- Print/Foundation Studio
- Advanced Drawing Studio
- Painting Studio
- Studio Flex Space
- Advanced Student Studios
This studio will correct the longstanding deficiencies found in the current printmaking studio. Increased square footage, an upgraded climate control system, improved plumbing, and proper lighting will dramatically improve the comfort and safety of the students and faculty engaged in printmaking, whether they use conventional methods, new techniques, or mixed-media projects. The flexible design of this studio also makes it suitable for teaching the department's introductory courses, which rely on demonstrations, lectures, and critiques.
The new drawing studio will give the studio art department a space designed and shaped specifically for basic drawing exercises and will provide faculty and students with 1,368-square feet of usable space, a 30 percent increase in size over the existing studio. The studio will have lighting that is appropriate for drawing, as well as improved viewing/critiquing walls. Ventilation and air circulation facilities will meet art-lab standards. The studio will have upgraded storage and construction areas for collage and other built-media genres related to drawing projects. It will also be equipped with video and slide projection capability to make possible the daily viewing of art presentations.
An open design in the painting studio means students will enjoy a greater sense of community. Intermediate and advanced classes can pursue large-scale works using mixed media. Digital equipment will enable classes to reference contemporary and historical paintings in class. A separate shop area for building stretchers and frames will significantly reduce noise and dust in the area. Proper lighting, modern plumbing and ventilation, and ample storage will contribute to efficiency and convenience of the studio.
With the main drawing studio serving many classes each year, this smaller space will be devoted to figure drawing. It will be flexible enough, however, to be used by other classes that may need an area for special projects such as large-scale drawings, murals, wall-sized print works, and small shows.
These shared studios--located on the first, second and third floors of the building--will be made available to senior studio art majors, giving them a secure and convenient place to work and to store project materials, equipment, and works-in-progress. Private spaces such as these nurture creativity and are essential to the artistic process.