Drawing and Painting Workshops at Penland

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



Spring Session 1

march 22 - 28, 2015


Katherine Amman Vellard, Dream,

oil pastels, graphite, 30 x 22 inches

Katherine Amman Vellard
Nature Series

We’ll work within a limited context, using restrictions not as an inhibiting factor but as a challenging format for discovery and expression. Each student will select an object from nature that reveals greater visual riches the more closely you examine (draw/dissect) it. That object will become the source for a series of drawings, beginning with several carefully observed life-sized graphite works and evolving into large-scale charcoal abstractions. It’s amazing to see what a rich portfolio can result from working with such a small, underwhelming source. The possibilities are endless! All levels. Code S01D

Professor at Louisiana Tech University; Louisiana Division of the Arts fellowship; exhibitions: St. John the Divine (NYC), Centre d’Arts Plastiques Albert Chanot (France), Barnwell Art Center (LA), Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (CA).








Spring Session 2

april 5 - 11, 2015


Tremain Smith, Sublime Creature,

oil and wax on panel, 48 x 32 inches

Tremain Smith
Encaustic Painting: Layers of Meaning

This workshop will cover the basics of encaustic painting: making encaustic medium and encaustic paint, fusing, substrates, equipment, materials, and safety. Once we cover these foundations, we’ll explore transparency and opacity, creating texture, building and removing layers, collage, branding, incising, glazing ,dry brushing, and surface manipulation. I will demonstrate my particular technique of using a template as a reference point for drawing, layering transparent wax, and adding color with oil glaze and collage. Students will use the techniques covered in the workshop to serve their own creative ends. All levels. Code S02D

Studio artist; teaching: Truro Center for the Arts (MA), K&F Handmade Paints (NY), Penland; exhibitions: Rosenfeld Gallery (Philadelphia), Paia Contemporary (HI), Darnell Fine Art (Santa Fe); collections: Metropolitan Museum (NYC), Pew Charitable Trusts (Philadelphia), Lancaster Museum (PA).







Joy Seidler, Two Moon Journals, paste paper coptic binding,

9 x 12 inches, dust jacket journal with image sewn, 10 x 8 inches

Caverly Morgan & Joy Seidler
Mindfulness & Making

Our workshop will focus on discovering authentic personal entry points into the creative process. Together we’ll explore mindful participation with creativity and with life as we avoid the temptations of control and end-gain. We will use crafts—including pastepaper, journal making, clay work, and other forms—as a vehicle for the practice of presence and receptivity and for experiencing interconnectedness. We’ll also explore meditation, strategies for bringing mindful practices into your life, and the role of service in craft. And we’ll address questions such as, “What does it mean to be a vehicle for creative life force while being an object maker?” and “How can our creative processes assist us in being more awake in the world?” All levels. Code S02CB

Caverly: meditation teacher, Zen practitioner and founding director of One House of Peace.


Joy: studio artist, consultant, educator, trainer of teachers; 20 summers of pastepaper journal workshops in Massachusetts.