Windgate Summer Art Launch for Arkansas Educators

 

Current Arkansas K-12 art teachers are invited to participate in the 2021 Windgate Summer Art Launch for Arkansas Educators, hosted by the Arkansas Tech University Department of Art. This year's workshops will be in-person with some virtual components.

Workshop Dates

About the program

Participants will learn a variety of art techniques during workshops taught by university professors and experienced reginal artists. We will host a virtual orientation Sunday, June 13, and our Guest speaker, Friday June 18th will be virtual. Dr. Kathy Brown, Assistant Professor of Art Education at The University of North Texas, will be our guest speaker, topic: Anti-racism in Art Education. There will be a virtual art exhibition of the artwork made during the week of workshops.

Participants will earn 30 hours of professional development hours from the Arkansas Department of Education. We ask that if you register that you can commit to attending the entire event. 

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

Contact Information

Dr. Lynnette Gilbert Director, Windgate Art Launch for Arkansas Educators, lgilbert3@atu.edu
Jessica Mongeon, Assistant Director, 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 and recycled paper. 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.

 


 

Drawing Dry and Wet Media: Bamboo Brush with India Ink Washes
Conte Crayon on Toned Paper 

Neal Harrington, Associate Professor of Art, ATU

My Summer Art Launch workshops will be instructing in the basics of two different drawing media. The morning (3 hour) session will consist of examples and a demonstration of conte crayon on toned papers, using sight measuring to capture accurate scale and proportion of still life objects, and a group critique.  

The second (3 hour) session will introduce students to India Ink Wash drawing, examples and a demonstration will help provide direction, this along with continuing instruction in sight drawing of still life objects, and a group critique. 

 


 

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Jasmine Greer, Associate Professor of Art, ATU

This introductory course will cover the basics of photo editing and compositing using Adobe Photoshop. Various techniques will be explored including the use of selection tools, masking, blending modes, and healing tools. Students are encouraged to bring their own images as well as any questions about how to edit them. Visual demonstrations of the software will be followed by studio time where students will be able to create a new piece of digital art.

 


 

Frame Loom Weaving

Louise Halsey Rugs, Artist

In this day-long workshop, participants will experience how to warp and weave on a small frame loom. All the steps in the process will be covered, with a focus on understanding the basics in particular of tapestry weaving. We will work with a variety of yarns that are available through Dick Blick.

The workshop will cover choosing a warp, warping the loom, creating a design and how to finish the woven sample.

All materials will be provided, though each participant will make choices that influence the finished weaving’s appearance.

 


 

Paper Quilling

Tammy Harrington, Professor of Art, University of the Ozarks

Learn about the art of quilling – paper filigree or paper rolling to create decorative and colorful designs. Paper is rolled and manipulated to create a variety of shapes that are arranged in a 3-dimensional collage layout. The primary technique is simple but the results can be intricate and visually tantalizing. This technique dates back to Egyptian times and was developed further during the Renaissance.

 


 

Lively Ceramic Surfaces

Dawn Holder, Artist

This workshop will explore a number of techniques to create dynamic and colorful surfaces in clay. Using underglazes on leather-hard clay tiles, we will learn about how to layer color and build rich decoration through techniques like sgraffito, monoprinting, and stenciling.

 

 

Schedule


Monday, June 14 Tuesday, June 15 Wednesday, June 16 Thursday, June 17 Friday, June 18

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Check-in – pick up packets

      All Events Friday will be Virtual

9:00 - 12:00 PM

Part I:
Frame Loom Weaving
Louise Halsey
NOR 208


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Part I:
Paper Quilling
Tammy Harrington
NOR 213


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Part I:
Lively Ceramic Surfaces
Dawn Holder
NOR 112

9:00 - 12:00 PM

Part I:
Frame Loom Weaving
Louise Halsey
NOR 208


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Part I:
Paper Quilling
Tammy Harrington
NOR 213


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Part I:
Lively Ceramic Surfaces
Dawn Holder
NOR 112

9:00 - 12:00 PM

Part I:
Handmade Paper
Melissa Cowper-Smith
NOR 113


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Part I:
Drawing with Dry and Wet Media
Neal Harrington,
NOR 204


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Part I:
Intro to Adobe Photoshop
Jasmine Greer
NOR 214

9:00 - 12:00 PM

Part I:
Handmade Paper
Melissa Cowper-Smith
NOR 113


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Part I:
Drawing with Dry and Wet Media
Neal Harrington,
NOR 204


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Part I:
Intro to Adobe Photoshop
Jasmine Greer
NOR 214

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Guest Speaker
Dr. Kathy Brown
University of North Texas

Anti-racism in Art Education
WebEx

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Completion certificates will be e-mailed to each participant

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Submit images for virtual exhibit by Monday June 19.

Exhibit will be available starting Wednesday June 23.

