Archive | August, 2013

Photo of the Week: The Anatomy of a Sandal

drawing from Malika Green workshop

An instructional drawing from Malika Green’s workshop in sandal making.
And remember, when in doubt, glue the snot out of it.


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Fall into Photo with Keith Johnson

The Extended Image with Keith Johnson
September 22 – November 15, 2013

Spaces are still available in this eight-week photography workshop.
There are also a few work-study scholarships available.


Keith Johnson, Planes Flying Left


Sometimes one picture just isn’t enough.
That, in a nutshell, is what Keith Johnson‘s fall photography workshop is about. “It’s about storytelling through photography,” says Keith. “It’s about taking an idea and extending into a body of work. With multiple images, a narrative, time study, or comparison can emerge to create a visual experience that’s larger than the sum of its parts.”

To do this, students will work with narrative, typology (a study of things that have characteristics in common), topology (a study of a certain place), grids, time-based work, and other approaches. Each of these ideas will be supported by specific assignments, lectures, and slideshows. Each student will also create a print-on-demand photography book through the Blurb website.



Keith Johnson at home.


“Traditionally, a body of work has been exhibited in a linear presentation with equal spacing between pictures,” says Keith. “While this method is effective, it may not be the best way to reveal layers of information and emotion.”

Stan Strembicki, from the Lost Library series

Stan Strembicki, from the Lost Library series

Students in the workshop may work digitally or in the darkroom. Keith will cover all the basics: exposure, camera functions, composition, basic Lightroom and Photoshop, digital printing, and, if there is interest, film processing and darkroom printing.

Photographer Stan Strembicki, a professor of art Washington University in St. Louis will join the class for a few days as a visiting artist. Stan is known for his five-year photographic study of post-Katrina New Orleans and his twenty-years of Mardis Gras work.

The workshop will also include field work, looking at a variety of artists’ work, daily critiques, and final presentations. “The expectation,” Keith says, “is to make a ton of pictures, delve into new ideas, and have a good deal of photo fun.”

Students of all levels are welcome.

To enroll in this class, call the registrar at 828-765-2359, ext 15 or visit the fall classes page.


Keith Johnson received his MFA from RISD studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Ten years of teaching led to a move to the business side of photography and completing an MBA. He supports his fine art making as a consultant and through workshop teaching at the Visual Studies Workshop, Maine Media Workshops, and Jackson Hole Art Association, and Penland.

Recent solo shows include PhotoStop Gallery, White River Jct., VT; Mercy Gallery at Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT; Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA; CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; FotoFest, Houston, TX; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; New England School of Photography and Panopticon Gallery,  Boston, MA; Nelson Hancock Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and Wall Space Gallery, Seattle, WA.

Collections include RISD, George Eastman House, and Center for Creative Photography; he is a recipient of two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships; And artist residencies at Light Work, Syracuse, NY, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY and  CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT.

You can see more of Keith’s work on his website.

Keith Johnson, PDC Topology

Keith Johnson, PDC Topology


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Fall Scholarships Still Available


Want to spend the fall at Penland?? 
Scholarships are still available.

We still have a few work-study scholarships available for the following fall classes:

Books & Letterpress: From Print to Page with Margot Ecke
This workshop will teach you to create sophisticated, finely considered artist books from beginning to end through letterpress printing, linocut, polymer plates, case binding construction, and creative book design.

Hot Glass: Form Follows Failure with Matthew Szöz
This workshop will combine the skills and work ethic of the craft tradition with an open-minded and innovative approach to the act of making.

Photography: The Extended Image with Keith Johnson
This workshop is about storytelling through photography–about taking an idea and extending it into a body of work. Students may work digitally or in the darkroom.

Click here for complete information about these classes.

We have not set an application deadline for these scholarships. We are reviewing applications on a first-come/first-served basis. If you are interested in one of these scholarships, please call the registrar (828-765-2359, ext. 15) to confirm availability.

Scholarship application information is available here.

Yoga teachers, please note that there is still a work-study position available for a student who will teach movement classes and also do some office and garden work. This scholarship may be used for any fall eight-week class that has a space available. If you are interested, please call the registrar: 828-765-2359, ext. 15.

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Photo of the Week: Bringing in the Kudzu Harvest

Junco Sato Pollack's class at Penland

Instructor Junco Sato Pollack (front right) and her students harvesting kudzu vines somewhere down the road behind Wal-Mart. Junco is teaching a class weaving with kudzu fibers. Photo by Kimi Hosoume

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The Penland 2013 Benefit Auction

auctioneer Mark Oliver at the Penland auction

The 2013 Penland Benefit Auction was terrific–a logistic, artistic, and financial success. Our applause, thanks, and deepest gratitude go out to the volunteers, artists, staff, and patrons who came together to celebrate and support Penland’s programs. We’ll do it again next year!

Click here for a slideshow from the auction.

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Photo of the Week: Metal Lathe

Curran Sinha

Student Curran Sinha and studio assistant Philip May setting up a project on the metal lathe.

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