Drawing & Painting

Drawing and Painting Workshops at Penland



We have eliminated the early-registration lottery. We will begin accepting registration for 2018 summer workshops at 9:00 AM EST on Monday, January 8. Registration for full-pay students will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will continue until workshops are filled. Spaces are reserved in each workshop for scholarship students. Scholarship applications are due by February 17.

Penland School of Crafts offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include oil painting, watercolor, encaustic, life drawing, charcoal and pencil drawing, color theory, composition, abstract art, and much more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Drawing & Painting Spring Concentration
March 11-May 4
Holly Roberts
The Perfect Union: Paint, Collage & Transfers

Students will begin the process of combining media by experimenting with different ways of applying paint. Painted surfaces will serve as the core of the images to follow and will guide students in forming these images. Students will experiment with transfer processes, gluing and adhesive techniques, and using their own source material to build images onto their painted surfaces. The workshop will stress investigation, exploration, and risk in an attempt to marry disparate media such as print, text, photographs, and any other material students want to use. All levels. Studio fee: $170. Code S00D

Studio artist; teaches nationally and internationally; two NEA fellowships; monographs of her work published by Nazraeli Press and Friends of Photography; collections: Art Institute of Chicago, Center for Creative Photography (AZ), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.


There are still work-study scholarships available for this concentration. Please contact the Penland registrar with interest at 828-765-2359 or registrar@penland.org.

Holly Roberts, "Snake Handler," mixed media, 29 x 40 inches
Drawing & Painting Summer Session One
May 27–June 8
Judith Kruger
Nihonga: Then & Now

This is a workshop in basic Nihonga: traditional Japanese pigment painting. We’ll make pigment from organic and inorganic matter like cured shells, minerals, pine soot, and indigo. Students will incorporate time-honed processes employed on ancient Asian screens and scrolls as well as eco-friendly techniques developed by the instructor. We’ll also cover metallic leafing and oxidation. Our goal will be multilayered paintings that embody the power to nurture the spirit. Figurative and abstract painters welcome. All levels. Code 01D

Studio artist; teaching: Studios at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; solo exhibitions: Wofford College (SC), Mattatuck Museum (CT), Hammond Museum (NY); collections: Savannah College of Art and Design (GA, Hong Kong), Center for Sustainable Landscapes (Pittsburgh), Jefferson Hospital (Philadelphia).


Judith Kruger, "Getty Shadows," mineral pigments, indigo, shell white, oxidized pure silver, copper, linen, 42 x 58 inches
Judith Kruger, "Getty Shadows," mineral pigments, indigo, shell white, oxidized pure silver, copper, linen, 42 x 58 inches
Drawing & Painting Summer Session Two
June 10–22
Noah Saterstrom
Oil Portraits: Chance & Likeness

The impulse to make images of faces is ancient and timeless. The struggle to get it right is likely just as timeless. Even finely portrayed features can lack the fluidity and spontaneity we recognize in living faces. In this portraiture workshop, we’ll work with many approaches to oil painting: from traditional techniques to exercises with glaze, scraping, blurring, and palette constraints. We’ll experiment with ways to bring accident, improvisation, and materiality into the process of oil portraiture even as we keep likeness and observation as our primary goals. All levels. Code 02D

Studio artist and founder of online art journal Trickhouse.org; teaching: Belmont University (TN), University of Arizona Poetry Center (AZ), Warren Wilson College (NC); exhibitions: Mississippi Museum of Art, Blue Spiral 1 (NC), Fischer Galleries (MS), Muzeumm (Los Angeles), Artbank (Scotland).


Noah Saterstrom, "Walter Gropius," oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches
Noah Saterstrom, "Walter Gropius," oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches
Drawing & Painting Summer Session Three
June 24–July 6
Evie Woltil Richner
Experimental Drawing & Sketchbook Development

This workshop will focus on using a variety of sketchbook and experimental drawing exercises as a means for prompting idea development, visual curiosity, and creativity. Material explorations will include graphite, ink, watercolor, collage, and photography. We’ll do things like drawing blindfolded and making our own drawing tools while also engaging in more traditional methods. The unique setting and experience of Penland will be our starting point as we capture a sense of place through our drawings. Process, experimentation, and play will be the primary focus with a goal of revitalizing and energizing personal studio practice. All levels. Code 03D

Studio artist; teaching: University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Florida, Penland; exhibitions: Verum Ultimum Gallery (OR), University Gallery (FL), Valdosta State University (GA), First Street Gallery (NYC), Manifest Gallery (OH).


