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Penland Resident Artists

Community Education

Penland sponsors several programs that make the school's resources available to the local community.

Teaching Artist Initiative

The Teaching Artist Initiative provides art programs in the Mitchell County schools and helps artists develop their teaching skills.

Teaching Artist Initiative page

Subs with SuitCASES

Creative Approaches to Subsitute Education

Community Open House

Each year, Penland's community open house welcomes hundreds of visitors into the studios for demonstrations and hands-on activities. The 2015 community open house will take place on Saturday, February 28, from 1-5 pm.

Kids Camp

Penland's summer art camps offer creative and engaging one-week workshops for children ages 3 to 18, taught by local artists in the Ridgeway building across from the Penland Gallery. Half-day camps are $100 and full-day camps are $200 with scholarships available. Questions? Email

Community Collaborations

Penland staff members are involved in many community events each year, designing hands-on activities that are offered free to the public.


Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival

Saturday April 25th, 2013, 10am – 4pm

Locust Street, Downtown Spruce Pine, NC

Spruce Pine Main Street and Penland School of Crafts present the annual Fire On the Mountain festival, to celebrate blacksmithing's deep roots in Western North Carolina, and broaden awareness of quality contemporary iron work. Experience a day of forging techniques and ferrous materials!


Master Demonstration Blacksmithing Workshop with James Viste

Friday April 24th, 9:30am - 4pm

In the iron studio at Penland School of Crafts - $50 fee, reservations required

Click here to download the application form.