Saturdays at Todd

Saturdays at Todd is a faculty led initiative was designed to expand our community engagement in and around Murfreesboro. 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 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.

All workshops are located in Todd Hall, Room 224A except where otherwise noted.


Watercolor Basics: "Capturing the Moment"

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 232
Watercolor painting workshop, led by Sisavanh Houghton.
In this workshop, Sisavanh Houghton will demonstrate basic watercolor techniques, discuss elemental and principals of design and the benefits of using a photographic reference as inspiration. Participants should bring in some photographs to work from, watercolor paper, brushes, and a simple watercolor set.  This class is to inspire and guide participants in their own style of working such as: abstraction, realism, minimalism, and cubism.  Practical advice for traveling with paints and working in Alla-Prima will be discussed as well. Open to the public. Limited spaces available.

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Department of Art & Design Open House!

Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, Floors 1, 2, and 3
Come explore Todd Hall and discover all the different programs MTSU's Department of Art & Design has to offer to potential students and the surrounding community. Engage in fun activities, talk with current students and faculty, and get more information about MTSU's Department of Art & Design! Open to the public! No sign up required.

Open House Activities and Demonstrations!



From Realism to Abstraction Using Gouache

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 232

Gouache Painting Workshop led by local artist Carol Berning.
Join visiting local artist Carol Berning as she leads participants in creating small abstract studies from realistic reference photos! Participants will use gouache paint to create an abstract studies on paper. All supplies provided. Open to the public!

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Past Events:

Foraged: Paper Engineering Workshop 

Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm | located in Todd Hall's Glass Gallery at MTSU
Paper engineering reception and workshop led by Noël Lorson.
Join the package design campers for a paper engineering workshop where you can craft your own woodland creatures! All supplies provided. All ages welcome! Space is limited so don't delay!

Is this the REAL DEAL?

Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Todd Gallery
Authentication Workshop, led by Nancy Kelker, Laura Cochrane, and Kyle Stoneman.
Are you a local art collector with non-Western, medieval, or 19th/20th century works? Bring your pieces in to our knowledgeable Art Historians during this workshop to authenticate your piece!

Acrylic Painting Workshop with Carmen Bouldin & Heather McCormick

Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Todd Art Gallery Main Hallway
Workshop will be led by Carmen Bouldin & Heather McCormick.
Join local artists Carmen Bouldin and Heather McCormick to discuss and learn some of their techniques with acrylic painting and color mixing! Open to the public!

Receptions for 12 Cubed and the Color, Content, & Character Art Shows

Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Art Gallery
Reception for new collections featuring work from a full-range of artists from across Middle Tennessee.
12 | Cubed is a juried exhibition composed of works that do not exceed 12” in any direction. The competition, which originated in 2005, appeals to many artists all across the United States, and has attracted some of the best contemporary art being produced. This year’s competition was juried by former Middle Tennessee State University professor Charles Clary, now Assistant Professor and Foundations Coordinator for Visual Arts at Coastal Carolina University. Previous renditions of the exhibits were juried by such notables as national art critic Dave Hickey and the Frist Center’s Mark Scalia. This edition promises 20 works with something big in small scale for everyone. This year’s winner is St. Louis, Missouri’s Justin Penov. A work of mixed media, it is entitled “The Dead Room,” Runner up is Joe Krawczyk, a graphic designer from Orlando, Florida with his piece “Deck Chair” which had previously been featured in the Park Gables Gallery in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Color, Content, and Character: Academic and Self-Taught Perspectives in Art is an exhibit displaying the works of self-taught artists from the middle Tennessee area. A notable artist Willard Hill from Manchester, TN. Hill’s work is mostly made using masking tape and other mixed media to display life in his rural community. Hill received his first solo exhibition at the age of 82, and has since been featured in The Good Luck Gallery in Paris and New York. His role as an African American artist was highlighted with his inclusion in Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA. A number of Hill’s works are included in the exhibition. Color, Content, and Character is additionally supported by 16 other artists James Langston, Susan Rodehaver, Samira Hardcastle, Theresa Sifford, Jan Quarles, Justyna Kostkowska, Phyllis Razo, Carol Berning, Carmen Bouldin, Heather McCormick, Leroy Hodges, Diane Stockard, Kay Currie, Mary Watkins, Taryn Simpson, and Mark Jackson. 
All Todd Art Gallery exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public. Collections will be available for viewing September 22nd through October 20th.

Letterpress - Pull a Print Event!

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 351
Letterpress printing workshop, led by Kathleen O'Connell.
Try your hand at pulling a print on our vintage Vandercook letterpress! We will coach you through the process of inking type and making a print to take home. It’s a free event that’s open to the public.

Introduction to Collage Techniques with Hollie Chastain

Friday, October 5, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 236
Private Event for MTSU Foundation Art Students OnlyCollage Techniques Workshop, led by Erin Anfinson and Hollie Chastain.
Students will need to bring the following items to the workshop with them: Scissors, Xacto and extra blades, Pens and/or Markers, Pencils, and Erasers. Register for this event here.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 224
Collage Techniques Workshop, led by Erin Anfinson and Hollie Chastain.
In this workshop we'll be using a pattern making method to create simple designs, with a large assortment of paper to choose from, on a wooden panel that you can then take home with you. We'll learn about different paper textures, an assortment of adhesives and how they all work together and we will be answering any and all of your paper art questions. Drop by if you're new to collage or you're already familiar and want to experiment with some new techniques! All welcome and open to the public. 

Figure Drawing Basics with a Concentration on Gesture & Contour

Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Todd Hall, Room 117
Figure Drawing workshop, led by Tanya Tewell.
In this workshop, Tanya Tewell will be working with participants on basic observational figure drawing skills concentrating on gesture and contour. All welcome and open to the public. Space is limited, so hurry and sign up!


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