Today I’d like to ask for your help.
My teaching studio project is moving forwards. The big decision I’m facing at this point is the space itself.
I think it’s important that anyone who learns with me, and travels to do a workshop with me feels at ease in the space we’ll be working in.
So I’d really appreciate your help in letting me know what you think would work best for you.
The space has to have some basic essentials, of course, like light and a sink.
I’m planning to use the space as a studio for myself too, so that adds some requirements.
My last workshop was held in a wonderful space in the Centre for Science and Arts in Stroud.
It’s comparatively easy to get to, and has a lovely cafe just around the corner.
It’s a dedicated art space, in a beautiful old building. But there are no permanent spaces available there.
So I need to look elsewhere.
At this point, this decision is wide open. So I’m hoping you might be able to help me make it.
Should the studio be out in the countryside, somewhere beautiful, so we can pop out and do some plein air? Go for walks to recharge?
Or should it be closer to travel links, like a train station? And should there be places to eat nearby so people can pop out when they like?
All the people who came to my last workshop had either hired cars or brought their own car with them. So perhaps being a little out of the way won’t matter so much.
And the countryside around here is very beautiful.
What I think I need
Other considerations are running around my head too, whilst I’m looking spaces. In no particular order, things I’d like to have are:
- North facing windows
- Fast Internet
- 700 – 1000 square feet
- High ceilings (for full sized easels)
- Enough power points (for lights)
- A sink
- Privacy, i.e. not a shared space.
At the moment my favourite is a converted barn in the countryside that I could rent. It is away from everything, so that has some disadvantages – travel, organising food etc.
But it’s also in a beautiful area of the Cotswolds, near Stroud. Here’s the space:
This space, as lovely as it is, has one major down-side – the windows are west facing, which means sun in the afternoon.
That makes it less useful as a studio for me, since I like to work by north light and not limit my painting time.
It perhaps won’t make all that much difference to a workshop, since they will normally be done under artificial light anyway.
But I would very much like the option of teaching in natural light.
The other possibility is something nearer civilisation with easier transport links and local eating options.
I’ve also found a space in a large old factory-sized mill, with a lot of other business units there too. It’s not surrounded by countryside, but it is nearer transport links, being between Stroud and Nailsworth.
Yet another is actually in Nailsworth, a very pretty and classic Cotswolds town.
That one is tempting because although Nailsworth doesn’t have a train station, it has many very good places to get food and is still quite easy to get to. This one is also the most expensive though, by far.
What would work best for you?
What do you think? Would it matter to you if the workshop space were in the middle of nowhere in breathtaking countryside?
Or would you rather have convenient transport links and food available?
Please do let me know in the comments. Or just email me with your thoughts and experiences.
I’ll take your thoughts into account when I’m choosing the space, so this is a good time to be heard!
I’m strongly tending toward a place in the countryside here, but I want to be guided by what you think will be best for you.
Let me know!
Best wishes and thanks for reading,