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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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 107
Schedule: 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.

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Clay as Canvas

In-person, Hands-on Workshop led by Kelsey Duncan, MTSU Ceramics Professor
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021, Todd Hall, Room 113
Schedule: 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.

Motion-Based Illustration

In-person Workshop led by Tony Rodriguez, MTSU Graphic Design and Illustration Professor
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021, Todd Hall, Room 337
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

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.

 Fall 2020 Saturdays at Todd

September 19 – Sisavanh Houghton –  Watercolor with a focus on the image of Maya Angelou
September 26 – Kathleen O’Connell – The Process of Design and Printing a Letterpress Poster with Q&A
October 3 – Kory Wells – From Impulse to Impact Poetry Workshop: Writing What Matters to You in a Way That Speaks to Others 

October 10 – Link to Asynchronous YouTube Demonstration Video:Mold Making and Casting

October 17 – Sheri Selph - Promoting Your Studio or Design Practice with an Email Newsletter with Q&A 
October 24 – Nick Satinover – Printing a Stone Lithograph with Q&A 
October 24 – Kelsey Duncan – Clay Sculpture Demo with Q&A 
October 31 – Kara Jill Kemp - The Stories We Tell 
November 7 – Mark Mcleod – Mixed-Media Sculpture Demo
November 14 – Douglas Dabbs – Illustrating the Comic Book Page! 
November 21 – Tony Rodriguez – Digital Illustration 
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