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.



Spring One-Week Session 1

March 27 - April 2, 2016

Robin Dreyer, Icarus, silver gelatin print, 10 x 10”

Robin Dreyer
Black-and-White Photorama

Silver-based, black-and-white photographic materials, while commercially obsolete, are still a beautiful, flexible, and sometimes magical image-making system. This class will be a whirlwind tour through several means of making black-and-white pictures in the darkroom. We’ll expose paper and film in pinhole, large-format, and other cameras. We’ll process these negatives and then make contact prints and enlargements. We’ll discuss composition, aesthetics, and whatever technical information is needed to make pictures. No camera required (we’ve got them here) and no pesky software to learn. All levels. Code S01P

Penland School communications director and staff photographer; teaching: Penland; exhibitions: Asheville Art Museum (NC), Center for Alternative Photography (NYC), East Carolina University (NC), North Carolina Museum of Art; collections: Asheville Art Museum.






Spring One-Week Session 3

April 24 - 30, 2016

Nick DeFord, Psychological Geology (Underneath It All),

hand-embroidery on photograph, 7.5 x 7.5"


Nick DeFord
The Altered Image: Mixed-Media with Photography

Photographs are perceived to be artifacts of truth – but truth can easily be distorted, embellished, and exaggerated. This class will use embroidery, collage, and drawing/painting techniques to physically manipulate photographs as a metaphor for the psychological dissection of truth, memory, and time. We will work on photos brought from home and found photos (both from the physical world, but also the cyber world). While students are welcome to shoot and print digital photos during the workshop, we will not be using the darkroom, and the emphasis of the class will be on manipulation and embellishment after the photo has been printed. All levels. Code S03P

Studio artist and Program Director at Arrowmont (TN); teaching: University of Tennessee, Arizona State University; exhibitions: William King Museum (VA), Vanderbilt University (TN), University of Mississippi, Coastal Carolina University; collections; City of Phoenix (AZ).






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