Wednesdays, 10 am-1 pm EST
April 24, May 1, & May 8
instructor: Carrie Pendergrass
Materials included | all levels are welcome!
This class will be a deep dive into all things gel plate! Gel plates are extremely versatile and reusable printmaking substrates that can be used without the need for a press and are compatible with a variety of art mediums. You will learn how to make your own homemade gel plates & also use manufactured ones to explore a variety of fun experiments and applications. We will delve into printed and drawn image transfer, creating textural layers for collage applications, and making monoprints with handmade stencils, organic materials, found objects, etc., using a variety of different media. You will also learn best practices for cleaning, storage, and care of your plates.
There will be a class materials kit for this class, which will include a manufactured gel plate that you will take home, materials for the additional plate that you make in class, and acrylic sheets for plate storage. All other materials will be provided for use in class, but students are welcome to bring their own additional plates, brayers, paints, found objects, etc. and the instructor will provide additional information for sourcing a variety of materials for in-class & post-class use.
There are A LOT of wonderful materials for this class and they will be supplied to you as part of the workshop.
Included is printing paper, inks, gelli plates, acetate sheets, and lots of other misc. supplies.
Optional Students Supplies to Bring:
Pencils, erasers, Sharpies, markers, acrylic paint pens, Extra Scrap paper, cheapo small flat & round rigid paintbrushes, flattened botanical items, flat rubber, plastic or coated textural items, pre-fab stencils, personal brayers, paints, magazines, etc., watercolor paints, spongey shapes, art/scrapbooking papers
About the Instructor:
Chattanooga-born artist, Carrie Pendergrass, has been a visual artist, art educator and art advocate/facilitator for over 25 years. Carrie holds a BFA degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a visual art-focused MEd degree from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. She has worked in both the non-profit and private sector as an art teacher to all ages of children and adults. She has been a small business owner of her former handmade gift gallery and studio (initially as part of the River City grant program “Project Pop Up”) as well as a working artist. Her years at the nonprofit, H*Art Gallery, whose mission of “offering hope and opportunity through art” allowed her to work with many underserved populations in the community and spurred many Outsider and self-taught artists to sell their work. She left her job as Gallery Director there just before the pandemic to
concentrate on her own art practice, and to pursue more freelance curating and
teaching opportunities. She has been recognized for her alternative printmaking work since 2017, with Honorable Mentions and juror’s prizes in 2017, 2021, & 2022 from the nationally recognized 4 Bridges Arts Festival. Her art can be seen locally and nationally in private and public collections, primarily in the Southeast. Outside of making her own work, she works as a freelance art educator, adjunct university art professor and the director & curator of CHA ART SPACE, a free public art exhibit space at the Chattanooga Airport
that she established in 2021, as the recipient of an ArtsBuild Artists’ Work Grant.
You can find her at @sewntothesea and @cha_art_space on social media and through her website, sewntothesea.com.