This email is for those registered for the Summit XX Presummit Session - Leaving Your Creative Mark with Gelli Plates. You can pick up your registration materials at 9:00 AM on Jun 13th with Pre-Summit Sessions starting at 10:00 AM in the Airport Hilton in Austin Texas.

Gretchen Bell
Gretchen Bell received her BFA from The University of Houston in 2006 and works as an Elementary Art Specialist in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. She enjoys sharing her passion for art and enjoys seeing her students' creativity show through their artwork. While teaching in the classroom, Gretchen also serves as a member of her district's Content Planning Cadre where she helps plan, organize, and teach professional development opportunities, lesson shares, and district art shows with her fellow art teachers. Gretchen has served as her campus PBIS President and was name Spotlight Teacher in 2013. She works to collaborate with her colleagues to maintain a great culture and climate where her students are excited to come to school to learn.

Gretchen currently serves Texas Art Education Association as Youth Art Month Vice President, Region 4W VASE Jury Foreman and has been a Conference Co-Chair. She enjoys working with and meeting like-minded professionals to collaborate and share innovative ways to advocate for the importance of Visual Arts in schools. She has recently received an NAEA Award of Excellence on behalf of Texas for Youth Art Month activities in the state. "I truly enjoy learning and making art not only with my students every day, but also with other art professionals all over Texas. The ideas shared keep me inspired to continue to advocate on the importance of art in EVERYONE's lives."
Welcome to your CEDFA XX Pre-Summit Session: Leaving Your Creative Mark with Gelli Plates! I am excited to get messy creating personal pieces of art by incorporating printing techniques with text and/or written words with you. Feel free to bring your sketchbook and any art making supplies that you may want to help you during your artistic journey. I will have a few books to search for words/phrases/sayings that you can use as well as Gelli Plates, paints, paper, stencils, brayers, brushes, mark making tools, colored pencils, crayons, scissors, and markers. Donít worry if you are not comfortable using Gelli Plates, we will work together to get comfortable using them before we let loose and make great and meaningful art! Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions. See you soon!

Artfully yours,

Gretchen Bell



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