StudionAme – visiting a practicing studio

StudionAme – visiting a practicing studio

professional study

Who Are Studio Name

StudionAme is a studio with practicing artists of all ages and skills. Located at 2 Brougham Street (1st floor) Leicestershire England LE1 2BA. Within this community there are around 28 artists, some using the space as a place for hobby and other using it for a living.

Steve SadlerPhil HackettTim Fowler Emmer PeersWillow StaceyHannah Pillai
Tazim HamedIndrė RimšelytėTom Van HerrewewgeJack CaseyLoz AtkinsonBeth Bell
Lucy StevensLorna GreyAdam KhalifaMatt MackenBeccy BenedictChristopher Samuel
Emma – Jane RuleGraeme HawesJoe MoranNic Evans Mark BootSteven Allbutt
Yuka NamekawaNorthside BikesSusan Knox
these are the artists

Within the studio are several different sized studio spaces, the sized of the space you are given is dependent on how much rent you pay, bigger size= more rent. They have a common room area but also an exhibition room the artist can use for free when wanted. This gives them great opportunity to hold exhibitions and to see how their work look together.

Business Cards And Exhibition Leaflets From The Studio:

My Visit To StudionAme

After a volunteering session I was invited to see the studio by practicing artist Emmer Peers, on the Sunday after I went to visit the studio. This was a great experience as we got to look around each of the artists areas, their works and thoughts. While looking around the studios I was able to see work in progress, finished works and even machines that help the artists.

These are photos I took through the studio, this was great inspiration both professionally and contextually. Looking around the studio it gave great example of how they live and help each others art.

Artists We Spoke To

While at the studio I talked to 3 artists being Emmer Peers, Jack Casey and another I can not remember the name of. Once we had looked around we where able to talk to them about any recommendation they have for us to be able to become artist. Jack Casey was really helpful within a professional light, due to explaining to us his journey from becoming part time artist with a job, into a full time artist.

Talking to Emma I found out that there are grants artist can apply for to help them produce their work, from looking i have found one that could be useful within my future projects. The link below is a website from the Leicester Art And Museum Gallery, where they have information about how to get grants and about different grants that are possible to get.,our%20Cultural%20Ambition%20Fund%20page%20for%20more%20information.

To be able to talk professionally to the artists was a really important step, this gave me a really strong insight to understand the next moves I will need to make after I leave DMU. Where if I do not have a studio at home I should look for one. I am fortunate enough to be able to create a studio at home ( I am currently in progress of this). I feel this has been one of the most beneficial experiences I have had this year.

year 2 exhibition – pub quiz night

as we have already raised around £500-£600, we decided that doing another fundraiser on top of the bad art compition will help us a little more. there for the committee held a pub quiz night.

this quiz is for all the art students and anyone they want to invite but mainly friends, the entrance fee was decided to be £2. the quiz will be a range of questions plus some art ones so everyone can have a chance to know some stuff. i did not have as much input within the quiz as i was really busy with my own project, but the outcome seemed really good.

the quiz was set to happen on the 16th February starting at 7pm. the poster is below that we put around and on our social media to get people to know about it and to join in. below are some photos from the quiz.

DMU Local Volunteering – Session 4 (life drawing)


turned up at 9:30am to help set up, they had already set up the most of the work but we added some little bits to it. the set up was a table in the middle with loads of different materials and objects for the children to draw. we then places 30 chairs around the table.

in terms of teaching children i feel this was the most boring for them, but this is equally a really important technique in art to learn as it helps you to develop the basis of observations and drawing, within the session the parents also did not help as much so we really got to see how the children where thinking and seeing the objects we where showing them.

  • 15 mins
  • 5 mins
  • 3 mins
  • 1 mins
  • and more

the longer times made the children a bit bored but as they sped up the children started to enjoy it a lot as it got more exiting and they felt the need to do more.

when looking around at what the children’s have and where drawing, it became apparent that they all preferred the colorful objects like the rubix’s cube. as these were more exciting and drew their attention faster than the black objects or steps. this shows how in art people tend to be drawn closer to the fun colours and things that pop out rather than nature colours, even though used well these can work just as well.

i feel out of all the sessions this one really helped me in art sense, not directly to my work but more as a aid to show me art can be more than an illustration of a realistic object. As they have a move instinct to play with the materials without worry of error this could be a good project to look into of how artist should play with the materials more.

after a while i got more use to helping the children and really started to enjoy it, this really showed me how to help people from the very beginning. when drawing the set up in a bigger form a lot of them lost focus and drew what they wanted, even thought they were not ament to but if they had drew a good amount from the set up i let them draw what they wanted as they still gave the life drawing a try.

