Wayne State College

Art and Design Survival Guide

Facilities for Art Students

The Studio Arts Building houses all major areas of study and production except for classes in Art Education, Art History, Introduction to the Visual Arts, and Watercolor, which are housed in the Peterson Fine Arts Building. Faculty offices are generally located inside studio areas or adjacent to them. The department chair’s office is located on the first floor, SA 102.

Studio Arts Building

1st floor: Drawing, Design, Pottery and Ceramics, Sculpture, faculty offices, and restrooms

Pottery and Ceramics: SA 117
The pottery and ceramics studio houses a variety of equipment for clay, including a slab roller and extruder, pottery kick and electric wheels, gas fired and electric kilns, a clay-recycling room, and an adjacent glazing room, in addition to an outdoor raku kiln.

Sculpture: SA 101 
The sculpture studio has a variety of metal fabrication equipment, a stone carving and plaster room, a foundry and adjacent woodworking studio. Students working in the sculpture studio are responsible for following safety guidelines presented in class as well as the safety rules posted on signs in the equipment areas.

2nd floor: Printmaking, Graphic Design, Painting, matting room, faculty offices, and student lounge

Printmaking: SA 218
Printmaking facilities include a large studio for intaglio, relief, and monotype. There are adjacent spray-booth, matting, etching, and vacuum exposure rooms for student use.

Graphic Design: SA 207
The graphic design lab is often in use for various classes. The lab is available as a service to the students in Art and Design. The classroom is equipped with new iMac computers, a digital projection system, color scanner, and printing services.
An art tutor is available in the lab during posted hours. This person is available to assist students in a variety of lecture and studio classes depending upon his or her level of training and expertise.

Painting: SA 213
The painting studio, used for oil and acrylic painting and mixed media, is very spacious and filled with natural light. A variety of warm and cool lights broaden the light spectrum for accuracy in color selection. Each student has access to professional quality easels. Ventilation of toxic solvent fumes is through a high grade exhaust system in the room.

Drawing: SA 123
As a foundation studio space, all students will use this area for at least one or two semesters. It is well-lit with fluorescent and incandescent light on a dimmer switch.

Peterson Fine Arts Building

1st floor:
Pam Hanson, Graphic Designer for Art and Design and Music departments

2nd floor:
Peterson Fine Arts Art Space, art education classrooms, watercolor, faculty offices

Lower Level:
Art History and The Visual Arts Experience lecture hall FA 019

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery, Conn Library

The gallery hosts a variety of exhibits each semester and is available for students and faculty as an installation project space and a light controlled space to document their work. Students are encouraged to attend opening receptions advertised throughout the semester. This newly redesigned and remodeled, energy-efficient space utilizes state of the art LED lighting technology.

Conn Library

Conn Library, adjacent to the Studio Arts Building, is an excellent resource for art students. Art related periodicals, art reference encyclopedias, and other related texts and monographs are readily accessible. In addition to a computer lab on the second floor, affordable digital printing and copy services are available in the adjacent Audio Visual Services. The Instructional Technology Center (ITC) located in the lower level can make large-scale digital prints.