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About Visual Arts Facilities at Evergreen

Well-furnished with professional grade equipment and tools, our staffed studios host a variety of daytime programs and evening courses, offering students the opportunity to learn technique and explore thematic content across a range of mediums.

2-D and 3-D studios:

We have five large studios built with flexibility in mind to accommodate programmatic needs each quarter as well as one studio dedicated to students pursuing advanced work through Individual Learning Contracts. Large sinks, tall ceilings with bright task lighting, work tables, easels and more, make experimentation with a wide variety of materials and mediums possible. Students enrolled in programs using these spaces often have nearly 24/7 access and are encouraged to develop strong personal ideas along with the skills and language to express them by working independently and collaboratively in the studio.

Wood Shop:

The wood shop is located on the lower ground floor of the Arts Annex. Programs with an emphasis in 3-D design work are allotted studio time in the wood shop where faculty, instructional staff support and aides are present to assist students in completing their sculptural and/or functional pieces safely. Some of the equipment available includes a 36" surface sander, three 10" SawStop table saws, a horizontal mortiser and two large lathes. Multiple planers, jointers, bandsaws and an assortment of sanding and finishing equipment, as well as an array of carving sets, hand planes, mallets and other handcraft tools are available to proficient students during instructional and open studio hours. Questions about the wood shop and its use policies can be directed to Instructional Support Staff member Don Jensen.

Large Metal Shop:

Evergreen’s Metal Shop is located on the first floor of the Art Annex, adjacent to our Woodshop and is a valuable resource for anyone interested in design, sculpture, or the metal trade. Among the many processes that can be performed here are MIG and TIG welding, plasma cutting, oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, forging, and bronze and metal casting. Additional equipment available in this shop include metal hydraulic shears, slip rollers, a spot welder, various grinders and a sandblaster, along with a wide assortment of hand powered tools for almost any project. Questions about the metal shop and its use policies can be directed to Instructional Support Staff member Don Jensen.

Fine Metals:

Our most recently remodeled space, the Fine Metals studio, is located on the second floor of the Lab 2 building. Students working in this studio might learn the technique of enameling on dimensional forms while exploring the ways objects can participate in, contain, and create narratives. Create unique wearable art or small scale sculpture in this studio, containing equipment for casting, soldering, annealing, enameling and more. Each student is assigned their own work bench, complete with a flex shaft, bench pin, chair, LED light and lockable storage. This studio contains kilns for enameling and burning out wax molds, anvils, a draw bench, rolling mill and buffing machine as well as a wide assortment of dapping and smithing tools.

Ceramics:

The Ceramics Studio is located on the ground floor of the Arts Annex building adjacent to Lab II. Ceramics at Evergreen introduces students to a range of possibilities for working in clay. A sequence of courses is offered throughout the year as part of Evening and Weekend Studies which provide basic skills instruction in a variety of applications from sculptural to functional, working with high and low fire clay bodies. The area also provides intermediate to advanced study opportunities through visual arts faculty sponsored programs, or contracts in communal or individual studios.

The ceramics studio is equipped with both electric and kick potter’s wheels, four electric kilns, raku kiln and a natural-gas downdraft reduction kiln. A slab roller, clay mixer, and other specialized tools are additionally available for ceramic student use. Questions about the Ceramics studio can be directed to the instructional and classroom support technician Bruce Thompson.

Printmaking

Committed to using techniques and materials that do not harm students or the environment, we operate our printmaking studios with a strong emphasis on non-toxic processes. The studios are equipped to provide instruction in intaglio, letterpress, relief, and serigraphy.

Evergreen’s Printmaking Studios are located on two floors in Lab II. Our 2nd floor studio houses four etching presses, drying racks, long glass covered inking counters, as well as a large clean paper prep station and soaking tank.  There are several stations for serigraphy including a vacuum table for printing.

Other specialized equipment available include a washout room for screens, a darkroom, exposure units, and large format printer for photo-based techniques, an airbrush and fume hood for acquaint, a vertical acid tank, and large hot plates.

Our letterpress studio, located in the basement of Lab 2, houses one of the largest type collections in the Pacific Northwest with twenty cabinets of mid-century metal type. Students can learn to design, hand-set and print their own projects on our vintage Vandercook and Platen presses.  Questions about the Printmaking Studio and its use policies can be directed to Instructional Support Staff member Emily Adams

Drawing Studio:

Our drawing studio is located on the top floor of the Arts Annex. This spacious studio fills with natural light from its skylights to the large roll-up glass doors. Here, students might develop visual awareness and foundational skills such as proportion and light/form interaction as well as more advanced techniques in design and composition through drawing the human form with live figure and skeleton models as well as a bevy of dynamic props.

Critique/Presentation Spaces

There are three dedicated spaces available to Visual and Media Art students and faculty outside of scheduled program use for critique sessions and presentations. 

The Seminar II Critique Room (E-4115), is a multi-use space ideal for classes, critiques, performances and shows. Located on the fourth floor of the “E” cluster (closest in proximity to the bus-loop), it is approximately 40 x 80 feet (max. capacity approx. 45), making it currently the largest room on campus for art critique and display. E-4115 has a fully-equipped A/V room, a 15-foot retractable projection screen, and a theatre-quality lighting system. 

The Arts Annex Critique room (2104) is located on the second floor of the Arts Annex and is in close proximity to the majority of the 2D and 3D studios.  This room can seat approximately 30 people and has a mounted projector and retractable projection screen, This large, open space is ideal for slide show/video presentations.  Track lighting and sculpture podiums are also available, making this a great room for smaller groups.

Our 900 sq ft 3-D Design studio is located on the middle floor of the Arts Annex building (1114).  This room was designed with flexibility in mind and serves as additional classroom space and/or a space for multimedia presentations. There are tables and chairs enough to accommodate up to 50 students, additionally, there is a stainless steel sink, projection screen and retractable projection screen within the space.

Please note:  These rooms are reserved first and foremost for Visual and Environmental Art programs. Availability of these rooms changes weekly.  View the links below to check on the availability of either room.

Quarterly schedule for Room E4115 (PDF)

Quarterly schedule for Room 2104 (PDF)

Please fill out this form to inquire about reserving this room for your program/contract.

Neon

The Neon Studio, located in the basement of Lab 2 (room 0222), is equipped with everything needed to fabricate neon. Students can learn to heat, bend, weld and anneal glass tubing using a ribbon burner, cannon fire and tipping torch. The studio is also used for lampworking and scientific glassblowing by contract with staff or faculty in the Visual Arts area. Currently neon courses are offered on a limited basis and access is limited to quarters when classes are held. Please check the online catalog for current offerings.

In addition to an ample stock of general and program-specific art supplies available for purchase in our campus book store, each of our studios offer carefully selected inventory for our students. A wide variety of specialty materials such as hardwoods, metal sheet and stock, fine quality printmaking paper and low- and high-fire clay are always in stock and are easily charged to student accounts.

Depending on course load each quarter, open hours in each of our studios can be made available to students and staff who pass a thorough proficiency test. Hours of operation vary quarterly‚ so check with staff and schedules before you arrive.