Art Facility

UW-Platteville Art Building

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THE ART BUILDING

Newly renovated in 2008, the Art Building is an excellent working environment for art majors. Our facility offers a state-of-the-art computer graphic design lab, high-tech instructional media, and excellent drawing and painting facilities with natural sunlight. Our ceramics studio contains newly purchased kilns, a glaze mixing room, potters wheels, and hand building areas. The Art Building also houses a printmaking studio with vintage letterpress, a fiber arts studio, sculpture studios with quality woodworking tools and equipment, and a metals lab. The arts education lab has a teaching library, K-12 art materials, and new instructional technology for filming student teaching.

Woodturning Lab

Located in the Art Building is equipment dedicated to the art of woodturning. Woodturning is a form of woodworking that is used to create wooden objects on a lathe. Conservationist Harry Nohr of Mineral Point, Wisc., began making turning wood burl bowls in 1960 and soon his bowls were known nationally. Nohr utilized almost every native Wisconsin hardwood, but his most interesting bowls came from burls — large, rounded outgrowths on the trunks and branches of trees. Classes for wood turning are taught by members of The Harry Nohr Woodturners Club in the Art Building’s woodturning lab. Students’ projects that reinforce the traditional woodturning techniques include bowls, bud vases, honey dippers, and platters.

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