Drawing & Painting

Drawing and Painting Workshops at Penland


Penland School of Craft offers 1-, 2-, and 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.

Registration is currently open for all Summer 2020 workshops. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships are available for all summer workshops; scholarship applications are due by February 17.

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Drawing & Painting Summer Session 1
May 24 – June 5, 2020
Susan Goethel Campbell
Investigations in Materiality

Is materiality always physical? This interdisciplinary workshop will investigate all aspects of materiality including sound and digital works. It is for artists, thinkers, and makers interested in deepening their creative practice through material investigation. We’ll research and discuss the lineage of specific materials and create sketches, assemblages, and models for future works. Daily exercises will focus on the physical properties of both natural and manufactured materials. Bring your favorite materials, an open mind, and a willingness to hone your curiosity. All levels. Code 01D

Studio artist; teaching: Cranbrook (MI), College for Creative Studies (MI); exhibitions: Crystal Bridges Museum (AR), National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC), Detroit Institute of the Arts, Drawing Center (NYC), New York Public Library; representation: David Klein Gallery (Detroit), Apinwall Editions (NYC), Galerie Tom Blaess (Switzerland).


raft-like sculpture with tufts of grass
Susan Goethel Campbell, "Flint Carpet," earth, roots, grass grown in plastic water bottles, 3-1/2 x 9 feet
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 2
June 7-19, 2020
Harriet Hoover
Stretch It, Flip It, Reverse It

This workshop will give artists from all disciplines an opportunity to bust open their studio practice while stretching the endpoints of drawing. With an emphasis on play, process, and experimentation, we’ll use chance-based prompts to forage pattern, discover spatial relationships, make marks, and create works that extend past the flat surface. We’ll work the spectrum of scale and materials, starting with mark making and moving from the studio into the environment. Expect to use your whole body to generate large works while also making pocket-sized drawings of your day. All levels. Code 02D

Studio artist, teacher at Wake Technical Community College (NC); North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship; exhibitions: Weatherspoon Art Museum (NC), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, LIGHT Art + Design (NC).


graphic composition of black and white stripes with pops of color
Harriet Hoover, "Check this Aura," gouache, ink, sewn paper on vinyl and paper, 
51 x 38 inches
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 3
June 21 – July 3, 2020
Rosy Lamb
Painting What You See

Painting from life requires a rigorous cultivation of a self-questioning, open mind. A true-to-life painting is an exercise in active not-knowing. In this workshop, we’ll work in oils from a combined subject matter of still life and life models. We’ll learn to look at the visual plane more truthfully, more simply, more wholly. In the first week of the workshop, we’ll cover pre-mixing colors and values on our palettes and multiple approaches to starting a painting. In the second week, we’ll work from one point of view, freely evolving, starting over, repainting our work. All levels. Code 03D

Studio artist; Prix de portrait Paul-Louis Weiller (France), J Henry Sheidt Memorial Travel Scholarship from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; exhibitions: BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (London), four solo shows at Galerie Guido Romero Pierni (Paris); author of the children’s book Paul Meets Bernadette.


painting of a female nude against a background of red
Rosy Lamb, "Red Willa," oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 4
July 5-17, 2020
Curtis Bartone
Beyond Tradition

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. Code 04D

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, Block Museum at Grinnell College (IA).


black and white image of a hen and rooster
Curtis Bartone, "Process," graphite on paper, 20 x 15 inches
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 5
July 19 – August 4, 2020
Alberto Mier
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. Code 05D

Senior designer at CNN Digital; exhibitions: Matre Gallery (Atlanta), Karuse Gallery (Atlanta), ICA 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).


brush painting of an owl
Alberto Mier, "Witness," sumi ink on paper, 15 x 11 inches
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 6
August 9-21, 2020
Yolanda Sánchez
Sense of Place

Having an intimate encounter with the landscape, cultivating awareness and presence, and translating what we see into a sensory experience that becomes a composition in paint-—these are the elements at the heart of this workshop. We’ll develop abstract visual language in various ways, from working in the landscape and the studio to playing with materials other than paint (colored pencils, paper collage, found object, assemblage, etc.). Our goals are to understand something beyond the physical elements of the landscape, to use nature as a way to express something internal, and to create a poetic response. All levels. Code 06D

Studio artist; teaching: Yale University (CT), University of Miami; Fulbright scholar, visiting artist at American Academy in Rome; exhibitions: Miami International Airport Galleries, J.Johnson Gallery (FL), Korea Bojaji Forum (Seoul); representation: Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Kenise Barnes Fine Art.


Abstract brushstroke composition in greens, coral, orange, and lavender
Yolanda Sánchez, "Joyous Rambling," oil on canvas, 52 x 42 inches
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 7
August 23-29, 2020
Leigh Suggs
Changing Perspective: Experimenting with Paper

This workshop is about changing your approach to paper. We’ll explore ways to transform paper—both technically and conceptually—into more than just a flat surface. Students will use simple tools to turn basic sheets into sculptural forms by cutting, folding, collaging, weaving, and using a variety of 3-d paper constructions. We’ll use natural and synthetic papers and create samples that will introduce you to the nuances of the material. There will be daily demonstrations, discussions of contemporary work, and time for experimentation. All levels. Code 07D

Studio artist; teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University, Arrowmont (TN), Penland; exhibitions: Penland Gallery, Racine Art Museum (WI), Weatherspoon Museum (NC), Taubman Museum (VA), collections: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Roanoke College (VA); representation: Reynolds Gallery (VA).


Intricately cut vanishing pattern on blue paper
Leigh Suggs, "On Our Way," handcut acrylic on Yupo, 36 x 36 inches