Art Studio Rules for a Better Working Environment
Granted, when you have your own place to do as you wish, it can be quite tempting to leave it under the name of
organized mess. “Yes, it is chaotic, but at least I know where everything is.”
Sounds familiar? Well, imagine a surgery room piled up with various tools at the weirdest of places, and a
surgeon confidently says “Yes, I know it may look chaotic to you, but don’t worry, I know where everything is.”
A messy workplace will eat out your precious working time by having you to hunt for tools that are out of your
reach, or hunting that sneaky little mouse that eats your portfolio. If you want a pleasantly organized place to
stimulate your creative mind while working, here are some rules you can enforce in you art studio:
1. Clean up the place regularly and thoroughly. A good practice would be to clean up after you
finish every drawing or painting session, putting the tools back in
their respective place and sweeping the floor from eraser dusts.
In reality, artists are absent-minded creatures with a large part of their mind fixed on the current project,
without so much thought on their surroundings. Finding the balance in working and cleaning can be quite the
necessary evil for some artists.
2. Do not enter without invitation. That rule will apply to everyone who is thinking of paying
you some surprise visits. If your studio is located within your house, you might want to consider putting up a
nice, big sign to discourage people from entering the studio uninvited.
An art studio can be a potentially dangerous place with all the chemicals around. Explain to your visitors
nicely that they should not touch anything in the studio if they value their health.
3. No comments, please. Everyone who is not the artist should keep their opinions to themselves
while the artist is working. Even a simple praise or critic can change the direction of the artwork drastically
than originally intended. Unless the painting is a request or commission in which you might actually benefit from a
feedback for every now and then, but not while the brush is still wet in your hand.
4. Avoid distractions. It is highly recommended for the studio not to have a telephone or
doorbell to minimize unwanted interruption. Of course, you might want to relax this rule if there is an emergency
like a fire is burning in the building next door, for example. Otherwise, most artists usually appreciate solitude
when they are working. If you are not one of those artists, ignore this rule.
5. No food. Unless the food is the subject for your still-life painting. When you want to
eat and replenish your energy for the next drawing session, avoid from bringing any food or liquid into the studio.
Just imagine reaching for a glass of water and accidentally picking up the brush cup and drinking from THAT
instead. Sounds stupid, but it happens.
6. Tell the world about it. Seriously, you cannot expect people to know how to behave in your
studio unless you explicitly tell them. So save yourself the time explaining the same thing to different visitors
and simply print out your art studio rules and paste it on the door. Not only as an announcement to the world, but
also as a personal reminder to yourself.
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