About Our Visual Arts Program
We have excellent facilities, including ancillary safety equipment. Our facilities include:
- Two painting studios, a foundation studio and a fourth-year studio. Each studio is large, well-lit, well-ventilated and equipped with easels, tables, seating, and storage space.
- A drawing studio with easels and lighting equipment. Figure drawing is a regular feature of our visual arts program, and extracurricular figure drawing sessions are often organized by students and staff.
- A printshop equipped with a lithography room, a serigraphy room, a general workroom with two intaglio presses, an etching / aquatint room and a graphic arts darkroom.
- Photographic facilities include a group wet-darkroom for analog, black and white and alternative processes, and a digital lab dedicated to photo students for scanning and printing large color output, and access to the main digital film lab. We have a film developing and dry-mounting area, and a small shooting studio area with several medium format and a large format film camera available to loan to students.
- Our digital film lab is outfitted with Apple computer systems and offers the possibility to work with drawing tablets and industry standard applications from Adobe and Apple. The digital film lab is equipped to allow a wide range of creative activities including print media, video, sound, animation and code.
- A sculpture studio for stone carving, bronze casting, clay and plaster work, woodworking, and welding. Our sculpture studio has three ceramic kilns, a fully-equipped woodshop and an outdoor carving area.
- Grenfell Campus Art Gallery is a large space with movable walls, a media room and new hardwood flooring. It is located just off our large, well-lit central atrium, and we have wide hallways suitable for displaying artwork throughout the building.
Also you may choose to broaden your appreciation and exposure to art on an international scale. We have a permanent campus in Harlow, England (20 miles north of London) where we offer an intensive art history study experience every two years (see The Harlow Experience).
You can take part in a 12 week summer immersion program at our campus in Old Harlow, England, just outside of London. The Harlow program is offered every second year, with three full credit courses open to students in both the VA program and other degree areas.
Over a 12 week Spring semester, you’ll take daily field trips to important cultural and architectural sites in the UK. The majority of the course work occurs directly in London, with regular trips into the city. These art history courses are immersive and experiential, offering a hybrid of art history, visual and material culture, and studio-based work. You’ll also have the opportunity to travel to Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge, St. Ives and Bristol as well as day trips to Cambridge, Saffron Walden and Brighton. In addition, there’s time to plan your own week long excursion virtually anywhere in Europe.
Other Grenfell facilities
- We share the Fine Arts building with a vibrant Theater department, and shared facilities include a second woodshop. Theater areas include a black-box theater, theater studio, rehearsal hall and Green Room.
- Grenfell Campus also houses many facilities for students, such as the Ferriss Hodgett Library, several computer labs, a gym, a pool, photocopying and printing services, a bookstore, a student lounge and pub, and a cafeteria. For a full index, see Grenfell Student Services.