open studio

When you want complete freedom to explore different art mediums and different subjects at your own pace, with the option of advice and support from an experienced teacher, the Open Studio sessions are for you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never made art before, or if you’re an experienced artist who is looking for a time and place to create – you can do it all here, and enjoy being around other people who are learning and experimenting too.

Need inspiration? The studio is full of things to give you ideas: books, art catalogues, materials you’ve never tried before and an array of work in progress stacked around the walls. People work from photos, copy great masters or contemporary geniuses, take their inspiration from interiors magazines, Starbucks art, travel memories, novels they’ve read etc. The variety of work that’s produced is staggering (see student’s gallery), and almost all of it ends up framed and hanging proudly on a wall.

A new feature at Open Studio sessions from August 2017 is the weekly demonstration. Each week there will be a brief demonstration at the beginning of each session, showcasing a particular technique, skill or material. For example, one week there might be a 10-minute show-and-tell on silk-screen printing at the beginning of the Monday morning, Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning sessions. After the demonstration, feel free to have a go yourself, or carry on with whatever other project you have in mind. This means that if you turn up with no clue about what you’d like to do, you might suddenly become inspired to have a go at a new technique. It also means that week after week you’ll pick up a huge amount of knowledge about what’s available at the studio and what’s possible in the world of art-making. Let me know if you have a suggestion for a demo.

The use of all studio materials is included in the price, with the exception of canvas. If you know you’re going to need a canvas it’s always best to bring one with you. They are readily available at branches of Co-op Bau & Hobby, the biggest Migros stores, many Papeteries, and of course, art supply stores (see here for addresses). Help yourself to coffee, tea and an apron or old shirt from our rack – you really don’t need to bring anything with you.

You are welcome to come to any Open Studio session – you don’t need to commit to any particular schedule, and you can pay as you go (CHF 75 for the three hours) or buy an Abonnement. Payment details can be found here.

At the moment, Open Studio sessions take place on Monday mornings from 10.00 – 13.00, Tuesday evenings from 18.30 – 21.30 and Wednesday mornings from 10.00 – 13.00 (for Monday morning dates see here, for Tuesday evening dates see here and for Wednesday morning dates see here).

One caveat about the Open Studio sessions: because I like to be as flexible as possible about attendance, I never know exactly how many people are going to show up for any particular session, though I usually have a rough idea. So far, there’s only been one occasion in 12 years when 14 people showed up at once, and while we have enough space, it was a bit hectic! Invariably, I have more than enough time to give everyone the help they need, and it’s usually a case of the more, the merrier: when the studio is busy, there’s more of a buzz, you see and hear more and you learn from what everyone else is doing too. On quieter days, it’s more meditative and you get more individual attention.