Books and Paper Workshops at Penland

Penland School of Crafts offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes in the book and paper arts taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Classes focus on topics including designing handmade books, papermaking, printing, and book binding. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Enrollment for spring 2018 workshops is currently open.





Fall 1-Week Session 3

November 5 - 11, 2017

Sarah McDermott, Birkensnake Literary Magazine, screenprint,

flocked paper, wallpaper, 5 x 7 inches


Sarah McDermott
Draw, Expose, Print, Fold

Students will learn new skills in screenprinting while also creating simple book structures. We’ll begin with a primer on the photo-emulsion screenprinting process, exploring different ways of making stencils from film positives including drawing, rubylith, and photographic imagery. We’ll also work on layering transparent colors. At the same time, we’ll practice folded book forms and investigate sequence, movement, and the relationships between surfaces as we begin to integrate images into these structures. We’ll pay attention to materials, including papers that work well for both printing and folding. Each student will create an edition to share with their classmates. All levels. Studio fee: $60. Code F03X

Studio artist; teaching: Corcoran College of Art and Design (DC), Center for Book Arts (NYC); residencies: Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), Oregon College of Art and Craft; collections: Yale University (CT), Library of Congress (DC), Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Library (DC).







Spring 1-Week Session 1

March 25 - 31, 2018

Radha Pandey, Books in a Box, paper, board, cloth,

5-1/4 x 7-1/4 x 4 inches

Radha Pandey
Books in a Box

This workshop will cover five book structures ranging from simple to more complex, which will be housed in a box. We’ll start with variations of pamphlet bindings and then proceed to soft and hardbound structures with multiple sections. Each day will begin with a demonstration of a binding and a range of methods that can be used in its completion. We’ll make informed choices that suit our needs, and by the end of the week, each student will have a unique selection of handmade books housed in an elegant box and the knowledge needed to create books that vary in complexity, appearance, and utility. All levels. Studio fee: $75. Code S01B

Studio artist; teaching: University of Iowa Center for the Book, Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), North Bennett Street School (MA), Leksands Folkhögskola (Sweden), Muse Moli de Paperer (Spain); collections: Library of Congress (DC), Haas Arts Library Special Collections at Yale University (CT), Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design, Cleveland Institute of Art.








Spring 1-Week Session 2

April 8 - 14, 2018

Claudia Smigrod, Adjustment to the Light #2, silver gelatin contact

print, 5 x 4 inches

Claudia Smigrod
Tell Me a Story

Students will create handmade books that tell stories through photographs. Topics will include the aesthetic and technical aspects of digital photography, various forms of artists’ books, simple binding techniques (accordion, pamphlet, Japanese stab, and others), and an overview of visual artists working in book form. We’ll have group critiques and demonstrations. Photographic images may be taken during our workshop or collated from other sources such as personal archives, family collections/albums, etc. All levels. Studio fee: $45. Code S02B

Studio artist, professor emeritus from Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (DC); other teaching: Edwin Conquest Visiting Chair of Humanities at Virginia Military Institute, University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, Swarthmore College (PA); residencies: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; collections: National Gallery of Art (DC), Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC), Chrysler Museum (VA), Yale University (CT).