Photography Workshops at Penland


Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week workshops taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include traditional and digital photography, darkroom processes, portrait photography, documentary video, lighting composition, narrative photography, and 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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Photo Spring Concentration
March 8 – May 1, 2020
Mercedes Jelinek
Processing Process

This workshop will take students on a circular journey through photographic processes, from analog to digital and back again. We’ll cover large-format camera use, film developing, and traditional darkroom printing. Then we’ll explore the basics of digital photography and make archival inkjet prints from digital images and film scans. We’ll complete the loop by making digitally-printed negatives for use with historic, hand-coated printing processes. We’ll also cover still life, street photography, portraiture, landscape and architectural photography, composition, lighting, night photography, digital workflow, digital editing with Lightroom and/or Photoshop, archiving, and more. Guest instructor Dan Estabrook will join us for a week. All levels. Code S00P
This workshop has a studio fee of $500.

Fine art and commercial photographer; teaching: Appalachian State University (NC), East Carolina University Italy Intensives Program, Penland; former Penland resident artist; exhibitions: Ogden Museum (New Orleans), SoHo Photo (NYC), Page Bond Gallery (VA), Satellite Art Show at Art Basel Miami; author of These Americans and Lost: Spruce Pine (both Kris Graves Projects).

We regret that we had to cut this workshop short due to the current pandemic. Please see our COVID-19 Response page for more information. Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate this evolving situation.

Mercedes Jelinek, "Cloud Feather," archival pigment print, 30 x 30 inches
Photo Summer Session 1
May 24 – June 5, 2020
Pipo Nguyen-duy
Sites & Locations

This workshop will offer photographers a chance to engage with the environment. Whether your photography addresses the landscape, portraiture, or other subject matter, we’ll work to make images that highlight the geographic, cultural, historic, or personal significance of location. Exercises, assignments, and group and individual meetings will help you refine your sense of place. Students may work with existing images or create new ones. The workshop will accommodate any level of skill and almost any photo technology: digital, film, alternative process, etc. We’ll work together on both conceptual and technical concerns. All levels. Code 01P

Professor at Oberlin College (OH), fellowships and grants: Guggenheim (NYC), multiple Ohio Arts Council fellowships; residencies: Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation Artists at Giverny (France), Light Work (NY); solo exhibitions: ClampArt (NYC), Sam Lee Gallery (Los Angeles), Espace (Vietnam).

photograph of two children kneeling next to water with ducks
Pipo Nguyen-duy, "Duck Pond," inkjet print, 30 x 45 inches
Photo Summer Session 2
June 7-19, 2020
Jim Stone
View Camera Workshop

The view camera may seem daunting, but it is easily mastered. Its contemplative, methodical approach rewards users with photographs of the highest quality. We’ll learn to use the large-format camera, control focus and perspective, develop sheet film using a simplified zone system, make darkroom enlargements, and scan negatives for digital printing. This workshop is best for those comfortable with the rudiments of traditional black-and-white photography—exposure, film development, and printing—but it is open to all levels. Students may use a Penland camera or bring their own. Code 02P

Distinguished professor of photography at University of New Mexico; named Honored Educator by Society for Photographic Education; collections: Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Museum of Fine Arts Boston; six of his textbooks are in wide use.

photograph of a young man sitting on his bed next to shelves of toys
Jim Stone, "Jason, Who Wants a Career in Law Enforcement, and Some of His 1400 Transformers," Rio Rancho, New Mexico, archival pigment print, 20 x 24 inches
Photo Summer Session 3
June 21 – July 3, 2020
Richard Tuschman
The Poetic Photograph

As fine art photographers, how do we develop and strengthen our ability to craft personal, poetic photographs with compelling emotional resonance? This digital photography workshop will address that question as we explore the genres of still life, landscape, and figure/portrait photography. We’ll learn and practice the principles of composition, color, and both natural and studio lighting as we develop a “best practices” workflow from capture to print. Join us as we pursue our quest to become more effective emotional messengers through our photography. All levels. Code 03P

Studio artist; teaching: Ringling College of Art and Design (FL), Maine Media Workshops (ME), Los Angeles Center of Photography; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; exhibitions: Center for Photographic Art (CA), Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow (Poland); Photovisa (Russia); representation: Klompching Gallery (NYC), photo-eye Gallery (Santa Fe), Kopeikin Gallery (CA).

