The Tougaloo Art Colony, 18th Year
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HOT ART EXHIBIT, Ongoing Africa Oceania Exhibit, Art Scholar Lecture, Band Performance and ART TALKS located in Bennie G Thompson Building



• 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm REGISTRATION
Holmes Hall Auditorium
(Class located in Holmes Hall Auditorium
will meet in alternate location)


• 7:30 am – 8:30 am BREAKFAST - Warren Hall
(Instructors & Dormitory residents)
• 8:30 am – 11:45 am MORNING STUDIO SESSIONS
• 12:00 noon – 12:45 pm LUNCH - Warren Hall Dining
(Dormitory residents, TAs and pre-paid tickets )
• 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm ART TALKS - Benny G Thompson Bldg
Monday – Rabe’s Ballin and InKyoung Choi Chun
Tuesday – Delita Martin and Ruth Miller
Wednesday – Lovie Oliver and Charlotte Webb
Thursday – Ann Johnson and Colony Participants
• 5:30 pm DINNER (on your own)


Bennie G Thompson Building
• 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm RECEPTION
• 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm BARBER Lecture & BORSIA performance


• 7:30 am – 8:30 am BREAKFAST
• 9:00 am – 12:00 noon PUBLIC VIEWING OF STUDIOS
• 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm Lunch and Wrap-up session

*CEU Applicants must complete a minimum of 40 hours (includes extended studio hours)

Artist Lineup

1. Rabe'a Ballin

Drawing Supply List

  • 4 Sheets of high quality paper (30 x 22) Recommended: Reeves BFK (white)
  • Compressed Charcoal
  • Vine Charcoal
  • Assortment of erasers
  • Recommended: kneaded erasers, white rubber erasers
  • Soft graphite stick
  • Black Oil Stick
  • Assortment of graphite pencils
  • 2 Black Prisma color pencils

Re-contextualize through Drawing

Remixing traditional approaches to subject matter through various drawing techniques, this workshop will explore the development of personal expression through a series of experimental texture based projects intended to help foster the development of individual and distinct styles.

2. InKyoung Choi Chun

More than Just Water and Color

By manipulating a variety of techniques of water based media like laying washes, wet on dry, wet on wet, under-drawing, creating highlight, glazing and masking, participants in this workshop will get comfortable handling water based media; broaden their experience with composition and color; and discover new methods of channeling their creative energies.

Watercolor Supply List

Watercolor colors

  • lemon yellow
  • cadmium yellow (medium or deep)
  • alizarin crimson
  • cadmium red (medium or deep)
  • cobalt blue or cerulean blue or sky blue ultramarine blue (medium or deep) or periwinkle blue
  • Prussian blue
  • Viridian
  • sap green or hooker’s green
  • yellow ochre
  • raw umber
  • payne’s gray
  • zinc or titanium white
  • *optional: Bengal rose, sepia, purple lake, and you can add more 2-3 favorites


  • Palette(palette (white plastic or edge-taped glass with white undersurface or disposable paper palette)
  • Brushes - A selection, the more the better!
    Be sure you get sable or synthetic for watercolor, NOT oil #1, #2, #4, #6, #10 rounds 1/2” and 1”, #6, #2, # 1 flats/ filberts (you can get two flats and two filberts)
  • Papers
    watercolor block (Arches cold pressed or Utrecht watercolor block: Educators’ series) or watercolor pad ( cheaper) - 18” x24” or 20” x16” recommended


  • 2” masking tape
  • pencils, erasers
  • two water containers
  • sponges (any kind)
  • soft absorbent paper towels
  • masking fluid
  • spray bottle
  • Aprons

3. Delita Martin

Color Shifting: Relief & Hand-cut Stencil Supply List

  • Relief Printing papers: BFK Rives 22x30 (several sheets)
  • (2) Flexible metal blade putty knife (approximately 1” blade) Used for inking can be purchased at any hardware store
  • (2 sheets) Mylar: can usually be purchased at art supply store in paper section. This will be used for cutting stencils. (Poster board if you are unable to find mylar)
  • X-acto knife
  • Single edge razor blade paint scraper with extra blades
  • Newsprint paper 18x24
  • Tracing paper 18x24
  • Aluminum foil paper
  • Masking tape, ¾” width
  • Shop apron, smock, or lab shirt
  • Assortment of drawing pencils
  • Metal ruler, 24”, 36”, and/or 48”
  • Paper Towels
  • Latex gloves
  • Mineral Spirits/Paint thinner
  • Wooden Spoon

Provided by Art Colony

  • Lino cut Tools (Dick Blick lino cut set works great and comes with several blades)
  • (2) Ink brayers (Medium and/or Soft) 4” and/or 6”
  • Oil based etching inks (Black, White, Yellow, Blue, Red)
  • (2 pieces) Battleship-linoleum: Un-mounted 9x12 - Some provided by Art Colony

Color Shifting: Relief Printing & Hand-cut Stencil

Merging the oldest form of printmaking with contemporary approaches to stencil making, Participants will combine linoleum blocks with hand-cut stencils to create multi colored, multi layered images. This combination will allow participants to experiment with graphic shapes, color and layering to become familiar with the amazing qualities of the printed image. By combining these techniques we will open our minds and explore new territories in the world of print.



