Drawing and Painting Workshops at Penland
Penland School of Craft offers 1 to 8-week workshops 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 Summer Session 1
May 29–June 3
Paper Collage and Color Forms
Students in this workshop will hone skills in color theory, painterly processes, and cut and paste collage. Working with collage materials and water-based media such as acrylic, gouache, watercolor, and adhesives, students will create a series of works using cut and paste methods on paper and other substrates. We’ll discuss form development, cutting shapes, abstraction, revision, and working in series. Materials will be provided, but students are also encouraged to bring their own collections of ephemera for collaging: magazines, photographs, stickers, wallpaper, wrapping paper, cardboard, fabric scraps, etc. All levels.
Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Guggenheim Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, MacDowell Colony Fellowship; exhibitions: Kohler Art Museum (WI), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Art Pace San Antonio (TX), Elmhurst Art Museum (IL), Crocker Museum of Art (CA); representation: Traywick Contemporary (CA), Carrie Secrist Gallery (IL).
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 2
June 5–June 17
Susan Goethel Campbell
Drawing as Process: Investigation through Materials
This workshop will explore drawing as a visual and material language. We’ll start by reviewing a range of basic drawing techniques and concepts such as line, tone, space, and density using a variety of tools and surfaces: we might create lines by punching holes in a sheet of paper or casting shadows of bent wire onto a wall. The unique qualities of specific materials can become a muse and give you the freedom to appreciate drawing as process and an end in and of itself. Come open up your creative practice! All levels.
Studio artist; teaching: Cranbrook (MI), College for Creative Studies (Detroit), Penland; exhibitions: Crystal Bridges Museum (AR), National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC), Detroit Institute of Arts, Drawing Center (NYC), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Grand Rapids Art Museum, New York Public Library; representation: David Klein Gallery (Detroit), Aspinwall Editions (New York City), Galerie Tom Blaess (Switzerland).
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 3
June 19–July 1
Cultivating Aesthetic Instincts: Process, Systems, and New Forms
This workshop will explore a combination of approaches to drawing and painting with a focus on material processes and the development of ideas. The objective is to produce works inspired by independent thinking, aesthetic resourcefulness, and innate curiosity. We’ll approach our work with an open mind regarding materials, content, and methods as we explore unfamiliar terrain that will challenge conventional notions of drawing. We’ll have individual guidance, group discussions, and readings pertaining to the why and how of drawing as an essential artistic practice in the twenty-first century. Intermediate level: students should be conversant with the fundamentals of art and have some experience with a studio practice.
Professor of art at University of Minnesota; other teaching: East Carolina University (NC), Minneapolis College of Art & Design; collections: Weisman Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Des Moines Art Center (IA), Minneapolis Institute of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts; representation: Tory Folliard Gallery (Milwaukee), Burnet Fine Art & Advisory (MN).
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 4
This workshop will begin by introducing students to the basics of drawing and the properties of traditional drawing media: graphite, silverpoint, charcoal, conté, ink line, ink washes, colored pencils, and pastels. We’ll discuss various papers and their properties as each technique is introduced. This foundation will serve as a springboard for experimentation and personal expression as students are encouraged to move beyond drawing as simply a means to an end. All levels.
Studio artist, teacher at Savannah College of Art and Design (SC); grants: Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation (CA), Illinois Arts Council; residencies: Koli (Finland), Playa (OR), Emmanuel College (MA); solo exhibitions: Telfair Museum (GA), Alberta Printmakers (Canada), Morris Graves Museum of Art (CA); collections: Telfair Museum (SC), Block Museum at Grinnell College (IA).
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 5
Sketchbook: Your Creative Playground
This workshop will explore the possibilities of the sketchbook. We’ll practice and experiment while taking advantage of the freedom of play the pages provide. We’ll cover some basic drawing concepts and a variety of tools and media—both wet and dry. Our goal will be to dig into your creativity and break out of your comfort zone. The sketchbook is the ideal playground for letting go, unlocking your potential, and developing your individual point of view. Students of all disciplines and all levels welcome.
Senior designer at CNN Digital; exhibitions: Matre Gallery (Atlanta), Krause Gallery (Atlanta), Institute of Contemporary Arts Fair (NYC), Galería Yemayá (PR); publications: Atlanta Journal Constitution, Mundo Hispanico (Atlanta), Creative Loafing (Atlanta), Studio Visit Magazine, Modern Ink (online); representation: dk Gallery (GA).
Photo Summer Session 5
The Animated Drawing
In this workshop, students will develop drawing fundamentals and enliven their renderings by making them move! Instead of conventional motion tools like transparent cels and digital tablets, we’ll experiment with less controllable media–from charcoal to watercolor–while seeking to retain elements of texture, gesture, and observation. Students will focus on two animation techniques: one involves drawing frame by frame, and the other will shift lines on one sheet of paper using a “stop-motion” drawing process. In addition to drawing materials, we’ll work with scanners, digital cameras, and video software. Students will leave with their own moving imagery and the ability to create animations at home. No experience with animation or drawing required. All levels. This workshop will take place in the photography studio.
