Printmaking and Letterpress Workshops at Penland

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




summer session 1

may 25 - june 6, 2014


Kristen Martincic, Polka Dot Fade Suit,

monotype on kozo, stitching, 26 x 16H x K inches


Kristen Martincic
Ready, Set, Relief!

This workshop will explore the full range of relief mark-making and wood-block printing methods. Techniques will include carving with hand and power tools as well as visual effects made possible by carving out the reverse side of the block. We’ll explore black and white and color inking methods including reduction, jigsaw, multiple block, shaped block, and stencils. The goal of the workshop will be to use these and other printing methods to further develop your own imagery. All levels. Code 01X

Studio artist; teaching: Indiana University, Bowling Green State University (OH); exhibitions: International Print Center (NYC), Editions/Artists’ Book Fair (NYC), Wellesley College (MA); residencies: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (NE), Brush Creek Foundation (WY), Watershed (ME), Prairie Center (IL).






Elizabeth Alexander, Still Life With Gates (detail), paper, glue


Elizabeth Alexander
Forms in Paper

This workshop will be an in-depth exploration of sculpting with one of the most versatile raw materials: paper. We’ll study contemporary and historical uses of this medium as we conduct technical exercises and develop our own language with paper arts. We’ll cover cutting, folding, forming, assembling, and pop-ups, as we create small sculptures, three-dimensional drawings, and, finally, paper installations. As the work evolves, we’ll have critiques and group discussions. This workshop welcomes anyone who enjoys experimentation, exploration of materials, and working with their hands. All levels. Letterpress studio. Code 01L

Studio artist; adjunct faculty at Lasell College (MA) and Montserrat College of Art (MA); Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship; residencies: Vermont Studio Center, I-Park (CT); exhibitions: Jane Deering Gallery (CA), Boston Sculptors Gallery, Dana Hall Gallery (MA), Bromfield Gallery (Boston).







summer session 2

june 8 - 20, 2014


Erika Adams, Puffer Fish, two-color intaglio,
6 x 5 inches




Erika Adams
Owls & Antlers

What if you made images of anything you wanted (kittens, anyone?). Here is a chance to explore your guilty pleasures—work that compels you but might not fit into your artistic oeuvre. This workshop will focus on multi-plate copper etching with all the trimmings: color, registration, transparency. We’ll move from the basics of preparing your plate through dry techniques, etching, aquatint, and various inking methods. We’ll look for inspiration in sketchbooks, the outdoors, and the work of artists like Walton Ford, Odilon Redon, Kiki Smith, and others. And we’ll print whatever we want. All levels. Code 02X

Assistant professor at Concordia University (Montreal); Tamarind Institute (NM) master printer; residencies: Hall Farm Center for the Arts (VT), Frans Masereel Centrum (Belgium), Vermont Studio Center, Djerassi (CA); lead printer for Penland winter print residency.






Sara Langworthy, New Patterns in Old Style,

letterpress printed artist’s book, 9 x 17 inches
6 x 5 inches




Sara Langworthy
Drawing at the Vandercook

The focus of this workshop is using the cylinder press as a dynamic image-making tool, applying fluid approaches to traditional and innovative letterpress techniques. We’ll cover pressure printing, photopolymer, experimental relief surfaces, and monoprinting on the Vandercook, with an emphasis on strategies for designing at the press. As we work, we’ll pay attention to constructing a visual narrative and using text as a prompt to further understanding of images. Students will complete a suite of print samples and a print or artist’s book. We’ll spend one day working with Julie Leonard in the book studio. All levels. Code 02L

Studio artist; lecturer at University of Iowa Center for the Book; workshop teaching: Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), Minnesota Center for Book Arts (Minneapolis); fellowships: Jerome Foundation (St. Paul), Women’s Studio Workshop (NY); collections: Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Library of Congress (DC), Yale University (CT).






