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
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
Melissa Zexter, Cardinal, gelatin silver print,
thread, 20 x 24”
The Altered Image: Mixed-Media with Photography
Photography can be much more than a window on the world. Photographs can also be conceived as constructed objects. In this workshop, students will make photographic constructions combining photography with embroidery, paint, collage, and hand-cut mosaics. We will work with both digital and analog photographs (including darkroom printing). We’ll also have critiques and presentations of work by historical and contemporary photographers who work with photography and mixed media. All levels. Code S03P
Studio artist; teaching: Dalton School (NYC), Alfred University (NY), Cooper Union (NYC); residencies: Millay Colony (NY), Byrdclyffe Colony (NY); exhibitions: Muriel Guepin Gallery (NYC), Creiger Dan Gallery (Boston), Bronx Museum of the Arts (NYC), Triennale Design Museum (Milan); publications: BUST, Village Voice, New Yorker, Juztapoz, AfterImage, Gargoyle.
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