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5 August 2005
Planning for Christmas in August

By Randy Wilson
News Bureau

Children beam when they see a Christmas card with their artwork on it -- and so do adults. Jacksonville State University's Field School and the Department of Art are teaming up to teach how it's done. A printmaking workshop will be held at the McClellan Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 27.

During the workshop, participants will receive their own tools and materials for making prints at home. Participants will learn how to create their own stationary, greeting cards, and art prints after acquiring the techniques for doing linoleum block printing and natural-material printmaking.

JSU art professors Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks and geography professor Kelly Gregg will lead this unique hands-on workshop.

"We will be teaching various techniques that can be used in the classroom or at home," said Ms. Hesser. "These techniques can be used for creative classroom projects for your student or to just have fun with at home."

The cost is $45 per person, which includes the Dick Blick lino cutters set. A family member may participant for an additional $20 if that person shares in the use of a tool kit. Due to the use of sharp tools, this program is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.

For more information or to preregister, call Renee Morrison at 256-782-5697 or e-mail her at

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