Extra Special Bonus Spring Workshops at Penland!

Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.



spring one-week session 1: March 24 - 30, 2013

In the drawing & painting studio

Lisa Pressman, "Off Balance," wax and pigments

Lisa Pressman - Exploring Encaustic Painting

Here is your opportunity to learn encaustic painting, the oldest form of painting still in use today. This unique wax based paint offers possibilities unlike any other medium. In this intensive workshop, you will gain the fundamental knowledge of working with encaustics, and have plenty of hands-on time for personal exploration. We will cover history, equipment, and safety along with fusing, incising, collage, and image transfer. Students are encouraged to take risks, let go of preconceived ideas, and most of all, to have fun exploring this versatile medium. All levels. Code S03D

Teacher at Art Institute of New York; visiting artist lectures: Morean Arts Center (FL), Clark University (MA), Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series (NJ); solo exhibitions: Rosenfeld Gallery (Philadelphia), Center for Visual Art (NJ), Jack Meir Gallery (TX); group shows: Amy Simon Gallery (CT), Rye Arts Center (NY), Morean Arts Center (FL).




Special two-week session: april 7 - 20, 2013

in the clay studio

Tom Spleth

Tom Spleth - Molds for Slipcasting, Press Molding, or Handbuilding

This class will be focused on making plaster molds for slip casting. The molds may also be used for press molding or handbuilding. The initial demonstrations will cover basic ideas about the process. From there, each student will be encouraged to use this information to make work that is personal and particular. Once the initial demos are complete, most of my energy will be devoted to individual instruction.


Ongoing critiques will allow everyone to learn from all the activity going on in the studio. By the end of two weeks, students will have a clear grasp of the process and how to use it to realize ideas in ceramics. The mold making process is a craft unto itself and demands full attention, particularly in the brief time we have together. Therefore we will not plan to fire but we will discuss the relationship between molds and clay and the technical considerations once the mold is complete and you return to the world of clay. All levels. Code 04CB

Studio artist; teaching: Alfred University (NY), Penland, Haystack (ME), Anderson Ranch (CO), HOLA (Los Angeles); retrospective exhibition at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design (NC); other exhibitions: Asheville Museum (NC), Cameron Museum (NC), North Carolina Museum of Art, Renwick Gallery (DC); collections: Cameron Museum (NC), Kohler Co. (WI), RISD Museum (RI), University of Illinois, John and Robyn Horn (AR).


Pricing information for this special 2-week session is available here.




Special One-week session: april 14 - 20, 2013

in the PHotography studio

(L to R) Photographs by Neal Rantoul, Steve Rosenthal, Peter Vanderwarker, and Nick Wheeler

Neal Rantoul, Steve Rosenthal, Nick Wheeler, Peter Vanderwarker - Architectural Photography Master Class

The professionals who photograph architecture have one of the most demanding jobs in the discipline. They must have expertise and knowledge of architecture, photography, design, business practices, small business management, and client relationships along with substantial fortitude. This class brings together some of the very best photographers in the profession to discuss past and current trends. Steve Rosenthal, Nick Wheeler, and Peter Vanderwarker will lead a conversation about their work and the profession, and they will assign buildings for students to photograph in nearby Asheville and critique their results. The class will be overseen by Neal Rantoul. Don't miss this opportunity to study with several of the masters of architectural photography. Intermediate/advanced level. Code S03P

Neal: Professor emeritus from Northeastern University (Boston), collections: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Bibliotheque Nationale (France), High Museum of Art (Atlanta).


Steve: architectural photographer: American Society of Media Photographers Architectural Photography Specialty Award; solo exhibitions: Florence Griswold Museum (CT), Waterworks Musem (MA), Cape Ann Museum (MA).


Nick: architectural photographer; work published in most major architectural magazines worldwide; American Institute of Architect Honor Award for career achievements; solo exhibitions: Panopticon Gallery (MA), American Institute of Architects.


Peter: freelance photographer: author of four books including The Big Dig: Reshaping an American City; solo shows: NAGA Gallery (Boston), Boston Athenaeum; collections: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Addison Gallery of American Art (MA).




spring one-week session 3: April 21 - 27, 2013

in the Metals studio

Marvin Jensen

Marvin Jensen - Beginning Metals

If you ever wanted to take a jewelry or metals class and didn't think you had the skills, this class is for you. You'll learn everything you need to get started working in metals. Through lectures, demonstrations, and individual instruction, we will cover sawing, soldering, riveting, forming, and other metalworking techniques. No experience needed, just a willingness to learn and to go as far as possible in one week. Beginning level. Code S03MB

Studio artist; designer/fabricator of medical research equipment, furniture, mokume-gane vessels, and motorcycle parts; teaching: Purdue University (IN), Parsons The New School of Design (NYC); Asheville Arts Council Regional Project Grant (NC); collections: Mint Museums (NC), Rhode Island School of Design Museum.



in the weaving studio

Edwina Bringle

Edwina Bringle - Loom Play

First-timers and experienced weavers will work with color, texture, and yarns that shrink and change after weaving. We will explore weave structures, some dyeing, and the skills needed to plan the weaving process. Multiple projects will help you move forward with your own voice. Come with enthusiasm, a sense of play, and be ready to experiment. All levels. Code S03TB


This class will be taught in a second-floor walk-up studio.

Studio artist; professor emerita from University of North Caroline / Charlotte; collections: North Carolina Museum of History, Greenville Museum of Art (SC).