Special Workshops at Penland

Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Enrollment for fall 2017 and spring 2018 workshops is currently open.





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).