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.




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.








Summer 2016 Workshops


Complete listings for Summer 2016 workshops will be posted in late December. Registration for summer workshops is not open until the full workshop descriptions are available. Until then, browse the Summer 2016 preview for a glimpse of our upcoming classes.


Summer 2016 Workshop Preview