Photography Workshops at Penland


Penland offers 1 to 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.

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Fall Scholarship Information
Applications deadline is May 15.

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

Photography – Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)
Richard Tuschman
The Poetic Portrait

Selfies, profile pics, and headshots are ubiquitous in contemporary pictorial culture, but how can we create portraits that transcend the ordinary? How do we photograph faces and figures to suggest deeper psychological truths, both particular to the subject and universal to our shared humanity? Using the examples of past masters, as well as Richard’s own work, we’ll start at the beginning, exploring the expressive elements of composition, color, gesture, environment, and both studio and natural lighting. Together we’ll pursue a quest to become emotional messengers through the medium of portrait photography. Students will need to bring a digital camera with manual controls. All levels.

Fine art photographer; teaching: Ringling College (FL), University of Akron (OH), Maine Media Workshops, Los Angeles Center of Photography; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Photolucida Critical Mass Top Fifty (2014, 2016, 2021); exhibitions: Center for Photographic Art (CA), Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow (Poland), Photovisa Festival (Russia); representation: Klompching Gallery (NYC), photo-eye Gallery (NM). | @richardtuschman

photograph by Richard Tuschman
Richard Tuschman, Portrait of Mike, archival inkjet print, 21-1/2 x 14-1/2 inches