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2D: Painting Studios

Building an energized painting community

CCA Shops and Studios remain closed and inaccessible for project work until further notice.

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1st Floor
Main Building
SF Campus

Spring 2021: On-Campus Studio Access Planning

Informational Links:

CCA's COVID-19 Prevention Plan

CCA Return to Campus: Maximum Impact, Minimum Contact

This Spring, CCA intends to open access to on-campus studios and shops, including the Backlot, when we are permitted to do so by the San Francisco and Alameda Departments of Public Health (DPH). In order to ensure health and safety and to comply with all DPH rules, studio capacity and hours will be limited and subject to change. Priority of access will be given to graduating seniors and graduate students. Plans are currently being put in place by studio staff, and we will notify students and faculty by email when the school's on-campus shops and studios are permitted to open.
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Cody McCabe

2D and Digital Studio Operations Manager

About the 2D: Painting Studios

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The San Francisco Painting Studios are large, open, sunlit classrooms situated next to expansive north-facing windows that run the length of the Montgomery building (the main building on the campus).

Within these open spaces Painting/Drawing students are encouraged to build an energized painting community, hosting such events as the student-led Painting Club and Graduate Drawing Group, Figure Drawing Nights, and the small-talk lecture series Notes from the Studio that features casual artist talks by the Painting faculty.

The Senior Painting Studios

Senior Studios are available to students around-the-clock seven days a week during the academic year. This space functions as a working studio for students to create their individualized work in their chosen media as well as providing the Senior painting students the opportunity for social environment with fellow classmates to communicate and form collaborations. Students are assigned their own studio area within the shared space studio for their individual. The Students sign a studio contract and can use the same studio for two semesters of their Senior year.

Specializing in These Materials

  • Charcoal
  • Ink
  • Paint
  • Paper

Tools and Equipment

  • Abundant natural light from floor to ceiling via north-facing windows in San Francisco
  • Air-filtration system
  • Halogen lights
  • Large basin sinks
  • Easels
  • Rolling painting walls
  • Large tables and palette tables
  • Large painting racks for storage
  • San Francisco studios feature a full digital set-up for lectures and presentations