New Studio Art Space

After years of being crammed into the former teachers lounge behind the middle school locker rooms, the Newman studio art program finally has a new home! The newly renovated studio art center is located on the fourth floor of the Valmont building. What was once described as an “attic” has been transformed into a airy, well lit space perfect for the students and teachers involved in the arts.

The space is divided into two studios. Mr. Benson teaches Intro to Studio Art, Drawing, and Printmaking in one studio. Mr. Rodgers teaches Painting and AP Studio Art in the other studio. Both studios have ample storage, natural lighting from sky lights, and a view over the football field reaching all the way downtown to the Superdome. Mr. Rodgers AP students also each have their own “nook” where they have a drafting table, an easel, storage, and a wall to hang inspiration on.

In addition to the two studios, there is a shared critique space. Students can hang up their finished work and give each each other feedback and constructive criticism. Students can also leave their artwork up to inspire their classmates and members of other classes.

When asked what they liked about the new space, one AP student said, “we actually have space to do our own work now. Also the natural lighting gives a great atmosphere to create art in.” The new studios certainly are a great space and hopefully will encourage engagement in the arts and facilitate the creative process.