DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS
To create the unforgettable inhabitants of Middle Earth, the masterminds behind the film trilogy Lord of the Rings employed Maya, the same 3-D software utilized by students in the RSU Graphics Lab. In this state-of-the-art Macintosh computer lab, students also learn to master the latest versions of Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive, Acrobat as well as Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Freehand, and more.
The Three-Dimensional Art Laboratory at RSU is one of the few university art studios in Oklahoma to merge the study of sculpture and ceramics into a single state-of-the-art facility. The combination of the two disciplines falls in line with the RSU focus on multidisciplinary education, or integrating different subjects into a more holistic method of instruction.
The 3,150-square-foot lab features a large multipurpose room for sculpture and ceramics instruction and creation, a room for woodworking and the creation of plaster molds, a computer room, welding room, 25 student lockers, a large bay for receiving deliveries and removing large projects, and storage space for raw materials and projects in various stages of development.
State-of-the-art equipment in the 3-D Lab includes a new computerized kiln, clay mixer, clay slab roller and seven new potter’s wheels, one of which is wheelchair-accessible, operated by hand controls instead of a foot pedal. The building also features a highly efficient ventilation system, which removes dust generated by making clay and fumes from chemicals utilized in the process. The Three-Dimensional Art Laboratory is located in a new building on the west side of the Claremore campus, accessible from University Drive on the east and Colonel Horne Drive on the west.