Drawing and Painting Workshops at Penland


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




fall eight-week concentrations

september 20 - November 13, 2015

Timothy Maddox, Universal Motors Building (detail),

oil enamel on aluminum

Timothy Maddox
A Sign Painting Workshop

This workshop will guide students through a vast array of techniques and practices in traditional sign painting. We’ll start with the basics by learning to draft proper letterforms and developing hand skills with lettering brushes. Then we’ll begin to explore many of the essential skills of a qualified sign painter. Through guided practice and individually developed projects, we’ll cover layout and gilding, brush and material choices, patterns and transfers, and much more. Alongside skill development we’ll discuss practicing this art for profit. This history of sign painting, laced with rich cultural development and identity, will be revealed as we work through materials and techniques. All levels. Code F00D

Studio artist and full-time sign painter; owner of Mighty Fine Signs (NC); teaching: Penland (NC), Arrowmont (TN), Windgate Fellowship.







Spring One-Week Session 1

March 27 - April 2, 2016

Lisa Pressman, During the Time, encaustic, 30 x 30”

Lisa Pressman
Painting with Encaustic: Layered, Rich, Personal

This workshop will guide students in basic and advanced encaustic techniques as they create works that are rich in layers and transparency. We’ll cover color application, methods of fusing, image transfers, mark making, pigment sticks, pastels, graphite, collage, equipment, history, and safety. Experimentation will be encouraged as well as attention to editing and content. Exercises, group discussions, and individual instruction will help you learn technique and develop your personal language and vision. All levels. Code S01D

Studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Southwest School of Art (TX), Ringling College of Art (FL), Pacific Northwest School of Art (WA); exhibitions: R&F Handmade Paints (NY), Butters Gallery (Portland, OR), Telluride Gallery of Fine Art (CO); representation: Causey Contemporary (NYC).







Spring One-Week Session 2

April 10 - 16, 2016

Alicia D. Keshishian, Penlandia,

Tibetan-style hand-knotted carpet,

Tibetan wool, silk, 84 x 60”


Alicia D. Keshishian
CHROMA-LICIOUS: Color Revelations

What is color? How does color function? We’ll review basic color theory and consider how to integrate that information into your work, whether it is ceramics, textiles, printmaking, painting, etc. Color elicits a visceral reaction, and most people respond to color before anything else—unable to navigate pattern or style if the colors don’t resonate for them. Color is personal, and while it transcends fashion trends and peer pressure, understanding all aspects of color will further all aspects of your work. All levels. Code S02D

Art director and designer with 30 years of textile, print, and illustration experience; studied with Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Institute; awards from The Society of Publication Designers, Art Director’s Club, Communication Arts; member of Color Marketing Group.