My Victorian house was built as a one-family residence with a servant's room
and extra stairway in the back. Somewhere along the line, it was converted
into a two unit upstairs/downstairs units. When we moved in, we converted
it back to a one-family, and the room that had been a rather small,
poor-quality kitchen for the upstairs unit is now my art and sewing studio.
It works so well because it has windows on two sides, a sink, drawers, and
cabinets on one side, and an empty wall on the other side where the stove
and fridge used to be. I have a drawing table in there, plus a large desk
and shelving unit where the appliances used to be. Because the sink and
cabinet units were old and in poor shape when we moved in, I haven't felt
bad about "messing them up" art studio-style. Before this house, we lived
in a small apartment, where I just had to sort of upend things to work on a
project of any size. It's so nice to be able to leave a project in the
middle without having it be in the way!
-Lydia in Toledo
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Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] art studio (at home) poll
> Ahhh! I have a bedroom turned studio. It has 2 walls with windows so it
> naturally light. It is smallish (don't artist's always need more room?).
> have a large drawing table, lots of book shelves and long 10 foot counter
> on one wall that holds my laptop, printer, etc. and has room for desk
> jobs or
> mat cutting. The closet was converted to hold my paintings in large
> portfolios, drawers for art supplies and shelves for the things I don't
> put in the
> drawers. Also, a 4 drawer file cabinet completes the deal.
> I use a desk top wooden easel on the drawing table to do acrylics or the
> table itself to do watercolor. I have a small TV on the bookshelf and a
> easel for large paintings, that can fold away. My portable exerciser
> in a corner (but I look at it more than use it). I wanted to paint the
> different bright colors but I fear that it would tint the natural light
> much so they remain off white. The floor is terrazzo (common in older
> homes- helps cool the room).
> This is "my space".
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