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.

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Scholarship Information

Spring scholarship deadline: December 3, 2021

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

Photo Spring Concentration
March 6 – April 29, 2022
Mercedes Jelinek
Processing Process

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). | @mercedes_jelinek

Mercedes Jelinek, Insomnia, archival pigment print, 22 x 17 inches
Mercedes Jelinek, Insomnia, archival pigment print, 22 x 17 inches