Working with Art Directors


Learn how to approach Art Directors and manage projects in a way that will land you more work.

The live workshop will take place April 17th-19th. Each session will start at 2pm CST. Don’t worry if you can’t join live. You’ll have lifetime access to all of the content once you register.. Find your time zone here.


Sign up now | $97

Are you an artist, illustrator or designer interested in building a freelance career? The key to finding freelance work as an independent creative is learning how to effectively work with Art Directors.

An art director is the person in charge of hiring artist and designers who produce images for television, film, live performances, advertisements, or video games. They determine the overall style or tone desired for each project and find the creative talent they need to bring their vision to live. Your ability to present your work, manage project and meet deadlines will determine how much work you are offered.

Every creative must learn how to approach Art Directors and effectively present their work if they want to build a sustainable career.

This three-day live online workshop will be taught by an Art Director who has spent twenty-five years navigating the industry.  You will get an inside look at how Art Directors hire creative talent, and learn how to present yourself in a way that will land you more work.

This workshop will cover:

Working with Art Directors
Finding the best market for selling your work
Developing Your Portfolio
Pitching Art Directors and landing projects

 Sign up now | $97

About the instructor:


Karen Kohn
has been a Senior Art Director with CricketMedia since 2000. During that time, she served as the Art Director for Cricket and Ask children’s magazines, winners of numerous Parent’s Choice Gold awards. As an Art Director, she has worked with prominent illustrators, such as Christoph Neiman, Neal Layton, and Caldecott winners Brian Floca and Beth Krommes. In addition, she was instrumental in the creation Ask magazine (a science magazine for kids 7 to 10) in 2002, creating the initial magazine design. In 2010, she started the company’s App program. Prior to that, she ran her own design firm which specialized in museum exhibit design and graphics. She is the recipient of awards from the American Association of Museums and Chicago Women in Design. In addition to other graphics, she has designed almost 250 books. After graduating from the University of Michigan and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a MFA in painting, she worked for the Chicago History Museum where she was head of the Design Department.

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The Schedule:

The live workshop will take place April 17th-19th. Each session will start at 2pm CST. Don’t worry if you can’t join live. You’ll have lifetime access to all of the content once you register.

Find your time zone here.

Session One – Working with Art Directors

Get an inside look at how Art Directors work with creative talent, and help you find the best market for selling your work. This hour-long session will give you the foundational knowledge you need to confidently approach Art Directors.

We will explore:

– Working with Art Directors
– Navigating the hiring process
– Finding the best market for selling your work

Session Two – Develop Your Portfolio

Learn how to identify Art Directors who are actually looking for the type of work that you do, and develop a portfolio that will capture their attention. This hour-long session will leave you with the resources you need to prepare a portfolio that will land you more projects.

We will explore:

– Identifying your ideal client
– Developing your portfolio
– Create your artist statement

Session Three – Connecting with Art Directors

Learn how to craft a pitch and connect with Art Directors in a way that will get you hired. This hour-long session will show you how to build relationships with decision makers, and manage projects in a way that Art Directors will love.

We will explore:

– Pitching Art Directors and landing projects
– Managing projects & meeting deadlines
– Building lasting relationships



  Sign up now | $97

This three-day live online workshop will give you access to:

3 Interactive Sessions

Each workshop sessions is hosted via live-streamed video. You will get the opportunity to interact directly with your instructor, connect with like-minded professionals and get your questions answered in real time.

3 Daily Email Lessons

Each live session will include a daily email lesson packed with resources to help you put everything you learned into action.

Comprehensive workbook

All of the content is packaged into a downloadable comprehensive workbook that will give you lifetime access to the recorded workshop content.

How does it work?

You will get a welcome email with information on how to access your live workshop upon registering. The program includes access to three interactive sessions. Each session includes an hour-long live streamed video with our instructor, an interactive chatroom, where you can connect with other participants, and daily emails packed with resources to help you put what you learned into action.

Don’t worry if you are unable to join the workshop live. All of the content is recorded and packaged into a downloadable PDF that you can work through at your own

What if I don’t like the workshop?

We want everyone to leave 100% happy. Let us know if you are not totally satisfied with the workshop, and we will give you a complete refund.

Who’s this workshop for?

This workshop is for creatives who want to build a business around their passion.

Who created this workshop?

This course was created by the Instructors above in partnership with Modern Thrive.

What if I’m just starting out?

This workshop was designed for creatives at all levels. This workshop will help you find the path to building a business around your passion. (regardless of where you are in the journey)

Got another question?

Email us:  modernthrive@gmail.com