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 summer and fall 2017 and spring 2018 workshops is currently open.





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).







Spring 8-Week Concentration

March 11 - May 4, 2018

Holly Roberts, Snake Handler, mixed media, 29 x 40 inches


Holly Roberts
The Perfect Union: Paint, Collage & Transfers

Students will begin the process of combining media by experimenting with different ways of applying paint. Painted surfaces will serve as the core of the images to follow and will guide students in forming these images. Students will experiment with transfer processes, gluing and adhesive techniques, and using their own source material to build images onto their painted surfaces. The workshop will stress investigation, exploration, and risk in an attempt to marry disparate media such as print, text, photographs, and any other material students want to use. All levels. Studio fee: $170. Code S00D

Studio artist; teaches nationally and internationally; two NEA fellowships; monographs of her work published by Nazraeli Press and Friends of Photography; collections: Art Institute of Chicago, Center for Creative Photography (AZ), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.