Masiello Studio Guidelines:
THIS STUDIO SPACE BELONGS TO EACH MEMBER OF THE ART CLUB. STRIVE TO LEAVE THE STUDIO SPACE IN CLEANER, BETTER SHAPE THAN YOU FOUND IT. IF EACH PERSON USING THE STUDIO FOLLOWS THESE GUIDELINES, THE STUDIO WILL CONTINUE TO BE A WELCOMING, THRIVING SPACE FOR YEARS TO COME.
Regardless of how you found the equipment, leave your space, easel, and paint table spotless. This may mean cleaning your area and equipment several times to remove all inks, paints, pastel residue or oily films on surfaces. There will be bottles of cleaning products and paper towels provided by the club at the sink area. Please use these or products you bring from home to clean the equipment you have used.
Painters: if you place a piece of foil wrap over the easel support bar under your canvas – this will protect that part of the easel from getting covered with paint making cleanup easier, faster. If you use a trick such as that will help keep the equipment clean for the next class, please share.
"PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT” Policy --
This means whatever paint or solvent you’ve brought into the studio, when you clean up at the end of working – you will take home with any paint soiled rag or paper products.The reasons for this policy: products containing residue from paints and solvents if disposed of at the club:
1. This opens the club up to much stricter and expensive guidelines from various state and federal agencies.
2. The potential for plumbing issues and unpleasant odors from any of these residues clogging the pipes. Consider 40-‐60 or more artists each week washing residue down the sink to understand the scope of this issue.
ALL RAG OR PAPER TOWEL PRODUCTS WITH ANY PAINT OR SOLVENT ON THEM MUST BE TAKEN HOME. You WILL NOT CLEAN your oil paint brushes in the club sink but wrap in plastic wrap or bags to clean at home. The club will try to keep a supply of plastic wrap and bags available for use in the studio. Please consider contributing clean small plastic bags (ones from grocery & other stores) to the supply.
If using acrylic paint – you will get as much paint off your brushes onto towels or rags as possible then and only then finish cleaning in a container of water. If your cleanup water is not full of slurry, then you may pour down the studio sink. When your paint water is full of pigment slurry, then take your water container home and dispose of there.
Please at the end of class, return any equipment (chair, tray table, and lightweight easel) to the storage closet if you are physically able. Please also return these to their designated areas in the closet.
When you see something that needs replacing or resupplying or you feel just plain needed, please consider contributing this to our studio.
Please be thoughtful when handling the equipment. If you do not know how to handle a piece of equipment, wait and ask for assistance from staff, instructor, or a knowledgeable fellow artist. If you find or break a piece of equipment, please let your instructor or a club staff person know, so it can be fixed or replaced.
Please be aware of what you can do in the studio to help maintain it. Seb, Roy, our maintenance, and service staffs are amazing, but not super-human. Each of us needs to do our part to keep the studio spaces clean and thriving.