Summer Art Workshop (S.A.W.)

SAW campers

Workshop Dates: June 24-30, 2018

Murray State University has an exciting new selection of classes for this year's summer art workshop. S.A.W. is a hands-on workshop that will cover the elements of art and explore distinctly different mediums in one week's time. This year’s workshop classes will focus on painting/collage, printmaking, ceramics, video gaming, jewelry, and wearable sculpture. Students will work independently and collaboratively to produce one-of-a-kind works of art and expand upon their knowledge of studio art, color theory, and contemporary art theory.

The sessions are designed to provide challenging and informational experiences for first-time participants and those who have previously attended. No high school art experience is required to attend this workshop. It is a fast-paced, cumulative learning experience for rising 9th grade students through recent high school graduates.

In addition to the classes students will attend a contemporary art theory lecture, visit our galleries on campus, and participate in fun art related activities at night. Although students can commute, we encourage them to stay on campus so they can have a true “college” experience. 

At the end of the workshop students will display the work they made for parents, faculty, and workshop participants.


Painting/Collage/Color Theory with Danielle Muzina
Shaping the World
In this workshop students will study old master paintings, creating works that explore color relationships, as well as compositional elements and structures found in those sources. Through the making processes of painting and collage invention and abstraction will also be explored.

Printmaking with Ann Flowers-Gosser
Monotype of Printmaking
Printmaking comprises various processes, but the result is often an edition or multiples of the same image. Monotype printmaking generally yields only one good impression from each prepared plate. They are prized for their unique textural qualities and one-of-a kind preciousness. In this workshop students will be exposed to various methods of creating monotypes.

Ceramics with John Utgaard
Building in Parts
This workshop will explore both basic-hand forming and casting skills with a focus upon assemblage. Students will learn about tools and processes such as plaster molds, the clay extruder, and the slab roller and will create unique vessels and sculptures.

Digital Workshop with Jeremy Gosser
Video Gaming 
This workshop will introduce students to 2D video games and animation with MIT’s Scratch Software. Students will use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create assets for their game. Custom game controllers will be explored and students will be introduced to advanced learning resources for use after the workshop ends. 

Jewelry and Metalsmithing with Jeanne Beaver 
Calder Inspired Jewelry 
This one session workshop will explore the jewelry forms and processes employed by Alexander Calder. Wire-working processes including annealing, forming, forging, and other hand-processes will be utilized to create wearable jewelry pieces like pins, bracelets, necklaces, etc. Focus will be upon repetition, connections, as well as rhythm and pattern within the pieces. 

Wearables with Ann Flowers-Gosser 
Flat But Functional 
Wearable art has gained prominence evidenced by the work of artist Nick Cave gaining notoriety, as well as wide awareness of fantastical creations of fashion designers like Alexander McQueen, and the growing phenomenon of cosplay. In this one day workshop, students will collaborate to create wearable 3D garments from 2D materials.  

Contemporary Art Lecture with Chris Lavery 
Remix and Appropriation in Art 
In this talk, Sculpture Professor, Chris Lavery, will introduce students to a contemporary look at the use of remix culture in art with support of key historical moments that led to the popularization of artists using appropriation to create works.


Sunday June 24, 2018:
Registration 1:00-2:30 pm at Murray State Curris Center
Workshop begins at 3:00pm with a tour of the studios and classrooms

Monday- Friday, June 25-June 29, 2018:
Daily Sessions: Morning 9:00 am-12:00 pm; Afternoon 1:30-4:30 pm
Evening activities and presentations will be held every evening from 6:00-9:00 pm

Saturday, June 30, 2018:
Group Critique 9:00-11:00 am
Clean up and check out of residence halls 11:30 am


The workshop fee is $450 for resident campers. This fee includes tuition, room (double occupancy), board (three meals a day), accident insurance, and most instructional materials. The fee for commuter students is $350, which includes tuition, accident insurance, most instructional materials, and lunch daily.

For additional information regarding the workshop:
Jeanne Beaver, SAW Director 
Phone: 270-809-6933


The deadline to register is Friday, May 25, 2018.

For information about registration, please contact:
Janeen Winters
Phone: 270-809-3662

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