About The Folding Art Horse®

Here is a growing list of animation studios, colleges, universities, art schools, high schools, middle schools, institutions and museums using the patented Folding Art Horse®: 

CalArts in Valencia, CA | Diablo Valley College - Pleasant Hill, CA | Utah State University - Price, UT | Episcopal High School - Bellaire, TX | Pacific Art League - Palo Alto, CA | The University of North Texas - Denton, TX | Mt. San Jacinto College - Menifee, CA | Hampshire College - Amherst, MA | Doane College - Crete, NE | Cowley College - Arkansas City, KS | Middle Tennessee State University - Murfreesboro, TN | St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn, NY | Joslyn Art Museum - Omaha, NE | Lipscomb - University Nashville, TN | Hinsdale Township High School - Hinsdale, IL | Broward College - Fort Lauderdale, FL | Eureka College - Eureka, IL | Chaparral Middle School - Diamond Bar, CA | University of California Berkeley - Berkeley, CA | California College of the Arts - Oakland, CA | College of South Maryland - La Plata MD | Newark Catholic High School, Newark, OH | RIOT Games - Los Angeles, CA | Webster University - St. Louis, MO | Emerson College - Boston, MA | Wellesley College - Wellesley, MA | Carthage College - Kenosha, WI | Wofford College - Spartanburg, SC | Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana - Bloomington, IN | Indianapolis Museum of Art - Indianapolis, IN | Lewis & Clark College - Portland, OR | Community College of Aurora - Aurora, CO | Okanagan College - Kelowna, BC | Manhasset High School - Manhasset, NY | RIOT Games - Redwood City, CA | Northern Virginia Community College - Springfield, VA | Sycamore School - Indianapolis, IN | Phillips Academy, Andover, MA | Fayetteville Art Allience - Fayetteville, AR | Irvine Valley College - Irvine, CA | Texas A & M University San Antonio - San Antonio, TX | Arts for Learning - Miami, FL | Emily Carr Universtiy of Art + Design - Vancouver, BC | Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton, VA | Southeastern University - Lakeland, FL | Grand Canyon University - Phoenix, AZ | Beaumont School - Cleveland Heights, OH | Crofton House School - Vancouver, BC | Blue Sky Studios - Greenwich, CT | Big Fish Games - Seattle, WA | Bryant University - Smithfield, RI | Spring Lake High School - Spring Lake, MI | Lehigh University - Bethlehem, PA | Digital Extremes - London, Ontario | UNIS - New York, NY | Johnson County Community College - Overland Park, KS



Origin: Inspired by a trip to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Carl Davis designed and fabricated a drawing bench as a Christmas gift for his youngest brother and artist Eric.

Carl’s invention was more unique than just a bench, he added the ability to fold the traditional style “art horse” or “donkey” into a flat ironing board like configuration. The solid construction and use of soft pinewood resulted in a weight that was appreciatively light and a comfortable seat that could endure hours of use in a single setting.



When Eric took the “gifted horse” into Ada Pullini Brown’s figure drawing group (Ada & fellow artist Sharon Allicotti shown above) at the Brewery in downtown Los Angeles, it generated a good deal of demand and excitement. Eventually Eric was convinced that the product merited patenting and began his effort to distribute this innovative furniture to artists and educators.

Further refinement was gained through valuable testing with students and associates of John Seed at Mt. San Jacinto College and Bob Alderette's students at the University of Southern California.

While more sophisticated than the original model, today's patented Birch and Pine benches maintain similar simplicity and functionality. The expert craftmanship and Carl's attention to detail is evident throughout the product line. When combined with the Corral™ (shown left of Carl below) you can store 10 drawing horses in a 2'x3' cart on wheels.

In addition to space-savings and transportability, among the strongest benefits of this system is a built in dedication and respect for drawing. Each student can be assigned a horse and stall, requiring greater care and allowing for accountability.

In August 2015, the United States Patent Office issued a patent to Carl and Eric.

Carl Davis of La Verne is and educator/woodworker. The inventor and fabricator of the Folding Art Horse® is shown here above.



Eric M. Davis (above) is an artist / entrepreneur / marketer. Shown here at the La Verne Church of the Brethren's Celebration of the Arts, an event that he chaired from 2005 to 2016.

For more information on Eric's art and other activities please visit his web site at www.ericmdavis.com


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Happy Drawing & Painting! - Eric

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