Drawing and Painting Workshops at Penland

Penland School of Crafts offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include oil painting, watercolor, encaustic, life drawing, charcoal and pencil drawing, color theory, composition, abstract art, and much more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Enrollment for spring and summer 2017 workshops is currently open.





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’ll 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’s Edge Studio (NC); published in Encaustic Arts; collections: Mission Health (NC); representation: Southern Highland Craft Guild (NC), 310 Art Gallery (NC).







SUMMER session 1

May 28 - JUNE 9, 2017

Jane Wells Harrison, P1933, collage, encaustic, oil, 5 x 5 inches



Jerry Jackson, Containment, sheetrock compound, paint, ink, tar,

and paper on panel, 24 x 24 inches


Jane Wells Harrison & Jerry Jackson

This workshop will focus on material exploration through collage and assemblage. We’ll explore the behavior of conventional and uncommon materials by reconsidering applications, design, and connection methods. We’ll work with materials such as wax, tar, sheetrock compound, metals, papers, and adhesives. Individual and group critiques will round out the class structure. All levels. Code 01D


Jane: Studio artist; teaching: Pocosin Arts (NC), Turchin Center (NC), Caldwell Community College (NC), Penland; Vermont Studio Center residency. Jerry: studio artist and deputy director at Penland; former curator/director of Imperial Center for Arts & Sciences (NC); exhibitions: Greenville Museum of Art (NC), Turchin Center (NC), Sammas Gallery (Estonia), Ruttilli Gallery (Estonia).



SUMMER session 2

JUNE 11 - 23, 2017

Catherine Gregory, Sunflower, acrylic and pierre noir on paper,

16 x 16 inches


Catherine Gregory
Chasing the Line: Mixed-Media Painting

Wide, narrow, scribbled, and buried: lines meander in and out of the painter’s toolbox offering texture and narrative. This workshop explores various approaches to working line into painting. We’ll experiment with compressed charcoal, line transfer, pierre noir, monoprinting, incorporating vintage materials, and handling raw pigments. Students will develop their own vocabulary of personal marks, confronting the different dynamics of line as they work in large and small scale and on various surfaces: wood, canvas, paper. All levels. Code 02D

Studio artist; teaching: Atelier du Chateau (France), Cluny public schools (France); ENE Saumur residency (France), Grand Prix Salon International Saumur (France); collections in France, Switzerland, U.K., and U.S.; representation: Frank Gallery (NC).







SUMMER session 3

JUNE 25 - July 7, 2017

IlaSahai Prouty, Paper Bag Test, screen-printed paper bags,

installation at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC


IlaSahai Prouty
The Art of Experience: Facilitating Community-Based Art

Together we’ll explore how experience itself can be an art form. Using activity structures and concepts from experiential education and art as social practice—along with a range of material and processes, including screen-printing and clay—we’ll build art experiences for communities, groups, and individuals. We’ll discuss how to lead successful group art experiences and reflect on how facilitation itself is an art form. Take this workshop if you plan to work with art in community settings or you teach and want to deepen your practice. All levels. Code 03D

Associate professor at Appalachian State University (NC) teaching creativity and social practice; author/facilitator for Project Adventure, Inc.; exhibitions: Florence County Museum (SC), City College of San Francisco, Cape Ann Museum (MA); former Penland resident artist and core fellow.







SUMMER session 4

July 9 - 21, 2017

Kathy Steinsberger, Jails, paper, ink, linen thread, bookboard,

12 x 5-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches



Mary Ann Zotto, Sleeping Arrows, mixed media on butcher paper,

9 x 14 inches


Kathy Steinsberger & Mary Ann Zotto
The Storyteller’s Muse

Blending concept, structure, and visual narratives, we’ll meld book-building and drawing to create personal stories. Taking chances, pushing boundaries, improvising, and experimenting with newly found imagery will be major tools in this energetic workshop. Treasure hunts, exquisite corpse adventures, ideation cards, deconstructed fairy tales, and collaborative drawings will lead to unique results in each student’s voice. The guidance will focus on energizing the creative process, rather than formal instruction focusing on facility and technique. Students should have basic bookbinding/drawing skills or a willingness to wing it! Code 04D


Kathy: studio artist; teaching: Pullen Arts Center (NC), Carlow College (PA), Penland. Mary Ann: studio artist, teacher in the film school of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.























SUMMER session 5

July 23 - August 8, 2017

Tonya D. Lee, Imerovigli, mixed media on polyester film,

12 x 9 inches


Tonya D. Lee
Color & Abstraction

In this process-centered workshop, we’ll develop abstract imagery through drawing, painting, low-tech printmaking, and collage. The physical, psychological, and cultural aspects of color will provide a theoretical foundation for the role of color in an abstract composition. We’ll look to the visual world for moments of departure where one can explore color as both form and content. Demonstrations, one-on-one and group discussions, and presentations on historic and contemporary references will support an emphasis on process and experimentation. We’ll work with acrylic paint. All levels. Code 05D


Studio artist; teaching: Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Monmouth University (NJ), University of North Florida; exhibitions: Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art (FL), J. Johnson Gallery (FL), D. M. Allison (TX); collections: Weatherspoon Museum (NC), Nemours Hospital (FL).











SUMMER session 6

August 13 - 25, 2017

Beatriz Carmen Mendoza, What do you have to offer?, pen

drawing, sewing thread, onion skin, black walnut, paper,

5 x 10 inches


Beatriz Carmen Mendoza
The Botanical Journal

The plant world offers endless instruction and intricacy to artists at every skill level. In this workshop we’ll explore local garden and forest plants through intimate and playful observation and record the process in handbound journals. There will be rigorous technical drawing instruction along with a loose mixed-media approach and experimental mark making. Using plant dyes and stains, we’ll manipulate our pages by layering collage, papercut, and monoprint. Some botany, ethnobotany, and Appalachian ecology will be woven in. All levels. Code 06D

Studio artist, farmer; teaching: Asheville School of Holistic Herbalism (NC), visiting artist at MassArt, visiting lecturer at various universities; residencies: Vermont Studio Center, Chautauqua School of Art (NY); graduate degree in scientific illustration from University of California–Santa Cruz.





SUMMER session 7

August 27 - September 2, 2017

Henrik Drescher, Print Magazine Cover, mixed media,

13 x 10 inches


Henrik Drescher
Outer Nature: Inner Nature

This workshop will explore drawing, image generation and collection, and book making. Students will create “notebooklets” working from the theme outer nature/inner nature. Students will make these using techniques they are already comfortable with, which could include drawing, photography, image transfer, and editing (including digital layout). Then we’ll scan them and create digitally-printed editions. These will be collated and assembled into books using Coptic binding. Each student will have a hand-sewn book filled with work from the group. Intermediate/advanced level; for students with an ongoing art practice who are prepared to work with existing technical skills. Code 07D

Studio artist, illustrator; teacher at School of Visual Art (NYC) and Parsons (NYC); author of 30+ books; retrospective exhibition at Library of Congress (DC); collections: Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Getty Museum (Los Angeles).