Trinity University provides students the opportunity to develop as artists in first-class studios and facilities located in the Ruth Taylor Fine Arts Center. Tailored studios in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, papermaking, sculpture, wood, clay, and metals are complemented by a digital art studio and critique room.
The drawing and design studio is a large, high-ceilinged, flexible space equipped with work tables, easels, and drawing mules. North-facing clerestory windows, as well as an entire wall of glass on the east side, add architectural drama and fill the space with light. The studio may be easily darkened for digital or slide presentations and controlled lighting of set-ups or models. A generous balcony runs along one side of the studio providing an additional work area and inspiring views of the city. Ample wall space is available for critiques and presentations of student work. The studio features ample supply storage, flat files, and two wash sinks for wet media and clean up.
Similar to the drawing and design studio, the painting studio is open, airy, and bright, with a balcony and a city view. The studio may be easily darkened for digital or slide presentations and controlled lighting of set-ups or models. The studio, equipped with work tables and easels, features a ventilation system, painting racks, and two wash sinks for wet media and clean up.
The digital studio's main classroom facility is equipped with seventeen Apple iMac computer stations. Each station has a Wacom drawing tablet, a digital photo card reader, and headphones. There are five Canon scanners available in the main classroom plus an instructor's iMac station, digital projector, projector screen, DVD and VCR players, and JBL speakers. Software includes the Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite, Flash, and Fireworks.
The digital studio and photography studio were built adjacent to one another so that students may work between both facilities.
The photography studio includes three film loading rooms, one of which doubles as a small color darkroom, with a 4"x5" Beseler color dichroic head enlarger, a Jobo processor, and a small sink. The negative prep room houses a large sink, two film dryers, a light table, and an ultraviolet light box for exposing alternative processes such as cyanotype.
Adjacent to these rooms is the large black and white print darkroom, equipped with sixteen print stations. Each has a black and white Beseler 23CII enlarger, easel, variable contrast filter set, etc. There are two large sinks for developing prints, two print washing sinks, an archival washer, two sets of print drying racks, an RC print dryer, paper cutter, easels, grain focusers, etc.
The photography studio recycles silver and is well-ventilated.
The department owns a limited number of 35mm manual cameras, two 4" x 5" view cameras, and tripods available for checkout. Students are encouraged to purchase their own cameras for class.
The 2,500-square-foot printmaking and papermaking studio is designed to accommodate students working with intaglio, lithographic, screen printing, and relief, including Japanese-style woodblock techniques, Western- and Asian-style papermaking, and bookbinding.
The 15-foot ceilings create a spacious atmosphere and the skylights and tall windows provide good lighting as well as a great view. The space includes a large classroom and studio, press room, acid room, exposure room, and a processing room with a large working sink.
Work tables in the press room have highly durable epoxy tops and seamless stainless counter tops. The classroom studio houses 10 solid 4'x8' maple-topped tables providing ample work space. The press room offers five presses. Students can work in both plate and stone lithography.
The papermaking facilities provide students with a two-pound Raina beater and professional papermaking molds. In support of the digital component of the printmaking curriculum, students have access to both large format inkjet and laser printers, a Macintosh computer, and a scanner.
No toxic chemicals are used within the studio area; in addition, it is professionally ventilated. All acids and harmful solvents are used in a separate room, and the cabinet in which these solvents are stored is also ventilated from within.
The sculpture area is composed of three generously equipped studios: clay, small metals, and wood. Each studio is designed to be a flexible workspace, allowing for the production of sculpture while maintaining an open, uncluttered floor plan. The clay and wood studios have full access to a large courtyard that includes a covered kiln area as well as a covered work area for stone carving. State-of-the-art digital equipment as well as traditional slides and video recordings support faculty lectures in sculpture.
The wood studio is equipped with commercial grade stationary tools as well as a complete inventory of hand tools and chisels. Professional woodworking benches provide optimum work space. The studio features tall ceilings and an eastern-facing glass wall that opens onto additional space in the courtyard via a large glass overhead door.
The clay studio is designed for the use of clay in the production of sculpture. Hand building and mold making are emphasized with built-in areas designed to accommodate specific processes. The covered courtyard houses five electric kilns of varying sizes as well as a clay mixer and pug mill. The clay studio also features tall ceilings and an eastern-facing glass wall that opens onto the courtyard via a large sliding glass overhead door providing for additional workspace.
The metals studio focuses on sculptural construction in non-ferrous metals such as silver, brass, bronze, and copper. It is a beautifully equipped studio with four soldering stations and six professionally equipped individual workbenches. The studio is set up for small, intimate classes so that the students are able to master the fine detail work associated with precious metals.
The students store their artwork, materials, and tools in finely crafted wood lockers that line the corridor outside of the studios.
The critique room is situated between the photography studio and the digital studio. In addition to serving as a location where students and instructors share and discuss artwork, it also serves as a lighting studio and print preparation area and is equipped with backdrops, studio lights, professional mat cutter, paper cutter, and heat press. It has slide and digital projectors, JBL speakers, DVD and VCR players, and a Symposium Smart Board for live demonstrations.