Community Open House

Annual Community Open House

The Community Open House is an annual event that opens the doors to Penland’s studios to more than 500 adults and children from the surrounding area and beyond, engaging them in free, quality, hands-on studio experiences.


2022–Kind of Like 2021

We are sorry, but with the ongoing pandemic situation, we are not able to bring back the Community Open House again this year. We look forward to welcoming you all back to campus in March 2023. Meanwhile, check out these at-home art activities and have some fun making things!


Artists Rickie Barnett and Lynne Hobaica show us how to make papier mâché masks using cardboard, paper, flour, water, hot glue, and a few simple tools. The materials list is here.


Penland resident artist Ellie Richards shows us how to make a kite from plastic grocery bags, sticks, and string. Materials list and instructions are here.


Repeat-pattern stamp printing
with former textiles studio coordinator Sarita Westrup. Use craft foam, cardboard, and a stamp pad to make fun patterns on cloth or paper. Materials list is here.



Teaching artist Meg Peterson shows paste-paper painting, a method to make colorful paintings and durable, decorative papers. The materials list and paste recipe are here. 



And as a bonus, here are two videos featuring Penland’s former baker, Alena Applerose, showing how to make two Penland coffee house favorites: gingerade (a refreshing fruit and ginger drink), and peanut butter cookies (these are gluten free!). The recipes are here. So dive in and get your snacks ready before it’s craft time!