Summer Art Workshop

Registration for 2022 is closed. Check back in April 2023 for updates.

June 12-18, 2022
Grades 9-12


Metalsmithing, photography, bookbinding, and more! Campers work independently and collaboratively to produce one-of-a-kind works of art. Expand your knowledge of studio art, color theory, and contemporary art theory. Jump into hands-on workshops, visit galleries, and participate in fun art-related activities at night. Although campers can commute, we encourage them to stay on campus for a true “college” experience. Sessions are designed for both first-timers and experienced artists. No experience is required to attend this workshop. S.A.W. is a fast-paced, cumulative learning experience for everyone! At the end of the workshop, students will display their work for family or friends.

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About a week before camp, registered campers will receive a packet of information in the mail about check-in, what to pack, and other details.



In this workshop you will make their very own handbound hardcover sketchbook. We'll cover the entire process, from tearing large sheets of paper to size, folding them, assembling sections & piercing them, constructing cloth-bound covers, and of course binding the whole book together. Students have the option to bring in their own fabric for the book covers—it's a great way to immortalize an old beloved t-shirt or the like, too worn to be worn anymore. Not only will you come home with your very own beautiful handmade book, but you'll also have all the knowledge to make more again in the future.



Mixed Media



Photographic Collage: Inspired by the tradition of portrait-taking, the photographers will take pictures of each other as if they were professionals working in the field. Integrating the best images together on a poster will create a collage.

Cyanotype: a cameraless process where artists apply a light-sensitive material to the canvas and eliminate subjects they don't want, resulting in an out-of-this-world image.

Astro Photography: Photographers will use long exposure to capture the movement of distant objects like stars and planets. This will enhance their understanding of using manual setting on a DSLR camera.

Drawing Mini-Workshop

In this workshop campers will work from a traditional (clothed) art model to practice proportions and space, all the while hardening their realistic drawing skills using charcoal and other traditional dry media. Campers will learn to layer their drawings intentionally and create a composition that's worthy of an art museum!


  • 12-1 Check In
  • 1-3 Move Into Rooms
  • 3 Workshop Begins With Tour of the Studios and Classrooms
  • 5 Pizza Party
  • 6 Evening Activities


  • 7:30 Breakfast
  • 9-12 Morning Sessions
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:30-4:30 Afternoon Sessions
  • 5 Dinner
  • 6-9 Evening Activities


  • 8-9:30 Breakfast and Set Up Final Exhibit
  • 9:30-10:30 Check out of room and clean
  • 10:30 Camper pickup

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.

The deadline to complete registration is May 27, 2022. Cancellations must be emailed to by May 6, 2022 to qualify for a partial refund (minus a $15 processing fee). No refunds will be issued after May 6, 2022.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available thanks to MSU's College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Scholarship applications are due by May 20, 2022. 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 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.)


Contact Us

Carly Dothsuk

Carly Dothsuk


Rose Krzton-Presson


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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