Saturdays at Todd

Saturdays at Todd is a department-led initiative organized and 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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Todd Art Gallery is supported in part by
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Saturdays at Todd (S@T) Series Events List:

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Watch Here for Additional Details on Listed Dates! | ALL TIMES CST and onsite at the campus of MTSU

Fall 2023


September 30

Letterpress–Kathy O'Connell
See your name in print! Join Kathy O'Connell, MTSU's letterpress virtuoso, to try your hand at
setting wood type, inking, and pulling a print. Use wood type to print your name on a one-of-a-kind poster!
TODD HALL, Rooms 351/350
Session 1: 11:00 a.m. (public)
Session 2: 12:00 p.m. (high schoolers)

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October 7

Painting Wildflowers–Sisavanh Houghton

Spend an adventurous afternoon painting the Wildflowers of Tennessee!

12-2 p.m., TODD HALL, Room 232

October 21

Open-Model Drawing–Tony Rodriguez
Join Tony Rodriguez, MTSU Illustrator extaordnaire, for another Pop-Culture model session with Michael Myers!
Noon-2 p.m., TODD HALL, Rooms 117/117A

October 28

November 4

Stained Glass Mosaics–Dr. Paige Medlock
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 205

Creating Mosaics with stained glass

Open-Model Drawing–Tony Rodriguez
1:30-3:30 p.m., TODD HALL 117/117A
Model - Ghostbusters
Join Tony Rodriguez, MTSU Illustrator extaordnaire, for another Pop-Culture model session with a Ghostbuster!

November 11

Saturdays At Todd with Fall Open House and Department-wide picnic as MTSU hosts Florida International
for Art and Design Students, Faculty, Staff, Alums, incoming and interested students, and friends and family 











Spring 2023


Gypsy Schindler - Self-Portraiture


Dr. Paige Medlock - Stained Glass
     Tony Rodriguez - Pop-Culture Icon Open Model Session Study of Chewbacca
Tony Rodriguez - Pop-Culture Icon Open Model Session Study of Space Myers, a.k.a. Michael Myers


Art and Design Alum Chelsea Gardiner, with student model, Zekarria Stephenson
Doug Dabbs - How to Draw Animals, 
 Mo Overholt - Screenprinting on Cloth


Mo Overholt - Screenprinting on Cloth - Youth

Mo Overholt demonstrates Screen-Printing

Mo Overholt, MTSU Student and Screen-Print Artist Demonstrates Her Process on Cloth

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Pop-Culture Icon Open Model Session Study of Chewbacca

Assistant Professor Tony Rodriguez 

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Iconic Characters Open Drawing Session modeled by Amanda Rodriguez

Self-Portraiture: An exercise in observation

MTSU Department of Art and Design's Visiting Lecturer, Gypsy Schindler

Portraiture Workshop Description:
Traditional and Non-traditional approaches to self-portraiture. Deeper insight into the psyche through self-image and a depiction of the beauty held inside the movement.

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 Dr. Laura Cochrane

Suminagashi - Japanese Marbling Example

Suminagashi (Ink on Water)

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To see more from the workshop visit Dr. Cochrane's Blog MTSU Book and Printing Arts and History Blog

 Open Session Drawings–Freddy Krueger

Costumed like Movie Icon Freddy Krueger


  • Draw, paint, and sculpt from a live model under the direction of Assistant Professor Tony Rodriguez.
  • Model will be costumed as one of your favorite pop-culture icons.
  • Open to all levels, beginner-intermediate-advanced-students, alums, the community, and high school students.
  • Signup Required for this free and open to the public event! Select button above for more info and to signup. 
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Iconic Characters Open Drawing Session Image 1Iconic Characters Open Drawing Session Image 2Iconic Characters Open Drawing Session Image 3

Iconic Characters Open Drawing Session modeled by Amanda Rodriguez

What is Art Therapy?

Murfreesboro Clinical Art Therapist and favorite, Summer Bradley
Through Collage Summer Bradley will discuss the settings, practice, and throretical foundations of Art Therapy!

Summer Bradley Artworks

Mixed Media by Summer Bradley,m details

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