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 summer and fall 2017 and spring 2018 workshops is currently open.




SUMMER session 5

july 23 - August 8, 2017

Clay Harmon, Conversation, polymer photogravure printed with

oil-based ink, 13 x 16 inches

Clay Harmon
Polymer Photogravure

Photopolymer plates are a nontoxic, water-etched alternative to traditional acid-etched copper plates for printmaking. In this workshop, we’ll use them to make photographic-quality, continuous-tone photogravure plates for intaglio printing on etching presses. While this will be of special interest to photographers, the same techniques can be used to create intaglio plates from hand-drawn sketches and other artwork. We’ll have abundant time to create a portfolio of around a dozen images and experiment with techniques that stretch the boundaries of traditional photographic printing. All levels. Code 05X


Studio artist; teaching: Glassell School of Art (Houston), Houston Center for Photography, Asheville Bookworks (NC), Project Basho (Philadelphia); collections: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, private collections in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.





Sarah Bryant, Fond, letterpress-printed book in enclosure with a

suite of prints and an object, 7-1/4 x 4-1/8 x 5/8 inches



Sarah Bryant
The Letterpress-Printed Artist’s Book

This letterpress-based workshop is devoted to books as an expressive form. We’ll begin by combining simple bookbinding techniques, writing exercises, and drawing assignments to create book sketches and drafts. We’ll waste no time moving our ideas to the press: setting type in metal, carving imagery from linoleum, and guiding our ideas into book form. By the end of the session, each participant will create an edition of an artist’s book. Topics will include basic press operation, hand-setting type, letterpress image-making, and basic bookbinding structures. All levels. Code 05L


Studio artist; teaching: University of Alabama, University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, London Centre for Book Arts; book arts fellowship at Wells College (NY); collections: Yale University (CT), New York Public Library, Library of Congress (DC), University of Chicago, Massachusetts College of Art.




SUMMER session 6

August 13 - 25, 2017

Amanda Lee, Safely, screen-print, dye, 7-1/2 x 17 feet


Amanda Lee
To Sober & Quiet the Mind

John Cage said that the purpose of art is “to sober and quiet the mind, so that it is in accord with what happens.” In this spirit we will approach the process of creating prints from etched copper plates. We’ll use etching for its rich mark- and image-making abilities, while looking for ways to incorporate meditative and chance actions into our process. Techniques will include, but not be limited to, soft ground, hard ground, aquatint, drypoint, and multi-plate printing. All levels. Code 06X


Studio artist; teaching: University of Arkansas, University of Iowa, University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program; residencies: McColl Center (NC), Scuola Internazionale di Grafica (Italy); exhibitions: SG Gallery (Italy), Southern Graphics Council (OR), Bellevue Art Museum (WA), University of North Carolina, Public Space 1 (IA).



Steve Miller, There Are Things Too Marvelous to Be Spoken Of,

bound letterpress-printed reduction linoleum cut, 2-1/4 x 3-1/8


Steve Miller
Just Imagine a Book

Everything comes together in the book. Let’s be struck by an idea, let’s attach words and images to that idea, let’s create a structure to support it. Then let’s set some type, create images, breathe in the mountain air, and put our shoulders to it to make a book. We’ll think about where words come from, how type is set, how images are created, how letterpress works, and how books come together. There is some magic involved. Open to motivated students of all levels. Code 06L


Professor at University of Alabama; College Book Art Association Distinguished Career Award; his Red Hydra Press work includes collaborations with Cuban artists and poets and has been widely exhibited and collected.






SUMMER session 7

August 27 - September 2, 2017

Tonja Torgerson, untitled (death & life), screen-print,

22 x 20 inches


Tonja Torgerson
Screen-Printing: Multi-Colored Multiples

This workshop will explore the fundamentals of screen-printing and the broad versatility of this process. We’ll use hand-drawn imagery to create colorful, multi-layer screen-prints. Students will tackle photo-emulsion, hand-drawn films, rubylith, editioning, color layering, registration, and more in this densely packed workshop. Perfect for people who love to draw! All levels. Code 07X


Studio artist; teaching: Lawrence Arts Center (KS), The Percolator (KS), West Virginia Wesleyan College; exhibitions: Arkansas Art Museum, Torpedo Factory Art Center (VA), Ulrich Museum of Art (KS), Texas Tech University School of Art, Gamut Gallery (Minneapolis), SGC International Conference (TN).








Leslie Smith, It Is Filled with Rain, letterpress print,

8-1/4 x 4 inches closed


Leslie Smith
Letterpress Fundamentals

This workshop will cover the fundamental skills of letterpress printing including typesetting and image-making. Students will hand-set type and explore the use of ornaments, pressure printing techniques, and pochoir. Beginners will learn all the basics and produce an engaging piece that pairs text and image, while more advanced students will plan more complex projects such as broadsides, French folds, or small chapbooks. All levels. Code 07L


Studio artist; works on drawings, prints, and books based on her interests in early modern natural philosophy, language, and translation.






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’s 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’ll 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’ll address common problems in hand composition as well as type that presents aesthetic challenges. We’ll 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.






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’ll 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’ll also work on layering transparent colors. At the same time, we’ll practice folded book forms and investigate sequence, movement, and the relationships between surfaces as we begin to integrate images into these structures. We’ll 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’s 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’ll 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’ll 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’ll 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 Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca (Mexico).