Drawing & Painting

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.

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Fall Scholarship Information
Applications deadline is May 15.

NOTE: Participation in Penland workshops currently requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Please read our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines document.

September 25 – 30, 2022
(Four studio days)
Tremain Smith
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. 

tremainsmith.com | @tremainsmith

Tremain Smith, The World, oil and beeswax on panel, 32 x 24 inches
Tremain Smith, The World, oil and beeswax on panel, 32 x 24 inches
October 2 – November 11, 2022
Holly Roberts
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. 

hollyrobertsstudio.com | @hollyrobertsstudio

Holly Roberts, Horse Looking Back, mixed media, 30 x 47 inches
Holly Roberts, Horse Looking Back, mixed media, 30 x 47 inches
October 21 – 23, 2022
Alicia D. Keshishian
Color Confidence

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. 

adkcarpets.com | @aliciakeshishian

Alicia D. Keshishian/Carpets of Imagination, Instinct, hand-knotted Tibetan wool and silk, 14 x 8-1/2 feet
Alicia D. Keshishian/Carpets of Imagination, Instinct, hand-knotted Tibetan wool and silk, 14 x 8-1/2 feet
Drawing & Painting–Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)
Brooke Rothshank
Tiny Gratitudes

This workshop is designed to open our eyes to the details of life! We’ll create intricate, miniature paintings guided by the theme of gratitude. Students will learn how to make one-inch by one-inch designs using pencils and paper as well as basic Photoshop. We’ll experiment with watercolor and egg tempera paints. In the mornings students will have the option to paint imagery pre-drawn by Brooke; afternoons will be dedicated to original student work. We’ll have daily demonstrations, discussions about gratitude and creativity, time to journal, and room to experiment.  All levels. 

Painter/illustrator; teaching: International Guild of Miniature Artisans School (ME); International Guild of Miniature Artisans independent study grant, Indiana State Arts Council individual advancement grant; author of Tiny Gratitudes (Parallax Press); work featured in Miniature Collector and Dollhouse Miniatures magazines. 

rothshank.com | @blrothshank

painting by Brooke Rothshank
Brooke Rothshank, Greta, watercolor, 1-1/2 inches diameter