Overview of Penland Workshops

Penland Workshops Overview

Workshops are the core of Penland’s educational program.

Each summer, the school offers about 100 one- and two-week workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, wood, and other media.


In the spring and fall, Penland has seven workshops that run for six to eight weeks. These long sessions, called Concentrations, are unlike anything else offered in craft: almost as long as a college semester with the focused intensity of the single-subject workshop. We also offer a few one-week workshops in the spring and fall.


Penland also offers special sessions of varying lengths throughout the year, including weekend workshops each fall.


Penland has no standing faculty–instructors and students come to the school for the duration of their session. Students at Penland take only one workshop at a time, making it possible to cover a tremendous amount of material and to form close relationships with other students in a few weeks.


The variety of workshops offered is one of Penland’s great strengths. In addition to the array of media, Penland’s workshops range from broad introductory workshops to those covering a single technique. There are offerings for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students, with the bulk of the workshops welcoming all three.


The minimum age for Penland workshops is 18.


Workshops Listed by Session
Workshops Listed by Studio

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