How to go on an artist studio visit

How to go on an artist studio visit

Hello, art enthusiasts!

We can all agree there is nothing quite like visiting an artist you admire in his or her studio. Seeing recently completed works and works-in-progress (or, as many artists refer to them, WIPs) in the place that they create the wonderful art we love always feels like a treat, and that it is!

This week we broke down our top five tips to being on your best studio visit behavior:

1. Reach out

This one may seem obvious, but make it happen!  If there is an artist you are interested in, they will more often than not be happy to have you to their studio.  The best way to approach this is by reaching out to a Sugarlift consultant who already has a connection with that artist.  Artists appreciate conversing with people interested in their art and practice.  In fact, it's as refreshing for them to talk to you about their work as it is fascinating for you to hear about it.  Trust us!

Linda Colletta, Chloe Crespi, Sugarlift, 2017, In the Studio, Artist Studio Visit

To learn more about the above artist's studio, check out Linda Colletta.

2. Bring questions

Artists value your curiosity and engagement, so it never hurts to do research on the artist before your visit (via their website or social media pages) and come up with a few questions to ask.  Consider asking about sources of inspiration, artistic processes and technique, and perhaps the artist's intentions.  As more questions and comments come to mind during your visit, don't hesitate to voice them. Artists are very used to talking about their work, so if you have a hard-hitting question, go for it!  The more you can get the artist to take a step back and think about his or her own work, the more useful the visit will be for them as well. An artist's time is valuable so make sure you make the most of the visit and learn as much as you can!

Miles Yoshida, Sugarlift 2017, Artist Studio Visit, In the Studio, Artist Studio, Picture Board, Catching Up With

Miles Yoshida

3. Ask first

Be sure to ask before taking photos of an artist's work and before posting anything onto social media.  Sometimes artists prefer their work not be previewed online, particularly if it's unfinished or soon to appear in a show.  However, in more cases than not, artists are excited about you sharing their work online. Additionally, if you or someone you know might be interested in owning a work, ask if it's for sale!  Studio visits are an excellent way to purchase work, and they provide you with a whole new connection to the work itself.

Danica Lundy, Sugarlift 2017, Artist Studio Visit, In the Studio, Catching Up With, How to do a Studio Visit

Sugarlift artist Danica Lundy treated our team to a studio visit not too long ago -- thanks, Danica!

4. Honesty is key

Your opinions are welcome, so be honest!  Artists are generally excited to discuss their work and receive feedback from visitors.  They use studio visits as a way to critique and improve their work, so help them by offering your opinions and perceptions.  Bouncing their latest ideas off of others can allow artists to cultivate and refine them.  Just remember that artists can also be sensitive about their work and phrase your commentary kindly and politely. 

Elliot Purse, Sugarlift 2017, Artist Studio Visit, In the Studio, How to do a Studio Visit

We adore Elliot Purse's tangly compositions!

5. Show gratitude

Try to show up on time for the studio visit, especially if the artist has gone out of his or her way to meet you at that time. Artists are busy and their time is extremely important, so don't take the visit lightly!  It also never hurts to present the artist with a small gift to show your gratitude.  If possible, why not grab an extra tea or coffee for a morning visit, or bring flowers or wine to an afternoon/evening meeting?  Don't sweat this one, though. Your curiosity and engagement are the best gifts of all!

So go on, schedule that studio visit... What are you waiting for?!