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Art Studio Design
As with science lab spaces, the purpose of studio space and the subsequent instrumentation and space required will determine many key features of a studio’s design (Neelands, 2005).
- Wheeled chalkboards with chalk, a chalk tray and an eraser, should be located in each studio.
- Durable flooring, such as concrete, should be considered.
- Raceway power strips and/or several power outlets should be located around room perimeter.
- Stools and chairs should be lightweight, durable and not upholstered.
- At least one sink should be in each studio.
- Each studio should include secure and adequately sized storage areas for supplies and works in progress. Space for each student is preferred.
- Secure lockers, large enough for art supplies and work, for each student should be located near classrooms.
- Tables for each room should be lightweight, wheeled and collapsible.
- Tack boards or other surfaces for showing work should be included in each studio on moveable easels. Similar surfaces should be considered for bare walls.
- Location of ducts and hoods and their effect on air flow should be considered.
- If windows are present, there should be appropriate coverings that allow for total blockage of exterior light sources.