Special 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.

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

Iron/Specials Spring Concentration
March 11-May 4
Christina Shmigel
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).


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
Wood Summer Session Four
July 8-20
Christine Lee

This fast-paced workshop will expand idea generation and creative exploration by removing the barriers of myopic thinking and perfectionism paralysis. Students will work with various themes and methodologies while learning to capture their thought processes and transfer them into the making of objects. We’ll start with one-day projects using a variety of materials, simple cold connections, and basic casting methods to encourage working intuitively, responsively, and quickly during the design process. We’ll then apply these ideas to the construction of sculptural and/or functional prototypes. Technical demonstrations will be on an “as needed” basis. All levels; most relevant for students with an ongoing studio practice in any medium. Code 04W

Assistant professor at Arizona State University; residencies: Recology (San Francisco), Djerassi (CA), Anderson Ranch (CO); exhibitions: Museum of Craft and Design (San Francisco), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC).


Christine Lee, "Adaptive Stacking Order" (detail), wood, paint
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
Metals Summer Session Five
July 22–August 7
Elliot Clapp & Arthur Hash

Making Embedded Accessories Through Applying Networks, Diodes, Circuits, Hardware, Enclosures, Embedded Sensors, and Electricity. Students will create interactive wearable objects as they learn the basics of electronics, programmable microcontrollers, assembling circuits, and Computer Aided Design (CAD). We’ll build basic circuits, program sensors, and fabricate enclosures, making multiple pieces and leaving with a broad understanding of embedding electronics into wearable work. All levels; students should be comfortable using computers as an artmaking tool and have the patience needed to troubleshoot technology. Code 05MA

Elliot: digital education specialist at Rhode Island School of Design. Arthur: assistant professor at Rhode Island School of Design; two Virginia Museum of Fine Arts fellowships, American Craft Council Searchlight Artist.


Elliot Clapp, "Pure Data Input Prototype," Arduino microcontroller, breadboard, wires, switches, potentiometers, 5 x 5 inches
Arthur Hash, "Pad Bracelet," sterling silver, 6 x 6 x 1 inches
Textiles Summer Session Five
July 22-August 7
Kyoung Ae Cho
Mixed Media: Conversations with Nature

Paying close attention to marks that time has left behind in nature and the environment, this workshop will explore ideas while expanding visual and conceptual language. Students will be encouraged to use natural resources and found objects in creating outdoor installations as well as objects in the studio. This class is less of a how-to and more of an experience in discovery, questioning, and finding ongoing ways of working. All levels. Code 05TB

Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; other teaching: Kansas City Art Institute (MO); exhibitions: Lynden Sculpture Garden (WI), Muskegon Museum (MI), North Carolina Museum of Art, Gregg Museum (NC), Kohler Arts Center (WI), Kemper Museum (MO); Sheldon Museum (NE), Tweed Museum (Duluth).


Kyoung Ae Cho, "Excess-Reworked" (detail), crabapple, burn marks, thread, canvas
Wood Summer Session Five
July 22-August 7
Gerald Weckesser
Skin-on-Frame Canoe Building

Using basic woodworking techniques, each student will build their own one-person canoe. Borrowing from diverse watercraft traditions such as Aleut ikyak or baidarkas, Inuit qujaq, and British Isle coracles and currachs, this workshop will focus on the skin-on-frame methods of boat building. The class will use a mix of modern materials and age-old traditions to build beautiful, durable, and lightweight boats. Time permitting, we’ll also build double-bladed paddles and water-test our crafts. All levels. Code 05W (Note: this workshop will have a $500 materials fee.)

Studio artist, Honors Fellow and faculty at East Carolina University (NC); exhibitions: Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston); publications: San Diego Home and Garden, I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now (published by Boris Bally).


Gerald Weckesser, "Canoe," Atlantic white cedar, sapele, dacron, 30 inches x 12 feet
Clay Summer Session Seven
August 26–September 1
Troy Bungart
Brushmaking: From Tool to Treasure

In this mixed-media brushmaking workshop, we’ll explore the idea that a tool can be a piece of functional artwork. We’ll make a variety of brushes and learn how to harvest and source materials. We’ll create brush heads from hair, fur, and natural fiber. We’ll use bamboo, wood, and clay to make handles, ferrules, brush rests, and brush stands. We’ll have discussions, slide presentations, and potential collaborations. The brushes can be used in various media with the possibility of marks unique to each brush. All levels. Code 07CB

Studio artist; teaching: Lillstreet Art Center (Chicago), Rovin Ceramics (MI), Touchstone Center for Crafts (PA), Gaya Ceramic Art Center (Bali); exhibitions: Schaller Gallery (MI), Companion Gallery (TN), Pewabic Pottery (Detroit), Michiana Pottery Tour (IN), Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis).


Troy Bungart, "Compound Brush," bamboo, wood, goat hair, leather, 12 x 3 inches
Troy Bungart, "Compound Brush," bamboo, wood, goat hair, leather, 12 x 3 inches