The school has many technical studios, most of which have been upgraded to standards and renovated, and sometimes re-equipped. The goal is to help the students discover techniques and learn the use of various materials. The studios are also open to the artists in residence, who benefit from the necessary amenities to develop their projects in optimal conditions during their stay.
The school also intends to develop the notion of co-production, to enable a few artists to create specific in situ works notably in the context of the art center’s exhibitions.
The institution also encourages the production of works by the artist-teachers for public commissions (for example a public commission of outdoor furniture for the Nice medical school) or by teams including a teacher and a group of students (for example liturgical furniture for the bishop’s palace, another recent instance.)
The studios are regrouped in different departments that cooperate structurally and conduct common projects.
A large part of the studio’s activity is dedicated to sound and to projects linked to sound works, with a variety of recording equipment.
6 Mac Pro video editing stations (Digital Performer – Reaper – Ableton Live – WaveLab – MOTU 828 & Ultralite MK3 sound cards)
Professional Studiobricks acoustic cabin
Processing / effects
TLAudio ebony compressor, Lexicon LXP, Yamaha SPX90 & 1000, Ultrapatch pro, Akaï S1000 sampler, delay pedals, loop boss, big muff
(Neumann 184 mt & TLM 103 microphones, SM57 Dynamic, SM58, couple Schoeps, CETACEAN C54 hydrophone, Telinga satellite dish, HF Sennheiser ew 100, Shure SM81-LC,
MX 393/S, Sennheiser ME 66 shotgun)
Makie, Korg, Yamaha
Digital and analog recorders
Sound Devices 788T, ZOOM H4N & H6, Edirol R4, Revox
(Doepfer, Roland System 100M, DX7, RSF Kobol, Audio Signal generator TBF)
QSC K12 & Ksub, Genelec 1031A & 1032A, FOCAL CMS-50, Yamaha MSP5
circuits bending & imprimés,
fabrication capteurs Sensor
In order to encourage collaboration between studios, the volume department includes several complementary entities in a space of over 600 square meters, equipped with compressed air and a specific space for experimentation. It also offers optical fiber cables and WiFi.
Both small portable electric material and large machines are available.
The studios for working with wood offer modern and efficient machines.
Modeling and moulding studio
A specific space for modeling and moulding (plaster and synthetic materials) was equipped with large marble platforms, trays for clay, mechanical ventilation.
The equipment in the studio was recently replaced and supplemented in order to match an ever growing demand: 4 large modern kilns have been installed (650 l / 1300° – 700 l / 1300° – 120 l / 1430° – 1150 l / 1100°), 2 wheels, a 2010 enameling cabinet
This department has also been equipped with tools for digital work (computer assisted creation and fabrication) dedicated to transdisciplinary experimenting (silkscreen, ceramics, etching…), including a CNC Heintz 1440 (digital work) and a Spedy 300 (laser).
The studio is equipped with two A0 printers (110 cm) stylus pro 9800 EPSON and Xanté film meker 4 (format A3+) to print poster size photographs or to print on transparent film (typons) for silkscreen or offset. Specific printing software (Color Gate) provides four color process printing.
the studio offers efficient equipment for printing any format (3 tables). It also has un bloc d’insolation avec étuve de séchage, un bac de dégravage avec fond lumineux, une affûteuse de racles. The equipment allows students and guest artists to implement projects, and in particular artists’ editions.
The studio is equipped with a large Fleury press for steel engraving (1,10 meter platform – 0,60 meter opening), a hand press and a Ledeuil press for imprints. The etchings produced in the studio during the last 35 years are in the process of being digitized. The collection is housed at the library of the Villa Arson.
A special computer room connected with the digital department and the edition studio allows for editing and digitizing: it has 24 x 36, 120 and 4” x 5” scanners. Very high quality inkjet printing is possible in the context of a project.
This large auditorium was renovated in the summer 2014: extension of the stage and of the control room for an optimal broadcasting of image and sound. A cinema screen was added and the auditorium was equipped for handicapped people.