We're not asking for your money, we're not asking for your art.

We're not asking for your time. We're only asking for your RESPECT.

Art is a gift. Art is a treasure. Art is emotion.

And sometimes, it is our job.

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You are pledging to:

Review copyright laws and be conscious about using images in your artwork that are not your own.

You're pledging not to use music in your videos without consent from the recording artist. (Not even for a minute.)

You will not pass off someone else's work as your own whether it be online or in person.

You're pledging to respect the artist or instructor who worked hard to provide art or instruction for you.

Give some RESPECT today...give everyday!

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"Be an Artist for Respect. As individual artists, we can create meaningful and beautiful work. But as a community of artists, we can do much more. We can provide inspiration, share ideas, offer support, create goodwill, practice common courtesy, be catalysts for change, teach and learn from one another, achieve our goals, give credit where credit is due, set an example, and perhaps most importantly and most simply, show courtesy and respect to each other. Think it. Do it. Be it. Artist for Respect."- Seth Apter

"Over and over in my journey both as an Artist and as a person, I have found guidance and comfort in trying to adhere to the Golden Rule, “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you”. If everyone took just a moment before they did something to ask if they'd like the same 'done unto them' this world would be a much kinder and gentler place.

As Instructing Artists we spend many, many hours developing content for workshops to share new and exciting techniques and projects with other creative people. We share freely, giving away the things we've learned to not only make a living doing what we love, but because by sharing we ourselves grow. Sharing causes us to continually push forward and break new ground. Sharing is good, but sharing class content with those who haven't paid for it, or printing class materials to teach from yourself, or taking a workshop so you can go and teach it as your own, is wrong. It not only hurts the instructor, it hurts those who did pay for the class as they feel cheated for having done so, and it hurts you by stifling your own creativity as you try to imitate someone else’s.

We don't have a warning label on our workshop contents like DVD's do, "Federal law prohibits the copy and or distribution of the contents of this material..." we only have a sense of what's right and what's wrong to encourage each of us to "do unto others..."- Pam Carriker

"We live in a world that is increasingly technology reliant, not only for communication and business, but for self-expression.  Many of us choose to share part of ourselves through an online presence.  We want to inspire, enlighten, encourage, and promote creativity by sharing our personal experiences.  It is through this platform that we are able to exchange useful information and widen our community of like-minded people.   The learning curve of adjusting to these online venues should include elements of etiquette – ethics, courtesy, and respect.

There seems to be an up-for-grabs mentality of re-purposing published material that may come with the territory of being an anonymous viewer in a vast arena.  I am certain there would be far less ill feelings if validation were granted to the originating author or artist.  Ask permission, request consent, provide credit, acknowledge.  Who wants to be typing unfriendly phrases like ‘please remove’, or ‘cease and desist’?  It squashes the spirit to have to defend one’s rights simply because another didn’t obey the rules.  Let’s show by example how it’s done and keep this playground spinning with positive energy."  -Michelle Ward

"The origin of the word respect is from the Latin respicere, to look back at, regard.  It is interesting to think about being respectful from this point of view.  We live in a world of such immediate gratification with instant access through phones and networks that sometimes we forget to look back and truly see what we have wrought by our actions.  As a teaching artist I must be constantly aware of being respectful and alert to the needs of my students.  It is not enough to listen to their words.  I must listen to their actions and intentions as well. To listen, if you will, to the spaces between things or the words that are not said.  If I were not respectful of the subtlety of human behavior or the many styles of learning that my students bring to class, I could not be successful at sharing what I know with others.

Respect should be reciprocal though!  If one is careful to be respectful and to treat others with respect, there needs to be an equivalent  balance of respect on the other side.  Artists put themselves out there all the time, teaching artists even more so.  When those "receiving" the instruction respect the time and effort, the expertise and talents of their teachers it all balances out.  Occasionally someone appropriates a technique or an idea, or even more blatantly copies our work passing it off as their own.  That's when things start to get out of kilter which  puts that wonderful balance of giving and receiving respect in jeopardy.  Have respect, give credit, be honorable.  It makes the world run so much smoother!" - Chris Cozen

"It's sad that we would have to ask adults for respect online. Respect of others is something we teach our children at an early age... Why do you think that there is no need for it online? We are real people making the content you see and take for granted as free. It's so simple, yet so complicated. I would rather direct my energy towards all that the great things internet has to offer, in forms of inspiration, sharing and joy, and I wish everyone could just "get" that." - iHanna

"As a retail executive I was involved with protecting iconic jewelry designs. We fought counterfeiters; we broke the news to customers that had not purchased what they thought they had every day. We fought for what is right. We fought to ensure that funds were not getting into the hands of “bad guys” through theft and sale of counterfeit goods; we fought to ensure that the environment was being taken care of and that diamonds were not mined and sold illegally..  I would have never thought that experience would transfer into my career as an artist.

When you sign up for one of my online workshops, you are getting class as it was intended to be given. You can rest assured that my partner and I carry all of the necessary permits to operate our business. You can rest assured that we are paying proper taxes and being respectful in the content we are in turn distributing. Teaching without that level of customer service, teaching without that level of respect and without that documentation is wrong. If you purchase art, question where it comes from. If you take a class- research before you buy. It’s time to send a message. Stand with us." -Julie Prichard

"As artists, we don't merely create things for fun; we give a bit of ourselves for the world to see and hopefully appreciate.  Creation is a very personal medium, and while we want to share a part of us with you, it is hard during times when it ISN'T appreciated.  It is only common sense as artists to recognize where our inspirations come from.  Be proud of your work and your achievements, and always give credit where credit is due where applicable.  It's the respectful thing to do." - Tom Nguyen

"The way I see it: We have tons of brilliance swirling around the net. We have sharp teachers sharing techniques and tips from here to Mars. We have people from every creative walk of life striving to put their own UNIQUE mark on the World. My company once made rubber stamps for a successful artist who refused to look at TV, magazines and books for fear that she’d subconsciously “absorb” influence from someone else. No joke. THAT’S how true she was to her vision. So where does that leave the rest of us who are enthusiastically supporting the arts by taking classes, teaching classes, devouring the internet and bravely making our own work? It leaves us in the same position that the students in France find themselves when they are instructed by one of the best schools in the World: to copy the masters for one entire year (at this point I would run screaming from the classroom...you?). They are also FORBIDDEN to sell or show anything that they produce during that time. They are then challenged to break away. May I repeat that? BREAK AWAY and stagger around until they define themselves. I tell my students to use the training wheels if necessary, but keep it private. In most classes that I’ve attended, teachers are holding up their own work as examples and guides. This can be confusing to a student new to this realm. As experienced artists and craftspeople, we are obligated to inform the new wave (be they young or old) of what we expect. What the rules of courtesy, appropriate behavior and INTEGRITY look like. The sometimes horrifying truth is that there are people who do NOT know what any of that looks like. I know. I’ve met them. Some visual people need a check list. Julie has done just that and gone one smart step further by asking her people to elaborate. Well done. When the rules are violated continuously, these folks need to know that soon, their reputation will be impacted and a group of very interesting people may show up at their door with pitchforks and flaming torches. We are, after all, a supportive, nurturing and formidable Tribe." -Lisa Hoffman