Saturdays at Todd

Saturdays at Todd is a department-led initiative hosted by staff and students that engage the faculty, off-campus artists, and community around Murfreesboro with interactive workshops of various media. Beginning in Fall 2021 many of the workshops will include a focus on Art teachers and High School students (9th-12th) to further promote their experiences in Fine Arts. The events are free and open to the public with all materials provided as tools to build greater advocacy for the arts in middle Tennessee!  Students and faculty, and community artists participate and lead demonstrations. They answer questions and offer insight into context, technique, and concept. We host exhibit openings in our main gallery that are also scheduled on Saturdays to encourage community and alumni attendance while providing greater access to our facilities and programs! All activities include all ages in interactive workshops, lectures, and exhibits. Through open discussion about artwork and the role of the artist in communities, we can demonstrate the importance of arts education while fostering a culture of support for the Arts in Tennessee. TBA information will be updated as events are finalized throughout the semester.

Want to see our past Saturday's at Todd events? Check out what we have offered before to gain an idea of what we host at the Department of Art and Design! If you have a suggestion or a workshop idea or would even like to host a workshop yourself, email with your proposal!

Thanks to the Tennessee Arts Commission for funding in support of our Saturdays at Todd Workshops!

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March 19, 2022

Draw, paint, and sculpt from a live model through an uninstructed session. 
1 – 3 p.m., MTSU Todd Hall, Rooms 117 and 117A
Open to all levels, beginner-intermediate-advanced-students, alums, the community, and high school students. Bring your own materials. Models will be fully clothed. The model will not be nude. MTSU Art and Design Students Will Provide Some Technical Assistance.

This Workshop is Free and Open to the Public; Registration is Required to Participate, Participants Limit of 34


March 26, 2022

Working with Stained Glass
Explore the ancient and colorful world of stained glass with Middle Tennessee Artist Tammy O'Connor.
Participants will be guided through the techniques of cutting glass, proper methods for breaking glass, grozing, foiling, soldering, and applying patina to your artwork.
These information-packed classes will be fun, and you will leave with six beautiful 3" pieces to enjoy!
Artist Website:Tammy O'Connor

A small fee for materials applies. Signup:Stained Glass Workshop

April 2, 2022

Basics of Design Thinking with Robynn Butler
In the design thinking workshop, we will: uncover participants' thoughts, skills, and knowledge in order to examine what type of social issues the group might like to discuss and then use some design thinking activities to ideate product solutions for the community to solve their concerns.
Design thinking is a design methodology that provides a solution-based approach to solving problems. 
* It is used to tackle complex problems by collecting data based on human needs. 
The process involves framing a problem, re-framing a problem, creating ideas, prototyping, and testing.

To Register:  Basics of Design Thinking with Robynn Butler 

Artist Website: Robynn Butler Design Thinking

Past Spring 2022 Saturdays@Todd Workshops

Saturday, February 5 S@T
Repurpose, Collage, Draw, and Make Marks on Paper!
Calling young artists hoping to spread some customized love this Valentine's Day!
If you know someone, have them join us on 10 a.m.–Noon, February 5 for this Saturdays@Todd workshop. Attendees will be guided to use different shapes and media to make confident marks on a large sheet of paper. Then, adults will work some magic and cut the large sheet into customized valentines. Facilitated by Art and Design's, Director of Graphic Design Noel Lorson.
Learn to make Ink and Dye
1–3 p.m., February 5, Participants will use easy and non-toxic methods to create a range of tones and colors with easily sourceable natural materials, learning a basic understanding of dyeing and the water-based ink-making process. Facilitated by Art and Design Lecturer Ripley Whiteside.

Saturday, February 12 S@T

Open Model Sessions

Draw, paint, and sculpt from a live model through an uninstructed session. Open to all levels, beginner-intermediate-advanced-students, alums, community, and high school students. Bring your own materials. MTSU art students will provide some technical assistance. The model will be fully clothed.

Saturday, February 19 S@T

How to Draw Comics

9 a.m.–Noon, February 19, Create a Comic Book Page from Start to Finish with MTSU Associate Professor and Professional Comic Book Artist Doug Dabbs. Learn How to Use Page DesignThumbnails, Word balloons, Ink, and More to Tell a Story Visually. 

Encaustics and ArtTalks with Robyn Rainwater

Noon–2 p.m., February 19, Encaustic Artist Robyn Rainwater; come and explore painting with hot wax colored with oil pastels and layered with images and color. We will work on two small paintings. Collage and image embedding, as well as using oil pastels and sticks, will be demonstrated. This Rutherford Arts Alliance (RAA) Co-Sponsored event is free with RAA membership. 

