Printmaking and Letterpress Workshops at Penland

Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Printmaking and letterpress classes include topics like etching, intaglio, woodblock printing, hand-set type, photopolymer plates, screen printing, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Enrollment for 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.





Fall Concentration
September 25 - November 18, 2016

Georgia Deal, Roses and Razorwire, handmade paper, pulp

transfer, screenprint, monoprint, 24 x 30 inches

Georgia Deal
From Paper to Print!

This workshop will explore the vast possibilities for combining handmade paper and monoprints. We’ll start with the basics of hand papermaking and the many techniques that enable the creation of unique substrates for printing. We’ll cover a wide range of monoprint processes including reductive, multiplate, and pressure printing. The back-and-forth of working in both media will expand participants’ visual vocabularies and encourage them to own every aspect of the process—from paper to print! All levels. Code F00X

Professor of printmaking and papermaking at Corcoran School of the Arts & Design (DC); workshop teaching: University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, Skopelos Foundation for the Arts (Greece); collections: Library of Congress (DC), Philadelphia Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art (DC), Yale University Beineke Library (CT).







Fall One-Week Session 3
November 6 - 12, 2016

Bryce McCloud, Our Town – Together Heroic, large-scale stamps






Bryce McCloud
Analogue Social Media

This workshop will tap into the power of printmaking as a handmade social medium. Working with relief printing’s ability to create multiple images, our mission will be to find novel ways to work together and interact with a community. Like playful scientists we’ll create socially-driven printmaking experiments, imagine ways to involve people outside of our studio, and then use the community at Penland as our testing ground. We’ll brainstorm and refine ideas that may be realized during the session or at other times and places. We’ll cover relief printmaking skills and discuss other tactics for engaging the public with your work when you head home. Printmaking or letterpress experience will be helpful, but this workshop is open to all levels. Code F03L

Studio/public artist, founder of Isle of Printing, a letterpress and fabrication shop (Nashville); teaching: Watkins College of Art (TN), Brighton College of Art (UK); public art: Our Town Nashville (TN), Pinewood Social (TN), Invasion UK (Brighton, UK), South by Southwest (TX).



Spring Concentration
March 12 - May 5, 2017

Anne Covell, Natural Order: A Game of Pairs, letterpress prints

from polymer plates, 3-3/4 x 2-3/4 inches each


Anne Covell
Image as Narrative: Letterpress & the Artist’s Book

This workshop will examine the material connection between image and narrative. Through experimenting with alternative print techniques on the Vandercook, we’ll investigate how mood and tone can be expressed through image and the sequencing of images. We’ll cover printing from found objects, collographs, carved surfaces, pressure print templates, and plates made from handmade negatives, just to name a few. Our experiments will be editioned and traded. Then we’ll move from two dimensions to three as we explore the interplay between image and structure through the creation of handprinted artists’ books. Binding options will include traditional book structures as well as movable and sculptural books. All levels. Code S00L

Studio artist; teaching: University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, University of Iowa Center for the Book; collections: Yale University Art Gallery (CT), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; representation: 23 Sandy Gallery (OR), Abecedarian Gallery (CO), Vamp and Tramp Booksellers (AL); published in 500 Handmade Books Volume 2 (Lark Books).