summer session 3

june 22 - july 4, 2014


Karen Kunc, Systems, woodcut, 14 x 14 inches

Karen Kunc
Color Woodcut Printmaking

This intensive workshop will awaken the possibilities of the woodcut printing process for the beginning and advanced printmaker. The approach will not be tradition-bound; it will be inventive, with contemporary methods that can be spontaneous, simple, and direct. We’ll explore cutting techniques, oil-based ink and modifiers, and printing by hand as well as using the press. Students will design images, cut blocks, and print several projects using a variety of methods and individual discoveries. All levels. Code 03X

Professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln; has taught in Egypt, Italy, Poland, japan, and Iceland; Fulbright scholarships for study in Finland and Bangladesh, National Endowment for the Arts fellowship; Venice Printmaking Studio residency (Italy); collections: Beach Museum (KS), Huntington Museum (WV), Brooklyn Museum (NYC), Philadelphia Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC), Zimmerlie Art Museum at Rutgers (NJ).





Steve Miller, There Are Things Too Marvelous To Be

Spoken Of, words and reduction linocuts,
3 x 2 inches

Steve Miller
A Treasured Object

What makes a text treasured or sacred? What kind of printed object would reflect this treasure? If you are intrigued by the power of words and their translation into letterpress-printed work, this class is for you. Let’s start with powerful words. Yours? Perhaps add linocuts and alternative mark-making to the mix. Then embark on the design, typesetting, and letterpress processes to create something more powerful than words or images alone. All levels. Code 03L

Professor at University of Alabama; owner of Red Hydra Press, producing handmade books and broadsides; Distinguished Career Award from the College Book Art Association; exhibitions: Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art (touring, 12 venues), Pierre Menard Gallery (MA), Pepper Place Gallery (AL); his current Red Hydra work revolves largely around ongoing collaborative book projects with Cuban printmakers and papermakers.






summer session 4

july 6 - 18, 2014


Timothy Maddox, Haybale Studio Sign, sheet metal,

enamel, 18 x 26 inches

Timothy Maddox
The Sign Painter

This workshop will guide students through the traditional techniques of sign painting. We’ll learn to draft letters by hand, practice techniques with lettering brushes, develop casual and script alphabets, create patterns, study 23k gold gilding, and more. After a hands-on study of the basics, students will develop their own projects, at their own pace, in their own style. We’ll paint on any surface that needs a sign, just as a sign painter in the trade would. The history of sign painting will be revealed as we work through the materials and techniques of traditional sign painting. All levels. Code 04X

Studio artist, signmaker; teaching: Arrowmont (TN); Windgate fellowship (NC); exhibitions: Green Hill Center (NC), Converse College (SC), Herron School of Art and Design (IN); collection: Gregg Museum of Art and Design (NC).





John Horn, Souls Dwell in Printer’s Type,

letterpress print, 24 x 18 inches





Beth Lambert, The Curb Feelers, silkscreen,

letterpress print on Bristol, 12 x 9 inches

John Horn & Beth Lambert
Letterpress Bootcamp

The sarge is back and he’s bringing corporal Lambert with him. Together they’ll take green letterpress recruits and turn them into typesetting, Vandercook-cranking machines. You’ll learn printing terminology, the printer’s measurement system, and the proper way to handset type. You’ll learn to operate a Vandercook proof press and a Pilot platen press and produce your own small projects such as cards and small posters. It will be intense. Beginning level. Code 04L

John: printer for 52 years; teaching: University of Alabama, University of Iowa Center for the Book, University of Arkansas, Penland; has ten apprentices at his private press; exhibitions: University of Alabama, Hamilton Wood Type Museum (WI), Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education at University of Tulsa (OK).

Beth: studio artist, adjunct instructor at Hendrix College (AR), instructor at Arkansas Arts Center Museum School; exhibitions: Arkansas Arts Center, Arkansas Studies Institute.






summer session 5

july 20 - august 5 , 2014


Robert Mueller, Landmaelinger Island (detail),

muslin, coffee, thread, pigment




Robert Mueller
Experiments in Drawing & Printmaking

We’ll use the unique setting and experience of Penland as a starting point to explore making images through a variety of drawing and printmaking processes. We’ll begin with a focus on capturing a sense of place through drawing and observing the world of Penland. Then we’ll bring these collected drawings and experiences into the print studio to prompt our experiments in monoprinting, soft and hard ground etching, and combinations thereof. This workshop will collaborate extensively with Evie Woltil Richner’s workshop in the drawing and painting studio. All levels. Code 05X

Associate professor at University of Florida; Fulbright scholarship for study in Iceland; exhibitions: SOFA Chicago, Harn Museum at University of Florida, Icelandic Print Studio Gallery (Rekjavik); collections: New York City Public Library, Kennedy Museum of Art (OH), Universal Graphic Museum (Egypt).




