artist advice

How to Create an Inspirational Studio Space

            For an artist, a studio space is crucial for producing their work and storing materials. There are a few key things to look for when trying to find the right studio space: first, even if the budget to afford a separate space is not possible, then look inside the walls of your own home, even if that means analyzing a small studio apartment. Find a well-lit wall or corner and create one location with all of your materials.

            If you are fortunate enough to have a budget that allows you to afford a separate studio space, try and find a space with plenty of windows allowing natural light, if this is not possible, buying the proper lighting will be important to create an area to work in. The space should also be functional for whatever medium is used (so, if you do ceramics, have space for a table and pottery wheel. If you are a painter have room for canvases and easels).

            Once the perfect space (or at least a space) is obtained it is time to fill it with what inspires you. Truly, this step is very dependent on an individual: for some the perfect space that would be inspirational is simple clean white walls allowing, other may like to hang inspiration boards. An inspiration board can be take form in a variety of ways. An easy way to make one is to use bulletin boards and then pin works, sketches, materials up, this could help form new ideas or help a work in progress. A studio space could also allow you to hang or leave pieces that you are uncertain of the direction they are headed or whether or not they are finished. This space would be a place to display unfinished works and see if they appeal to the artist before deciding on the next step. Having an area like this could be a great help to an artist’s work and creative process.

So, when putting together your own studio space remember:

  • Functionality: do you have enough space to create?
  • Storage
  • Proper lighting
  • Inspirational decorations: such as bulletin boards, space to hang your work or other inspirational pieces, and/or blank walls to clear your mind.

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Artist Advice: How to write an Artist Proposal

As artists trying to make a living in this field, we work in a highly competitive environment; so, ArtSee wanted to send out a few tips, some guidance, and help when you are attempting to put together an artist proposal.

Proposals are often just a piece of writing required to present work in a formal setting or get a show up at a gallery. The average proposal is roughly one page single-spaced with 12 point font, therefore it is important to be precise and get your points across as clearly and concise as possible. Think of it as a cover-letter for your art work.

(Proposals are generally required for all calls for submissions—which you can find in our monthly newsletter! Sign up HERE)

First thing first, what to put in a proposal:

  • Your name and title of your piece.
  • A detailed description of your art work:
    • What materials did you use?
    • Dimensions of artwork
    • What were you thinking as you created this?
  • How it will fit into the gallery or setting.
  • Why you are submitting your work.

Things to keep in mind when writing:

·      Who is your audience? –Write for them.

·      Be professional! Yes—this is extremely basic, but so important when wanting work in this competitive market.

·      You are an artist, its ok to write emotionally! Often time in academia, emotional and creative writing is frowned upon; in the arts this is not the case, being emotional can help others connect with your work. 

Also, make sure to look up if the organization you’re submitting a proposal to has guidelines. Many will have a clear rubric of things that should be addressed. Best of luck Coloring DC with your artwork!


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