For many artists, creativity freezes if there is no place to work.
An excellent treatment for this is an indoor art studio. Such a studio needs to be equipped so that you can work on your craft easily and efficiently. It should also be a peaceful and quiet place to work. The following are some of the items you may want to include in your home art studio.
Sink: Art tends to be messy. Therefore, a place to clean up is a necessity. This may dictate where in the house the studio should go. You will need to choose between a guest bedroom with an adjoining bath or a location near the laundry utility sink (especially if you are dealing with very messy materials like oil paints or pottery). Another option is to have a utility sink installed in your designated space. Budget, of course, will be a large determining factor on whether or not this can be done.
Having a sink in your art studio is definitely a luxury, but so is having an in-home art studio. Without a special clean up sink, you take the chance of ruining your kitchen or bathroom sinks with the paints and damaging solvents. If you find you must share a kitchen or bathroom sink for your art studio, be mindful that you may find yourself replacing the sink in the future. There are a few art mediums where a sink is not an absolute necessity. For example, a watercolor artist, pencil artist, or pen and ink artist can forgo the sink if they wish.
Lighting: An art studio must have proper lighting. Using natural, northern exposure, sunlight is wonderful. However, you will need to locate your studio in the right room in the home. In addition, light changes throughout the day, and the sun goes down. Should an artist want to work at all hours of the day and through the night, they need full-spectrum lighting. Creating art under full-spectrum lighting guarantees that your work will look its best regardless of where it is displayed. Full-spectrum light allows you to see colors more accurately and therefore you will choose the optimum colors for your work. It also helps to eliminate eyestrain as it eliminates glare. In addition to full-spectrum lighting improving the quality of your work, it is also said to have mood-improving abilities.
Worksurface: Your work surface will vary depending on the type of art you create. Some artists will need a low table, some will need a high table, and some will need an artist’s drafting table that tilts. Some artists may not need a table at all, but ample floor space. Others will need a wall covered with cork or another material to which they can staple large works in progress. Whatever medium you work in, be sure to provide plenty of space in which you can work. Consider the largest-sized pieces that you typically make and be sure you have room to create such pieces on a regular basis. If your space is cramped, chances are you will be less likely to create.
Storage and shelving: Your studio needs to have space to store all your materials, and more importantly to display materials you use regularly. Without instant access to your materials when you need them, your creative flow may be interrupted resulting in unfinished or unsatisfactory work. A good place to create such a storage/display system is in a closet (with added shelves), especially if you are converting a bedroom. You can also use simple bookshelves or install shelves along the wall. The idea is to make whatever items you use completely accessible while you are working.
Aesthetics: Once you have all of your necessities in place, do not forget to create an atmosphere conducive to creating works of art. Paint your walls either white or your favorite color. Add coordinating window treatment, and flooring material that is resilient yet beautiful. Finally, hang the work of artists that inspire you as well as your own work.