Wayne State College

Art and Design Survival Guide

Facility Usage and Safety

Students must adhere to the guidelines and each instructor's requirements pertaining to material and facility usage in all studio areas. Please read and follow the guidelines printed on the safety signs. It is expected that students will be responsible and respectful in the use of the art and design facility, equipment, and tools. To this end:

  • Messes must be cleaned up as you work, and tools must be put away before you leave.
  • When painting or working with plaster, use a plastic sheet or cardboard on the floor.
  • When cutting is necessary, use the back of a sketchbook, or a wooden drawing board as a surface. Avoid gouging the tables.
  • Studio sinks are for washing tools and hands, once appropriate measures have been taken to prevent clogs (ask individual instructors).
  • Solvents cannot be put into the drains in the building.
  • Do not use restroom sinks to clean off art materials. Please use drawing room sinks to clean charcoal-covered hands.
  • Do not use in-line skates (or any other kind), skateboards, etc., in the building
  • Radios, stereos, and personal audio devices may be played at the discretion of the instructor. They must be played at a reasonable volume so classes are not disturbed.
  • Food and drink are prohibited in the Art History and Introduction to the Visual Arts classroom. Food and drink should not be consumed in most studio areas. Use the student lounge in Studio Arts or the benches located throughout Peterson Fine Arts.
  • Use ventilation while working with oil-based paints, inks and/or solventsiIn the Painting and Printmaking studios.
  • Spray fixative, paints, and varnish must be sprayed in the large spray booth on the second floor. A smaller booth and hood is located in the design room on the first floor, which can also be used for oil-based finishes and applications.
  • Wear appropriate protective gear and clothing while working with potentially hazardous materials and processes (eye protection, gloves, dust masks, hearing protection, closed-toed shoes, and non-synthetic fabrics).
  • Long hair must be secured with a tie or bandana when mixing clay using the pug mill in the clay facility or when working in the sculpture area or with power tools anywhere.
  • Rings and jewelry cannot be worn while working with equipment.