Printmaking and Letterpress Workshops at Penland

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





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





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).