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George Mason University

School of Art

Visual art and design are more essential to society’s future than ever before. Responding to rapid changes in technology and society, the School of Art’s curriculum is grounded in innovative approaches to form, content and material, extending student experiences into creative research, critical conversation and project collaboration. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to practice their art in real-world social settings within-- and beyond-- traditional art settings. Students and faculty routinely engage in DC’s burgeoning arts community by attending gallery openings, museum exhibitions and showing regularly at alternative art spaces across the region.

Space to Create is All Around You

Instructor, Ben Ashworth, shows student how equipment works in sculpture class.

Instructor, Ben Ashworth, shows student how equipment works in sculpture class.

Students find plenty of room to unleash their creativity in the spacious, award-winning Art and Design Building, which features Internet2 technology in lecture halls and studio spaces.

  • Collaborate on national and international projects with initiatives such as the Floating Lab Collective, as well as competitions, critiques, and discussions.
  • Gain access to individual studios for painting and drawing.
  • Head to the woodworking and metal fabrication studios, and outdoor sculpture yard to create three-dimensional works. 
  • Get your tech on in Macintosh-based design labs loaded with print and web design software for graphic designers.
  • Pick up tools in video art and digital animation with the cutting-edge technology of New Media artist. Studios have Mac Pro Computers with 30-inch displays and software programs covering video and sound editing, 2D and 3D animation, web development and image-making.
  • Use the digital photography equipment in two Apple Mac Pro-based labs, as well as a black-and-white darkroom with 18 Beseler 45MXT enlargers capable of printing from 35mm to large-format negatives. A color facility offers a processor, traditional color enlarger, and laser-printing equipment capable of creating 30-by-40-inch color photos, and a mural-printing area.
  • Enjoy printmaking tools such as Brand and Takach etching presses, a Takach litho press, a Nuarc platemaker and washout unit for screenprinting, a vacuum table, and drybox. A special papermaking facility houses an industrial paper mill, papermaking moulds, a hydraulic platen press, and Kutrimmer and hand tools for bookmaking.

Get on Board

Get on the bus-- the ArtsBus, that is-- which every month whisks you to New York City on a day trip to embrace and experience the city's vibrant and varied arts scene.

Head to museums, galleries and special events in the place that many of the world's top professional artists call home.

Participants can enrich the trip by taking two-hour tours and studio visits led by School of Art faculty, who provide in-depth perspective and insight into the visual feast.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and galleries in Chelsea are frequent stops.

Painting, drawing, sculpting, architecture -- the hardest part will be deciding what to see.

Plenty of guidance for navigating New York City is available.

Spring 2018 ArtsBus dates:

February 24, 2018
March 31, 2018 (changed from March 24)
April 14, 2018

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