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 spring 2018 workshops is currently open.



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).