Windgate Summer Art Launch for Arkansas Educators


Current Arkansas K-12 art teachers are invited to participate in the 2019 Windgate Summer Art Launch for Arkansas Educators hosted by the ATU Department of Art. Learn a variety of art techniques during full-day intensive workshops by ATU professors and guest artists. There also will be an opportunity to share the artwork that you created and a lecture on entrepreneurship in the arts. Arkansas art educators may receive up to 30 hours of professional development.


Due to the generous support of the Windgate Foundation, the registration and supplies for this event are provided at no cost for Arkansas Art Educators. Meals are not provided, but coffee and snacks will be available. 

New this year! You can reserve a room in an on-campus apartment for a reasonable rate. See Accommodations for more information. 

 

Contact Information

Jessica Mongeon
jmongeon@atu.edu
(479) 968-0244 (ATU Art Department)

 

Workshop Descriptions

 

Handmade Paper  

Melissa Cowper-Smith, Artist

In this day-long workshop, participants will experience the transformational process of hand papermaking.  All steps in the process will be covered, with a focus on creative applications in the studio and classroom. We will work with various pulps such as cotton, recycled paper, and common plants. The workshop will cover methods for preparing fibers, pouring and pulling sheets, pigments, pulp painting, embedding/collaging, couching, pressing, drying methods, and cleanup. The ancient process of papermaking is fun, tactile, expressive, safe, and eco-friendly. Open to all levels.


The Unconventional Mold

Jesse Ring, Assistant Professor of Art, ATU

This ceramics workshop will survey the use of unconventional molds for forming clay. All molds will be produced using materials that are easily acquired and techniques that don’t require highly specialized equipment. Mold materials will include fabric, paper board, clay, and silicone rubber.

Participants will produce a ceramic vessel or sculpture and a series of small molds and stamps using each demonstrated method. Ceramic pieces will be glaze-fired and ready for pick up during the closing reception and show.


Watercolor: Traditional & Experimental Techniques

David Mudrinich, Professor of Art, ATU

Learn basic watercolor techniques including traditional wash, wet on wet painting, and graded wash. This workshop will also explore experimental watercolor techniques using Yupo paper. Create unique effects with pressed textures on paper.  


Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Lyn Brands, Associate Professor of Art, ATU

In this course you will learn the basics of the most frequently used tools of Adobe Illustrator software. We will work with type, the pen tool in regard to drawing, applying color, creating color swatches and how to make good font choices. Participants will design their own personal logo which they will, in turn, use to create their own business card. Prior Illustrator knowledge is not necessary.


Paper cut & Chinese/Japanese Bookbinding

Tammy Harrington, Professor of Art, University of the Ozarks

Paper cutting is a type of folk art that has been around for many centuries. A variety of tools (scissors, chisels, and sharp knives) are used to create paper cuts. Paper cuts can be found in Chinese, German/Polish, and Mexican cultures. Challenge yourself with this delicate and meticulous technique and learn how to design your own paper cut expressions.

Chinese/Japanese Bookbinding is a versatile method to create covered books that can use a variety of papers (different weights and materials). The four-hole stab binding technique originated in China. This technique is over 2000 years old and was primarily used by Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian countries. This technique is simple to complete and does not require many materials but can produce visually striking results.


Shibori Dye Techniques

Melissa Gill, Associate Professor of Art, Hendrix College

Shibori is an ancient Japanese dye technique, traditionally used with the deep blue dye provided by the indigo plant. For this workshop, Melissa will present three basic shibori techniques: Kanoko (bound-resist), Arashi (pole-wrapping), and Itajime (shape-resist). We will create an endless variety of shapes and patterns by experimenting with folding, wrapping, and clamping the fabrics before we dip them in the dye bath. When we are first learning this technique, every time we pull our fabric from the dye it reveals a beautiful surprise! Dye fabric scraps with an array of patterns and piece them together for a quilt, or take a complete (natural fiber) top, pants, skirt or dress and transform it with a new color and pattern.

Schedule

Note: Please attend your assigned session in order to ensure the availability of supplies, all workshops are 7 hours, with two 3.5 hour sessions, plus an optional open studio in the evening. (Schedule is subject to change)

Monday, June 10 Tuesday, June 11 Wednesday, June 12 Thursday, June 13

8:00-8:30am 

Registration

     

8:30am-12:00pm

Instructor:
Jesse Ring

Session Title:
The Unconventional Mold - Part I

Room:
NOR 112

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Instructor:
Melissa Gill

Session Title:
Shibori Dye Techniques - Part I

Room:
NOR 113

 

8:30am-12:00pm

Instructor:
Melissa Cowper-Smith

Session Title:
Handmade Paper - Part I

Room:
NOR 113

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Instructor: 
Tammy Harrington

Session Title: 
Papercut & Bookbinding - Part I

Room: 
NOR 213

 

8:30am-12:00pm

Instructor: 
David Mudrinich

Session Title: 
Watercolor: Traditional & Exerimental - Part I

Room: 
NOR 204

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Instructor: 
Lyn Brands

Session Title: 
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator - Part I

Room: 
NOR 214

9:00am-12:00pm

Session Title:
Artwork Exhibition

Arts and Entrepreneurship Lecture

Presentation of Certificates

 

12:00-1:00pm 

Lunch Break

12:00-1:00pm 

Lunch Break

12:00-1:00pm 

Lunch Break

 

