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 2016 and spring 2017 workshops is currently open. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and enrollment remains open until all class spaces are full or the workshop begins.





SUMMER session 6

August 14 - 26, 2016


Arthur Gonzalez, The Lookout, oil pastel, paint on gessoed

paper, 20 x 30 inches

Arthur Gonzalez
The Alchemy of Personal Symbols

Drawing is a way of seeing our thoughts. Philosophically, this is a kind of alchemical transference. Personal symbols are objects that potentize our work, which holds a mirror to who we are. Through lessons in color and light theory, this workshop will explore visual ideas and devices that will further our ability to construct good drawings. We’ll also experiment with soft pastels and oil pastels, which are a bridge to the world of oil painting. Students must have a steady and confident practice in drawing. Above all, they must have a desire to invent, imagine, execute, and enjoy making art. Intermediate/advanced level. Code 06D

Professor at California College of the Arts; two Virginia Groot Foundation awards, four National Endowment for the Arts fellowships; work exhibited in more than 50 solo exhibitions; residencies: University of Georgia, Louisiana State University, Tainan National University (Taiwan), Pilchuck (WA).





SUMMER session 7

August 28 - September 3, 2016

Holly Roberts, Horse Resting, mixed media, 24 x 42 inches

Holly Roberts
Mix-Up: Paint & Collage

Working with collage and layered images, we can directly and quickly involve ourselves in the process of image making. Collage gives us immediate feedback and allows us to proceed with our process while identifying issues that are causing trouble. Expressive painting gives us an immediate and direct link to our creative selves. Working with acrylic paints and a variety of mixed-media, we’ll cover image transfers, gluing techniques, painting techniques, surfaces, supports, media compatibility, and layering materials. Students will learn how the different media work together so they will understand what processes work best in combination. All levels. Code 07D

Studio artist; Ferguson Grant from Friends of Photography, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships; residency at Hollins University (VA); work published in three monographs; exhibitions: Catherine Edelman Gallery (Chicago), Museum of Photographic Arts (CA), Tucson Museum of Art (AZ), Honolulu Museum of Art.




Fall One-Week Session 1
October 9 - 15, 2016

Alice Ballard, gift from Alex, charcoal, ebony pencil, conte,

22 x 20 inches


Alice Ballard, Quince, white earthenware, terra sigillata,

12 x 7 x 9 inches


Alice Ballard
Finding Your Form Through Drawing & Clay

In this process-oriented workshop, we’ll move back and forth between clay and various drawing media, seeking inspiration from the beautiful Penland setting and the host of natural forms within that environment. Working inside and outside the studio, our ideas and materials will be our partners, and the creative process will lead us. Artists who are used to working in two dimensions and those who usually work in three will all benefit from the contrast and combination of these two ways of working. We’ll use earthenware clay and have some electric firing for small pieces, and we’ll make lots of drawings. All levels. Code F01CB

Studio artist; teaching: Francis Marion University (SC), Arrowmont (TN), Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (SC); Fulbright Fellowship, two South Carolina Arts Commission fellowships; solo exhibitions: Eno Gallery (NC), Greenville County Museum of Art (SC), Sumter Museum of Art (SC); collections: Renwick Gallery (DC), Mint Museum (NC).
























Fall One-Week Session 2
October 23 - 29, 2016

Melissa Stern, Too Much, graphite, collage, 21 x 17 inches




Melissa Stern
Every Picture Tells a Story: Drawing, Collage & Storytelling

This workshop will explore the relationship between verbal and visual storytelling. Through drawing and collage, students will translate and transform one or more oral or written stories into visual ones. Exploring both linear and abstract storytelling, students will express their narrative visions using collage and drawing materials including found and personal imagery, paper, fabric, and a wide range of drawing media. Students should bring a story that is personally meaningful (one’s own story, a folk tale, a published short story, a news article) as well as collage or image elements that might prove expressive. All levels. Code F02D

Studio artist; teaching: New York University, Greenwich House Pottery (NYC), School of Visual Art (NYC); collections: Dow Jones (NYC), JP Morgan (NYC), Arkansas Art Center, American Museum of Ceramic Art (CA), Kohler Corporation (WI), Library of Congress (DC); her multimedia installation, “The Talking Cure,” is currently touring museums around the U.S.




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).