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.

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Spring scholarship deadline: December 3, 2021

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

Drawing and Painting – May Special Session
May 1-6, 2022
René Marquez
Mixed-Media Memories/Personal Narratives

This concept-based workshop will explore the use of mixed-media drawing and painting to tell personal stories and explore individual narratives. We’ll emphasize the development and exploration of personal lexicons. We’ll work with dry and wet drawing materials plus acrylic paint. Students can paint on canvas, create drawings on paper, or try other formats. Bring photographs and other source materials to work with; these will be the point of departure for our work. All levels.

Professor of art and design at University of Delaware; other teaching: Haverford College (PA), University of Pennsylvania; residencies: Banff Centre (Alberta), Des Moines Art Center (IA), Vermont Studio Center, Duntog Foundation (Philippines); exhibitions: Cultural Center of the Philippines, Bronx Museum of the Arts (NYC), International Center of Photography (NYC), Delaware Art Museum, West Gallery (Philippines).


René Marquez, Faerie Dogs, acrylic and oil on unstretched canvas, 72 x 96 inches
René Marquez, Faerie Dogs, acrylic and oil on unstretched canvas, 72 x 96 inches