Windgate Summer Art Launch for Arkansas Educators


Current Arkansas K-12 art teachers are invited to participate in the 2020 Windgate Summer Art Launch for Arkansas Educators hosted by the ATU Department of Art. This summer, we will be presenting workshops virtually since the ATU campus will not be hosting on-campus events, due to the risks of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic.

The workshop dates will be June 8 – 10, with one workshop available each day over live video conference. Learn a variety of art techniques during online workshops taught by university professors. You will have the opportunity to work on projects from home, and the week will conclude with a virtual art exhibition Friday, June 12.

Registration will begin Monday, May 11. Arkansas art educators may receive up to 10 hours of professional development.

Due to the generous support of the Windgate Foundation, the event is provided at no cost for Arkansas Art Educators.

Contact Information

Jessica Mongeon
(479) 968-0244 (ATU Art Department)


Workshop Descriptions


Culturally Connected Collagraph Printmaking 

Lynnette M. Gilbert, EDD, Assistant Professor of Art Education, Arkansas Tech University

Examining Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (CRP) through Collagraph Printmaking. Participants will engage in learning the process of collagraph printmaking and how to use this artmaking process as not only to create but as a tool to connect socially, culturally and artistically with students! Let’s delve in, connect and Print!

Stop Motion Animation

John McGrew, Assistant Professor of Art, Arkansas Tech University

This workshop will cover basic stop motion animation techniques and projects that can be used in the classroom. The course will also explore using low cost techniques and implementing newer technologies like 3D printing into animated projects. Participants will build a basic stop motion puppet, and create a short animation.

Stop motion animation has been around since the late 19th century. This method of animating involves taking a series of photos of an object. Small incremental changes are made between each shot to create the illusion of movement.

Basic Digital Sculpting for 3D Printing

Jesse Ring, Assistant Professor of Art, Arkansas Tech University

This 2-hour workshop will introduce basic digital sculpting for 3D printing. Using the software Mesh Mixer in conjunction with online Museum databases of 3D models participants will produce a digital sculpture that is ready to 3D print.

This workshop will focus on using simple operations within the software to collage and modify historic sculptures into original works for 3D printing. The workshop is designed with the beginner in mind and no previous experience is necessary.

Mesh Mixer is a free and user-friendly software from Autodesk that is accessible for Mac and PC users. System requirements are low.

Download Mesh Mixer

For educators without access to 3D printers online printing services will also be discussed.


All workshop video sessions are 2 hours, you will be assigned a session time for each day. Each day will have 3 repeating sessions with the same instructor.

Monday, June 8 Tuesday, June 9 Wednesday, June 10 Friday, June 12

9:00 - 11:00 AM

Jesse Ring

Group 1: Basic Digital Sculpting for 3D Printing

9:00 - 11:00 AM

Dr. Lynnette Gilbert

Group 1: Culturally Connected Collagraph Printmaking

9:00 - 11:00 AM

John McGrew

Group 1: Stop Motion Animation

Images due for virtual exhibition by 9:00 a.m.

Exhibition will be available starting at 5:00 p.m.

Certificates will be
e-mailed next week.


12:00 - 2:00 PM

Jesse Ring

Group 2: Basic Digital Sculpting for 3D Printing

12:00 - 2:00 PM

Dr. Lynnette Gilbert

Group 2: Culturally Connected Collagraph Printmaking

12:00 - 2:00 PM

 John McGrew

Group 2: Stop Motion Animation


3:00 - 5:00 PM

Jesse Ring

Group 3: Basic Digital Sculpting for 3D Printing

3:00 - 5:00 PM

Dr. Lynnette Gilbert

Group 3: Culturally Connected Collagraph Printmaking

3:00 - 5:00 PM

 John McGrew

Group 3: Stop Motion Animation




Workshop Instructors


Lynnette M. Gilbert, EdD

Lynnette Gilbert is an art educator from Ridgeland, MS. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Art Education from the University of Houston. Dr. Gilbert has 16 years of experience in secondary art education teaching in Memphis, TN and Houston, TX. She is in her first year as Assistant Professor of Art Education at Arkansas Tech University.


John McGrew, MFA

John McGrew is an assistant professor of 3D modeling and animation in the Game and Interactive Media Design program at Arkansas Tech University. In addition to teaching, John also works as a freelance animator on film, music video and commercial projects. His latest stop motion short film, An Unfinished Love, was selected for 38 festivals and nominated for eight awards.


Jesse Ring, MFA

Jesse Ring received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Jesse was Assistant Professor of Art at Arkansas Tech University from 2017-2020. This Fall he will begin a new appointment as Assistant Professor of Art in Ceramics and Sculpture at University of Florida in the School of Art + Art History. He was a visiting artist at the Central Academy of Fine Arts City Design School in Bejing and artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center, Zentrum fur Keramik, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. His work has been shown nationally and internationally in China, Germany and Hungary.



The workshop is currently full. Waiting list registration closed on Friday, May 15, at 5:00pm.