Special Workshops at Penland

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

Enrollment for spring 2017 workshops is currently open. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and enrollment remains open until all class spaces are full or the workshop begins.




Spring One-Week Session 1
March 26 - April 1, 2017

Joe Dinwiddie, Sandstone Retaining Wall, sandstone,

4 x 95 x 2 feet

Joe Dinwiddie
Drystone Masonry

This workshop will explore drystone masonry: design, tools, safety, and application. Students will develop a global perspective on the craft through multimedia classroom meetings, and we値l wrestle large rocks in the mud. Together we値l repair existing stonework on the Penland campus as a way to creatively apply the stonemasonry wisdom of those who have come before us. Most of our work will remain on campus, but we値l also explore the possibilities of carving rock for those interested in taking something with them. All levels. Code S01CB

Stone mason; teaching: Touchstone (PA), Campbell Folk School (NC), Warren Wilson College (NC), Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Black Mountain Center for the Arts (NC), Olmsted Parks Conservancy (KY), Asheville City Schools (NC), Pine Mountain Settlement School (KY); commissions across the U.S and in Scotland.








Spring One-Week Session 2
April 9 - 15, 2017

Erin Keane, Vignettes, journals with encaustic covers,

3-1/2 x 2-1/2 x 3/4 inches

Erin Keane
Encaustic Books: Wax, Paper, Thread

Wax nostalgic, wax poetic, wax philosophical, and wax creative. We値l explore the use of encaustic painting in the creation of books and journals. Thin wood panels will be transformed into richly-layered and textured book covers. Papers infused with beeswax, imagery, and words will become journal pages, and these pages will be bound into tactile, tantalizing books. Daily demonstrations in encaustic, journaling, and bookbinding (Coptic/longstitch) will guide experimentation. Your books can be thematic, conceptual, or simply full of creative meanderings. All levels. Code S02D

Studio artist; teaching: EncaustiCamp/OPENstudio (WA/KY), Campbell Folk School (NC), River痴 Edge Studio (NC); published in Encaustic Arts; collections: Mission Health (NC); representation: Southern Highland Craft Guild (NC), 310 Art Gallery (NC).







Spring One-Week Session 3

April 23 - 29, 2017

Bhavna Mehta, Gush (detail), paper, 60 x 48 inches


Bhavna Mehta
Cut, Fold, Sculpt

The flatness of paper will serve as an inviting platform for the transformation of ideas. Students will explore cutting, folding, sewing, and manipulating paper. We will begin with simple exercises that will start to expand the medium of paper into objects and stories. Paying attention to color, shape, pattern, and texture, students will learn to take an idea, drawing, or story and translate it into paper using various cutting techniques, with an emphasis on the personal and the collaborative. We値l discuss contemporary works and paper as a hot design medium. All levels. Code S03B


Studio artist; teaching: University of California San Diego Extension, San Diego Book Arts (CA), Lux Art Institute (CA); Creative Catalyst Grant, San Diego Emerging Art Prize; recent exhibitions: Oceanside Museum of Art (CA); collections: Geisel Library Special Collections (CA), public art commissions: Long Beach Transit Mall (CA).