Anytime Saturdays at Todd Opportunities

 Mold Making and Casting

Join Associate Professor Mark McLeod as he demonstrates by asynchronous recording an easy, one-part mold-making and casting process using readily available and inexpensive materials. This demo will walk you through the process of selecting reproducible objects, creating a silicone-based mold and then casting the object in plaster. Visit Mark at
YouTube Video Access:Mold Making and Casting Materials Needed

Fall 2021 Saturdays at Todd Workshops

Motion-Based Illustration

In-person Workshop led by Tony Rodriguez, MTSU Graphic Design and Illustration Professor
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021, Todd Hall, Room 333
Schedule: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Join  Rodriguez for a workshop and lecture on breaking into the illustration industry and an Animated Illustration demonstration in Photoshop CC. Rodriguez will cover the following animated illustration basics in Photoshop:
- The Glow
- Rotation and Repaints
- Accessing the Timeline
- Bloat and Pucker Tools
- Liquify and Warp tools

Rodriguez Animated Illustration Video: and

Color Exploration with Tie Dye
Workshop led Faciliated by Art and Design Associate Professor Kim Dummons in conjunction with 2C: Creative Community, An Art and Design Alum Print Show.

Experimental Sand-Casting: Creating Cast Aluminum Sculpture

Workshop led by Michal Baggarly, MTSU Sculpture Professor, and Stephen Levenhagen, Art and Design’s Woodshop Supervisor.Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021, Todd Hall, Room 107Schedule: 10 a.m.–Noon, Prep Period | Noon – 1 p.m., Break for Lunch | 1 – 2:30+/-, Casting and Cleanup.

Come out and have a great time experiencing metal casting as an investigative platform for making art. Attendees will be exploring Experimental Sand Casting incorporating sculpted clay to create low-relief cast aluminum forms. In addition, each person will have the opportunity to watch the finished molds be cast and participate in finishing their own aluminum sculpture to take home at the end of the workshop. No prior casting experience is required, and the event is a safe, open, and accessible no-fee experience for all ages. Space is limited to twelve spots. Any questions or concerns, please contact or by calling 615-898-5532.

Clay as Canvas

In-person, Hands-on Workshop led by Kelsey Duncan, MTSU Ceramics ProfessorDate: Saturday, November 6, 2021, Todd Hall, Room 113Schedule: 1:30 – 4 p.m.This workshop is open to all but is geared toward opening up our ceramics studio to high school students and their families.  Students will be guided through various methods of transferring pattern and imagery onto clay forms using screen-printed glaze imagery and stencils that will be provided.  Also, students and their parents will have the opportunity to take a tour of the fantastic art facilities here at MTSU. 

*There is no experience necessary.

Saturday, October 2, 2021, | 12-2pm | Outside@Todd Hall, In case of inclement weather, Todd Hall, Room 236

Tie Dye Event led by Kimberly Dummons, Foundations Professor 

Are you looking to add a touch of color to your life? MTSU’s Department of Art and Design is offering a simple and fun-filled activity – tie dying t-shirts! This will be the basic, old-school format with rubber bands, bright colorful dyes, and great vibes.

White, 100% cotton t-shirts are available for $5 in S, M, L, XL, and a limited supply of 2XL. Washing instructions included.

Bring your friends and family (kids welcome) and join us! We’ll be outside of Todd Hall (the side facing Peck Hall) Saturday, October 2nd, noon to 2pm.

Join us outside of Todd Hall, adjacent to the Art and Design Alumni and Friends Picnic. A celebration for 2C Creative Community Risograph Show and Sale on display in Todd Art Gallery, Todd Hall, Room 224A.

Risoprints with Print Media Professor, Nick Satinover

Date: 09/18/2021 (Sat.) | Time: 1:00pm–3:00pm CDT | Location: MTSU Todd Hall, Room 354

In conjunction with the Department of Art and Design's 2C: MTSU Alumni Print Show and Sale in Todd Art Gallery.
Exhibit Dates: September 18–October 9, 2021.
Location: Todd Hall, Room 224A | Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Learn about and make an edition of colorful Risograph prints.  Working with collage, drawing or photography, you will design and print a two-color image using MTSU’s brand new Risograph machine.  This machine prints high-intensity color, one color at a time, much like screenprinting or lithography, but with no labor.  No technical experience is required.  Each participant will leave with 20 copies of their own printed work.  Participants should bring their own drawings, drawing materials, collage material and/or photographs. Additionally, each workshop participant will receive a special commemorative print celebrating the 10th season of MTSU Arts.

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