Evie Woltil Richner, "Burying My Mother" (detail), gouache on digital print
Evie Woltil Richner, "Burying My Mother" (detail), gouache on digital print
Drawing & Painting Summer Session Four
July 8–20
Pinkney Herbert
Freedom to Paint

With the idea that every painting is a self-portrait, this workshop will eliminate restraints by working intuitively, letting the spontaneity of paint enable students to explore and personify who they are as artists. Demonstrations covering many possibilities for applying acrylics and their glazes on a variety of surfaces will expand painting abilities. Experimentation and play coupled with new techniques will result in work filled with personal symbols, memories, and responses to the environment. All levels. Code 04D

Studio artist; teaching: Memphis College of Art, Arrowmont (TN), Telluride School of Painting (CO); NEA fellowship, Tennessee Arts Commission fellowship; collections: New Orleans Museum of Art, Arkansas Art Center, Memphis Brooks Museum, Ogden Museum (New Orleans), Tennessee State Museum, Texas State University.


Pinkney Herbert, "Slippery Slope," oil, digital print, wood, 48 x 36 inches
Pinkney Herbert, "Slippery Slope," oil, digital print, wood, 48 x 36 inches
Drawing & Painting Summer Session Five
July 22–August 7
Jill Eberle
Anatomy & Écorché

Launch into an in-depth study of the figure using 2d and 3d materials. Working from lectures, demonstrations, original handouts, and completed samples, each student will create a detailed model—an écorché—that is half skeleton, half muscles. We’ll also apply the knowledge we gain from this process by drawing from life. The goal is anatomical study rather than finished artwork. The workshop will be appropriate for artists working in any medium who are interested in improving their figurative skills. All levels; some figure drawing experience will be helpful. Code 05D

Studio artist; teaching: East Carolina University (NC), ECU Italy Intensives, Pocosin Arts (NC), Hollins University visiting artist (VA), Penland; exhibitions: Elder Gallery (NC), Gallery Hall (GA), GreenHill Center (NC), Greenville Museum (SC), Durham Art Guild (NC).


Jill Eberle, "Slinking Away," charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, aluminum, 28 x 22 inches
Jill Eberle, "Slinking Away," charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, aluminum, 28 x 22 inches
Drawing & Painting Summer Session Six
August 12–24
Brandon J. Donahue
Airbrushing for the Bold & Daring

This hands-on workshop will cover different types of airbrushes, air sources, safety, preparation, and airbrush media. Students will learn basics such as freehand airbrush control using a double action airbrush, stencils, color blending, shading and highlighting, rat-tail strokes, tips, drills, and other techniques. This will be excellent training for students who have never used an airbrush or for professionals wanting to fine-tune their skills. Airbrushing on different materials will be highly encouraged. All levels. Code 06D

Assistant professor at Tennessee State University; other teaching: Arrowmont (TN); residencies: East Nashville Hope Exchange (TN), Scarritt Bennett Center (TN); exhibitions: solo at Vanderbilt University (TN), McKenna Museum (New Orleans), Washington State University, Corvette Museum (KY), Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (GA).


Brandon J. Donahue, "Satchmo," acrylic on canvas, 48 x 24 inches
Brandon J. Donahue, "Satchmo," acrylic on canvas, 48 x 24 inches
Drawing & Painting Summer Session Seven
August 26–September 1
Graceann Warn
Encaustic Painting

This comprehensive workshop is designed to give students a solid working knowledge of painting with encaustic. After instruction on making paint and preparing substrates, we’ll dive into painting and proper technique for layering, fusing, and mark-making, as well as the creation and inclusion of imagery. Encaustic is a painting medium, so we’ll emphasize content, intent, and editing! The workshop will be divided between demonstrations and individual work time with as much one-on-one help as possible. All levels. Code 07D

Studio artist; teaching: University of Michigan, Haystack (ME), Toscana Americana (Greece, Italy); exhibitions: Smithsonian Craft Show (DC), SOFA Chicago, Modern Arts Midtown (NE); collections: Yale University (CT), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), US Embassy (Nairobi, Sarajevo), Pew Charitable Trust (Philadelphia).


Graceann Warn, "Invisible World" (detail), encaustic, paper, wood
Graceann Warn, "Invisible World" (detail), encaustic, paper, wood