Julie Chen, A Guide to Higher Learning,

letterpress printed, box size: 31 x 31 inches

Julie Chen
It’s All in the Game: The Playful Artist’s Book

The interactive potential inherent in both artists’ books and board games invites a range of possibilities for combining elements from each to create a new hybrid form. Each student will create a piece that is part artist’s book and part functioning board game. We’ll use letterpress printing and other bookart techniques to print and assemble the game boards and to make rule booklets, spinners, and various game pieces that will be part of each set. Students will create a compartmented box to house all the elements of their book/game. Intermediate: letterpress printing experience required; bookmaking experience will be helpful. Code 05L

Associate professor at Mills College (CA); studio artist publishing limited-edition books under the Flying Fish imprint for more than 25 years; collections: Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Yale University Special Collections (CT). “My work is heavily rooted in the ideas of the book as a physical object and a time-based medium. I view reading as an intimate act in which the reader must be in close physical proximity to the book, can control the pace of reading through the self-directed turning of pages, or equivalent action, and must interact with the book through the manipulation of the book’s physical structure.”





summer session 6

august 10 - 22 , 2014


Jan Serr, Pink Tulips, monotype, 30 x 22 inches

Jan Serr
Monotype: The Painter’s Print

Discover the unique, transformative qualities of the monotype, which involves drawing or painting on a nonabsorbent surface and then transferring the image to a sheet of paper. Learn how to make monotypes on paper or fabric, with or without a printing press, as you paint and draw with materials you already love to use: watercolor, oil, acrylics, inks. If you are already a printmaker, bring existing plates and blocks so you can layer and combine the monotype with etching, drypoint, woodblock, linocut, etc., for a mixed-media print. To give context to our work, the workshop will include an illustrated history of the monotype. All levels. Code 06X

Studio artist; teaching: University of Wisconsin, Sheridan College (Canada); collections: U.S. State Department Art in Embassies, Milwaukee Art Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum (WI), Ontario Museum, Racine Art Museum (WI), Canada Council (Ottowa), Haggarty Museum of Art at Marquette University (Milwaikee); author of About Face: Figurative Paintings, Drawings and Works on Paper (University of Wisconsin); subject of the documentary About Face | Jan Serr from Pozole Films.





Katie Baldwin, 7080 Miles, woodblock,

letterpress, 22 x 15 inches

Katie Baldwin
Text, Image, & the Narrative

Students in this workshop will combine text with images, using wood type and wood blocks to create narrative prints. Learn to achieve complex colors in a woodblock image in perfect registration through reduction and multiple-block printing on the Vandercook press. Students will learn about the tools, materials, carving sequence, typesetting, and printing methods associated with relief printing. All levels. Code 06L

Assistant professor at University of Alabama-Huntsville; grants and fellowships: Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation (NY), College Book Arts Association, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; exhibitions: The Print Center (Philadelphia), Korea National University of Arts (Seoul), Center for Book Arts (NYC), Kyoto Art Center (Japan), Philadelphia Museum; one of seven international artists selected in 2004 to learn traditional Japanese woodblock printing from master carvers at the Nagasawa Residency on Awaji Island, Japan.





summer session 7

august 24 - 30 , 2014



Jay Ryan, The Incursion, screenprint,

24 x 18 inches



Jay Ryan
Screenprinting with a Fellow Who Makes Fun Rock Concert Posters

This class will make screenprinted posters with a focus on hand-drawn artwork. We’ll learn about cutting rubylith, burning screens, mixing ink, and printing multiples by hand with music playing in the background. All levels. Code 07X

Owner/operator of The Bird Machine print shop (Chicago); named a Chicago cultural hero by Time Out Chicago; lectures: School of Visual Arts (NYC), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rochester Institute of Technology (NY); solo exhibitions: Rotofugi Gallery (Chicago), Richard Goodall Gallery (England), Foundation Project (Los Angeles); author of two monographs; plays in a band called Dianogah.









