The studio complex includes a large, flexible area for painting, drawing and printmaking; a central multipurpose studio primarily used for introductory-level classes; a photography darkroom lab, a separate studio for ceramics; a small computer lab; a dedicated drawing room, and a spacious sculpture studio.
Studio art courses at Lawrence University offer students the chance to work closely with instructors as they focus on a variety of artistic mediums. Students enrolled in a studio art course have 24-hour access to the Wriston Art Center facilities.
Below are images and descriptions of each studio area.
• Painting covers a variety of techniques in both water and oil-based mediums. Professional easels and paint carts are available for each student. Some of the processes covered are watercolor, gouache, acrylic, mixed media, oils, and encaustic.
• Drawing courses are taught in Memorial Hall overlooking the Fox River. A variety of methods and experimental approaches to drawing are explored including observational drawing, figure drawing, installation, large-scale works, and collaborative image making.
• Printmaking offers a large variety of processes including intaglio, lithography (plate & stone), silkscreen, relief (wood, linoleum, & monoprints), letterpress, and digital printmaking. Book arts and paper making are also available for students to explore and compliment the printmaking process.
• Photography 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 studio 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 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 up to 44 inches wide.
• Ceramics has a large gas, two electric, and two test kilns for firing work. The studio is also equipped with a raku kiln, a slab roller, and wheels for throwing. Glaze chemistry, mold making, and slip casting are all offered to help students drive their creative pursuits.
• Sculpture is equipped with the tools for wood, metal, and mixed media fabrication. Students are trained to use the following equipment in conjunction with their creative practice; table saw, planer, metal shearer, band saw, drill press, welders, and mold making for casting.