One of the great things about attending a college or school with a fine art program is the access to studio supplies and studios to work in. This could be a ceramics studio that supplies the wheels, clay, and kiln so you can build and throw pots. I remember really enjoying spending time in the printmaking room at college where we worked on etchings, woodcuts and linoleum prints. How about if you like making jewelry? Some of things you need are a bench to work with good lighting and the tools to clean up your pieces. What if you get into casting? Then you need good ventilation, a torch and a cylinder for casting your jewelry. Working with molten metal isn’t something you want to do in your home!
Once you leave college guess what? You loose access to all of this equipment and space to work in. Of course you can buy it and create a space to do it yourself but if you are fresh out of college you don’t have the funds to buy the equipment and you most likely don’t have a space that is safe to set it up in. Do you see where I am going with this? How do you continue to make and create your artwork? Well I have a solution for you.
I was happy to discover and find a place in Green Bay, Wisconsin that not just teaches classes but also lets you rent their studio space if you are already an experienced artist. The Artisan Center which is part of NWTC does just that. It is dedicated to the fine arts and has a ceramics studio, metals studio, wood turning, fabric design/quilting, print making, and more.
You can also follow and check out The Artisan Center on their facebook page to learn more about events and upcoming classes. Feel free to contact them or stop in to visit the space and see it in person. If you can go and see it in person I highly recommend that. It is a hidden gem in our community but hidden gems need to be shared!