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Under Pressure: Intro to Printmaking - 4 Part Series

  • H*art Gallery 110 E Main Street Chattanooga, TN USA (map)

In this class you will be introduced to a short history of printmaking, and will be able to learn about and experiment with two very different techniques. This class is for beginning to intermediate level artists. No experience is required. All supplies are included in the supply fee, and no outside materials are required.

Classes run every Monday in October starting October 8 from 10am to 12pm.

In sessions 1 & 2 we will explore the fun world of the modern “Gelli” plate, creating singular-edition “monoprints” and/or unique decorative papers that could be used later for mixed media works, drawings, etc. Gelli printing lends itself to being slightly more spontaneous and experimental and can be a good way to “loosen up” creatively.

Sessions 3 & 4 will be focused on a slightly more traditional and planning-oriented multi-print process of relief printing from our own carved linoleum block designs. Students will be introduced to relief printing concepts and guided through each step of the process from their initial drawing to finished product. Depending upon how you’d like to use your prints, you will have the option of making a limited edition of handmade cards or signed art prints to sell or give as gifts.

COST PER STUDENT: $75 for 2 sessions (Plus $35 supply fee) = $110
Deeper Discount: $125 for all 4! (Plus $35 supply fee)=$160
*After 10/2/18, the price for all 4 sessions goes to $140 plus $35 supply fee=$175


Communal Supplies available for each student to use for the class:
• Linoleum Carving Tool with blades 
• Printing Ink & Acrylic Paint 
• Spray bottles for water 
• Painters tape-various sizes 
• Contact Paper 
• Spoons & Barens for burnishing 
• Scissors
• Markers, Pencils
• Brayers
• Burnishing Tools
• Plexiglas for rolling ink & paints
• Sketch paper
• Light table
• 5” x 5” “Gelli” Printing Plate (Reusable plate that is yours to 
keep) *Sessions 1 & 2
• Linoleum Printing Block 4” x 6”-(Re-printable carved plate that
is yours to keep) *Sessions 3 & 4
• Printing Paper (All prints created in class are yours to keep)

• Personal Spray bottle for water
• Pencil(s) & Eraser/Black Sharpie
• Sketchpad
• Painters tape-various sizes
• Stencils
• Texturizing/unique mark-making tools

This class is presented by the H*art Gallery, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with the mission of offering homeless persons and other non-traditional artists an opportunity to create and sell their artwork for their benefit.

About the teacher:

Chattanooga-born artist, Carrie Pendergrass, received her B.F.A. degree in Studio Art, with a concentration in Painting from the University of TN. Knoxville in 1997. She began teaching art in various public and private capacities to all age groups from child to adult, upon her return to Chattanooga in 1998. She decided to further pursue a career in art education and in 2005 received her M.Ed. from the University of TN. Chattanooga, along with a certification to teach art in k-12. She worked as a full-time art teacher in the middle and high school levels until 2012, when she left full-time teaching to pursue her dream of owning her own handmade–goods store/ art studio & gallery. She closed her brick & mortar store at the end of 2014/ beginning of 2015 but has continued making and showing her art and doing freelance art instruction. She is currently the Gallery Director at H*Art Gallery, an artist-in-residence to 2nd grade public school students through an Arts Build grant-funded program, in addition to other freelance art instruction. With her recent printmaking work, she was the selected poster design artist for Chattanooga’s nationally-recognized 4 Bridges Arts Festival in both 2016 & 2017, in addition to winning a Juror’s prize in 2017, which was her first year as an exhibitor and is creating and showing her work in other local and regional shows and galleries. 

Earlier Event: October 2
Home Buyer Happy Hour
Later Event: October 10
Creative Journaling 101