Not everyone has enough space in their own homes, yet a basement might be studio space you did not know you had. Converting a basement into an art studio can be a perfect solution for an artist needing more room to create. Don’t be worried that you will offend the instructor because you look for clarification. If an instructor or studio owner doesn’t answer your questions to your satisfaction, then maybe you should move on to the next studio. If the studio you’re interested in offers a trial program, it is recommended you take it. It will tell you a lot about how you will be taught and what you can expect from the studio.
You will need to make sure to leave enough room open for your art equipment and supplies. Once you have space cleared it is time to dust, sweep and organize to create a pleasant, clean studio area. After you have set up your essential art gear, be sure to decorate. Hang some art to spruce up the walls since the windows are all going to be small and above eye-level. An interior design trick often employed in underground living space is faux windows.
The next thing to consider is climate control. A dehumidifier is a necessity if you want to keep your art in progress safe from the harm a damp environment can cause. On a positive note, art mediums such as clays, paints, inks, and liquid-based supplies such as glues and solvents will benefit by being stored in the dark and closed-off basement. For your comfort, make sure there is sufficient circulation while you are downstairs in your studio making art.
Most parents who choose a karate school make their choice based on convenience. Remember, martial arts training requires a commitment of time and money so you should know what to look. Having been in the martial arts industry for over 25 years, if I was searching for a school to train at, these are the things I would look.
- Positive and High Energy Classes-.
Does the school have friendly staff and instructors? Do they cultivate an environment that you makes you feel better after every class? A school that focuses on positive and high energy classes will do their best to encourage you, give you appropriate feedback, and ensure your success in their program.
- Classroom Discipline and Management-.
While martial arts should be fun, when a student comes to class they should also adhere to studio etiquette and discipline. I would evaluate this by seeing if the instructor can hold class attention without being authoritative. Does the instructor work on a lesson plan or just make it up as he goes along?
- Quality Instruction-.
Most martial arts schools that teach quality instruction do the little things to make sure they stay up-to-date on methods and training. Look for the not so obvious aspects of instructors like how long have they been practicing the martial arts, how long have they been teaching, how often do they go on courses to improve their skills? Does the studio require CPR and First Aid qualifications?
- Effective and Challenging Curriculum.
Does the program include life skills as well as martial arts? Do the instructors lead by example and live their creed? Of course, with a new school you won’t have this option, but after three to five years of opening, you should get a pretty good idea.