Students enrolled in a studio art course have 24-hour access to the Wriston Art Center facilities.


The studio covers a variety of techniques in both water and oil-based mediums. Processes taught include watercolor, gouache, acrylic, mixed media, oils, encaustic, and more. Professional easels and paint carts are available for each student. Painting students also have access to a large, flexible space to practice their craft.


A variety of methods and experimental approaches to drawing are explored including observational drawing, figure drawing, installation, large-scale works, and collaborative image making. 

Courses are taught in Memorial Hall overlooking the Fox River in a large multipurpose space that is dedicated to drawing.


A large variety of processes are offered including relief (wood, linoleum, pressure printing and monoprints), intaglio, lithography (plate & stone), silkscreen, digital printmaking, and paper making. 

Students have access to a large, shared studio space to explore and practice printmaking techniques. The studio is equipped with the follow large equipment:

  • 2 Takach Intaglio presses
  • 2 Litography presses (Takach and Fuchs & Lang)
  • Accu-Glide Silk Screen Vacuum Table
  • Epson Stylus Pro 3880
  • Cricut Maker 3
  • 2 lbs. Reina Beater (Paper Pulp Beater)

Artist Books 

The book arts lab is a dedicated space for students to explore all forms of book, and box making, with an emphasis on accordions, exposed and non-adhesive bindings, pop-ups and movables, historical and contemporary bindings, boxes, and a variety of surface treatments.

The space also utilizes letterpress printing with an extensive collection of wooden and metal type. This process informs the book making process with an emphasis between structure, process, and function. The bindery and printshop are equipped with professional grade facilities including:

  • KutTrimmer Paper Shearer
  • Chandler & Price Guillotine
  • Epson Stylus Pro 3880  
  • Cricut Maker 3 
  • 2 Chandler & Price Pilot Presses 
  • 3 Proofing Presses 
  • Sewing Frames, Leather Paring Machines, Foil Stamper, & Nipping Presses 

Paper Fox Printmaking Workshop

Lawrence's Paper Fox Printmaking Workshop is a visiting artists program that's incorporated into the printmaking curriculum. It offers printmaking students a unique opportunity to work with artists from around the country, all while learning the fundamentals of running a business.


The studio is set up for traditional darkroom photography exploring a variety of techniques including film processing, gelatin silver printing, and several early photographic processes such as cyanotype.

The photography studio includes a well-appointed darkroom lab and is equipped with professional grade SLRs, medium-format and view cameras, tri-pods, back-drops, and lighting. 

New Media in Art

Classes have access to Mac computers and Adobe software in the Hurvis Film Center and an additional set of computers, scanners, and small format printers in Wriston Art Center. Students have access to a wide-format inkjet printer that can generate prints 44 inches wide with variable length (up to 80 feet).


Glaze chemistry, mold making, and slip casting are all offered to help students drive their creative pursuits. Students experience hand-building, wheel throwing, and installation techniques, with an emphasis on conceptual development. 

The ceramics studio is fully equipped with slab rollers and wheels for throwing. Kilns and related equipment include: 

  • 1 raku kiln 
  • 1 large gas-fired kiln kilneramics 
  • 2 electric kilns 
  • 2 test kilns for firing work 
  • pugmill clay mixer 
  • ceramic 3D printer 


Students are trained to use the following equipment in conjunction with their creative practice; table saw, planer, metal shearer, band saw, drill press, welders, CNC router, and mold making for casting.

The spacious sculpture studio is equipped with the tools for wood, metal, and mixed media fabrication.

There's so much to Wriston. In addition to studio space, study and interact with a diverse range of visual forms and cultural objects in the galleries.