Studio Time

Overview 

Studio Time is a virtual platform which seeks to connect, inspire, educate, and promote the work of artists from a variety of genres and skill levels. In essence, the platform combines the collaboration utility of three things: video conference software; tutorials and live streaming lessons; and a portfolio feature similar to that of Instagram. Studio Time will serve as a one stop shop for creatives in any discipline.

The problem we are solving is that every artist comes across a lag in creativity, a halt in motivation, or simply a lack of knowledge in a certain field. There does not exist a platform for artists and creatives to brainstorm, keep each other motivated, and learn.

Community

To cultivate small, tight-knit online communities among users, new users complete a brief survey to be placed in a group where video chatting is the primary mode of communication. Once a group is created (by our algorithm), how group sessions function is entirely up to the artists: they could turn on their mute functions and use the time to work independently while using each other’s presence as an accountability measure, they could discuss challenges and triumphs of their current projects, or they could discuss matters completely unrelated to their endeavors. The self-autonomy after “matching” extends to scheduling their own virtual (or in person) meet-ups, as well. Importantly, the platform allows users to opt to be placed in a group with artists from disparate genres, should they want to exchange novel perspectives during their current creative process. People’s supply of self-inspiration can only last so long, so it is important to expose them to external sources, such as other people engaging in the same endeavors.

Inspire Me!

Studio Time also offers a unique “Inspire Me!” feature which allows artists to submit digital representations of their current work and elicit peer feedback about next directions. This element of the platform inspires people not only through the simple pragmatism of generating ideas, but also by exposing the users to the moral beauty of individuals assisting each other, inducing an emotional response of elevation. This inspires others to do the same. We also believe that helping someone else with his or her project would serve as a healthy break from one’s own work; we hope the Inspire Me! page will facilitate a continuous feedback loop in which people help and receive help from others, sustaining creativity, destroying roadblocks, and promoting inspiration through elevation.

Studio TV

Studio Time additionally affords artists the opportunity to develop and refine their skill sets through offering users access to pre-recordered and live tutorials via the Studio TV page. These tutorials will be led by top creatives in each discipline, lending users the hard skills and technical knowledge required to manifest their Studio Time inspiration into extraordinary creative projects. The live feature would be similar to Instagram Live or YouTube Live where people could comment or ask questions & the Expert would answer.

To allow artists to present their work to one another, Studio Time also offers a virtual “gallery” element. The experience of perusing through this gallery directly provides to users the “transcendent experience” of admiration; users can draw external inspiration from the beauty and skill encompassed in the works they engage with. Users can here admire the artistic dexterity of their peers and feel invigorated to begin or continue their own work(s). There is also, of course, a private portfolio feature to allow artists to collect their in progress and completed works if they prefer not to share publicly. 

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  1. Studio Time
    As someone in a couple studio art classes this semester that have been uprooted more so than other less ‘hands on’ courses, I can certainly see the benefit of this project to artists around the world. Art is often a highly collaborative endeavour, especially when it comes to the realm of inspiration and in the worlds the current state while inspiration may be rising (given the sudden jolt to our lives) collaboration certainly is made more difficult. I would love if this existed right now!
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  2. SO NECESSARY
    The more I think about it the more I love it. At first, I was thinking of all the art platforms I know of like Behance, Cargo, etc (even DeviantArt I guess but I’ve never used that platform). But then I realized those platforms serve as a place for non-artists to engage with artists primarily, or for people to show off their polished portfolios. But your platform allows for people to engage with fellow artists for input, to show art that they maybe don’t feel is ready for their website or portfolio and want feedback. I think this would also be successful when people share with their friends. As someone who is doing a Senior thesis next year that is joint with AFVS, I really wish there was a platform like this where I could share my art with my peers, maybe my advisors, and other artists from different locations. I can totally imagine artists posting work-in-progresses that they’ve been struggling to finish and want feedback on or even just motivation.
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    I would totally use this!
    As an artist, I am always looking for new ways and new platforms to gain inspiration, exposure, and connections with other artists. Especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are all isolated with limited to no access to a studio. I think studio time would play a significant role in the arts community, now more than ever.
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  4. Love this!
    I love this idea and think it can really take off at a time like this. I thought about Behance, Adobe’s social media platform for artist portfolios, but the video conferencing feature really adds something unique to Studio Time. Currently, existing tutorials and lessons also come with cost barriers (for quality ones that actually take you through the steps, rather than a time-lapse YouTube video for “how I painted this”), Studio Time provides an attractive alternative. The “Inspire Me!” feature is fantastic, and I wonder if this could integrate with a Kickstarter-like platform. For example, someone can send prototypes, and while they can ask for feedback on the prototype, they might also seek funding opportunities, adding incentive for creatives to think even further beyond their limitations to inspire.
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  5. Great Solution For Artists
    As an artist myself, I’m all over this idea. I’d love to see it actualized. I think that it does a great job of expanding the generally very solitary act of artistic practice to one more focused on community–which is all too important for young artists especially. I wonder if you might consider creating an option wherein someone could sell their work through the platform to interested buyers? Always thinking about ways to help artists out with benefiting from their work.
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  6. Need during corona 🙁
    This would be so so great to inspire me to work on art during this time at home, where I often struggle to find inspiration or motivation to continue. Meeting other people working on projects who would want to talk about what they’re doing and use the time together productively would keep me on track with my endeavors. I’m currently trying to learn calligraphy, and I’d love to be inspired by what other people are making as well as their suggestions.
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  7. Love this
    I love this as someone constantly working on my portfolio and trying to find more ways to be connected to an artistic community. As an artist and designer it is very helpful to be surrounded by artistic dialogue, but often times people feel reticent to share on socials because of copying, etc. There is a hard balance of sharing the right amount, undersharing, or oversharing!
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