Summer Art Workshop

June 11-17, 2023


Open to rising 9th graders through recent high school grads.

Summer Art Workshop is for both first-timers and experienced artists. Jump into hands-on seminars, visit galleries, and participate in fun art-related activities in the evenings. At the end of the week, family and friends are invited to see your works displayed in a gallery during our closing ceremony.

Group of campers smiling and showing award certificates
Residential Hall with trees and flag

Campus Living

SAW campers may be "residential" (sleep overnight in a dorm room with a roommate) or "commuter" (go to your home each evening and return in the morning). Both residential and commuter campers are welcome to eat 3 meals per day in the campus dining hall. Just like college students, campers will walk around MSU's campus each day to arrive to the cafeteria, their residence hall, their seminars, and other scheduled activities.

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Art & Design

SAW showcases multiple art disciplines! Try your hand at different types of media and discover new ways to create. You'll expand your knowledge of studio art, color theory, and contemporary art theory. Campers will receive instruction from MSU faculty, use professional equipment, and have the opportunity to produce college-level works of art.

Learn More about The Department of Art & Design

Campers bookbinding in a studio classroom

After Registration

A few weeks before camp, campers and adults will receive an email (and campers will receive a packet in the mail) with info about check-in, what to pack, behavior expectations, medical info, and other details. In the meantime, connect with Summer Art Workshop on social media for announcements and sneak peeks.




Families can drop off and pick up campers during designated times. Commuter campers may be chauffeured daily by an adult or drive themselves. Communicate with the camp director about a check-in/check-out plan for each day of camp. Resident campers are welcome to bring their own car and leave it parked on campus for the week. Campers are not allowed to drive personal vehicles during SAW. Keys may be collected by camp staff.

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SAW camper woodworking at a desk

About the Program

$550 Resident Camper: Includes tuition, a double-occupancy dorm room, daily meals, accident insurance, and most instructional materials.

$450 Commuter Camper: Includes tuition, accident insurance, most instructional materials and daily meals. We welcome commuter campers to stay for evening activities. Specific daily pick-up/drop-off plans will be arranged between the camper's family and the Camp Director during opening day check-in.

$125 Deposit: This saves your spot at SAW. This deposit is non-refundable. Instructions on paying your remaining balance will be emailed to you in the coming months.

The registration deadline is May 12, 2023. Cancellations must be emailed to the Camp Registrar by May 12, 2023 to qualify for a partial refund (minus a $125 fee). No refunds will be issued after May 12, 2023.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available thanks to MSU's College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Scholarship applications are due by April 12, 2023. To apply for a scholarship, submit the following information to Label each attachment with the student's name (example: janesmith_statement.docx.) and include student's name, contact info, and school on every document.

  • Student's Info
    • Student's name
    • Address, City, State, Zip
    • Parent's email
    • Phone number
    • High School
    • Art teacher's name and email address
  • A statement from the student expressing their interest in the camp, including their financial need. (One paragraph is sufficient.)
  • A statement from an art teacher or other teacher who has worked closely with the student, who can verify their availability for the workshop, their commitment to the arts, and their financial needs. (One paragraph is sufficient.)


  • 1-2 Check-in at residence hall
  • 2-3 Move into rooms
  • 3 Welcome by Camp Director and campus tour
  • 5 Pizza party
  • 6 Evening activity
  • 7:30 Residence Hall rules with Housing staff


  • 7:30 Breakfast
  • 9-11 Morning seminars
  • 11 Lunch
  • 12-4:30 Afternoon seminars
  • 5 Dinner
  • 6-8 Evening activity
  • 10 Be in residence hall


  • 7:30 Breakfast
  • 9-10:30 Closing ceremony and art show (open to friends and family!)
  • 10:30 Clean rooms and check out of residence hall


John Utgaard


Katharine Knoeringer

Graphic Design

Gregory Cook


Michelle Moode

Art Branding & Networking

Carly Dothsuk

Lino Printing

Amanda Combs



Contact Us

Carly Dothsuk

Carly Dothsuk

Camp Director

Rose Krzton-Presson

Camp Registrar

210 IT Center, MSU, Murray, KY 42071

Questions about registration, roommate requests, check-in day and other pre-camp matters should be emailed to Rose.

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