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch Break

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch Break

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch Break

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch Break

1:00 – 4:00 PM

Part II:
Frame loom Weaving
Louise Halsey
NOR 208


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Part II:
Paper Quilling
Tammy Harrington
NOR 213


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Part II:
Lively Ceramic Surfaces
Dawn Holder
NOR 112

1:00 – 4:00 PM

Part II:
Frame loom Weaving
Louise Halsey
NOR 208


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Part II:
Paper Quilling
Tammy Harrington
NOR 213


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Part II:
Lively Ceramic Surfaces
Dawn Holder
NOR 112

1:00 – 4:00 PM

Part II:
Handmade Paper
Melissa Cowper-Smith
NOR 113


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Part II:
Drawing with Dry and Wet Media
Neal Harrington,
NOR 204


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Part II:
Intro to Adobe Photoshop
Jasmine Greer
NOR 214

1:00 – 4:00 PM

Part II:
Handmade Paper
Melissa Cowper-Smith
NOR 113


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Part II:
Drawing with Dry and Wet Media
Neal Harrington,
NOR 204


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Part II:
Intro to Adobe Photoshop
Jasmine Greer
NOR 214

 

 

Workshop Instructors

 

Melissa Cowper-Smith

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).


 

Dawn Holder

Dawn Holder is a sculptor and installation artist who investigates various elements of landscape and their socio-cultural significance through ceramics, photography, and mixed media sculpture. Her work combines diverse influences, such as Minimalism, Eco-Feminism, the Necropastoral, and aerial photography, to create densely detailed work that is both visually striking and physically vulnerable.

An Associate Professor of Art, Holder teaches ceramics, sculpture, and art history at the University of the Ozarks, in Clarksville, AR. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Arkansas Arts Council 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship Grant for Sculpture and Installation, the Bagwell Outstanding Faculty Award in 2016, the Grand Prize at the 59th Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in 2017, and the Grand Prize at the 4x4 2018 Midwest Invitational Exhibition at the Springfield Art Museum. In 2019, she was awarded grants from the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program and the Arkansas Arts Council Sally A. Williams Fund for artist residencies in Rome, Italy and Skaelskor, Denmark.

She has shown her work in galleries and museums throughout the country, including the National Museum for Women in the Arts (Washington, DC); Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland, OR); the Zuckerman Museum of Art (Kennesaw, GA); the Zanesville Museum of Art (Zanesville, OH); and the Historic Arkansas Museum (Little Rock, AR). Her work is included in the collections of the Historic Arkansas Museum and Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food. From 2013-2017, Holder served as the Coordinator of Projects Space, a performative and installation-based exhibition of experimental ceramics at the annual National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) conference. As active member of the feminist art collective Culture Shock since its inception in 2013, Holder regularly works with the group to organize and participate in panels, lectures, and exhibitions. She earned an MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Georgia.


 

Tammy Harrington

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 2013 and 2018. She has exhibited artwork throughout the region and nationally. She serves as the President of the Arkansas Society of Printmakers and was awarded the 2017 Beaux Arts Award from the River Valley Arts Center.

 


 

Jasmine Greer

Jasmine Serena Greer is an artist, educator and film enthusiast from Little Rock, Arkansas. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Central Arkansas in 2006 and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago in 2009. Since 2013 she has taught graphic design and interactive media at Arkansas Tech University and currently holds the rank of Associate Professor. When not teaching, she creates art in several different media including freelance graphic design, photography, digital painting, writing and filmmaking.

 


 

Louise Halsey

Louise Halsey was born in Charleston, SC. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in Philosophy 1971 and completed her MFA-Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, July 2007.

Ms. Halsey studied with Edwina Bringle at Arrowmont & Penland, Carol Beadle at Penland, Glen Kaufman University of Georgia, Walter Nottingham, University of Wisconsin, River Falls and worked in both Kentucky and Arkansas as a roster artist for the state art council teaching weaving across the curriculum and across the state grades K-12. She has taught Art Education at Brescia Univ. & UALR as an adjunct.

She exhibits in galleries and shows across the USA including in High Fiber: Women to Watch 2012 at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington DC. Currently work in American Tapestry International 13 at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles & Small Tapestry International.

Ms. Halsey is also co-owner with her husband Stephen Driver, ceramic artist, of the Little Mulberry Gallery, which is located in the downstairs of their owner, built, solar powered home in the Ozarks.

www.louisehalsey.com 

 


 

 

Neal Harrington

Neal Harrington was born in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1973. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (emphasis in painting) in 1998. Mr. Harrington then recently married, followed his wife to graduate school in Wichita, Kansas. He graduated in 2001 with a Master of Fine Arts degree (emphasis in printmaking) from Wichita State University. Currently Neal, Tammy and their two children live in Russellville, Arkansas, where he has taught at Arkansas Tech University since 2001. 

 

Accommodations

This year campus housing will not be provided, so participants will be responsible for their own accommodations. We recommend the following hotels in Russellville:

  • Courtyard Marriot
    300 154 E Aspen Ln, Russellville, AR 72802
    (479) 968-6000
    Free WiFi

  • Holiday Inn Express
    300 East Harrell Drive, Russellville, Arkansas 72802
    (479) 219-5152
    Breakfast and Free WiFi

  • Fairfield Inn and Suites
    120 E Harrell Dr, Russellville, AR 72802
    (479) 967-9030
    Breakfast and Free WiFi

Registration


Registration has closed. 

Each participant will be able to attend 4 of the 6 workshops. 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

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