Are you an artist but don’t have your own space to work on your creations? The Guided Open Art Studio, a pilot project implemented by the Roundhouse in the fall of 2013, could suit your needs. The space is basic—large tables, chairs, some easels and two sinks—but there you can refine your skills and explore new ideas while you work in a supportive setting.
“There are lots of people in the community who have taken art classes at the Roundhouse and don’t have anywhere to continue making art on their own,” says the art instructor of the community centre, Ian Forbes, who holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Alberta and is there to facilitate, advise and demonstrate. The initiative—not an art class, but an art space—encourages artists to drop-in. The main benefit is to have people inspired to make art and interact with each other.