With all the changes happening for teachers (and everyone else!) with the Coronavirus- I was feeling overwhelmed- I still am. I felt like I needed to tackle a tangible goal to help me focus so I decided to revamp my upstairs space to create a 'new' space to teach my students via the interwebs.
Truth be told, I use this space more as an office and for 'clean' projects, like making recycled jewelry, sewing, and occasionally some drawing/watercolor painting. I somehow end up doing most of my daily art at the kitchen table or sitting on the couch with my pull up table. I usually work 5x7 or 8x10 so this has been working fine. We live in a town home and there is a big room on the first floor we use as a gym and I've always had one half of that space for art material storage and for my easel. When I paint or work with messier materials I utilize that space because there is a tile floor and its easy to clean up. (BUT, I don't really have that space anymore...click here to see why)
I decided I need to really define an art/teaching space for two reasons. The first is personal- to make sure my husband and I don't drive each other nuts since we will both be working from home- that is probably the most important. The second reason is because I wanted to have a backdrop for my students that would be consistent, neat/organized but also visually inviting.
I really didn't have to do do much besides move furniture around (many, many times) and declutter. I pulled some decorative items from other rooms and I brought some of my fashion illustrations out to put on the wall display. My biggest purchase was a $30 tripod/light combo for filming. It was really easy to set up. I am charging the ring light now. I think it will get the job done.
It took me a few days though. Mainly because I was overthinking it...and then I would also get distracted looking at pics, etc. Kinda like when I was a kid and momma would make me clean my room...would take me FOREVERRRRR.
Anyway, here is the end result;
One small project that I completed to add to this 'new' space- this sign. I was thinking Michael's might close as it's considered a 'non-essential' store/retailer (?!?!?!) and I spotted this 'CREATE' sign with a big 60% off hanging above it so...had to give Miguel my $7. I knew that I would want to revamp it to fit in with my color/theme so a little white spray paint, some silver glitter glue and some clear gems and it now it's 100% ME.
Artist and Art Teacher