1:00-4:30pm

Instructor: 
Jesse Ring

Session Title:
The Unconventional Mold - Part II

Room: 
NOR 112

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Instructor: 
Melissa Gill

Session Title:
Shibori Dye Techniques - Part II

Room: 
NOR 113

 

1:00-4:30pm

Instructor: 
Melissa Cowper-Smith

Session Title: 
Handmade Paper - Part II

Room: 
NOR 113

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Instructor: 
Tammy Harrington

Session Title: 
Papercut & Bookbinding - Part II

Room: 
NOR 213

 

1:00-4:30pm

Instructor: 
Tammy Harrington

Instructor: 
David Mudrinich

Session Title: 
Watercolor: Traditional & Exerimental - Part II

Room: 
NOR 204

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Instructor: 
Lyn Brands

Session Title: 
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator - Part II

Room: 
NOR 214

 

4:30-5:00pm 

Break

4:30-5:00pm 

Break

4:30-5:00pm 

Break

 

5:00-7:00pm

Open Studio

5:00-7:00pm

Open Studio

 5:00-7:00pm

Open Studio

 

Workshop Instructors

 

David Mudrinich
Professor of Art
Arkansas Tech University
Website

David Mudrinich lives in Pope County Arkansas and is a drawing and painting professor in the Department of Art at Arkansas Tech University. He works in a wide variety of drawing and painting media, focusing mostly on the themes of landscape and nature. He has always been intrigued with different environments and that sense of place that makes any particular location unique. He was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University. He earned an MFA in Art from the University of Georgia. His work is exhibited widely and he has received awards on both the regional and national level.


 

Lyn Brands
Professor of Art
Arkansas Tech University
Website

Lyn Brands is a graphic designer who has a great affinity for typography. In addition to her graphic design book she makes handmade, one-of-a-kind artist books. She holds an MFA from Fort Hays State University and BA in communication from Fort Hays State University. She has been teaching for 19 years with the last 15 of those at Arkansas Tech University.


 

Tammy Harrington
Professor of Art
University of the Ozarks
Website

Tammy Harrington is a printmaker and paper cut artist that imbues the cross-cultural influences of Chinese and American culture into figurative compositions to create an ephemeral space, in a place between reality and the mystical. She was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and currently resides in Russellville, Arkansas. She received a BFA in Printmaking from the University of South Dakota and a MFA in Printmaking from Wichita State University. Harrington is currently a Professor of Art at the University of the Ozarks where she received the Bagwell Outstanding Faculty Award in 2018 and 2013. She has exhibited artwork throughout the region and nationally. She serves as the President of the Arkansas Society of Printmakers and on the board of the Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and was awarded the 2017 Beaux Arts Award from the River Valley Arts Center.


 

Jesse Ring
Assistant Professor of Art
Arkansas Tech University
Website

Jesse J Ring was born in an octagonal home that his father built on Seven Springs Cooperative in Eastern Missouri. Growing up as the son of an inventive carpenter was foundational in his approach to sculpture. He received his BFA in 2006 from the Kansas City Art Institute. Over the next eight years he moved twelve times between nine states to purse artist residencies and other opportunities that expanded his studio practice. In 2015 he received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has since been a visiting artist at CAFA City Design School in Beijing, University of Cincinnati DAAP, a resident artist at The Vermont Studio Center, and Zentrum Fur Keramik in Berlin. He is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Ceramics at Arkansas Tech University.


 

Melissa Gill
Associate Professor of Art
Hendrix College
Website

Melissa Gill is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, relief, mixed media, drawing, collage, embroidery, artist books, and installation. She holds an MFA from IU Bloomington, an MA from Purdue University, a BFA from the University of Arizona. She is in her 11thyear as Associate Professor of Drawing and Printmaking at Hendrix College.


 

Melissa Cowper-Smith
Artist
Website

Melissa Cowper-Smith is a multimedia artist who uses projected video animation, digital printing, hand papermaking, collage, and painting to express forgetting and the passing of time. In addition to making art, Cowper-Smith grows fibers, food, and flowers on her farm, Wildland Gardens. She teaches at the University of Central Arkansas. She has shown her work nationally including recent shows at the Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock, AR) The Rockford University Gallery (Rockford, IN), and Historic Arkansas Museum (Little Rock, AR). In 2018, she was awarded an Artists Scholarship from ACNMWA, an Executive Directors Scholarship from Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council. Melissa has a BFA from the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) and an MFA from Hunter College (NYC). 

Accommodations

 

On-campus apartments are available to rent for the duration of the teacher training. Two-bedroom/one bath units are $27.50 per night for each person, plus an optional $8 for linens and towels. 

More Information about on-campus accomodations
 
If you plan to stay on-campus during the Art Launch please indicate that on your registration form. There is also a field for suite-mate preference. We will be in touch with information about how to reserve and pay for your room.

Registration

 

Registration will open at 8:00am, March 25, 2019. You will receive an e-mail confirming whether your application was accepted or if you were placed on the waiting list. This workshop is only available for current Arkansas K-12 art teachers at this time.

The workshop is currently full. Please fill out this form to be added to the waiting list. You will be contacted if a spot becomes available.


Would like to stay in an on campus apartment for the Art Launch?
 

 

Directions

All activities will be held in the Norman Art Building on the Arkansas Tech University Campus in Russellville. The map below provides directions to Norman Hall.

 


Parking Map

Parking map for Norman Hall