• uwm art-a-thon

Artathon is an annual event that provides Art & Design first year and transfer students a very different perspective on what is possible as a major. This event is not only fun, but also a great way for students to meet other majors, upper level students, art suppliers, and faculty. The prizes and art supply gift certificates given out this past year at our pizza party were incredibly generous, over $1000 in gift certificates and gifts. In fact, every student came away with bags of free art supplies. Special thanks to our local art supplier, Dick Blick, as well as our own UWM Union Arts and Craft Center for their generous support of, and participation in, this event.

Have you wanted to learn how to create animated characters, cool jewelry, build your own camera, do printmaking, do Xerox transfer processes, learn mud stenciling? Or would you like to help create a large piece that will be exhibited in the Milwaukee Art Museum?

First Year Students in Art & Design (transfer students or non-majors currently taking art courses) choose from over a dozen workshops in digital media, fibers, printmaking, metals, sculpture, ceramics, photography and more led by Art & Design faculty and advanced students. Meet and have fun with your fellow arts-focused classmates, student organization leaders, local art suppliers, and faculty.

Hundreds of $ in prizes and pizza
You will have a chance to enter a drawing for great prizes from local art suppliers and businesses and get to know some hidden spaces in the Art & Design Department.


Workshops are held in the Art and Mitchell buildings, Kenilworth Studios and the UWM Studio Crafts Center. Workshops run from 11AM–1:30PM followed by a pizza party for all participants from 1:30–2:30PM. Raffle drawing at 2PM (students must be present to win). See full descriptions of workshops.

  • The Magic of Reduction Printing
  • Exquisite Corpse Transfer Collage
  • Super Fancy Calligraphy & Hand Lettering
  • Pinching Little Sculptures with Guest Artist Lisa Marie Barber
  • Design & Visual Communication: Make a Critter Bot
  • GIFs like a Boss
  • The Exquisite Corpse
  • A Narrative in Six Photographs
  • Pinhole Photography
  • Handmade Decorative Papermaking
  • Making Velvet Rainbows (Pronto Plate Lithography)
  • Make Cool Stuff with Potato Printing on Fabric


This event is free and open to all first year students. Registration is based on a first come first served basis and is open until October 12 at 5PM. Sign-up sheets are posted in Mitchell Hall 3rd floor, outside MIT 323.

Further information

Josie Osborne
Director, First Year Program
Art Building, Rm 316