Drawing & Painting Facilities

The School of Creative Arts (SOCA) drawing and painting studios are spacious facilities that allow you to experiment with a wide range of mediums including graphite, charcoal, pastel, colored pencil, oil paint, acrylic, watercolor and airbrush. Each studio is designed to provide opportunities for in-class projects as well as individual drawing and painting explorations.

The drawing and painting studios are located on the third floor of the Mimi & Ian Rolland Art & Visual Communication Center. They have large windows, concrete floors for easy clean-up, excellent storage facilities and walls that retain the original brick of the building’s structure before it was refurbished.

The studios have state-of-the-art ventilation and exhaust systems, adjustable track lighting and fluorescent lights. In the drawing studio, the movable stage for models has a ring of lights over and around it to ensure correct lighting for different drawing situations.

Between the painting and drawing studios is a large open area for mat cutting and framing. A professional Fletcher 2100 mat cutter stationed on a large, carpeted table and a wall-mounted multi-material Fletcher 3000 cutter are located in this area. The Fletcher 3000 is capable of cutting glass, board or plastic. A professional frame chopper and joiner are also available.

Behind the mat cutting area is a spray room equipped with an exhaust system that covers nearly an entire wall. In this room, any toxic sprays like paint or glue can be used in complete safety. The room is even outfitted with explosion-proof lights. The spray room and mat-cutting area are conveniently located so you can spray mount artwork and then move to the mat cutting area for final presentation.