Online Programming FAQs

Online Programming—FAQs


Why take an online program through Penland School of Craft?

Our online demonstrations and workshops offer access to the same expert instructors and technical skills as our on-campus programs. If you’ve been yearning for new techniques and ideas to put to the test in your studio, or you have been missing the interaction and creative camaraderie of in-person workshops, give our online options a try! They may not come with the same hot meals and mountain views as in-person workshops, but they have their own advantages, too—like being able to tune in from anywhere and repeatedly re-watch demos.


What different online programs are available?

We currently have three different online program options: demonstrations, interactive workshops, and individual workshops.

Demonstrations are an opportunity to watch up close as Penland instructors complete a more limited project. These videos are only an hour or two and are suitable for practicing artists looking to gain insight and new skills, as well as folks who just want to have a front row seat to watch as accomplished artists perform their craft. Demonstrations consist of pre-recorded video as well as a live Q+A session with the artist.

Interactive workshops are more immersive experiences for students who want to learn through doing. Each one takes place during a set period of 3-4 days and consists of pre-recorded videos, live class discussions, 1-on-1 sessions with the instructor, and opportunities to share and connect with other participants. Students will have extensive opportunity to interact with their instructor during these 3-4 days. While these sessions are suitable for beginners, they do require participants to have their own materials and work spaces.

Individual workshops are the same content as our interactive workshops—pre-recorded video demonstrations, materials lists, and handouts—but without the interactive support from the instructor and other students. Participants in this option will be able to progress through the workshop at their own pace over a period of sixty days. It’s suitable for students who can’t commit to the rigorous schedule of an interactive workshop or prefer to explore on their own.


What are the technical requirements for participating in online programs through Penland?

Students will need a computer or tablet and an internet connection. For live components, including the Q&A portion of demonstrations and interaction with instructors and classmates during interactive workshops, students will also need to have Zoom downloaded and installed on their computers.

Download Zoom for free here. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please visit this link for a short video tutorial and login instructions particular to your device.


Are scholarships available for online workshops and demos?

No, scholarships are not available for online programs at this time. However, we hope that the reduced price of these opportunities as compared to our in-person sessions will allow a broader swath of our community to access them.


What is the cancellation policy for online programs?

Because of the flexible nature of these programs, we do not accept cancellations for online demonstrations and workshops.


What time will my course take place?

All demonstrations and workshops are scheduled in Eastern Time (US). Demonstrations include one-time live Q&A sessions over Zoom, which take place at 1 PM ET on the scheduled day. Workshops include a live component from 10 AM-4 PM on the scheduled days. Please pay close attention in order not to miss anything.


What if I have to miss part or all of my online program?

Participants in online demonstrations will have access to the videos and handouts for thirty days and can engage with these materials on their own schedule. The live Q&A session will only be available at the specified date and time.

Participants in online workshops will have access to videos and other materials for sixty days. These workshops are designed so that students can revisit certain videos and re-watch relevant pieces. Please note, however, that much of the interactive workshops will take place in real time over Zoom. If you will have to miss a large portion of the scheduled class time during an interactive workshop, we recommend you elect the individual option for that workshop instead.


How long will I have access to the class materials?

One month for online demos, two months for interactive online workshops. For offerings with a live component, these periods begin on the final day of the live element. For example, registration opens on January 8 for all online programs, the videos for Cristina Córdova’s demo will be published January 16, and the live Q&A with Cristina takes place January 23. Participants in that demonstration will have until February 23 to watch and re-watch these materials.

For individual online workshops (no instructor interaction), students will be able to access materials for two months from the day they registered.


How will I interact with my instructor online?

For online demonstrations, students will have the opportunity to interact with the instructor during the scheduled live Q&A session. This interaction will take place via the chat feature in Zoom. Instructors will do their best to answer as many questions as time allows.

Interactive online workshops will also utilize Zoom’s live video and chat features to facilitate student/instructor interactions on a group and one-on-one basis. These conversations will be limited to the 3- or 4-day span of the workshop rather than the entire sixty days that videos will be available for viewing.


How do I know what materials and equipment I will need?

Instructors have prepared a materials list for each online offering. For demonstrations, these lists are purely optional—participants are welcome to simply watch and learn, but the lists will help those students who want to follow along in their own studios. Students in online workshops should pay close attention to the materials and equipment on each list, as these supplies will be necessary to fully engage with the course.

Materials lists can be found as part of each demo and workshop description on, as well as on Penland’s Teachable site once participants have registered.