Department of Art

Community Art Workshops

Fall Saturday Workshops

The University of Toledo Department of Art will offer 3 Saturday workshops this fall. The workshops are presented by guest artist Laura Reed. The workshops are open to everyone ages 14 and up. Each workshop is $40. They will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on dates below in the UT Center for the Visual Arts.

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November 17 - Lighted Glass Bottle

Learn techniques for painting on glass. Each bottle will be coated with resin and fitted with an LED light strand insert so your design will shine from the inside out.

December 1 - Frame

Paint and/or decorate a picture/mirror frame using our design or one of your own. Frames will be coated with high gloss resin for long-lasting beauty and durability.

Image of decoratively painted boxesDecember 8 - Box Painting

Participants will decorate a wooden cigar style box with paint. A design will be available or you can develop your own design. Boxes with then be coated with a thick, glossy, and durable resin finish.


Guest artist and workshop presenter, Laura Reed

About Guest Presenter Laura Reed

Laura Reed is a classically trained oil painter, but she doesn’t stop there. Laura received an undergraduate degree from The Cleveland Institute of Art and a master’s degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her paintings often incorporate: leaf, resin, and acrylic…Laura is not confined by surface “appropriateness.” Her found objects cross conventional lines and she brings fine art to such objects as bathroom scales, wood boxes, wine bottles. German Expressionism along with Folk Art are integral parts of her warp and weft.

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The University of Toledo Department of Art sponsors a series of lunchtime art workshops. Recommended for UT employees and students, as parking may be an issue for non-UT folks. The Brownbag Lunchtime Art Workshops are for adults and will be held on UT's main campus in Sullivan Hall (Room 2010), AND on the Health Science Campus in the Collier building (Room 3406/08). Each workshop is comprised of two 45-minute sessions (12-12:45 p.m.). The cost is $30 per workshop and all materials are included. The topics and schedule for each campus is below. The pictures below are examples of the type of project described. The actual designs will likely vary based on the interests of the participants.


Example of woodburning techniqueTOPIC 1 - Woodburning

For beginners or intermediate pyrographers, learn how to use a wood burner to design and decorate a cutting board or small box.

Example of glass painted with alcohol inksTOPIC 2 Glass

Explore various techniques for working with glass including alcohol inks, mosaics and enamel painting.

Upcycling creating apothecary jarsTOPIC 3 Upcycling

Take old or discarded items and breathe new life into them with fun mixed media projects!

Example of quilted ornamentsTOPIC 4 Quilted ornaments

Perfect for the holiday season, make a pair of beautiful beaded, "quilted" ornaments. No sewing required!

Health Science Campus Workshops Schedule - Click to Register Today!

Topic 1 - Sept. 17 & 19 (M/W)
Topic 1 - Sept. 18 & 20 (T/R)
Topic 2 - Oct. 15 & 17 (M/W)
Topic 2 - Oct. 16 & 18 (T/R)
Topic 3 - Oct. 29 & 31 (M/W)
Topic 4 - Nov. 26 & 28 (M/W)
Topic 4 - Nov. 27 & 29 (T/R)



Main Campus Workshops Schedule - Click to Register today!

Topic 1 - Sept. 10 & 12(M/W)
Topic 1 - Sept. 11 & 13 (T/R)
Topic 2 - Oct. 1 & 3 (M/W)
Topic 2 - Oct. 2 & 4 (T/R)
Topic 3 - Oct. 22 & 24 (M/W)
Topic 3 - Oct. 23 & 25 (T/R)
Topic 4 - Nov. 5 & 7 (M/W)
Topic 4 - Nov. 6 & 8 (T/R)


Photo of the workshop presenter, Alissa Cox ABOUT THE PRESENTER – ALISSA COX

Alissa Cox has been an independent artist since 2006. Coming from a family of artisans and artists, she grew up learning woodcrafts, stained glass, blacksmithing, jewelry craft, quilting and painting. She moved her business, Smoky Grove, to Ohio in 2012 and has exhibited at Columbus Winterfair, the Great Lakes Jazz Festival and the Black Swamp Arts Festival. Alissa has taught several workshops in pyrography, sewing and painting.




    featuring Jova Lynne
    Exhibit Dates: Aug. 27-Oct. 27
    Reception: Sep. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • FOCUS High School Art Exhibition
    Dates: Nov. 15 - Dec. 13
    Opening & Awards - TBD


  • SYDNEY JOHNSON - Summer research Grant Exhibition
    Dates: Aug. 27 - Oct. 27



Last Updated: 10/15/18