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By using the French word for ‘studio’ I am trying to get away from the idea of ‘workshop’ or ‘art classes’ and emphasize the idea of an ‘open studio’.
According to this concept a day would be reserved, each week or fortnight, when other artists, professional or serious amateurs, could share the studio space to continue with a project that that they are already engaged in or wish to inaugurate. They would bring with them their materials and easels etc and each have an area of the hall in which to work.
The resident artists would be available for discussion and advice, and the other artists also would enable interaction and the sharing of experience and knowledge. The internet and gallery library would likewise be available for reference and inspiration.
At periods during the day all those attending could break for a session of life drawing, or a demonstration of techniques used by artists, stretching canvases, priming, making oil paint, techniques etc.
At the end of each session we can hold a group critique.
All those attending the ateliers could make work leading up to a group show during next years gallery programme.
Each artist would contribute a fee of £10 towards the gallery costs.
There are many artists groups in the area who could be approached about this idea. Likewise we would advertise on the website, twitter, facebook and anywhere else we can think of. Posters also can be put up around the town.
Image details: École des Beaux-Arts – Atelier de Peintre. ‘Students painting “from life” at the École. Photographed late 1800s. Public domain http://commons.wikimedia.org/