Summer Art Workshop (S.A.W.)

In light of COVID-19, Summer Art Workshop 2020 has been cancelled to protect the health and wellbeing of our campers, staff, and community. Check back this winter for information on SAW 2021.

June 7-13, 2020Students learn printmaking at the Summer Art Workshop.

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, digital design, textiles, silkscreen printing, alternative photography, 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 learn about contemporary art trends, 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.


Animated Drawing
Students will explore traditional drawing with a twist: it moves! Working together in small groups, students will utilize drawing techniques to create animated artworks.
Instructor: Todd Herzburg

Coats of Arms
Students will create a personal "coat of arms" using fabric applique and embroidery. We will look at existent coats, with an eye on developing iconography specific to the student. Sewing, applique, embroidery and other fabric embellishments will be covered. 
Instructor: Sarah Martin 

BAND CAMP: Subversive Screenprint
In this workshop, students will design and print a band poster that is reflective of their personal interests and artistic style. Students will have the opportunity to print on paper and collaborate with one another to develop imagery and ideas. 
Instructor: Sarah Ellis

Deconstructed Comic Books
Students will make a bookbinding structure and create an artist book deconstructing comic books to create their own visual narrative. 
Instructor: Nicole Hand

Students will learn about the historic photographic process of cyanotype, and explore the possibilities of creating images using objects and light.
Instructor: Michelle Burdine

Digital Design for the Laser Cutter 
Students will learn how to create vector graphics in digital design software, and use their unique designs to create physical objects out of a variety of different materials utilizing a laser cutter.
Instructor: Woody Leslie

Tentative Schedule

1:30-2:30 Check in at Lee Clark Residence Hall
3:00 Workshop begins with tour of the studios and classrooms
5:00 Dinner
6:00 Evening Activities

7:30 Breakfast
9:00-12:00 Morning sessions
12:00 Lunch
1:30-4:30 Afternoon sessions
5:00 Dinner
6:00-9:00 Evening activities and presentations

7:30 Breakfast & set up Final Exhibit
9:00-11:00 Final Exhibit and Critique
11:30 Clean up and check out of residence hall

Tuition & Scholarships

The workshop fee for overnight resident campers is $500. This includes tuition, room (double occupancy), board (three meals a day), accident insurance, and most instructional materials. The fee for commuter students is $400, which includes tuition, accident insurance, most instructional materials, and lunch daily.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, submit the scholarship application by April 10, 2020.

For more information about camp, contact:

Michelle Moode
Michelle Moode
Summer Art Workshop Director
Adjunct Instructor of Art & Design
Drawing and Foundations

The fee for commuter students is $400, which includes tuition, accident insurance, most instructional materials, and lunch daily. Deadline to register is May 18, 2020. Cancellations must be submitted in writing by May 22, 2020 to qualify for a partial refund (minus a $15 processing fee). No refunds will be issued after May 22, 2020.

The deadline to register is May 18, 2020. 
Questions about registration? Email

 Camper Information Packet coming soon!

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