Studio artist, educator; Nancy Harrigan Prize from Baker Artist Fund, Kenan Fellowship, Sherman Fairchild Fellowship; residencies: Can Serrat (Barcelona), Grin City Collective (IA); screenings: Slam Dance (UT), Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI), San Francisco Independent Film Festival, Cutout Film Festival (Mexico City); exhibitions: Commune1 (South Africa), Vox Populi (Philadelphia).
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 6
July 31–August 12
Painting What You See
This oil painting workshop will be a journey into the unknown waters of our visual perception. We’ll work with models and still lifes with the intent of seeing the world as interlocking planes of light, color, line, and shadow rather than separate and nameable subjects. In the first half of the workshop, we’ll mix a limited palette and explore multiple approaches to starting a painting. In the second half, we’ll spend longer sessions working from one point of view. We’ll allow our work to evolve freely without fear of repainting or starting over. Come ready to paint, play, and exchange impressions of what we see together. All levels.
Studio artist; Prix de portrait Paul-Louis Weiller 2004, Publishers Weekly Flying Starts selection; Cite internationale des arts residency (Paris); exhibited in 2010 BP Portrait Award Exhibition at National Portrait Gallery (London); multiple solo exhibitions at Gallerie Guido Romero Pierini (Paris); author of the children’s book Paul Meets Bernadette (Candlewick Press).
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 7
Sense of Place: Exploring the Landscape through Abstraction
This workshop will emphasize intimate encounters with the landscape, cultivating awareness and presence, and learning to translate what we see into a sensory experience that can be transferred to a two-dimensional composition in paint. We’ll begin to develop an abstract visual language in various ways, from working in the landscape and in the studio to playing with materials other than paint, including colored pencils, paper collage, and found object assemblage. The goal is to understand something beyond the physical elements of the landscape, using nature as a way to express something internal, creating a poetic response. All levels.
Studio artist; 2018 visiting artist at American Academy in Rome; Fulbright scholarship; teaching: Florida International University, Yale University (CT), University of Miami; exhibits nationally and internationally; representation: Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (NYC) and Kenise Barnes Fine Arts (NYC).
DRAWING AND PAINTING SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
Encaustic Painting: Layers of Meaning
This workshop will cover the foundational practices of encaustic painting along with exploratory techniques in a hands-on process of discovery and experimentation. We’ll start with the basics: making encaustic medium and encaustic paint, fusing, substrates, materials, equipment, and safety. Then we’ll incorporate techniques of transparency and opacity, surface manipulation/texture, building and removing layers, collage, branding, incising, glazing, and dry brushing. I will demonstrate my particular techniques of working with a template as a reference point for drawing, layering with transparent wax, and adding color with oil glaze and collage. Students will experiment toward their own creative ends. All levels.
Studio artist; teaching: University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Truro Center for the Arts (MA), R&F Paints (NY), Penland; collections: Metropolitan Museum (NYC), Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster Museum of Art (PA); publications: Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century (Schiffer Publishing), The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax by Joanna Mattera, Authentic Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic by Catherine Nash.
PAINTING FALL CONCENTRATION
October 2 – November 11, 2022
The Perfect Marriage: Paint and Collage
You are invited to engage in exploration, investigation, and risk-taking as you combine and recombine disparate media: paint, photographs, text, printed matter, and other materials. We’ll begin by experimenting with different ways of applying paint and then build images through a variety of methods, including transfers and direct adhesion. Students will be asked to contribute ideas and to share techniques while experimenting and exploring different ways of painting and using collaged materials in the world of mixed-media. Our study will be enriched by virtual presentations from several contemporary artists. All levels.
Studio artist; teaching: Anderson Ranch (CO), Pacific Northwest Art School (WA), Santa Fe Workshops (NM), Penland; two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships; 2008 artist in residence at Hollins University (VA); exhibitions: Candela Gallery (VA), Craig Krull Gallery (CA), Morpeth Contemporary (NJ); 2018 career retrospective at Griffin Museum of Photography (MA), “Fresh 2021” solo exhibition at Klompching Gallery (NYC); work published in monographs by Friends of Photography, Griffin Museum of Photography, and Nazraeli Press.
SPECIALS WEEKEND SESSION
October 21 – 23, 2022
Alicia D. Keshishian
Color is a powerful tool. In this intensive workshop we’ll explore color through a series of hands-on exercises to reveal not only the basics of color theory but also how to integrate color into your chosen medium. And while color theory is important, it only begins the conversation, because how you apply color is what’s critical to successful work. You will leave the workshop with greater confidence navigating the language and use of color which, in turn, will expand your artistic voice. All levels. Printmaking studio.
Designer with more than 40 years of experience as an art director, graphic designer, surface designer, illustrator, color consultant, and teacher of color workshops; owner of Carpets of Imagination; executive board member for the Color Marketing Group; has studied and taught with Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute; residencies: Penland Resident Artist Program; former Penland graphic designer.