No letterpress class Session 7. The studio will be used for Joseph Dinwiddie’s class, Dry Stone Masonry.





Fall concentration

september 21 - november 14, 2014


Amanda Lee, Solution of Silver of White Light, Wave,, screenprint, salt print, dye,

22 x 60 inches

Amanda Lee
Print Your Own Adventure

Through demonstrations, practice, and discussion, we’ll cover the basics of the four main print media: relief, screenprinting, intaglio, and lithography. Then each student will choose print processes or a realm of inquiry to explore in depth. Students are welcome to dovetail printmaking with an existing creative practice, whether 2D, 3D, or time-based. We will use ideation exercises—such as visual improvisation, oblique strategies, critique, and lots of creative play—to discover your artistic tendencies, and then we’ll work together to edit or enhance them. All levels. Code F00X

Studio artist; teaching: Virginia A. Myers visiting artist/visiting assistant professorship in printmaking at University of Iowa, University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program; residency: Scuola Internazionale di Grafica (Venice, Italy); correspondent for


Studio assistant position is available for this workshop



Fall session 3

november 2 - 8, 2014


Jessica C. White, You’re Right. We Need to Make Bigger Signs,

letterpress print, 12 x 16 inches

Jessica C. White
Letterpress Basics & Beyond

Get to know your way around letterpress printing by learning the basics and exploring a variety of ways to create relief prints on a Vandercook press. We’ll cover fundamentals including typesetting, mixing ink, and press adjustments through starter projects like postcards and posters. Then we’ll move into more complex prints with playful explorations of texture and image-making through pressure prints, collagraphs, and photopolymer plates. Students will complete a series of prints as well as a chapbook using a binding suited for printmakers of all types. All levels. Code F03L

Studio artist, owner of Heroes and Criminals Press, instructor at Warren Wilson College (NC) and Western Carolina University (NC); author of Letterpress Now: A DIY Guide to New & Old Printing Methods; collections: Yale University (CT), Stanford University (CA), Lingnan University (Hong Kong), School of the Art Institute of Chicago.




spring concentration

march 8 - may 1, 2015


Lauren Faulkenberry, The Heart Wants What It Wants,

(covers of the three books + clamshell case) paper,

letterpress printed with photopolymer plates, 6 x 6 inches each

Lauren Faulkenberry
Letterpress Books: Guts to Glory

In this workshop students will produce letterpress-printed books from start to finish. We’ll make handmade paper from natural fibers, explore book design, and learn the fundamentals of letterpress printing. Image-making processes will include multi-color linoleum prints, woodcut, collagraph, pressure printing, monoprinting, photopolymer, pulp painting, paper inclusions, and other techniques. Through layers of words and images, we’ll create compelling narratives that invite multiple readings. We’ll put it all together using traditional and experimental binding structures. All levels. Code S00L

Studio artist; teaching: University of Iowa Center for the Book, Asheville BookWorks (NC), University of Alabama; collections: Washington University, Duke University (NC), University of Florida, International Library of Chile.






spring session 2

april 5 - 11, 2015


Takuji Hamanaka, Coral,

woodblock, collage, 34-3/4 x 23 inches

Takuji Hamanaka
Japanese Woodblock Printing

Learn the basic techniques of the Japanese tradition of woodblock printmaking with water-based inks. This tradition is associated with the extraordinary lessons of design and color passed on from the earliest ukiyo-e masters. All aspects of the process will be covered: proper care and use of the carving tools, preparing and carving the woodblock, and handprinting using the baren. All levels. Code S02P

Studio artist; teaching: Manhattan Graphics Center (NYC), Center for Book Arts (NYC), Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (MD); fellowships: New York Foundation for the Arts, McDowell Colony (NH); exhibitions: International Print Center (NYC), Whitman College (WA), National Academy of Fine Art (New Delhi), Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh).