Sunday, January 5, 2014

New studio on it's way

My new studio is almost finished. My dad built it as the room above the squash courts. It's been my dream for a long time to have my own studio space and my dad has always wanted a squash court on his property so he can get up and play. I'm concerned about the sound from the squash players while I have kids art classes upstairs. They make a lot of noise when they hit a shot. The ball itself is also very loud. It's not too much of a big deal because we can always say Saturday is squash day and Sunday is art day, or split the sessions as morning and afternoon. Either way I'm still super excited to have my own art studio.

I will still drive to clients houses to teach art, but I do want to have most of my art lessons here. There is a huge difference between teaching a kid in their home, which is a comfort zone full of distractions and teaching in an art studio. I think a lot of parents just want to drop of their kid for a few hours and not worry about an art mess. When I was 13 years old I went to art classes in Rivonia and my art teacher Riva had her own studio above a garage. My dad would drop me off on Saturdays for 3 hours (he would drive tot he gym to play squash with my brothers during this time!) and then pick me up. The group sessions helped me so much to meet other art students and see what they did. Riva had a store room with different art supplies, if I wanted to paint she would whip out a canvas and I wouldn't have to go all the way to the art store to get one.

The next few months I will be designing and decorating the inside- with my own artworks!
xoXO Quaymberley