Fall Short Session

Fall Short Session:
September 25-30, 2022

Register for Workshops

Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Fall Scholarship Information
Applications deadline is May 15.

NOTE: Participation in fall workshops will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

CLAY SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
Andy Shaw
Plates: Designing A Matching Set of Four

This workshop will be a fast-paced exploration of plate design for a table setting of four. Using generative and iterative design methods, each day will highlight a specific technique for shaping plates and for finding a visual language. We’ll begin by asking the question, “What is required of design for objects to be called a set?” Daily technical demonstrations, slide talks, collective learning, and generative exercises such as drawing will help turn our studio into a hothouse of ideas. By week’s end, students will develop a toolbox of strategies for plate design. A range of clay bodies will be available; we’ll conclude with a bisque firing. All levels. Upper clay studio.

Associate professor at Louisiana State University; coordinator of the Mid-Atlantic Keramik Exchange (Iceland), co-director of the first Queeramics Symposium (LA); residencies: SÍM (Iceland), Íshús Hafnarfjarðar (Iceland), McKnight at Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis), Evelyn Shapiro Fellow at The Clay Studio (Philadelphia); collections: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute (China), Garth Clark and Mark Delvecchio Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. 

artaxis.org/artist/andy-shaw | @awaytowards

Andy Shaw, Dinner Tray, press-molded black stoneware, 1 x 12 x 11 inches
Andy Shaw, Dinner Tray, press-molded black stoneware, 1 x 12 x 11 inches
DRAWING AND PAINTING SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
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
GLASS SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
Jason Chakravarty
One and Done

This workshop is about making glass objects with single-use, hot blow molds, using a mold-making process similar to traditional lost-wax casting. We’ll create wax compositions by direct carving and/or pouring wax into molds. The waxes will be invested into traditional plaster/silica mix. The resulting molds will be steamed out and heated up. Then we’ll gather, color, and shape glass in the hot shop and blow it into the preheated molds. As compared to traditional kiln casting, this process requires less cooling time and offers more color options. The only requirement is a drive to explore, experiment, and expand; no glass experience needed. All levels. This workshop will use several parts of the glass studio. It is not a glassblowing workshop. 

Studio artist; teaching: Arizona State University, The Studio at Corning (NY), Arrowmont (TN), Bezalel Academy of Art (Israel), The Glass Furnace (Turkey), UrbanGlass (NYC), Pittsburgh Glass Center, Penland; work shown in more than 100 exhibitions including Museo Gallery (WA), SOFA Chicago, Tacoma Museum of Glass (WA); representation: Habatat Galleries (FL, MI), Kittrell-Riffkind Gallery (TX), Vetri Gallery (Seattle), Raven Gallery (CO). 

jasonchakravarty.com | @jcsquared.shop

Jason Chakravarty and Jennifer Caldwell, BeeCome Connected, mold-blown, flameworked, hot, and kiln-cast glass, 23 x 9 x 7 inches
Jason Chakravarty and Jennifer Caldwell, BeeCome Connected, mold-blown, flameworked, hot, and kiln-cast glass, 23 x 9 x 7 inches
IRON SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
Anna Koplik
Spoons, Spatulas, and More!

Learn how to make hand-forged spoons, spatulas, and other utensils. We’ll cover the basics of forging, forming, bending, and riveting steel and brass. Students will be encouraged to explore various decorative techniques and designs as they make their own unique and functional hand-forged objects. This beginning level workshop will be great for those new to blacksmithing or for people with some prior forging experience who want to build skills.

Artist fellow at Peters Valley (NJ); journeyman architectural blacksmith, tool and utensil maker; teaching: Touchstone (PA), Peters Valley (NJ), Haystack (ME), Center for Metal Arts (PA), Brookfield (CT), She-Weld (NY), Dragons Breath Forge (CT).

annarkoplik.com | @arkoplik 

Anna Koplik, BBQ Fork, steel, 15-1/2 x 2 inches
Anna Koplik, BBQ Fork, steel, 15-1/2 x 2 inches
METALS SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
Heather Nuber
Make it Yours: Unique Chain

Working with copper and silver, students will learn various chain-making methods and how to adapt them. By playing with what’s around us, exploring beyond the jump ring, and sharing discoveries, we’ll expand design possibilities and develop unique chain. Techniques covered will include basic chain-making, soldering, cold connections, and variations of wire, sheet, loop-in-loop, bar, forged, and dimensional chain. We’ll also explore clasps, alternative materials, and finishings. Design exercises will spur ideas and experimentation. Students will leave with a trove of new chain samples and some finished chain. All levels. Upper metals studio

Studio artist; teaching: Indianapolis Art Center (IN), Touchstone Center for Craft (PA), Indiana University (IN); residencies: Birdsell Project (IN), Peninsula School of Art (WI); representation: Gallery 360 (MN), Gallery K (IN); exhibitions: Adorn Axis (online), Indianapolis Art Center (IN), Queerly Collective (online), Galerie Marzee (NL).

heathersnuber.com | @heather.s.nuber

Heather Nuber, i'm doing okay, steel, cotton cording, pieces of my father's hospital gowns, 10 x 26 x 1-1/2 inches
Heather Nuber, i'm doing okay, steel, cotton cording, pieces of my father's hospital gowns, 10 x 26 x 1-1/2 inches
PHOTO SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
Benjamin Dimmitt
Landscape Photography

Through shooting in the field, experimentation, and critique, students in this workshop will explore what makes a photograph of a place compelling and how to bring a landscape to life. We’ll emphasize creating a personal vision and exploring new vocabularies. We’ll photograph in the beautiful forests and mountains surrounding Penland, refine our images using Lightroom/Photoshop or the black-and-white darkroom, and make prints with the goal of producing a coherent and engaging body of work. Technical information will include camera functions, manual exposure, color balance, digital editing, film processing and scanning, and digital and darkroom printing. Students are welcome to work with digital or analog methods. All levels. 

