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 2017 and spring 2018 workshops is currently open.



Fall 1-Week Session 1

October 8 - 14, 2017

Jun Lee, Our Time in the Meadow, woodcut print, 30 x 40 inches


Jun Lee
Woodcut: Between Black & White

Woodcut is one of the earliest of all printmaking methods. This workshop will introduce the novice to these woodcut techniques: surface preparation, image design and transfer, carving, tool maintenance, inking, and pressing the print. It will include different types of line carving demonstrations to show the use and execution of black and white lines in creating an image. Students will design their own images and can expect to complete a small edition of prints. All levels. Studio fee: $50. Code F01X

Studio artist, artist in residence in printmaking at Lee Arts Center (VA); teaching: University of the Arts (PA), Lee Arts Center; exhibitions: Purdue University (IN), University of Maryland, Insa Art Center (South Korea).





Fall 1-Week Session 2

October 22 - 28, 2017

Jennifer Farrell, Urbs in Horto, letterpress print from metal and

wood type, 16 x 20 inches


Jennifer Farrell
Ornamental Letterpress Code

The best way to understand type and printer痴 ornaments is to study them in their metal form. This workshop will improve your understanding of typography so your letterpress work (whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran) can improve and move beyond initial experimentation. We値l explore the tradition of using ornaments to create pictorial images and letterforms. All students will create images that, depending on ability, may be simple one-color pieces or more intricate multicolored prints. We値l address common problems in hand composition as well as type that presents aesthetic challenges. We値l look at tips and tricks to get the best results from both new and old metal type. All levels. Studio fee: $55. Code F02L

Printer, owner of Starshaped Press (Chicago); teaching: Wells College Book Arts Center (NY), Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum (WI), Columbia College Chicago; exhibitions: Galerie F (Chicago), 23 Sandy Gallery (Portland, OR), Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.

More about Jennifer and this workshop here.





Fall 1-Week Session 3

November 5 - 11, 2017

Sarah McDermott, Birkensnake Literary Magazine, screenprint,

flocked paper, wallpaper, 5 x 7 inches


Sarah McDermott
Draw, Expose, Print, Fold

Students will learn new skills in screenprinting while also creating simple book structures. We値l begin with a primer on the photo-emulsion screenprinting process, exploring different ways of making stencils from film positives including drawing, rubylith, and photographic imagery. We値l also work on layering transparent colors. At the same time, we値l practice folded book forms and investigate sequence, movement, and the relationships between surfaces as we begin to integrate images into these structures. We値l pay attention to materials, including papers that work well for both printing and folding. Each student will create an edition to share with their classmates. All levels. Studio fee: $60. Code F03X

Studio artist; teaching: Corcoran College of Art and Design (DC), Center for Book Arts (NYC); residencies: Women痴 Studio Workshop (NY), Oregon College of Art and Craft; collections: Yale University (CT), Library of Congress (DC), Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Library (DC).





Spring 8-Week Concentration

March 11 - May 4, 2018

Marianne Dages, Small Fires No. 12, letterpress print on paper,

15 x 11 inches


Marianne Dages
Experimental Editions

In this workshop, we値l explore the possibilities of letterpress as a platform for creating meaningful content and refined imagery. Demonstrations will include a broad range of techniques including typesetting, polymer platemaking, printing from carved forms or found materials, and the ins and outs of the Vandercook press. We値l also cover simple structures for artists books and portfolios for presenting printed work. Presentations, readings, and prompts will spark conversation and support individual practices and goals. Students can expect to produce a variety of printed matter and leave with a firm understanding of the craft and versatility of letterpress printing. All levels. Studio fee: $120. Code S00L

Studio artist, owner of Huldra Press (PA); teaching: Tyler School of Art (PA), Common Press at the University of Pennsylvania; residencies: Herhusid (Iceland), Beisinghoff Printmaking Residency (Germany); exhibitions: Print Gallery Tokyo, International Print Center (NYC), Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR).






Spring 1-Week Session 2

April 8 - 14, 2018

Deborah Chaney, Tangle, lithograph, 13 x 11 inches


Deborah Chaney
Litho Basics & Beyond

Explore lithography through traditional techniques using lithographic limestone as well as polyester plates to create vibrant, multicolor prints. Drawing with litho pencils and crayons, painting seductive washes with tusche, and scraping away with razor blades and other abrasive materials, you値l discover a world of mark making like no other. Create quick color work using polyester plates, whose translucency and portability allows you to make complex images using a simplified process. Whether you want to learn a new print process or hone more advanced skills, this workshop is open to all levels. Studio fee: $80. Code S02X

Studio artist, owner of Deb Chaney Editions (NYC), Tamarind master printer; teaching: Pratt Institute (NYC), Parsons The New School for Design (NYC), New York Academy of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Anderson Ranch (CO), Universidad Autnoma Benito Ju疵ez de Oaxaca (Mexico).