Photography Workshops at Penland

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



Fall One-Week Session 3

November 1 - 7, 2015

Heather F. Wetzel, Hanging by a Thread, hand-tinted,

gold-toned salt print from iodine redeveloped collodion

negative, 3-1/4 x 4-1/4"

Heather F. Wetzel
Printing with Silver & Iron

Beginning with an introduction to digital negatives and other means of photographic contact printmaking, we’ll explore the possibilities of the cyanotype process and two closely-related silver printing processes: salt and albumen. In addition to learning how to mix chemicals, make digital negatives for optimal image making, and the practicalities of printing and toning, we’ll consider further manipulation and mark making as well as final presentation of the prints produced in this workshop. All levels. Code F03P

Studio artist, lecturer in the art department and book arts specialist at Logan Elm Press at Ohio State University where she was the 2011-2012 Fergus Family Fellow in Photography; upcoming solo exhibitions: Fitton Center for Creative Arts (OH), Anderson and Walton Galleries at The George School (PA); representation: Anzenberger Gallery (Vienna).





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.