5 Places Toronto Artists Can Go To Create Art in 2018
5 Places Toronto Artists Can Go To Create Art
Sometimes you just need to get out of your living space to explore new artistic ideas. Or maybe your house doesn't have the space you need to work. Whatever your reason to get out, here are five places you can go when working on your art at home just isn't an option:
The Toronto Public Library
The library is a great place to go if you prefer a quieter space; it's ideal for the planing stages of projects, simple sketching, or use of other dry mediums. The library usually has a variety of long tables to work at as well as a number of cozy armchairs nestled in quiet corners if all you're looking for is a spot to doodle in your sketchbook. While this space might not be ideal for your large painting or sculpting projects (the librarians will likely frown upon your messier endeavours), this space is the perfect spot if what you need is four different walls to take your sketchbook and headphones.
A Pub, Coffee Shop, or Bar
This is one of my favourite options because it allows you to set up work dates with friends! There's nothing nicer than sharing ideas with other artists over an ice cold pint or cider. The benefits of this space also include the availability of table space and the option of snacks. Like the library, this space is not ideal for larger or messier projects, but you can likely get away with working on smaller watercolor pieces and covert life drawing; public spaces offer the opportunity to sketch the many other patrons of the space.
A Park or Field
Landscape artists look no further! A public park or field offers the perfect opportunity for a picnic while you work. Provided your supplies can be packed up neatly, this is also the perfect place for you to do your larger paintings and other wet medium work without worrying about paint fumes. You can rest wet brushes in the grass, set up your easel, and get creative! The green space offers opportunities to capture your local flora in natual light.
A Friend's House
Taking turns working out of one another's houses can help to keep you motivated to produce more art; your friend is there to keep you accountable. Your artist friends will also likely have a functional work space that you can use to work on a variety of projects (wet or dry mediums) and possibly new materials for you to use and experiment with. If you're good enough friends, they might even provide snacks!
An Artist Co-Op Space/Studio
This is probably the most difficult space to find; you'll need to do some research to locate spots in your city that function as a place for artists to congregate. Frequently university and college campuses will have studio space available for use, but you may need to be a student (or have a friend that is a student) to use it. Public co-op spaces sometimes charge a rental fee or a monthly membership fee in order to use the space, but sometimes this will be your only option if you're working on large exhibition-style art or massive paintings.
Chloe Heathers is an illustrator, writer, and freelance copy editor living in Toronto. She has been a creative collaborator for a wide range of projects including contributing art and content for published anthologies and tabletop role-playing games. She is passionate about ending the stigma against mental illness and promoting diverse representation in art.