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Today, I’d like to share how we transformed our garage into an awesome art space.
Sometimes it’s hard to create a dedicated art space inside the home. Maybe there’s no room, no access to a water source, or maybe you feel nervous about the kids making a mess inside the house? Yet, you want to keep the kids interested in art.
When I decided to teach private art lessons, a year and a half ago, I decided to transform our brand new three car garage into a really cool art space.
Luckily, there’s radiant heat to keep us warm during the super cold Chicago winters. We also keep the garage door open in the summer. It’s a win-win situation.
Transform Your Garage Into An Awesome Art Space
This is a bright airy space with a big picture window that lets in some amazing natural light. It’s the perfect space to get inspired!
Since this is a three car garage, I use the big section as the art studio. The single car section is where we store our typical garage items. A curtain sections off the single car space and children are not allowed back there.
How To Organize The Art Space
I’ve separated the garage art space into five different zones.
1. The Seating Area.
I use adjustable folding tables and sturdy stackable chairs in the middle of the space. I can raise or lower these tables depending if I am teaching little kids or big kids. They are fantastic! I can also fold the tables and stack the chairs if I need to pull my car in the garage.
2. The Work Station.
Here, I lay out materials that I need to prep for each project. For example, this is where I have my paper-cutter, all my big cardboard pieces, and the file cabinet to store my students’ work.
3. The Storage Area and Drying Rack
This is where I store all of our art materials such as construction paper, newspaper, glue, crayons, and small notions. I also dry stick wet paintings on the wall mounted drying rack.
This is also where my husband insists on keeping the TV and stereo. In his defense, we did watch a basketball game in here last week.
4. The Play Area
This is our play area with a mat and IKEA organizing system. Children may access everything in these bins. Here, I store magnet tiles, LEGO Duplos, pipe cleaners, mirrors, scrap paper, etc. This is also where I set up invitations to create, sensory bins, or an activity to try after they finish a project.
5. The Garage Door
Finally, we use the garage door as a place to hang artwork with magnets or create amazing collages with various materials.
In this photo, we made the collage banners with bubble wrap painting, heart stamps, glued on tissue paper, and glued on felt scraps. Every week we added a new material.
This garage art space is constantly evolving to suit our needs. Some days, we have bikes, yard toys, and gardening supplies strewn over every surface. Other days, my children and their friends buzz about creating wonderful masterpieces.
In the end, this is a carefully crafted space. It’s a place for our family and friends to create and share wonderful memories.
Here are some other inspiring art spaces:
If you have thought about transforming your garage into an art space, leave a comment below!