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 1
May 28 - JUNE 9, 2017
Kaitlyn Becker, Soft Robotic Fingers for Gentle Grasping in Deep
Sea, silicone rubber, polyurethane foam, nylon fabric, 3d printed
plastic, Kevlar thread, each finger: 5 inches long
Daniel Clayman, North 41.47º West 71.70º Gold, glass, copper
leaf, 34 x 32 x 32 inches
Kaitlyn Becker & Daniel Clayman
Mold Making for Art & Science
Daniel’s studio practice includes more than thirty years of mold making. Kaitlyn is a mechanical engineer building soft robots using a plethora of molding materials and techniques. Daniel will teach a variety of “art” techniques, and Kaitlyn will teach ways to fabricate and animate objects using air bladders, tensioned cables, and simple hydraulics. We’ll use plaster, urethane and silicone rubber, plastics, etc. And we’ll cover a range of wax-working techniques suitable for many casting processes. The goal is for students to gain mold-making skills that will allow them to pursue three-dimensional projects on their own. For students of all levels who have a basic understanding of tools and materials. Code 01GB
Kaitlyn: mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University (MA) designing and building robots for deep sea exploration. Daniel: studio artist; teaching: Pilchuck (WA), The Studio at Corning (NY); visiting critic at Rhode Island School of Design.
SUMMER session 2
JUNE 11 - 23, 2017
Carmen Gambino, Cream Track Bike, double-butted chromoly
Bicycle Design & Frame Building
Learn the art of bicycle frame building from start to finish. In this structured workshop, students of all levels will gain insight into design, drafting, material selection, and construction techniques. We’ll dive into various methods and schools of thought for every process. Each participant will have the opportunity to construct a road frameset from steel tubing using a torch to create fillet-brazed and lugged joints. This class will focus on traditional custom-construction techniques, effectively enabling the builder to create a bicycle frame with minimal access to industrial tools. All levels. Code 02I
Custom bicycle frame builder and teacher of welding and brazing; learned frame building from Kochi Yamaguchi and Joe Bringheli.
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
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
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
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
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
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).
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