photograph of a woman in a red dress sitting on a bed with a man visible in the bathroom behind her
Richard Tuschman, "Pink Bedroom (Daydream)," archival pigment print, 21 x 31 inches
Photo Summer Session 4
July 5-17, 2020
Elizabeth Ellenwood
Cameraless Photography

Leave your cameras behind and create photographs using only objects and light. Students in this workshop will experiment with multiple wet-darkroom contact printing processes, scanner images, and digital printing. We’ll cover the foundations of the darkroom and digital workspaces plus print manipulation using collage and other drawing/painting media. We’ll have daily demonstrations along with presentations covering a range of historical and contemporary photography. This workshop will broaden the concept of what it means to “make” a photograph and give students plenty of time for experimentation. All levels. Code 04P

Studio artist; teaching: University of Connecticut; RFOTOFOLIO Denis Roussel Merit Award; exhibitions: Vermont Center for Photography, Panopticon Gallery (MA), Danforth Museum (MA); collections: Danforth Museum, Rochester Museum of Fine Art (NY), New Hampshire Institute of Art.

deep blue cyanotype of a ripped ziplock bag
Elizabeth Ellenwood, "Sandwich Bag, Collected on December 3, 2018," archival pigment print from cyanotype original, 40 x 30 inches
Photo Summer Session 5
July 19 – August 4, 2020
Jeff Goodman
Photography in the Fourth Dimension

From motion to memory, time has always been a central medium and subject of photography. This workshop will explore a wide range of photographic techniques that employ time directly: pinhole cameras, light painting, motion studies, flip books, cinemagraphs, stop-motion animation, and video. We’ll cover photo basics, including camera controls, photo and video software as needed, and darkroom chemistry for use with pinhole cameras. As we move through our time together, we’ll experiment with making both still and moving images that play with—and celebrate—the most mysterious of dimensions. All levels, beginners welcome. Code 05P

Award-winning instructor in the media studies program at Appalachian State University; extensive experience leading workshops in photography, documentary video, and the relationship between art, science, and the creative process.

swarm of gulls in motion
Jeff Goodman, "Gulls," digital image
Photo Summer Session 6
August 9-21, 2020
Susan Bryant
Hand Coloring Black & White Prints

This workshop will explore the visual, creative, and expressive possibilities of color applied by hand to traditional black and white photographs. Responding to light, space, and atmosphere, we’ll document our personal reactions to the local environment and landscape. Back in the studio, we’ll make prints in the darkroom and experiment with toners, photo oils, and colored pencils to add visual and emotional depth to prints. The workshop will include instruction in camera functions, exposure and development of negatives, and making gelatin silver prints using enlargers. All levels. Code 06P

Studio artist, professor emerita at Austin Peay State University (TN); exhibitions: SoHo Photo Gallery (NYC), Jeffrey Leder Gallery (NYC), San Diego Art Institute; collections: Knoxville Museum of Art (TN), The Photographic Archives (KY).

panoramic image of a tiled courtyard surrounded by arches
Susan Bryant, "Cloister #2, Merida," gelatin silver print with hand-applied oil paint, oil pastel, and colored pencils, 9-1/2 x 21 inches
Photo Summer Session 7
August 23-29, 2020
May Babcock & Lindsey Beal
Foraged Photographs: Cyanotypes & Handmade Paper

This workshop will integrate hand papermaking and cyanotype printing. We’ll make paper from sustainably harvested plants and traditional fibers and create sheets using deckle boxes and multiple pulps. Using cyanotype and anthotype, we’ll create photograms from foraged plants and photographs from digital negatives. Cyanotype creates blue images that can be toned to other colors. Anthotypes are made with photosensitive plant emulsions. Working in both studios, students will build a supply of handmade papers, print unique images, and learn to create environmentally conscious artwork at home. All levels. Code 07P

May: studio artist; teaching: Rhode Island School of Design, Women’s Studio Workshop (NY). Lindsey: studio artist; teaching: Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  |  @maybabcock

four abstract compositions of blue and white on gray paper
May Babcock and Lindsey Beal, "Lamina: Eddy 1–4," artist-made pulp paintings on pigmented cotton, flax, and corn husk, cyanotype, gouache, 8-1/2 x 11 inches