I’m taking a deep breath and setting up a space to offer classes and
workshops in a range of media. I’ve been an artist all my life, and
do papermaking, printmaking, fiber art, drawing, painting, etc. in
addition to jewelry/metals.
I live in a very rural area, and there are few art classes, and none
in most of the things I do.
My plan is to set up the space so it can be used for a range of
media, with just a few areas set for certain things (like a soldering
The setting is a small building my in-laws had built as a place for
their daughter from out of state to stay in when she visited, and is
next to what was their house, which I now rent out, and across the
pond from my house and studio. This will give me separation from my
own workspace, which I really don’t want to share!
It will also give me a space where I can have my work available for
Any tips, suggestions, do’s and don’ts would be most appreciated.
I’ve been following the tools for clubs thread with interest, and
like the idea of painting all of my workshop tools a very noticeable
My plan, given my market, is to equip the workspace with basic
tools. Most of the students at the classes I have taught in town want
to do what I call “make and take”, and come, take a class, leave with
a finished product. They aren’t interested in purchasing their own
I’m also working with an area arts commission which has a tourism
grant, and we’re trying to set up some art weekends in conjunction
with area B&B’s and restaurants, where folks could come from the
cities, and have a weekend in the country with B&B for two nights,
restaurant dinner each night, and 1 1/2 to 2 days of art workshops.
So any feedback is most welcome!
Three Cats and a Dog Design Studio