Art Day

Texas Woman's University

2019 Art Day on maroon background with paint strokes

Friday, October 25
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Come join us for Texas Woman’s University's First Annual Art Day, an event for high school students, transfer students and their art teachers. The day provides an opportunity for students to participate in hands-on fine art, drawing and illustration, and graphic design workshops; teachers to participate in a hands-on digital fabrication workshop, professional development, and networking; a TWU Visual Arts department tour and more!

**Registration is now full**

Student Workshops

Photography & Cyanotype—Blue Sun Prints with Professor Meg Griffiths

This workshop is designed to show you the principles and some experimental techniques of Cyanotype image making. We will briefly go over the history of the medium and then dive right into chemistry, papers, exposures, staining and toners. We’ll also look at how the process can be adapted to other surfaces like tissue paper, fabric, eggshells and various other substrates. I will also offer some samples of cross processes, where cyanotype is mixed with other 19th century processes such as Vandyke brown and Gum bichromate.

3 cyanotype images of flowers on blue backgrounds.
Anna Atkins, from the book 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions,' 1843.

Graphic Design– Create Symbols in Adobe Illustrator - with Professor Rajashi Ghosh

This workshop is designed for attendees to expand their knowledge of graphic design, along with hands-on experience to create symbols using Adobe Illustrator. We will work on a series of short exercises to understand how spaces, lines, shapes, colors and textures can be combined to design simple symbols. Starting with basic concepts, the workshop will provide the participants with the opportunity to implement their own creations in a digital medium.

Character Design & Illustration with Professor Sheli Petersen

Interested in drawing for graphic novels and picture books, or cartooning? Understanding how to design strong, appealing characters is essential to many illustration genres. With an emphasis on drawing, I will guide you in learning the basics of shape and proportion to create a memorable character.

3 sketches of human and animal characters by Sheli Petersen

Teacher Workshop

Digital Fabrication & Networking with Professor Julie Libersat

This workshop is an introduction to digital fabrication and vector graphics. Participants will learn about the many exciting ways digital fabrication is transforming studio art, design, fashion, industry and medical fields. A hands-on activity will introduce participants to Adobe Illustrator to prepare vector files for laser etching and cutting. Participants will design their own monograms and learn to use the laser cutter to create monogrammed iron-on patches. In addition to the activity, we will discuss and reflect on the many challenges and opportunities that teaching with technology presents 21st-century educators and students!

2 photos of laser-etched, digitally fabricated pieces, including badges

2-hour workshop, followed by 1 hour for networking. 

After the 2-hour workshop, teachers will have the opportunity to share curriculum ideas, projects, and opportunities with each other and Professors Julie Libersat and Emily Hood.


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Check-In

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome & Careers in Art Presentation – Professor Sheli Petersen

Students: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                       

Student Workshop 1  – Photography & Cyanotype with Professor Meg Griffiths

Student Workshop 2  – Graphic Design with Instructor Rajashi Gosh

Student Workshop 3 – Character Design & Illustration with Professor Sheli Petersen

Teachers: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Professional Development Workshop, Digital Fabrication, & Networking with Professor Julie Libersat and Professor Emily Hood

All: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

12:30 – 1:30 Brown Bag Lunch at TWU Cafeteria

1:30 – 1:45 Art Majors' Presentation

1:45 – 2:15 Tour the Art Department with Art Majors

2:15 – 2:30 Opportunity to share your work from our hands-on workshops and Closing Remarks

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