Photography Workshops at Penland

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



SUMMER session 7

August 23 - 29, 2015

Kahn and Selesnick, High Water Mark,

archival inkjet print, 32 x 32"

Nicholas Kahn
Narrative Staged Photography

Creating a narrative still photograph is a hybrid art form that combines practices from photography, cinema, and theater, including directing, acting, costume design, prop and set fabrication, location scouting, storyboarding, and narrative plotting, as well as a keen sense of the absurd. We’ll approach the various challenges afforded by staged, still photography and consider how a narrative can be created through serial images, linked images, and various image formats such as panoramas. Students should have a basic understanding of their cameras and image editing software. Code 07P


Studio artist, half of the collaborative team of Kahn & Selesnick; work in more than 100 solo shows, author of 4 monographs; collections: Brooklyn Museum (NYC), Los Angeles County Museum, Philadelphia Museum, National Portrait Gallery (DC); representation: Yancey Richardson Gallery (NYC).





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.







Spring One-Week Session 3

April 24 - 30, 2016

Melissa Zexter, Cardinal, gelatin silver print,

thread, 20 x 24”


Melissa Zexter
The Altered Image: Mixed-Media with Photography

Photography can be much more than a window on the world. Photographs can also be conceived as constructed objects. In this workshop, students will make photographic constructions combining photography with embroidery, paint, collage, and hand-cut mosaics. We will work with both digital and analog photographs (including darkroom printing). We’ll also have critiques and presentations of work by historical and contemporary photographers who work with photography and mixed media. All levels. Code S03P

Studio artist; teaching: Dalton School (NYC), Alfred University (NY), Cooper Union (NYC); residencies: Millay Colony (NY), Byrdclyffe Colony (NY); exhibitions: Muriel Guepin Gallery (NYC), Creiger Dan Gallery (Boston), Bronx Museum of the Arts (NYC), Triennale Design Museum (Milan); publications: BUST, Village Voice, New Yorker, Juztapoz, AfterImage, Gargoyle.