Please note: This information is for our former location, Cummings Art Building.
We recently moved into our new home: The McMurtry Building. Updated information and photos will be posted soon!
Drawing is a critical foundation for all art practice, and we offer beginning and advanced classes that provide all art majors and minors with an opportunity to master this vital skill. Classes will frequently concentrate on working from the figure. Intensive workshops in anatomy are offered for students wishing to concentrate more deeply on these techniques. The painting and drawing studios are accessible to students for extended hours outside of regular class time. Painting and drawing students are frequent exhibitors in the Cummings building lobby, as well as many other venues.
Experimental Media Arts Lab
Classes offered in Experimental Media Arts include audio, video, digital, electronic and web art; media archaeologies and sound art; animation and art and biology; among others. The EMA facilities include large format printers, 3-d printers, video and audio hardware and software, an analog electronics work station, video microscopes and a wet work area. The studio is complemented by a large selection of equipment that can be checked-out by students enrolled in EMA classes and graduate students in Art Practice. We are excited to help facilitate students in their exploration of new ways of making art. Please bring us your ideas and we’ll do whatever we can to help you bring them to fruition!
Our painting courses take place in two large studios adjacent to the main courtyard of the Cummings Art Building. Introductory courses address traditional techniques, materials, and vocabulary of painting in oils. Subject matter may include still-life, landscape, and the figure, with an emphasis on painting from life. Advanced courses introduce a broader range of pictorial strategies, narratives, cultural, and personal implications. The studios are well equiped with large easels, tabourets, storage, and good natural lighting. There are portable easels for painting outdoors.
The Photography Program at Stanford offers a sequence of classes for those undergrads who wish to become seriously involved with the art and practice of photography. Beginning with a strong foundation in the history of the medium, our basic classes are centered around the traditional black and white darkroom. Students have the opportunity to explore in depth large format photography, alternative and non-silver processes, the art of the photographic book and digital photography.
A spacious, well-lit studio supports a full range of activity in lithography, intaglio, monotype, and woodcut. Classes each quarter typically concentrate on one or two processes. Students may concentrate on a single process in depth through independent study. The studio is known for its impressive collection of stones as large as 36” x 48”.
The tradition of sculpture has expanded to encompass every material and context for the expression of ideas in space: from wood and metal to light and sound; from the microscopic to the monumental; from public to private; from real to virtual. The Stanford Sculpture Lab is an interdisciplinary studio dedicated to fostering this varied practice through a wide range of technical and conceptual methodologies. In addition to developing the technical skills of sculpture, students work outside the traditional notion of gallery exhibition, and address issues that arise in relation to public space, environment, collaboration, process, interaction and intervention.