Year 2 gallery – clothes sale

Year 2 gallery – clothes sale

As part of the year 2 exhibition we have to plan and execute fundraisings to be able to make the money up to rent the room for the exhibition, therefore we have decided to plan for a second clothes sale. we have already done one clothes sale but that was a very small and fast one as it was not really planned, but it did help us raise around £150 pounds.

for this clothes sale we need to plan;

  • A day and time to sell clothes ( paragraph 1)
  • where to get clothes to sell (paragraph 1)
  • promotions ( paragraph 1 )
  • clothes racks ( paragraph 1)
  • whos manning the stool and timings ( paragraph 2 )
  • venue for a place to sell (paragraph 2)
  • how we can take money ( paragraph 3)
  • what happens to the clothes we don’t sell (paragraph 3)

Paragraph 1

The committee planned to have the clothes sale on the 27th as this gave chance for the student loan to come in, giving people the money to spend but also as its when most of the classes has restarted meaning most of the students will be back from Christmas break. Another thing we thought about was what time we wanted to start and finish, we choose 9am-5pm as this is the “school” day meaning we would have the most people passing between these times.

As soon as we had set the date, the committee started asking fellow art students for any unwanted clothes, this meant we wouldn’t be spending money to make the money we needed, and clothes would not get wasted. by the 27th we had gain a large amount of clothes and has enough to fill two racks, a box and a table.

Another student hand made a clothes rack for us to use, but we also found a table, box and another rack to use when setting up the clothes, the committee also put out loads of posters a week before the sale but also on the day. we also handed out flyers on the day and too the students within the art tower.

We managed to get a place outside the Student union at the university , we decided to host it here as its more open and a lot of people pass this building on their way to lessons. this worked out really well as we had a lot of people see us on their way to a lesson and buy clothes on their way home.

i volunteered to help with set up as this would need the most help, so i started at 8:30 to take all the equipment and clothes down to the student union. The set up did not take that long and we were ready to sell at 9am, i stayed to help for 7 and a half hours, as i really enjoyed it. at first getting the money in was a little slow but we very quickly got passed £100. Below is the committee group chat of us updating everyone on the money we had made .are first aim was to hit £150, then we moved it to £350-£400. we moved the goal as we started gaining money faster mainly by selling clothes but we did get some donations. The screenshot of payments is from the 27th and is the card reader we used.

Local DMU Volunteering – Session 3 (recycling sculptor)

Local DMU Volunteering – Session 3 (recycling sculptor)


I helped set up at 9:30am, this included bring in loads of bags of rubbish and dumping them in the middle of the room. once all children were seated and had their books the teachers started to show them the example sheets. the sheets for this week was different artist examples for the children to look at and help them understand how they could use the rubbish to make a sculpture. this was a very hands on session for both the children and us as we had to help them alot with the process of making the sculptors.

For this activity they had the rubbish, scissors and tape to us.

bags of rubbish

There was 5 groups making different animals.

  • Sea turtles
  • elephant (my group)
  • shark
  • show leopard
  • tiger

I decided to go sit with the elephants, this was a group of 4-5 girls. Before we started to make the elephant they had 15 mins to draw their own design in their sketchbook and then they all came together and had a A1 sheet to combine their ideas before they would start. Once the design was finalized and the children had given them selves a task each. Starting was a little slow but as they started talking they got more inventive and we started to make a river for the elephant to drink out of and grass around it.

i really enjoyed watching and helping the children with this task and they all worked together to create something and when there was a problem like it wouldn’t stand its self up, they would work together to find a way to make it stand this involved using a pot under its feet and then to fill it with blue objects to make it look like water. Below is a photo of the elephant.

Soon after this photo was taken the elephant sadly died due to a child’s foot apparently not liking it so it was kicked over swiftly. After all the mess way made the children helped us put all the rubbish back in to bags and then they went home. This was such a fun experience and really showed me how even thought they had some what limited materials they really did well and made structures with the materials, this helped me understand that you don’t have to make something so literal for the outcome to be what you want it to.

Online gallery with Peter.

Another students and i have decided to look into making a gallery to show case our print and sculpture work. This will be the work we created within the first term ( October- December 2021), we will be exploring how our works could complement each other’s and how to also develop an understanding on what its like to be a curator (In the concept of displaying the show). One reason we are doing an online exhibition is for safety as it’s an easy way to keep social distancing and not have any chance of covid, therefore we thought we would try a different approach to a show.

for this we will create a plan/mind map on what we need to think about and do in order to create this gallery. We will be using a website called art steps and then designing our own layout for the space itself. This will be the main challenge as we will have to find a way to show 3D sculptures through 2D photos. The mind map is below.

When doing this mindmap we found a way to show a 3D image from ever angel but also a way to present the work in the most realistic style to how it was set up in real life. Due to mine and peters stlye being similar within the subjects that we enjoy we felt that a gallery exploring printing and sculpture would be interesting and we mine learn more on how different mediums could work together for next term.

