I’m an artist. I spend a lot of my time either making things or thinking about making things. I share a nice studio with about 14 other artists – two or three of them are almost always around. An art space with supplies and company is something I have really come to value.
You can come and work on your own projects, get some constructive feedback…learn some new techniques or polish up some old ones.
It’s funny, I think the common cliché is that making art is a very solitary practice – and while that’s sometimes true, it isn’t the only route to creating work. When I work in the studio, I have a sense of activity and purpose all around me, and I have the social connection with like-minded people. Further – and this is key – having a studio means I have a place to make a mess that isn’t going to result in marriage counselling or divorce.
But what happens to those people who don’t have easy access to studio space? Maybe you’ve already taken some art classes and are itching to work on your own?
That’s why we’ve decided to try something new at the Roundhouse this year. There are already lots of “drop-in” options for everything from yoga to woodworking. It seemed obvious that there should be the opportunity to use an Art Studio in the same way. So that is what we are doing.
On Sundays from 2:30pm to 4:30pm, I’ll be working in the studio at the Roundhouse to facilitate a Drop-In Adult Art Making Space. You can come and work on your own projects, get some constructive feedback from me or the other participants, learn some new techniques or polish up some old ones. We have basic painting and drawing supplies to help you along or encourage you to start a new project. Tables, easels, supplies, guidance, good conversation and a place to make a bit of a mess. We are calling it Guided Open Art Studio. See you there.
By Ian Forbes, Guest Blogger, professional artist, art instructor. Ian Forbes holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Alberta and teaches diverse drawing and painting courses at Emily Carr University and the Roundhouse. His recent work is a conversation between the tradition of painting and contemporary artistic practice: a bizarre confluence of technique, critique and personal expression generated by ongoing investigations into narrative image creation in his Foldy Books of Death series. Ian teaches Introduction to Drawing and Painting on Monday nights and facilitates the Guided open Art Studio on Sunday afternoons in the Roundhouse Art Studio. You can register for either program on the www.vancouver.ca website, by phoning 604-713-1800 or visiting the Roundhouse Front Desk. To see more of Ian’s work, visit www.ianforbes.ca