MSU Summer Arts Camp 2016

Hi everyone,

Last week, Mississippi State University’s art department hosted their annual INvision art camp for high school students. These kids got to experience a taste of life as an MSU college art student by living in a campus dorm, eating campus food, becoming familiar with campus grounds through planned social activities, and making art.

I led three workshops– Photoshop, t-shirt design, and book binding. Other workshops offered by MSU faculty included ceramics and drawing. This event is a fun getaway that helps students decide if art and design has a part in their college future. Even more, we hope it attracts them to choose MSU for their college education!

This summer we had 10 high schoolers in attendance. This bunch of kids were an exceptional group. They were so polite and eager to learn. I enjoyed teaching them.

Below are images of what the students produced in my workshops, lasting a couple hours each. Action shots are credited to art department technology coordinator Aaron McElfish, originally posted on the MSU Art Galleries Facebook page.

The goal was to design a surreal composition using stock photography found on the Internet.


by Savannah Alley
by Savannah Alley
by Shelby Hatfield
by Emma Jones
by Emma Jones
by Ginny Brown
by Ivy Williamson
by Kendall Young
by Kendall Young
by Mary Ciochetty
by Corey Moore
by Evelyn H
by Evelyn H
by Ty Talley


Students learned how to fold and bind a multi-section hardback book. See an online tutorial HERE.


MSU Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and dear friend Elizabeth Tofte also joined us for the book binding workshop.


{Continue scrolling to see examples of their finished books…}

Students collaboratively drew patterns inside a bulldog’s face, representative of our school mascot. Information about the event will be typed underneath. It will be screen printed white on maroon shirts. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!


Students hung and placed their artwork from the week inside MSU’s Visual Arts Center to share with their families before leaving for home. (Look at those gorgeous hand-bound books!)


It was a great week! If you know a high school student that has an interest in art, I hope you will share this opportunity with them so they can attend next summer!

Summer 2016 Papermaking Workshops for Kids & Teens

Hi everyone,

I haven’t posted any updates in too long. I intend to change that this summer.

I have great news! I am teaching papermaking workshops for kids and teens ages 7–14 in Starkville, MS this summer. Class size is limited, so pre-register soon to be sure to snag a seat! Each workshop is a 3-day event from 9:00 am–noon, costing each student $100. All materials will be supplied.

Students are encouraged to wear “paint clothes” as these activities can be a little messy! Parents and guardians are also welcome to attend, but are not required.

To give you an idea of what to expect, here’s a video featuring my little buddy Shivank making his first sheet of hand-recycled paper under my instruction.

And now for the dates and workshop projects:



The next workshop is an event for kids and teens that love Christmas so much, that they  would enjoy creating tree ornaments in July! I taught this workshop over 2 years ago while in graduate school and it was a big hit. Visit the old blog post to see those kids at work:


I will also have copies of my self-published children’s book A Girl Finds a Flower featuring my hand-recycled paper illustrations for sale at the workshops for $20. They are also for sale online at and


I hope you can join me to create fun, exciting art! Please contact me to pre-register at

Kids’ Paper Pulp Ornaments Workshop Photos

I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to lead a kids’ papermaking workshop through the North Central Louisiana Arts Council last month.  It was such a success thanks to Matt, Jacob, and Jaime’s help.  We all had a blast!  My friend Jaime was kind to make photos of the action.  (By the way, check out her awesome work:  Check back soon for a video!

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Kids’ Paper Pulp Ornaments Workshop Tomorrow!

In my blog post Workshop Coming Soon, I made an announcement about a papermaking workshop I was leading for children to make Christmas ornaments.  Time has flown by, and I’m excited that the workshop is tomorrow!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk a little about the workshop and the paper-making process on KEDM radio in Monroe, LA in promotion for the event.  If you would like to listen, go to  I will post photos and videos of the big day soon after!