Setting Up a Home Studio

First of all, I hope that everyone and their loved ones are safe. Our safety during this time is very important, so remember to wash your hands frequently and social distance!

A lot of people are working from home now, and although it can be tough this experience can teach us to be independent in our work and maybe even help us develop our own styles. 

Since Marywood has switched to online learning, most students are back at home with their parents, and probably need a space to do their work. We still have projects to create and grades that we need to earn. So, as an art student, what do I need to make a successful home-studio? The answer- not much at all. 

The first thing you have to do is find a place to work. You may have an attic, spare bedroom, dining room, basement or garage that you can move things around in and make some sort of studio space. Jackson Pollock used a barn!  If you’re still living at home, just make sure to be considerate of the things around you, and cover them if necessary!

Easels can be a great tool if you have one available, but thankfully there are other options too! A lot of artists don’t use an easel, you can always place your canvas on the floor like Jackson Pollock, or mount it on the wall like Gerhard Richter.

Now, of course, you need your supplies but if you don’t have a lot of room in your new ‘studio’ it’s more than okay to store things in other places. Just make sure you have everything you need for the project you’re working on.

Lastly, to make your new studio feel more welcoming, you can keep things that inspire you around. This can be anything at all that that brings you inspiration or joy. For me, I have a few pieces of from friends of mine,  photos of my family, some art that I’m proud of!

Happy Painting and Be Safe.

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