The photos above are from us trying to work out where we would need deviding walls and columns to show the 3D works, but also where we would put the collections of prints. Although most of the work would be within the same theme, the works that are not or are considered more supporting will be within another section. During the panning and creating off this we have decided to make a flyer for the exhibition, an artist statement in general but also write a little about each piece.

This is the plan and the flyer that we made to invite and advertise the exhibition, we have decided to go with a paper from due to how everything has gone online more. We feel having a actual paper invite stands out more now and is more inviting than an email. Then on;y things we need to do now is set a date we want to publish the exhibition and then hand out the flyers to teachers. I will be making another post when we do publish the exhibition to explain the website more in detail.

𝙳𝙼𝚄 Local Volunteering – Session 2 (colour wheel)

𝙳𝙼𝚄 Local Volunteering – Session 2 (colour wheel)


The classes start at 10am but the volunteers turn up at 9:30am to help set up, this time all it involves was putting chairs and table. When the children (30 children) turned up we helped give them name tags and their own sketchbook, so they can see all their work together. Once they where sat down the teacher started to explain what words we use to explain different aspects of colour and what the children would be doing that day.

The sheets below are the handouts for that day, we explained what the words mean on the sheet to the left. These sheets really helped the children as they got an example of the colour wheel they had to make.

The first task the children had to completer was to fill their own colour wheel with paint, for this we gave them a paint pallet with yellow, red and blue in and told them they have to make the colours and fill in each colour. This gave the a great experience of what primary colours ( primary colours are a set of colours that can be mixed to make all other colours) they would have to mix to make the ones they need for the colour wheel.

The other sheet we explained to the children is how colour can be used to express feelings, with the main two being how you can make a painting sad or happy. this lead to paint being thrown at the paper but in colour themes of how they where feeling at the time, once they had time to explore both of them sheets the next task was to draw themselves.

When drawing themselves they were given a sheet about proportions and showing how to draw a generic face. this was the hardest bit for them as they had to draw it and think about how they could do it as close as they could to reality, their parents helped them and it led to some very different outcomes. A lot of the older children did amazing with this part and stunted a lot of us on how well they managed to proportion the head. (one even doing a full body). Once they had done some drawing, some of the children decided to start doing backgrounds and this took form in beaches and living rooms with TVs.

This is not the original sheet they used, just an example I found on the internet

Volunteering with 𝙳𝙼𝚄 Local.

Professional Studies

Local DMU was asking for volunteers to help with an art club every Saturday for 10 weeks (9;30-11;30 from the 15th of January to the 26th of March 2022), i decided i wanted to help so i replied to the email (original email from Jamie Scott) then i had to do an online course and wait to hear if i got a place as a volunteer.

Once i got the place and I had completed the online-courses, a DBS check and attended the meeting about the volunteering. i could then help out with the club,

The job evolves one person teaching the children and the volunteers acting like helpers and give them supplies and cleaning up. There are 10 sessions and each session will be teaching different techniques to the children (their parents will come alone as well) so I will be making a post for each week, with what we taught the children and the sheet that where used to help them.

these are all the posts and sessions.

  • Session 1: portraits (15.01.2022)
  • session 2: colour wheels (22.01.2022)
  • session 3: recyclable sculptures (29.01.2022)
  • session 4: life drawing (05.02.2022)
  • session 5: session was not on (12.02.2022)
  • session 6: doing what ever media they want (19.02.2022)
  • session 7: missed session (26.02.2022)
  • session 8: female roll models (05.03.2022)
  • session 9: gallery ( 12.03.2022)
  • session 10: starting final pieces of works (19.03.2022)
  • session 11: finishing final pieces (26.03.2022)

when first applying I didn’t realize this was part of Cps, I really wanted to help to teach art to children, when talking to the organizers of this we got into a conversation about how art is not really taught within primary school therefore they started these sessions. I found this really interesting and gave me more of a reason I wanted to help out with these classes. Within the 10 session one week is dedicated to taking the children to a gallery, this is an amazing opportunity for them to start to see art and be more involved within the creative world. Witch is such an important part of being a child.

This volunteering opportunity not only helps with confidence but it always helps me to learn how to interact more easily with new people quickly, as a part of tattooing I will need to have this skill so the client feels more comfortable and at ease while I am tattooing them. It’s a really good skill to have in general life and makes people wants to come back more when they feel they have a good professional relationship with a person and it seems friendly. I am very happy I took on this opportunity even thought I will need to very carefully manage my time as I have a lot happening, but it can be done.

