How to make an Art Studio at Home?


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Art is a broad term. It covers fine art, graphic art, cartooning, illustration, animation, sculpting, glass blowing, fabric making, and photography to name a few. Every artist, no matter what the medium need a space where they can make art. Whether you have a huge budget or a very thin shoe string, you can create the perfect art studio. For the sake of conversation, I am going to be discussing the perfect fine art studio. Fine art in my definition is the visual art associated with still life, portrait, abstract painting, and work created through the use of markers, pen and ink, paints (oil, acrylic, and watercolor) and hard and soft pastel. Again, this is just a small list.

You can choose to use a corner in your home or a room, depending on the space you have to work with, to create your perfect art space. Again, for the sake of conversation, we are going to talk about creating your studio in a room. I have a room in my house that is my art studio. Nothing else goes on in that room but the creation of art. So what will you need?

The first things you will need is an art table and a chair. An art table is able to be manipulated up to 360 degrees. It also usually has a tray attached to keep water containers, pens, pencils, erasers, and markers. But they can be a little pricey so if you aren't ready for that kind of investment right now, you can get a regular desk that can serve the same purpose. A straight back chair would be fine but an office chair may be more comfortable.

You may need a long filing cabinet with large flat drawers to hold additional paper, especially for larger pieces as well as to keep your finished pieces in, until they are matted and framed for safe keeping. Every art studios needs books. So whether you decided to build shelves on to a wall of your studio or get a book shelf that is free standing, is up to you. Reference books are always needed. There are books on different techniques and tools. You may also consider books of other artist to give inspiration for your own creations.

You may also need a cabinet to keep additional supplies like X-acto knives to cut paper and matte boards. They may also be where you keep your supplies of paints, brushes, paint pallets, pastels, markers, and smocks. You also may keep your clay and finished clay sculpture pieces there. Some other things you may consider having is a camera, a desktop computer or laptop, and a scanner. These items are important for a couple of reasons. As you finished a piece of work, you may want to have a digital copy for your website, blog, or personal records. Taking pictures of your work and uploading them onto your desktop computer can be nice. Or, if you have smaller pieces that will fit onto your scanner, you can scan your work onto your desktop and archive them that way as well.

You will want a good light source. So you may want skylights or ceiling lights, but you will also need a lamp that will affix itself to your table or desk for a more direct light source. You may also consider random items useful for still life setups and inspirations. Artist mannequins of the body and hands would also be a helpful reference to one who does fine art to keep in mind correct proportions.

The possibilities are endless when it comes down to making the perfect art studio that is just right for you. A lot of the things that I mentioned may change, based on the type of art you are doing. But having a special place to create your master piece, no matter how big or small, is essential to the artist.

Written By: Marquitte Polite, United States

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Edited by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )

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