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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to teach and publish to be considered for the Helping Artist Program?
No. You can qualify for our Helping Artist program if you do one or the other, on a regular basis.

What are other ways I can qualify for the Helping Artist Program?
You may also qualify for the Helping Artist program if you regularly post videos to YouTube and/or Facebook with the intention of educating your audience about paint products and artistic techniques or through the creation of project tutorials.

How do I tell interested students about the classes I’m teaching?
As a registered Helping Artist, you have the ability to update your Artist Bio, which includes a section listing details about all of your upcoming classes and seminars. We would also suggest you post information about your classes on all of your social media platforms as well.

How many bottles of paint does DecoArt provide for teaching classes?
In most cases, DecoArt will provide 1 bottle of each color needed per project, per every 6 to 7 students in a class. When teaching with Traditions acrylic paints, 1 bottle of paint will be supplied for every 8  students. For projects which require tiny amounts of a particular color (such as for dotting an eye), instructors should just order one bottle of that color.

When Helping Artists travel teach, do you ship to the teacher or directly to the chapter or show site?
DecoArt will ship the products wherever the teacher wants the shipment to go, as long as the teacher provides the correct labeling information.

Will DecoArt supply paints for classes being taught at retail stores or for personal classes in the home?
No. DecoArt does not supply paints for classes being taught at retail level or for personal classes in the home.  We want to support local shops by having students on location, where they can purchase the class supplies they need directly from the shops.

Does DecoArt automatically send out new product samples or do the Helping Artists need to request samples?
DecoArt does not automatically send out samples. As an active travel teacher or publishing author, you may request new product samples at any time for design work.

Can I get paid for publishing projects I create with DecoArt products?
Yes. As a Helping Artist, you will be eligible for compensation under our Pay for Publication program. When your projects that use DecoArt products are published in books and magazines, you can submit a request for payment. For more details, read the Pay for Publication program information.

Is there a limit on the number of magazine articles or books one can submit for Pay for Publication compensation?
No. However, submitted books or magazine articles must be submitted within 1 year of publication date. All compensation requests are subject to the rules and limitations of the Pay for Publication program, and may vary depending on your location.

What is my incentive for becoming a DecoArt Helping Artist?
There are many reasons to join! As a Helping Artist, you will receive:

  • Emails with new product information
  • Monthly project and technique emails
  • Financial support for authors through our Pay for Publication program
  • Free paint for use at convention classes
  • Opportunities to participate in surveys and demonstrate at industry shows
  • Inclusion of your projects on
  • A chance to network with others to promote your teaching business
  • A dedicated Helping Artist Coordinator available to assist you