Below Are Photos From The Volunteering

These Are The Feedback Form From The Parents And Children

An Email Of Feedback For How I Did

Year 2 gallery exhibition (Ubiquitous individual)

the Committee

to start off in the community we put people into group of what they wanted to do these groups are based off thing that need to happen:

  • Curators
  • Fundraising
  • Advertising
  • accounting

I decided to go into fundraising as I feel this was the best place to me, as a few years ago I had to fundraise over £4,000. We started by planning a meeting (I couldn’t attend due to COVID) and in this meeting we started by thinking of different things we can do to fundraise, this included clothes sales, cake bakes, art contests and other things. We also started thinking of a name to go with, as we hasn’t got the name down some of are ideas have a different name to the one we have now.

At first we had to found out how much money we need to be able to rent out the gallery (2 queen’s gallery) and how many days we want it for.
this was the email from Dan at the gallery, about how much the pricing will be just for the renting of the gallery, and we are looking at around £630.

This is our plan, we want the gallery from the 3-5th but then the 8th for taking the show down. This does mean that setting up will have to be planned well as it’s the most time sensitive part, but we have all agreed that we can help this part so there should be at least 8+ people for set up.

we wanted to start publicising about the exhibition and competitions coming up, so we created two Instagram pages one for a competition we are planning to do and the exhibition below are these pages. Here we post about the things we are planning but also try and get people to be more involved

we did a small clothes sale that was very unplanned as we wanted to start quickly with he fundraising before Christmas and we helped this within the art building at reception, this worked well considering it was very sudden. We raised around £150 and were very pleased with this. After Christmas we wanted to do another clothes sale so we started planning this one. below is the money we made from the small cloth sale.

there has be many posters made by people for each part of getting this gallery together, these posters where stuck around campus, university, Bede hall and social media. These are some of the posters that have been circulating.

this is the setting up of the gallery, I will make more posts of the fundraising and another of the physical set up of the show, any more information will be put on this post when updated.

What Does A Tattoo Apprenticeship Involve

contextual and professional Studies

A tattoo apprenticeship is a excellent way to learn and start tattooing, But equally it can be a tough experience, therefore it very important to know what you will be involved in and where to find a establishment work in.


While conducting researching about tattooing apprenticeships, I found a useful website that details the work that an apprentice will experience. The website informs you of what skill you will develop, equally it informs you of alternative ways to learn tattooing (e.g tattoo schools).

Within a tattoo apprenticeship I will learn:

  1. Hygiene (both of after care and during the tattoo).
  2. Techniques of tattooing.
  3. Needle usage.
  4. How to make and use stencils.
  5. How to continue into my own career (e.g booking clients and receiving payments).
  6. Also experience.

A tattoo apprenticeships last around 2 years, started by watching and developing an understanding for set up and hygiene. During the apprenticeship you will tattoo on both real and synthetic skin under supervision by the experienced tattoo artist.

UK Official Tattoo Academy

Additionally I have also researched the UK Official Tattoo Academy. The academy is a tattoo school that teaches a two weeks course, this course is very intense and develops the artist’s understanding of tattooing quickly. It Costs around £2998 to join but eventually it will cost more due to travel or living expenses, as the academy is located in London. They do have a accommodation for £34 a night, so in total for a living space it would cost around £408 for two week and a weekend.

Tattoo School VS Apprenticeship

tattoo school tattoo apprenticeship
Has a set curriculum and school time is not flexible.
An apprenticeship is more flexibility and does not have a set curriculum
Due to a class setting there will be near to no time one-on-one.As an apprenticeship is personal there a greater chance for one-on-one development.
You will graduate with a degree for tattooing.You get a qualification and possibly a career if you get in the shop.
You are studying along side and building relationships with more developing tattoo artist, But not building a client base during your degree.You meet less tattoo artists but you build a client base and work off the shops less tattoo artists.
You have set limit to learn and gain the skills needed to pass, as it is a school the teachers will have gone through training to have as much time as you need but the teacher might not be a good teachers so you have to find a good apprenticeship.
To Join you need a diploma or a collage qualification of have to have a good portfolio and a good promise of development for an artist to think it’s good to use their time on you.
Getting in to a school is Easier, due to you just needing a qualifications.Known for being hard to get into.

Although she is in another country there for there could be differences, i watched this video as it was helpful within a professional sense to hear about other people stories within how they got an apprenticeship, but also their advice as someone who has been through it.

Professionally I will need to be able to develop all different styles within tattooing to be able to have a divers client base, therefor I need to build a good portfolio to show the tattooist to be able to get an apprenticeship. This video was really helpful in order to see a practicing artist portfolio so I can see what they would be looking for within mine.

As I have conducted this research I have made a conclusion on what I would like to pursue in the future for my career, as a preference I would head for a apprenticeship due to its personal connection and flow of a client base. Within 2023 I will be applying for apprenticeships within my home town to start an apprenticeship in summer 2023.