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.
Photo Spring Concentration
March 6 – April 29, 2022
This workshop will take students on a journey through analog, digital, and hybrid photographic processes. We’ll cover large-format camera use, film development, and traditional darkroom printing. We’ll also scan film, shoot digitally, and use these files to make archival inkjet prints. From there, we’ll learn to further manipulate our photographs through collage and alternative photographic processes. This workshop will also cover basic and advanced shooting techniques, composition, framing, digital workflow, archiving, digital editing (with Lightroom or Photoshop), and more. All levels.
Studio artist; teaching: East Carolina University Italy Intensives Program, Appalachian State University (NC), Penland; former Penland resident artist; exhibitions: Odgen Museum (New Orleans), SoHo Photo (NYC), Satellite Art Show at Art Basel Miami, Pingyao International Photo Festival (China); publications acquired by Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Guggenheim Museum (NYC), Metropolitan Museum (NYC), Whitney Museum (NYC), Library of Congress (DC), Aperture Foundation (NYC), Getty Institute (Los Angeles).
Photo Summer Session 2
June 5–June 17
This workshop will use Dutch Renaissance paintings and contemporary photographs with a painterly aesthetic as inspiration. We’ll explore manual camera settings, working with studio lighting, and staging to capture images in the style of the old masters. We’ll cover Photoshop editing, using digital textures, combining images, overlays, and color grading. Our subject matter will be portraits and still-lifes from found objects or personal artifacts. Students should bring their own DSLR or mirrorless cameras. All levels.
Studio artist, educator; PhotoLucida Critical Mass Top 50 Photographers; exhibitions: Arnika Dawkins Gallery (GA), Southeastern Museum of Photography (FL), Spalding Nix Fine Art Gallery (GA), Griffin Museum of Photography (MA), CEPA Gallery (NY), SP-Foto SP-Arte (Brazil); collections: Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Photo Summer Session 3
June 19–July 1
Lightwork: Exploring Cameraless Photography
Photographic imagery need not be bound to cameras, so let’s leave the gear talk behind and seek the light. Using materials ranging from traditional black and white chemicals to plants from your garden, explore a variety of experimental photo techniques you can adapt to your home studio–with or without a darkroom. Processes will include photograms, cliché verre, solarization, chemigrams, anthotype, cyanotype, lumens, and cyanolumens. We’ll incorporate objects, drawing, painting, and printmaking techniques into our work and discuss contemporary photographic issues of physicality, ephemerality, and permanence. All levels.
Assistant professor at Georgia Southern University; other teaching: University of Georgia Cortona Program (Italy), Warren Wilson College (NC); exhibitions: Center for Photographic Art (CA), Candela Books + Gallery (VA), Center for Fine Art Photography (CO); published in Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes 2nd Edition (Routledge); founder and former director of The Asheville Darkroom (NC); representation: Tracey Morgan Gallery (NC).
Photo Summer Session 4
David Samuel Stern
I believe that when photography is used as a tool for making art, your results should reflect predetermined, honed ideas. Students will begin by assembling a collection of reference images, preliminary studies, and sketches. Then they will determine technical strategies, equipment, and materials; make mockups; execute three photoshoots; and review and refine the results. We’ll cover a flexible range of technical skills based on each student’s project as it evolves. Demonstration will be based on digital technology, but students comfortable with film cameras and darkroom printing are welcome to use an analog workflow. Each student, whether a beginner or an experienced photographer, will complete a small body of work in which nothing was left to chance. All levels.
Studio artist: teaching: Brooklyn Brainery (NYC), New York Botanical Garden, Pratt Institute (NYC); residencies: Ostrobothnian Photography Centre (Finland); Vermont Studio Center; editorial commissions: National Geographic, California Sunday Magazine, Brooklyn Academy of Music; representation: Marshall Contemporary (CA), Robert Fontaine Gallery (FL).
Photo Summer Session 5
The Animated Drawing
In this workshop, students will develop drawing fundamentals and enliven their renderings by making them move! Instead of conventional motion tools like transparent cels and digital tablets, we’ll experiment with less controllable media–from charcoal to watercolor–while seeking to retain elements of texture, gesture, and observation. Students will focus on two animation techniques: one involves drawing frame by frame, and the other will shift lines on one sheet of paper using a “stop-motion” drawing process. In addition to drawing materials, we’ll work with scanners, digital cameras, and video software. Students will leave with their own moving imagery and the ability to create animations at home. No experience with animation or drawing required. All levels.
Studio artist, educator; Nancy Harrigan Prize from Baker Artist Fund, Kenan Fellowship, Sherman Fairchild Fellowship; residencies: Can Serrat (Barcelona), Grin City Collective (IA); screenings: Slam Dance (UT), Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI), San Francisco Independent Film Festival, Cutout Film Festival (Mexico City); exhibitions: Commune1 (South Africa), Vox Populi (Philadelphia).
Photo Summer Session 6
July 31–August 12
Hand-Coloring Black and White Photographs
This workshop will explore the creative and expressive possibilities of hand-applied color on black and white photographs using photo oils, pan pastels, and colored pencils. Students may hand-color digital prints and darkroom prints. Bring negatives and digital image files from home, and we’ll also make new images by responding to the landscape at Penland and creating still-lifes in the studio. Along with our coloring materials, we’ll cover camera techniques (film, digital, and phone), darkroom printing, and inkjet printing. All levels.
Studio artist; professor emeritus at Austin Peay State University (TN); Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship; exhibitions: SoHo Photo (NYC), Jeffrey Leder Gallery (NYC), Union Street Gallery (Chicago), San Diego Art Institute, Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati), Cumberland Gallery (Nashville); residencies: Hambidge Center (GA), Penland Winter Residency; collections: Knoxville Museum of Art (TN), The Photographic Archives (Louisville).
Photo Summer Session 7
This workshop will explore the process of using modern liquid photo emulsions to create dry-plate tintypes. Students will learn to coat metal plates with chemistry, expose them in large-format cameras, and develop them in the darkroom. Many of the demonstrations will focus on portraiture but students will be encouraged to pursue whatever subject matter they are most interested in. While prior photography experience will be helpful, this workshop is open to all skill levels. Note: large-format cameras are available in the Penland studio.
Studio artist; teaching: Bushwick Community Darkroom (NYC), Columbus Cultural Art Center (OH), The Ohio State University; residencies: Jentel Foundation (WY); grants: Greater Columbus Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, Franklinton Arts District George Bellows Grant (OH); visiting artist: Kenyon College (OH), Valparaiso University (IN), Otterbein College (OH), University of Saint Francis (IN), Wexner Center for the Arts (OH).