Visual Arts Facilities
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 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.
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 student 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 the Wood and Large Metals Instructional Support Technician, Don Jensen.
Large Metal Shop
Evergreen’s Metal Shop is located on the first floor of the Art Annex, adjacent to our wood shop 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 the Wood and Large Metals Instructional Support Technician, Don Jensen.
The Fine Metals studio, recently remodeled, is located on the second floor of the Lab 2 building in room 2214. In addition to equipment and tools that support student curriculum in basic metalsmithing skills, the studio hosts facilities to accommodate in-depth studies in lost wax casting and kiln fired enameling amongst other specialized techniques. In addition to the main studio there is a dedicated smithing room with a wide assortment of dapping tools, forming stakes, and a hydraulic press. Students working in this studio can expect to develop a range of techniques suitable for exploring ideas of adornment to creating small-scale sculpture. Inquiries about the Fine Metals Studio can be directed to the Fine Metals Instructional Support Technician, Pamela Davis
The Ceramics Studio is located on the ground floor of the Arts Annex building. This spacious studio is equipped with twenty-four electric potter’s wheels that look out into our Evergreen woods, and a spacious hand building room. Our kiln room houses four electric oxidation kilns, a raku-style kiln, and a natural gas downdraft reduction kiln. Students work primarily in cone 06 and cone 6, and can participate in specialty cone 10 reduction firings.
Daytime and Evening/Weekend ceramic courses at Evergreen introduce students to techniques ranging from functional to sculptural, where students can choose between interdisciplinary study and focused craft. Additionally, we provide intermediate to advanced opportunities through Independent Learning Contracts and Student Originated Studies programs. The Ceramic Studio employs student staff who have a significant role in operating this unique space. Questions about the Ceramic Studio can be directed to the Ceramics Instructional Support Technician, Joelle Montez.
Printmaking Studio and Letterpress & Book Arts Studios
Committed to non-toxic practices, the Printmaking Studio and Letterpress & Book Arts Studios offer the following processes:
- Book Arts
Located in Lab 2, rooms 2225 and 2231, the Printmaking Studio is equipped with three Takach etching presses, one Charles Brand etching press, several drying racks, long glass covered inking counters, vertical ferric chloride acid tank, a large clean paper prep station, and paper soaking sink. Other specialized equipment available include an airbrush and fume hood for acrylic-based acquaint, and ground, and inking hot plates. The screen printing area offers a washout room, darkroom for photo-emulsion, UV and metal halide exposure units, and large format scanner and film positive printer. This studio also provides students with over 50 flat file storage drawers.
Letterpress & Book Arts Studio
In the basement of Lab 2 (0233), the Letterpress & Book Arts Studio houses one of the largest type collections in the Pacific Northwest with twenty cabinets of mid-century metal type, a small collection of wood type. Students can learn to design, hand-set and print their own projects on our vintage SP-15 or Universal Vandercook press, a C&P platen press, and an Old Reliable platen press. The studio also has an Orbital IX polymer plate maker.
Inquiries about the Printmaking Studio or Letterpress & Book Arts Studio can be directed to the Printmaking Instructional Support Technician, Emily Adams
Our expansive drawing studio, located on the top floor of the Arts Annex, fills with natural light from overhead skylights and 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.
There are three large multi-use spaces available to Visual and Media Art students for critique sessions, presentations and temporary installations. In these spaces, students have the opportunity to take their work out of the studio and display it in a gallery type setting, where they develop visual literacy skills through critically analyzing their work and by creating presentations that effectively communicate content.
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 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.
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 can be used for lampworking and scientific glassblowing by contract with 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.
Depending on course load each quarter, open hours in many of these 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.
For further questions about any of the spaces above and/or taking Visual Arts courses at Evergreen, please contact our Visual Arts Operations Manager, Michelle Pope.