Studio artist; teaching: International Center of Photography (NYC), Warren Wilson College (NC), The Bascom (NC); exhibitions: Southeast Museum of Photography (FL), Ogden Museum (LA), Soho Photo Gallery (NY); collections: Museum of Fine Arts Houston, American Academy of Arts & Letters (NYC), Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FL), Asheville Art Museum (NC).

benjamindimmitt.com | @benjamin_dimmitt_photography

Benjamin Dimmitt, Blue Valley, selenium-toned gelatin silver print
Benjamin Dimmitt, Blue Valley, selenium-toned gelatin silver print
Benjamin Dimmitt, Black Mountain Autumn, archival pigment print, 12 x 18 inches
Benjamin Dimmitt, Black Mountain Autumn, archival pigment print, 12 x 18 inches
LETTERPRESS SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
Michelle Dreher
Colorful Layers and Letterpress

The practice of block printing began over 2000 years ago with techniques that have evolved over time. This workshop will focus on creating hand-carved linocut blocks and printing with the precision of letterpress equipment. Explore reductive processes and multi-block experimentations and see your images come to life. We’ll cover the basics of letterpress printing on a Vandercook, and as we progress there will be opportunities to learn and incorporate typesetting, photopolymer plates, and laser engraving to expand beyond traditional carved relief prints. All levels. Letterpress studio.

Studio artist, studio arts instructor at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (MO), adjunct professor at Kansas City Art Institute (MO); workshop teaching: Missouri Western State University, Central Print of St. Louis, Print League Kansas City (MO); publications: Ladies of Letterpress; Adventures in Letterpress Printing; Vandercook 100: Celebrating 100 Artisans and 100 Years of Letterpress Printing on the Vandercook Proof Press. 

twotonepress.com | @twotonepress

Michelle Dreher (Twotone Press), Show Me State, reductive and multiblock linocut, 14 x 11 inches
Michelle Dreher (Twotone Press), Show Me State, reductive and multiblock linocut, 14 x 11 inches
TEXTILES SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
Topaz M. Terry
Sewing with Bicycle Inner Tubes

Used bicycle inner tubes are an often overlooked material that can be sewn into durable, water-repellent, mold-resistant, and easy-to-clean items. It does not behave exactly like fabric or leather, but it can be worked using techniques from both of these craft traditions. We’ll process and machine-sew inner tubes into a strong “fabric” and then explore techniques for constructing leather-like bags and accessories with that material. Students will leave with a universal-fit belt and a bag made from a selected pattern. Experience using a sewing machine and/or working with leather will be a plus, but this workshop is open to all levels. Flex studio. 

Studio artist, owner of BicycleTrash (DC); member of the collaboratively-run Brookland Arts Walk (DC); memberships: Made in DC, DC Department of Small and Local Business, Craft Industry Alliance; Penland Winter Residency; work shown nationally including Smithsonian’s Craft Optimism (online). 

bicycletrash.com | @bicycletrashdc

Topaz M. Terry, BicycleTrash Dopp Kit, stitched bicycle inner tube, billboard vinyl, molded plastic zipper, 7-1/2 x 4 x 3-1/2 inches
Topaz M. Terry, BicycleTrash Dopp Kit, stitched bicycle inner tube, billboard vinyl, molded plastic zipper, 7-1/2 x 4 x 3-1/2 inches
WOOD SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
Sarah Marriage
Tambour Time

In this workshop we’ll explore the basic principles at play behind one of woodworking’s most magical techniques: the tambour door. We’ll begin with a discussion of the history of tambours and a variety of techniques for creating them. Students will use a classic, canvas-backing technique to create their own tambour panel. We’ll also build small, simple cabinets with all the necessary tracks, escape routes, and other details to bring our tambours to life. All levels. 

Studio artist,, educator, associate editor at Woodcraft Magazine, founder and president of A Workshop of Our Own (Baltimore); teaching: A Workshop of Our Own, The Krenov School (CA), Haystack (ME), Anderson Ranch (CO); exhibitions: Center for Art in Wood (PA), Area 405 (MD), Milford Arts Council (CT), Pritam & Eames (NY). 

sarahmarriage.com | aworkshopofourown.com

Sarah Marriage, Leviathan Rolltop Desk, English sycamore, Port Orford cedar, leather, 22 x 38 x 39 inches
Sarah Marriage, Leviathan Rolltop Desk, English sycamore, Port Orford cedar, leather, 22 x 38 x 39 inches