Special Workshops at Penland

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 3

JUNE 25 - July 7, 2017

IlaSahai Prouty, Paper Bag Test, screen-printed paper bags,

installation at 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, SC


IlaSahai Prouty
The Art of Experience: Facilitating Community-Based Art

Together we’ll explore how experience itself can be an art form. Using activity structures and concepts from experiential education and art as social practice—along with a range of material and processes, including screen-printing and clay—we’ll build art experiences for communities, groups, and individuals. We’ll discuss how to lead successful group art experiences and reflect on how facilitation itself is an art form. Take this workshop if you plan to work with art in community settings or you teach and want to deepen your practice. All levels. Code 03D

Associate professor at Appalachian State University (NC) teaching creativity and social practice; author/facilitator for Project Adventure, Inc.; exhibitions: Florence County Museum (SC), City College of San Francisco, Cape Ann Museum (MA); former Penland resident artist and core fellow.






SUMMER session 4

July 9 - 21, 2017

Matthew Shlian, When you are killing what you are meant to kill

there can be no remorse, Tyvek, 80 feet long


Matthew Shlian
Paper Sculpture

Students will explore the medium of paper as they create sculpture using paper engineering, kirigami, and paper craft as starting points. Using a combination of Tyvek and 100-lb text and 10-pt cover-weight stocks, students will learn the elements of paper mechanics and then apply them to books, collapsible structures, interactive kinetic design, and foldable sculpture. Techniques will include curve folding, pleating systems, and modular design. Students are encouraged to bring in their own imagery, photographs, technology, and other materials to work from. All levels. Code 04B


Studio artist, founder of Initiative Artist Studio (MI); teaching: University of Michigan, Arrowmont (TN), North Bennett Street School (Boston), Haystack (ME); clients: National Science Foundation, Ghostly International, Apple, Proctor and Gamble, Facebook, Levi’s, Sesame Street, the Queen of Jordan.







SUMMER session 5

July 23 - August 8, 2017

Vivian Beer, Dressed Up and Pinned, hydraulically-formed and

fabricated steel, automotive finish, 8 x 15-1/2 x 7 feet



Vivian Beer
Design & Fab-ulous

This workshop will focus on the relationship between digital design and physical making—specifically steel fabrication. We’ll cut digitally-designed parts with a computer-controlled (CNC) plasma cutter and assemble and further manipulate them through traditional metalworking. Topics include modeling in scale, digital scanning, basic computer-aided design (CAD) in Rhino, CNC plasma cutting, welding, jig making, using the hydraulic press, die building, sheet/plate/bar metal forming, and abrasives. Let’s see how the digital landscape can help us make our pieces fabulous in the physical world. Intermediate/advanced; basic metalworking skills required. Code 05I


Studio artist; teaching: Anderson Ranch (CO), Haystack (ME); Mineck Furniture Fellowship (Boston), Ellen Degeneres Design Challenge winner; collections: Smithsonian (DC), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Brooklyn Museum (NYC), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC).







SUMMER session 7

August 27 - September 2, 2017

Lisa Sorrell, Wild and Blue, kangaroo and alligator leather


Lisa Sorrell
Leather Inlay & Overlay

This is a workshop for learning to create art through inlay and overlay using fine leather, such as chrome-tanned kangaroo and calf. We’ll make several small leather projects and finish with an opportunity for each student to design and create a unique project of their own. All levels. Code 07TA

Bootmaker; teaching: Hiko Mizuno College (Tokyo), Penland; 2010, 2013, 2016 Gold Medal at the triennial International Shoemaker’s Days (Germany); work published in The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay (Schiffer).







Fall 8-Week Concentration

September 24 - November 17, 2017

Leigh Suggs, Rolling Triangles, handcut yupo, acrylic,

30 x 30 inches


Hillary Waters Fayle, Whole I, perforated leaf, 6 x 7 inches

Leigh Suggs & Hillary Waters Fayle
Think Make: Make Think

The ability to pinpoint genuine obsession is the foundation of a strong artistic practice. We’ll use repetitive techniques (cutting, punching, taping, etc.) and simple tools (needle and thread, x-acto knife, hole punch, ruler, etc.) to manipulate materials in unconventional ways. We’ll cover a spectrum of surface design techniques for paper and mixed media, including dyeing, cutting, off-loom weaving, sewing, transfers, embroidery, folding, and collage. Working in Penland’s flexible drawing and painting studio, students will produce samples and finished pieces while building a cohesive framework for a meaningful body of work. All levels. Studio fee: $80. Code F00D

Leigh: studio artist; teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University; exhibitions: Racine Art Museum (WI), LIGHT Art + Design (NC). Hillary: studio artist; teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University Florence Italy Studio Program; representation: Quirk Gallery (VA).



















Spring 8-Week Concentration

March 11 - May 4, 2018

Christina Shmigel, Foreigner’s Cabinet of Chinese Curiosities,

traditional Chinese medicine cabinet, mixed media,

82 x 54 x 22 inches


Mike Rossi, Mass Effect: Argosy, forged steel, maple, 6 x 12 feet


John Watson, Rift, wood, 60 x 60 x 60 inches

Christina Shmigel
Sculpture with Fierce Intention

Who am I as an artist? What distinguishes me as a maker? How do I work beyond what I know? Develop a serious body of work in sculpture/installation while digging deep into what gives you pleasure, purpose, and meaning. Through a guided series of riddles and playful explorations, you’ll investigate the why. Technical demonstrations (as needed) will assist you with the how. Guest instructors Mike Rossi (steel) and John Watson (wood/plaster) will each join us for a week of material improvisation. Students may work in any medium in object- or space-based sculpture. Penland’s iron studio will be transformed into a sculpture studio for this workshop. For artists with an ongoing studio practice in any material. Studio fee: $275. Code S00I

Christina: Studio artist; former Penland resident artist; teaching: Webster University (St. Louis), frequent Penland instructor; exhibitions: Ukranian Museum (NYC), Duolun Museum of Art (Shanghai), Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis), St. Louis Art Museum. Mike: principal of Rossi Metal Design (Philadelphia) making unique architectural works, furniture, and sculpture; teaching: Ox-Bow (MI), Haystack (ME), Bryn Athyn College (PA), Kalamazoo College (MI); Windgate Artist in Residence at State University of New York-Purchase. John: Studio artist: teaching: Webster University (St. Louis), Belmont University (TN); exhibitions: Vanderbilt University (TN), hemphill Fine Art (DC); co-author of Living the Dream…The Morning After Art School (Kendall Hunt Publishing).