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 fall 2016 and spring 2017 workshops is currently open. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and enrollment remains open until all class spaces are full or the workshop begins.





Fall Concentration

September 25 - November 18, 2016

Daniel Essig, Icon, holly, mahongony, milk paint, handmade paper,

mica, printers type, Ethiopian and Coptic bindings, 9-1/4 x 7 x

2-1/2 inches

Daniel Essig
Books, Relics, Curiosities

This workshop will use wood to explore and honor elements of the book. After learning the basics of woodshop safety and tool use, we値l investigate the infinite possibilties of book-based sculpture. Techniques will include carving, turning, burning, sanding, altering, distressing, painting, and bookbinding. Students will be encouraged to collaborate and to explore alternative materials. They can expect to complete a series of book sculptures. We値l have daily demonstrations as well as discussions of historic and contemporary book forms. Everyone is welcome: book artists, woodworkers, curious beginners, etc. All levels. Code F00W

Studio artist; teaching: Anderson Ranch (CO), Arrowmont (TN), University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, Penland; collections: Renwick Gallery (DC), Mint Museum (NC); representation: Vamp and Tramp Booksellers (GA); publications: The Penland Book of Handmade Books, Masters: Book Arts (both Lark Books).








Fall ONE-Week Session 2

October 23 - 29, 2016

Mary Uthuppuru, Modified Clamshell Interior, bookcloth,

handmade and machine-made paper, mixed media,

7-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 2 inches


Mary Uthuppuru
Box Making for Book Artists

Students in this workshop will create modified clamshell boxes. We値l discuss how boxes can reflect the nature of the items stored inside while maintaining a cohesive design. Decorative techniques will include raised and recessed surfaces, stenciling, and wrapping curved board edges. While the goal is to learn how to build a specific structure, students will be encouraged to experiment and create components of the project according to their own ideas and inspirations. All levels. Code F02B


Studio artist; teaching: Paper and Book Intensive (MI), Ohio Wesleyan University (OH), Redux Studios (SC); exhibitions: 23 Sandy Gallery (OR), Abecedarian Gallery (CO); collections: Houghton Library at Harvard (MA), University of Oregon Architecture and Allied Arts Library.



Spring Concentration

March 12 - May 5, 2017

Anne Covell, Natural Order: A Game of Pairs, letterpress prints

from polymer plates, 3-3/4 x 2-3/4 x 3/4 inches


Anne Covell
Image as Narrative: Letterpress & the Artist痴 Book

This workshop will examine the material connection between image and narrative. Through experimenting with alternative print techniques on the Vandercook, we値l investigate how mood and tone can be expressed through image and the sequencing of images. We値l cover printing from found objects, collographs, carved surfaces, pressure print templates, and plates made from handmade negatives, just to name a few. Our experiments will be editioned and traded. Then we値l move from two dimensions to three as we explore the interplay between image and structure through the creation of handprinted artists books. Binding options will include traditional book structures as well as movable and sculptural books. All levels. Code S00L


Studio artist; teaching: University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, University of Iowa Center for the Book; collections: Yale University Art Gallery (CT), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; representation: 23 Sandy Gallery (OR), Abecedarian Gallery (CO), Vamp and Tramp Booksellers (AL); published in 500 Handmade Books Volume 2 (Lark Books).



Spring ONE-Week Session 2

April 9 - 15, 2017

Erin Keane, Vignettes, journals with encaustic covers,

3-1/2 x 2-1/2 x 3/4 inches


Erin Keane
Encaustic Books: Wax, Paper, Thread

Wax nostalgic, wax poetic, wax philosophical, and wax creative. We値l explore the use of encaustic painting in the creation of books and journals. Thin wood panels will be transformed into richly-layered and textured book covers. Papers infused with beeswax, imagery, and words will become journal pages, and these pages will be bound into tactile, tantalizing books. Daily demonstrations in encaustic, journaling, and bookbinding (Coptic/longstitch) will guide experimentation. Your books can be thematic, conceptual, or simply full of creative meanderings. All levels. Code S02D


Studio artist; teaching: EncaustiCamp/OPENstudio (WA/KY), Campbell Folk School (NC), River痴 Edge Studio (NC); published in Encaustic Arts; collections: Mission Health (NC); representation: Southern Highland Craft Guild (NC), 310 Art Gallery (NC).



Spring One-Week Session 3

April 23 - 29, 2017

Bhavna Mehta, Gush (detail), paper, 60 x 48 inches


Bhavna Mehta
Cut, Fold, Sculpt

The flatness of paper will serve as an inviting platform for the transformation of ideas. Students will explore cutting, folding, sewing, and manipulating paper. We will begin with simple exercises that will start to expand the medium of paper into objects and stories. Paying attention to color, shape, pattern, and texture, students will learn to take an idea, drawing, or story and translate it into paper using various cutting techniques, with an emphasis on the personal and the collaborative. We値l discuss contemporary works and paper as a hot design medium. All levels. Code S03B


Studio artist; teaching: University of California San Diego Extension, San Diego Book Arts (CA), Lux Art Institute (CA); Creative Catalyst Grant, San Diego Emerging Art Prize; recent exhibitions: Oceanside Museum of Art (CA); collections: Geisel Library Special Collections (CA), public art commissions: Long Beach Transit Mall (CA).