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.



Spring One-Week Session 1

March 27 - April 2, 2016

Jon Lee, L0908,

woodcut on handmade paper, 24 x 18”


Jon Lee
Japanese Woodblock Printing: Tools & Techniques

Mokuhanga—traditional Japanese woodblock printing—may seem like a daunting technique to master. The tools can be expensive and hard to find, and when they are found, it’s hard to know what to select. In this workshop, we'll make the basic tools and learn printing techniques. The workshop will be in two parts: Tool making—we will make the baren, inking brush, knife, and some miscellaneous tools and learn sharpening and other maintenance. Process—image transfer, carving, paper sizing, and printing. All levels. Code S01X

Associate professor at Trinity University (TX); master printer training at Tamarind Institute (NM); exhibitions: McNay Art Museum (TX), Haiharan Taidekeskus (Finland); representation: Hunter Gather Gallery (Houston).



Spring One-Week Session 2

April 10 - 16, 2016

Aimee Joyaux, Shop RVA, relief print on paper, 16 x 20”

Aimee Joyaux

This workshop will be a fun week of introductory printmaking using dozens of plates salvaged from a seed and feedbag company in Richmond, Virginia. We’ll mix and match chickens, pigs, cows, and horses to make unique posters and simple broadsides. We’ll review basic printmaking processes with an equal emphasis on fun and exploration. We’ll cover ink application, color mixing, and printing on paper and fabric (tea towels!). We’ll print with a press or by hand using oil-based inks. Students will leave with a shared portfolio of prints and will contribute to the collective work of Cornmeal Press. All levels. Code S02X

Studio artist; teaching: Visual Arts Center (VA), Ball State University (IN); exhibitions: Catherine Edelman Gallery (Chicago), National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC), Melanee Cooper Gallery (Chicago), Center for Book and Paper Arts (Chicago); representation: Quirk Gallery (VA), Walton Gallery (VA).



Summer 2016 Workshops


Complete listings for Summer 2016 workshops will be posted in late December. Registration for summer workshops is not open until the full workshop descriptions are available. Until then, browse the Summer 2016 preview for a glimpse of our upcoming classes.


Summer 2016 Workshop Preview