Studios & facilities

Our studios and classrooms are equipped to meet the needs of our Art majors, minors, and students taking art courses from across UWL programs. In addition to a large Foundations studio for our entry-level and General Education courses, we have studios for art education, metalsmithing (including blacksmithing and jewelry making), ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Our main art gallery, the University Gallery, is a large space that hosts a wide range of exhibitions throughout the year. We also have a Student Gallery in 340 Center for the Arts where students learn professional practices in setting up and hosting their creative works.

Art Education Studio expanding section

The Art Education studio/working space is located on the second floor in the Center for the Arts (CFA) building, room 203. The studio is equipped to support students' fundamental art activities including painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramic, and sculpture. Teacher candidates practice teaching with a SmartBoard and beam projector, and prepare to be actively engaged in their professional areas. Regardless of having different levels of background in art, students are encouraged to freely explore their creative and critical thinking through art-making and meaning-making. This process helps students to be immersed in on-going learning processes both in art and education.

Ceramics Studio expanding section

The ceramics studio/work space is located on the ground level in the Center for the Arts (CFA) building, room 25. The ceramics studio is a spacious facility with both traditional wheel throwing and hand-building areas. A state-of-the-art gas-fired kiln was installed in March, 1998, enabling more frequent and efficient firing of ceramic works. Fire brick rescued from an older kiln was formed into the department's first wood-fired kiln. Firing this unique kiln produces more than beautiful ceramic finishes; it becomes a bonding experience for the students who take shifts tending the three day firing process.

Drawing Studio expanding section

The drawing studio is located on the 2nd floor in the Center for the Arts (CFA) building, room 207. This studio has a lot of natural light that comes in from the north facing windows. Large tack boards along the west and south walls allow for space for collaborative drawing projects.

Foundations Studio expanding section

The Foundations studio/working space is located on the first floor in the Center for the Arts (CFA) building, room 119. This studio is designed and equipped to support introductory courses in visual art with an emphasis on understanding the methods of art making in a variety of studio disciplines. The Visual and Performing Arts' Foundations curriculum allows students to experiment with various creative processes and media, while exploring artistic ideas. The studio is equipped to support introductory methods in painting, printmaking, drawing, and the construction of three-dimensional objects.

Graphic Design Studio expanding section

The Graphic’s lab/studio is located on the first floor in the Center for the Arts building, room 145. We have 23 iMac desktop computers with the Adobe Creative Suit software, a 90” display monitor (perfect for class demonstrations), a 6 color Epson inkjet printer, Xerox office printer and a Large format HP Printer near the back of the studio.

The School of Visual and Performing Arts’ Graphic Design courses help to prepare you for a wide range of design fields which include photography, film and animation, typography, social design, digital, book and editorial design.

Practical study in this area involves developing a professional portfolio that reflects your creative talent and traditional hands-on production techniques using the latest technology. Through practice, lab exercises, and creative projects, students will build on their existing aesthetic and conceptual foundations while implementing ideas using digital tools and critical thinking.

 Students do not have to be art majors to explore various facets of graphic design using the Adobe Creative Suite software, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Metals Studios expanding section

About the Facility

The Metalsmithing studio is located in rooms 20, 20A, and 20B on the ground floor in the Center for the Arts building. The curriculum is designed to meet the varied interests of students investigating the field of contemporary metalsmithing. Students are exposed to a broad range of methodologies and processes associated to metalsmithing which include fabrication, forging, raising, forming, casting, mold making and welding.  The studio is equipped to support research in specific areas such as jewelry, hollowware, and blacksmithing. 

The UWL Metalsmithing studio is equipped for:

- General fabrication
- Gas/compressed air and gas/oxygen soldering
- Small scale production casting and mold making
- Sheet metal raising and forming
- Non-ferrous metal forging
- Welding and fabrication
- Blacksmithing

Painting Studio expanding section

The Painting studio/working space is located on the second floor in the Center for the Arts (CFA) building, room 204. The studio is equipped to explore a broad range of  painting media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and encaustic. There is a studio course concentrating on watercolor painting with an emphasis on technique and color theory, where traditional and contemporary modes of expression are studied, and stylistic and thematic developments are explored. 

The general painting courses (intro/non-majors) focus on approaches to creative expression, research of historical and contemporary painting, and explores a broad range of painting media including oil, acrylic, watercolor and encaustic. Various stylistic approaches are introduced including realism, abstraction, and postmodern painting. The intermediate and advanced courses focus more on the creative development within the discipline. Students develop their own visual language, creative expression, and conceptual understanding through active participation in collaborative painting, individual studio work, and critiques.

Photography Studios expanding section

All Photography Studios are located in the Wing Technology Center in rooms 26, 27, 28, 124 and 229.   The photography studios include:


WING 26 - Darkroom, Film Processing Lab, Seminar Room, and Cage

This area serves as a work space and classroom for all chemical photography courses and includes a beginner printing darkroom (15 enlargers), an advanced printing darkroom (8 large-format enlargers), a seminar space, a film processing lab, film loading closets, print finishing space, and the equipment cage. This studio is equipped for black & white film development (35mm, 120mm & large format), gelatin silver print processing (RC & Fiber), large-format and Mural printing. Photography students can rent or check-out cameras (DSLR, 35mm/Medium format SLR, View Camera, Pinhole) and other photo equipment (tripods, flashes, portable lights, grey cards, etc.) from the equipment cage.     


WING 28 - Digital Lab

This lab serves as a work space and classroom for all digital photography courses and includes 15 work stations (computers & software), scanners, and inkjet printers.  The Digital Lab is equipped for flatbed and negative scanning, digital images processing, and standard and large-format inkjet printing (up to 44 inches wide).


WING 27 - Special Projects Room

This is a secondary darkroom, which is used for advanced student studio space and alternative photographic processes.  


WING 229 - Photo/Lighting Studio

This is a fully equipped photographic lighting studio with strobe/flash and contiguous lighting systems.  


WING 124 - Photo Classroom

This is a 45 seat lecture-style classroom that doubles as a critique space.   


All of the Photo Facilities are staffed by student employees and open for student use outside of class time - Photo Lab Hours can be found here.

Printmaking Studio expanding section

The printmaking studio/working space is located on the 3rd floor in the Center for the Arts (CFA) building, room 334. 

Sculpture Studio expanding section

About the Facility

The Sculpture studio is located in rooms 15 and 23 on the ground floor in the Center for the Arts building. The sculpture curriculum allows students to explore conceptual development through a wide variety of materials and processes. The sculpture facility is designed to meet the needs of students working in traditional as well as contemporary formats. The Sculpture Studio includes a complete foundry for casting non-ferrous metals, kilns for lost wax casting and ceramic sculpture, welding equipment, woodworking equipment, forges, overhead lifts, sand blasters, hand tools and a range of specialty equipment for the production of three dimensional works of art.

The sculpture studio is equipped to support:
General fabrication including welding, gas/compressed air and gas/oxygen soldering
Sheet metal fabrication
Wood fabrication
Mold making, lost wax and sand mold casting in bronze and aluminum
Plaster construction
Ceramic casting and fabrication
Forging/blacksmithing, ferrous and non-ferrous metals
Conceptual, site specific and installation works

The Sculpture program is supported by facilities that allow students to work on projects large in scale and complex in development. The studios include a wood/dry shop, metal/fabrication shop, mold making studio and a large exterior courtyard.