Teaching at Penland
Penland’s instructors include both studio artists and professional educators. We are looking for artists doing interesting work who are also excellent teachers with these qualities: a willingness to be generous with information, strong technical skills, good interpersonal skills, an ability to teach conceptual information. We encourage innovative classes, classes that advance contemporary expressions in various media as well as classes that incorporate or emphasize historic information and processes.
It’s helpful if instructors have some familiarity with the school. And please remember that most of our classes are open to students at all skill levels (including beginners) and we attract students of all ages, with a minimum age of 18. The spread of ages and skills is challenging but can make for exciting classes if the instructor is prepared to work with it.
Each year, about half of our instructors are people who have taught here before. The other half are selected from recommendations, applications, and direct solicitation on our part. If you apply, please understand that we get many applications each year.
Throughout the year we periodically review teaching applications for future programming. It can often take a number of years before there is a spot in our program for even the strongest proposal. Applications are kept on file for five years.
Once we receive your proposal, we will contact you if we need more information or have any questions. If a teaching slot that is a good match for you and your proposal becomes available, we will contact you. We schedule classes about a year and a half ahead of time. Please visit the workshops section of our website or look at several of our catalogs to get a sense of the range of workshops taught each year.
Thank you for your interest in teaching at Penland. We are always interested in learning about artists who can bring new perspectives to our programs.
Penland’s Educational Philosophy
Education at Penland is based on these ideas:
• Total immersion workshop education is a uniquely effective way of learning.
• Close interaction with others promotes the exchange of information and ideas between individuals and disciplines.
• Generosity enhances education – Penland encourages instructors, students, and staff to freely share their knowledge and experience.
• Craft is kept vital by constantly expanding its definition while preserving its traditions.
• Skills and ideas are equally important, and their exploration has value that carries into life beyond the studio.
We accept applications through SlideRoom. This platform is designed to help you easily manage your application materials, including images. It also makes it easy for us to access and review your application.
For application requirements and to apply online, click the following link:
You may direct questions to:
Betsy DeWitt, Programs Coordinator
Leslie Noell, Director of Programs