Drawing and Painting Workshops at Penland


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



SUMMER session 3

JUNE 21 - July 3 2015

Nicholas Raynolds, Yuki, pencil on paper, 10 x 8"

Nicholas Raynolds
Portrait Drawing in Pencil

This workshop will explore the craft of representational portrait drawing in the classic tradition of the 19th century French academy. Suitable for beginning, intermediate, or advanced students, it is an opportunity to develop and hone your skills in drawing from both long and short poses. We値l draw on paper and work with live models. Through demonstrations and individual critiques, we値l explore the elements used to clearly depict form and likeness. We値l gain understanding of light and shadow using the time-honored effects of chiaroscuro. All levels. Code 03D

Studio artist; teaching: Art Students League (NYC), National Academy (NYC), Gage Academy (Seattle); exhibitions: Forbes Gallery (NYC), Eleanor Ettinger Gallery (NYC), John Pence Gallery (San Francisco); collections: Forbes Collection (NYC), Arkansas Art Center; publications: Drawing and Art Collector magazines, Lessons in Classical Drawing and Classical Painting Atelier by Juliette Aristides.




SUMMER session 4

July 5 - 17, 2015

Patricia Wheeler, Rhythm Trance, acrylic, oil marker,

charcoal, packing tape, 12 x 9"

Patricia Wheeler
Journal Cover

Starting from the idea that creating and analyzing are different processes, students will work from their intuitive side. We値l begin with simple and fast journaling techniques using drawing, watercolors, rubber stamps, photos, and written words to layer history. Then we値l work on boards, transforming personal vision into abstract paintings that reflect life. Materials will include limestone clay on board, acrylic paints as stain, and cold wax to seal the final layer. As we build, stencil, and cut into the paintings, we値l begin to understand the layering and distressed surfaces of ancient places and how that accumulation of information can metaphorically reflect ourselves. This work is physical and messy. The only requirement is a basic design sense and a willingness to experiment. All levels. Code 04D


Studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), Oregon College of Art and Craft, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Peninsula Art School (WI); work exhibited widely in the U.S.




SUMMER session 5

July 19 - August 4, 2015

Joseph Hart, Untitled, collage, acrylic, oil crayon,

enamel, graphite on paper, 50 x 38"


Joseph Hart
Exploratory Drawing

This workshop will examine alternative approaches to drawing. Through studio exercises, demonstrations, discussions, and assignments, students will experiment with a range of techniques and media to create representational and abstract drawings in both modest and large dimensions. The workshop will emphasize playful and intuitive mark-making, exchanges between observational and 殿utomatic drawing, the importance of composition, and taking creative risks. Students will have opportunities to work in series, to collaborate in small groups, and to develop independent drawing projects. All levels. Code 05D


Studio artist and teacher at City College of New York and Rhode Island School of Design; Dieu Donn Workspace Residency; exhibitions: Galleri Jacob Bjorn (Denmark), Gallerie Vidal Saint Phalle (Paris), Halsey McKay Gallery (NY).




SUMMER session 6

August 9 - 21, 2015

Susan Goethel Campbell, Condensation, cotton, lurex,

mylar, ink, 11 x 8"

Susan Goethel Campbell
Field Work

This workshop is designed to push the boundaries of drawing while recording natural phenomena in the Penland environment. Using a variety of materials and formats including sound and digital projection, we will document the landscape, flora, and fauna of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We値l have presentations about contemporary drawing, informal critiques, and plenty of time to work independently. Come with an open mind and a willingness to explore new strategies and concepts for drawing. All levels. Code 06D

Studio artist; teaching: College for Creative Studies (Detroit), Cranbrook Academy (MI); Kresge artist fellowship; exhibitions: Crystal Bridges Museum (AR), Grand Rapids Art Museum (MI), Museum of Contemporary Art (Detroit), National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC); gallery representation: David Klein Gallery (MI), Galerie Tom Blaess (Switzerland).


SUMMER session 7

August 23 - 29, 2015

Yolanda S疣chez, Romancing Possibilities, oil on canvas,

48 x 60"

Yolanda S疣chez
Cultivating Possibility: The Magic of Creative Awareness

This workshop will focus on identifying and clarifying personal voice and artistic vision by integrating painting and insight-oriented meditation. The goal is to develop mechanisms that expand inner space and identify core conversations that will direct and affect what we create. Students will paint every day following a given (flexible) structure and will complete a series of paintings by the end of the week. Students may work with oil or acrylic on canvas. The workshop will include group and individual critiques. This workshop will be most useful for students who have painting experience or an ongoing art practice, but all levels are welcome. All levels. Code 07D

Studio artist, clinical psychologist, director of the Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Division of Miami-Dade Aviation Department; teaching: Florida International University, University of Miami; Fulbright fellowship, Vermont Studio Center residency; gallery representation: Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (NYC).



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値l 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値l 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蓉nable to navigate pattern or style if the colors don稚 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痴 Club, Communication Arts; member of Color Marketing Group.