Summer Art Workshop (S.A.W.)

Students learn printmaking at the Summer Art Workshop.

The next Summer Art Workshop will be June 7-13, 2020. 

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 drawing, media arts and animation, relief printing, plaster sculpture, paper sculpture, bookbinding, and more! 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.


Drawn to This: Within the context of charcoal drawing, students will learn multiple ways to conduct the viewer's eye across the picture plane in a meaningful way. We will create finished drawings that capture the observed subject accurately, but reflect each student's way of looking. By shifting perspectives, altering markmaking, and experimenting with emphasis through contrast, students will strengthen the relationship between intention and realization.
Instructor: Danielle Mužina

Media Arts & Animation: Make friends while you learn! In this class, you will learn the principles and foundations of animation, and will experiment with various digital and hands-on techniques in the creation of fun 2D animation.
Instructor: Feifei Pang

Herbarium Relief Printing: Students will create a linoleum carving of a botanical element and print their block by hand on tee shirts or tote bags. Participants are welcome to share their blocks with one another to create collaborative printed materials. 
Instructor: Sarah Ellis

Memory of Objects: We will learn how to mix plaster and use it to cast in and around objects.  We will learn about mold making and shaping plaster and at the end of the workshop we'll have newly cast plaster sculptures.
Instructor: Ariel Lavery

Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary: Students will re-create everyday objects out of paper in this mini workshop. We will discuss Pop Artists Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol and how they helped change perceptions of art.
Instructor: Ann Gosser

Visual Narratives with Bookbinding: Students will make a bookbinding structure and create an artist book with text and imagery, focusing on visual narratives.
Instructor: Nicole Hand

Art History Lecture: Beans and Slides: How Carsten Höller and Stefano Mancuso Brought Together Art and Science in Their Florence Experiment
Instructor: Dr. Antje Gamble


Sunday, June 9, 2019:
Registration 1:30-2:30 pm at Lee Clark Residence Hall
Workshop begins at 3:00 pm with a tour of the studios and classrooms

Monday- Friday, June 10-14, 2019:
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 15, 2019:
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. A minimum number of partial scholarships are available.  To request a scholarship application, please contact the Camp Director, Ann Gosser, at . The scholarship application deadline is March 22, 2019.

For additional information regarding the workshop:
Ann Gosser, SAW Director 
Phone: 270-809-3784


If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, submit the scholarship application by March 22, 2019.


The deadline to register is May 17, 2019. 

SAW Camper Information Packet

Register your vehicle for a free visitor parking permit.

For information about registration, please contact:
Dan Lavit
Phone: 270-809-2160

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