City of St. Albert  St. Albert Visual Arts We all appreciate a clean place to teach, learn, and create. Because the St. Albert Place Visual Arts Studios do not have between-class janitorial service, the onus falls on the user to maintain acceptable levels of cleanliness. Access to the studios is gained by signing out the key from the CPS office during business hours or from SAP Security after hours. All after-hours studio users are to sign in using the sheets in the cupboard directly next to the Security phone in the Visual Arts hallway. All studios are used for a variety of classes and meetings: your cooperation with the following is appreciated by Guild members, Visual Arts instructors and all other users of the Visual Arts studios.

  • Please be aware of and restrict studio use to the days, dates and times for which the group you are a member of has access to the studio leased by that group. Any additional group use must be requested and booked by the Studio Coordinator.
  • Maintenance and repair requirements should be directed to the Visual Arts Studio Coordinator.
  • Cloth-covered chairs are never to be used with wet media or in any of the studios other than the Quilting Studio for which they were provided.
  • The furniture in each studio is there for the express use of that studio. Do not remove for use in any other studio or other part of the building.

Pottery Studio

All equipment, table, and wheel cleaning should be wet cleanup. Dry cleanup should be avoided so clay dust is not dispersed into the atmosphere. Floor cleanup should occur immediately when the spillage occurs so clay is still moist and not dusty. Wet spills should be cleaned up as soon as they occur to prevent safety compromise.

At the end of each class, please ensure the canvas-covered tables have been scrubbed free of clay and the floors have been swept to pick up clay while it is still in a damp form. Reduce your workload by encouraging students to participate fully.

If you are working in the chemical room you should be wearing a respirator, gloves and an apron.

If you are using a grinder or sandpaper you should be wearing a respirator and safety glasses.

Class work should be stored in the cupboard designated to each class. Children’s class work should be stored on the drying shelves reserved for student use. Green ware should be stored on the drying shelves reserved for student use.

Sinks must be left clean after use. All users should make sure that all water used for clay work is poured into the sieve provided in each studio sink. On occasion the clay traps get clogged, please report this to the Studio Coordinator.

All studio sinks have a separate in-drain sieve which is there to catch debris and should be cleaned regularly by studio users.

All Pottery Studio equipment used should be left clean and clay-free.

Use of plaster is absolutely not allowed in the Pottery Studio.

Making of plaster forms and moulds must be done with professional supervision in either the Painting or Multicraft Studios, with care taken in disposal of plaster waste.

Painting and Multicraft Studios

After Studio use, please ensure the tables have been cleaned and are free of paint, glue and any artistic mediums you have used in class. Floors should be swept and left free of debris. Reduce the workload by encouraging all participants to participate fully.

Please cover tables with brown craft paper, provided on rolling carts in each studio. If projects are extremely messy, newspaper may be laid over roll paper.

Class work may be stored on the drying rack in the Painting Studio for one week. Please label work and date. There is room in the white cubbies for short-term storage of larger items. Work should never be stored on the paper cutter printing press or windowsills.

Please note that it is mandatory that everything be returned and locked in to the appropriate storage space before you leave.

Please make sure that you turn out lights and lock the door when you leave the studio after class.

Please report missing supplies and/or equipment to the Art Gallery of St. Albert Visual Arts Programmer and the City of St. Albert Studio Coordinator.

Safety is a priority. Please discuss safe use of every material you use in the studios and refer to safe practices as appropriate.

Please refer to the evacuation map in each studio in the event of an emergency.

Please ensure that:

  • Paint has been washed/cleaned up from floor, column, walls
  • Leftover paint disposed of into garbage cans; never washed down the sink
  • Stools are placed on tables; feet down
  • Sink and countertop are clean
  • Supplies and equipment are put away in secure storage
  • Tables are covered with roll paper found on paper dispensers in studios
  • All incidental marks and spills are wiped away
  • Tables are returned to rectangular formation; refer to placement signage in each studio
  • Wet work that is being stored in drying racks in Painting Studio is labeled and dated. Work may be stored for up to one week.
  • Work from previous week’s class is removed from drying rack and returned to students
  • All food leftovers are taken away
  • Garbage has been disposed of appropriately
  • Food that has been stored in the refrigerator is removed

Quilting Studio

The tables in the Quilting Studio are covered to protect the tables for fabric use. If you are making messy art, please cover the blue covers with craft paper.

The ceiling outlets are for specialized cords only. These cords are stored in their own bin in the City storage area in the Quilting Studio. Please only use these cords. Trying to use any other electrical cord could result in injury or death. There is a ladder available for installation. Do not stand on chairs or tables to install power cords.

After use of the ceiling outlet cords, please return to their bin for storage.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Diane Gwilliam
Visual Arts Studio Coordinator
City of St. Albert