Special Workshops at Penland

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



Spring Eight-Week Concentrations

March 13 - May 6, 2016

Jeremy Bert and Jen Elek, Signal, chromed steel, blown glass,

enamel paint, incandescent lightbulbs, sockets, electric switch,

plug, each panel: 34-1/2 x 18-1/2 x 2-1/2"

Jeremy Bert & Jen Elek
Hot Glass & Electric Light

Most of us live within the glow of electric light—often protected or filtered by glass. This class will empower the nontechnically inclined artist to harness these omnipresent media by exploring the mechanics of glass and light while considering the potential for electric light in sculpture. Jen will teach the fundamentals of glass furnace work for the full eight weeks. Jeremy will join us for four weeks to cover the basic principles, vocabulary, and techniques of neon and other forms of electric light, including LED and incandescent. Artists ready to explore the combination of glass forming and electric light will find this workshop a great fit. All levels. Code S00GA


Collaborating artists; Jen has been a member of Lino Tagliapietra’s team since 2002; Jeremy is a certified welder, crane operator, and sign electrician; teaching: Pilchuck (WA); recent collaborative exhibitions: Museum of Glass (WA), Pittsburgh Glass Center.






Raivo Vihman, Barn Frame with Crooked Ash Struts,

white pine, ash, salvaged structural bolts, cast washers


Raivo Vihman

In this workshop we’ll delve into traditional carpentry as we cut, join, and raise a timber-framed structure that will become a permanent part of the Penland campus. We’ll explore various approaches to timber preparation, layout, joinery design and execution, and compound-angle joinery. We’ll also cover scribing techniques as we incorporate round logs into the structure of the frame. Students will begin by designing and building their own timber sawhorses and will leave the class with the skills needed to design and build their own timber frames. All levels. Code S00W

Carpenter, founder and proprietor of Haystack Joinery (ME); teaching: Waterfall Arts (ME), Miljandi Cultural Academy (Estonia).





Spring One-Week Session 2

April 10 - 16, 2016

Alicia D. Keshishian, Penlandia,

Tibetan-style hand-knotted carpet,

Tibetan wool, silk, 84 x 60”


Alicia D. Keshishian
CHROMA-LICIOUS: Color Revelations

What is color? How does color function? We’ll review basic color theory and learn how to integrate that information into your work, whether it is ceramics, textiles, printmaking, painting, etc. Color elicits a visceral reaction, and most people respond to color before anything else—unable to navigate pattern or style if the colors don’t resonate for them. Color is personal, and while it transcends fashion trends and peer pressure, understanding all aspects of color will further all aspects of your work. All levels. Code S02D

Art director and designer with 30 years of textile, print, and illustration experience; studied with Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Institute; awards from The Society of Publication Designers, Art Director’s Club, Communication Arts; member of Color Marketing Group.








Spring One-Week Session 3

April 24 - 30, 2016

Nick DeFord, Psychological Geology (Underneath It All),

hand-embroidery on photograph, 7.5 x 7.5"


Nick DeFord
The Altered Image: Mixed-Media with Photography

Photographs are perceived to be artifacts of truth – but truth can easily be distorted, embellished, and exaggerated. This class will use embroidery, collage, and drawing/painting techniques to physically manipulate photographs as a metaphor for the psychological dissection of truth, memory, and time. We will work on photos brought from home and found photos (both from the physical world, but also the cyber world). While students are welcome to shoot and print digital photos during the workshop, we will not be using the darkroom, and the emphasis of the class will be on manipulation and embellishment after the photo has been printed. All levels. Code S03P

Studio artist and Program Director at Arrowmont (TN); teaching: University of Tennessee, Arizona State University; exhibitions: William King Museum (VA), Vanderbilt University (TN), University of Mississippi, Coastal Carolina University; collections; City of Phoenix (AZ).