Before becoming an “artist in the school” three years ago, Heather Martens Rempel taught junior high and high school art for over 18 years. While enjoying creating and teaching in many mediums, Heather has found the gel-plate to be the most accessible medium for students of all ages and abilities. She has been able to spread the joy of mono-printing with a gel-plate in schools around the province as well as at community art centers and teacher conferences. Heather takes great inspiration as an artist/educator in the power to open others’ eyes to the visual beauty and utility of found objects in nature and the built environment.
"This workshop provided my students with more than just a new printmaking technique--it allowed them to play and experiment with the form while learning and exploring the medium. Students were engaged throughout the workshop during demonstrations and creation time. Gel-Plate Printing is such a forgiving art-form! As students return to their prints days and weeks later, they see new possibilities in their prints."
—Tanya Polasek Drama/English teacher
My grade twos and I loved printmaking with Heather Martens Rempel while she was our Artist in the School. The art form is easily accessible and engaging for all ages. Heather’s instruction was kind, encouraging, and well paced. She scaffolded each step in a way that allowed grades 1-12 students to flex their creativity and experiment at each stage of the process. My students had the opportunity to create and keep a large collection of unique prints that we used for multiple art projects.
—Megan Ellis grade 2 teacher
"This is so satisfying!"
—grade 5 student