4. Ruth Miller

Tapestry Portraits: A Timeless Art

Return for a week to an era when the passage of time was of less concern than beauty and quality of workmanship, to a time when communities were willing to commit generations of craftsmen to the completion of a single great cathedral. Come sit with Ruth Miller and learn the Renaissance skill of making realistic portraits using the medium of hand-stitched embroidery.

Tapestry Portraits Student Supply List

  • Color media of choice (markers, pencils, etc.) for reference drawings
  • 2 pencils
  • 1 high-quality non-marking eraser
  • small fingernail/embroidery scissors
  • fabric scissors
  • blunt tweezers
  • 1 - 18" ruler (clear plastic is preferable)
  • 1 large portrait photo in sharp focus for reference (magazine shot is OK)
  • (Optional) student work sample
  • Lightweight staple gun, if you have one

Art Colony will Provide

  • 1/2 yard linen fabric per student
  • Inkjet printer, paper
  • Yarn
  • Needles
  • Wood Canvas Stretchers (4 - 12" canvas stretchers per student)
  • 3 or 4 lightweight staple guns
  • Staples
  • Lightweight hammer or 2

5. Lovie Olivia

Modern Day Discoveries in Printmaking: Monotype and Digital Fresco on Plaster

An experimental printmaking workshop that utilizes the technique of mono-type and transfer process except, instead of the printing images on paper, students will be printing on plaster.

Monotype and Digital fresco on plaster Supply list

  • glass sheets - 8”x 8” will do
  • Transparencies for overhead projectors
  • Balsa wood strips- 1/2” is fine
  • Gloves
  • Spoons
  • Dust mask
  • Wood glue/tape

Art Colony will provide

  • Mixing bowls-for mixing plaster
  • Inkjet printer-hp preferably
  • Ink refills


6. Charlotte Riley Webb

Abstract Painting Supply List

Students may work in any two dimensional medium of their choice

  • Painting or pastels, both black and white and colors
  • Papers, substrates of different textures and colors if you wish
  • A few charcoal pencils in various
  • If painting: watercolors with appropriate paper,
  • Canvas for acrylic paints, or oil paints (quick drying or oil medium to expedite drying time)
  • Brushes, palettes, sketch pads and all related materials
  • 1 - 5x7” 2 inch picture mat - (any color)

Diving Into Abstract Art, Heart First

This class will address the artist's premise that abstract art is “not just about what you see, but more about how you feel about what you see.” We will be exploring the relationship between sounds and visuals; and how abstraction is based on each artist's perception, intuitive ideology, interpretation and basic understanding of line, color, texture, composition, as well as all of the elements that define a visual and how to make them relevant in their work. “Abstract art goes to the depths of one's artistic soul.” Artists may work in any two dimensional medium they choose.


Tiffany E. Barber

Tiffany E. Barber

Getting the Black Art History We Require: A dialogue between Modern and Post Modern

Tiffany Barber is a scholar, curator, and writer of twentieth and twenty-first century visual art and performance with a focus on artists of the African Diaspora living and working in the United States. A PhD Candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, she is completing her dissertation on contemporary black art and performance titled "Undesirability and the Value of Blackness in Contemporary Art."

As adjunct faculty at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Rochester, she has taught courses on the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, Afro-futurism, Post-blackness, gender and sexuality. Her writings on performance, art, and visual culture have appeared in Dance Research Journal, CAA reviews, Afterimage, Beautiful/Decay, Art Focus Oklahoma, and various exhibition catalogs and online publications, the most recent of which is Prospect.3.



About Tougaloo Art Colony

The Tougaloo Art Colony is a retreat for nationally acclaimed artists, emerging artists, art educators, art students, and interested adult learners to engage in dialogue and to create works that help extend the multicultural dimensions of America’s visual arts culture. The Tougaloo Art Colony consists of seven days of studios led by guest artist instructors from a variety of media, geographic regions, and backgrounds. The daily studio workshops and the shared evening sessions provide a forum for artists to gain insight from instructors, to explain and talk about their own work, the work of other artists and to share and compare techniques and art theories. The close associations formed through a week of intensive study provide a network for ongoing relationships between artists and celebration through the arts, the common denominator of the human spirit and its relationship to our contemporary world.

  • Up to 6 CEU credits
  • 1 hour college credit
  • Free Hot Art Exhibit
  • Free daily art talks
  • Choose studio sessions in art led by nationally known artists

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Hot Art Exhibit: Works by Art Colony Instructors exhibited from June 1 - July 16.

For additional information regarding the Tougaloo Art Colony, contact:

LaQuanda Fields

Johnnie M. Maberry

Event Date: 

Sunday, July 12, 2015 (All day) to Friday, July 17, 2015 (All day)