animator yet was worried about the kind of career possibilities available for him.

Very rarely do you get to experience a book in such an interactive manner; the 30 minute projects really capture the imagination and put you in the shoes of each artist, whether it’s a career you’re already interested in or something completely new!

This book has really opened my son’s eyes about the practicalities of life as an artist and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone considering a career in a creative discipline.

An excellent and original read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: superlubmer on Sep. 14, 2016 :
My niece is coming to the end of her secondary school education. With no clear idea of what she would like to do next but having an interest in the Arts I bought this on a whim.

I’ve read the first two careers, it’s well written, clear, and concise and gives a good idea of the day to day running of that chosen career. It will definitely provide food for thought and gives an idea of the possibilities that exist for the working artist. My niece particularly enjoyed the chapters on Jewellery Designer and Furniture Designer.

An excellent book and well worth the $3.99
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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