Photography Workshops at Penland

Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include traditional and digital photography, darkroom processes, portrait photography, documentary video, lighting composition, narrative photography, and 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 2

JUNE 12 - 24, 2016

Emma Powell, Against the Storm, toned cyanotype, 11 x 14 inches


Emma Powell
Fiction in Photography

By breaking the rules of the real world耀cale, color, and even gravity謡e値l have the freedom to explore new areas of creativity and narrative. This workshop will interweave staged photography, digital manipulation, and hand-applied chemical photographic processes such as Van Dyke brown and cyanotype. We値l consider the conceptual possibilities of these techniques and best practices for final presentation. This workshop is for creative individuals interested in combining digital techniques with hands-on processes for expressive effect. All levels. Code 02P


Assistant professor at Colorado College; other teaching: Middlebury College (VT), Rochester Institute of Technology (NY); Vermont Studio Center residency; collections: Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Center for Fine Art Photography (CO), George Eastman House Study Center (NY), Rochester Institute of Technology.





SUMMER session 3

JUNE 26 - July 8, 2016

James Henkel, Plant Study #3, archival pigment print,

20 x 16 inches

James Henkel
Making the Picture: The Constructed Image

Still life, tableau, arranged image葉hese are terms used to identify an approach to photography based on constructing content for the camera, with the photographer organizing the elements and meaning of the image. We値l explore various approaches to the constructed image, including portrait, tabletop, and landscape photography. For those who prefer a documentary approach, we値l consider how images are 田onstructed in the camera, paying close attention to formal and aesthetic elements found within the frame. Students may work in the darkroom or digitally (however this is not a software workshop). All camera formats welcome. All levels. Code 03P


Professor emeritus from University of Minnesota; fellowships: McKnight Foundation (MN), Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation (MN); collections: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum (NYC), Walker Art Center (MN).









SUMMER session 4

July 10 - 22, 2016

Bridget Conn, Message #1, chemigrams on gelatin silver paper,

nails, 10-1/4 x 21 inches

Bridget Conn
Gelatin Silver as Alt Process

The term 殿lt process has been used to describe 19th-century hand-coated photographic printing processes. In the digital era, many 20th-century darkroom techniques have become associated with the 殿lt process mindset. This workshop will explore gelatin silver methods such as solarization, composite printing, selective development, paper negatives, chromoskedasic sabatier, and chemigrams. We値l use traditional darkroom chemicals and incorporate ideas from drawing and printmaking. We値l cover film processing, but the emphasis is on printing techniques. All levels welcome: students should have a film camera or bring negatives with them. Code 04P


Instructor at Blue Ridge Community College (NC), founder/director of The Asheville Darkroom (NC); collections: Korean Nature Artists Association (South Korea), Lyndon House Arts Center (GA), Green Street Press (GA).






SUMMER session 5

July 24 - August 9, 2016

Sean Dyroff, 38 Woodbine Circle, artist痴 book, 5 x 7 x 2 inches

Sean Dyroff
Creating Photo Books

This workshop will explore the process of creating handmade books from photographs. We値l create mock-up books, including pamphlet bindings, cased-in bindings, single-sheet books, and map-fold structures. Then students will edit and sequence a series of images and choose a book structure to present them in. Students should bring a group of photographs容ven if it痴 not complete朴repared as digital files. We値l also create some new digital photographs during the workshop to accompany the structures discussed. We値l produce our digital layouts in Photoshop or InDesign and use archival photo printers to output our final pieces. All levels. Code 05P


Part-time faculty and photo technician at University of the Arts (Philadelphia); exhibitions: Napoleon Gallery (Philadelphia), Rosenwold-Wolf Gallery (Philadelphia), Gallery 633 (Philadelphia), The Clay Studio (Philadelphia), Kresge Art Gallery (AR).







SUMMER session 6

August 14 - 26, 2016

Mercedes Jelinek, Hair, archival pigment print from film,

17 x 17 inches

Mercedes Jelinek
Slow the F Down: Digital Meets Analog

In today痴 digital photography world, many people emphasize speed and quantity over quality. Working with a 4x5 view camera and concentrating on what痴 displayed on the ground glass helps us make more contemplative and substantial photographs. This workshop will use a hybrid, film-to-digital process to explore the beautiful aesthetic and quality of large-format black-and-white film, translating the images into digital prints. We値l cover composition, lighting, exposure, film developing, scanning, archiving, digital editing (using Lightroom and Photoshop), and printing archival pigment prints. All levels. Code 06P Note: rental cameras available at Penland.


Penland resident artist; teaching: State University of New York-Purchase, PhotoManhattan (NYC); solo exhibitions: Lullwood Gallery (CA), Glassel Gallery (LA), Wink Gallery (CT); other exhibitions: Minneapolis Photo Center, Ogden Museum (New Orleans).







SUMMER session 7

August 28 - September 3, 2016

Chris Peregoy, Reflecting Sentiment, digital transfer over acrylic

painting on wood panel, 11 x 14 inches

Chris Peregoy
Digital Art & the Alternative Print

This workshop will introduce you to various inkjet pre-coats and transfer films that will be used in conjunction with creative image capture and printing techniques to make unique photographic works of art. Techniques will include direct printing and transfers to fabric, wood, metal, acrylic, marble tile, and other interesting surfaces. Printing or transferring your images onto these materials greatly expands the possibilities for displaying them in innovative and creative ways. All levels. Code 07P


Studio artist; teaching: University of Maryland Baltimore County, Anne Arundel Community College (MD), Maryland Institute College of Art; National Endowment for the Arts InterArts grant and two Maryland State Individual Artist grants; exhibitions: Nexus Foundation (Philadelphia), Clos de l但bbaye (Paris), Koto-Ku Cultural Center (Tokyo), Soho Photo (NYC), Arts Institute of Medellin (Colombia).





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

Jill Enfield, Untitled, platinum/palladium print over inkjet image,

16 x 20 inches


Jill Enfield
Alternative Process Meets Digital

Each era of photography has had an accumulation of inventions that can be used together to make images. Today there is no end in sight for what photographers can do. In this workshop, we値l make digital negatives from any type of image and then make cyanotypes and platinum/palladium prints and combine these processes to make monoprints. We値l also use inkjet printers to create a layer of color before printing with the other processes, making beautiful combination prints that span the centuries. Students will leave with new images and their imaginations in overdrive. All levels. Code F01P

Studio artist, associate professor at Parsons (NYC); other teaching: Maine Media Workshops, Palm Beach Photographic Workshops (FL), guest lecturer at Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia) and Rhode Island School of Design; author of Jill Enfield痴 Guide to Alternative Processes (Focal Press); representation: Tilt Gallery (AZ), Mattewan Gallery (NY).



Spring One-Week Session 2
April 9 - 15, 2017

Mark Tucker, Girl With Dog, digital photograph

Mark Tucker
Natural-Light Portraiture with Digital Cameras

This portraiture workshop will increase students skill in working with people揺ow to approach people to gain permission to photograph them, and how to work with and guide subjects to get the photo you are after預nd cover the techniques needed for making a compelling image. We値l also explore previsualization of the image, and how to be technically prepared to make that picture. We値l cover finding good light, bounce lighting, composition, camera settings, color balance, and digital printing. Intermediate/advanced: students should have working knowledge of Photoshop and Lightroom and the operation of a DSLR camera including manual mode. Code S02P

Commercial lifestyle and portrait photographer; teaching: Penland; clients: Amtrak, Jack Daniels, Eli Lilly, Novartis AARP, State Farm Insurance, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Books, Colonial Williamsburg, Alabama Tourism.