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.
NOTE: Many aspects of Penland workshops will be altered for 2021 because of the pandemic, but we’re moving ahead with optimism and care. Before you apply, please read our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines document so you will know what to expect and what will be expected of you. And know that, if conditions force us to cancel workshops, you’ll get a full refund on your payment.
Photo – Special Session
May 9-15, 2021
Palladium and Gum Printing with Digital Negatives
In this workshop you will learn to make digital negatives using the QuickCurveDN program. Then you will use these negatives to make beautiful palladium prints. We’ll also cover the fundamentals of the gum bichromate process, allowing you to add layers of gum bichromate over palladium, which can result in prints ranging from subtly toned to wildly colorful. Combining all of these processes will allow you to use both sides of your brain to produce work that is uniquely yours. Basic Photoshop skills will be helpful, but this workshop is open to all levels.
Studio artist, educator; teaching: Ansel Adams Gallery (CA), Photographer’s Formulary (MT), Penland; Yosemite National Park Residency (CA), solo exhibitions: The Image Flow Photography Center (CA), Viewpoint Gallery (CA); three articles published in The Outdoor Photographer; representation: Ansel Adams Gallery.
Photo Summer Session 2
June 6-17, 2021
Sally Van Gorder
Slowing Down: Seeing with the Camera
This workshop will help students slow down and achieve more compelling photographic images through “deeper looking.” We’ll explore how careful attention given to familiar subject matter can yield unconventional results. Through critique and discussion, you’ll learn to use the camera as a tool to see, and we’ll do exercises to help you understand what, why, and how you choose to photograph. Working digitally with DSLR or mirrorless cameras, we’ll cover the foundations of camera control, exposure, light, and composition, and the basic workflow from image to outcome through editing, image development, and the creation of archival inkjet prints. All levels. Students will need to bring their own DSLR or mirrorless camera.
Teaching professor at North Carolina State University; other teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University (Qatar), Oregon College of Art and Craft, Pacific Northwest College of Art (OR); Brightwork Fellow at Anchorlight (NC); exhibitions: North Carolina Museum of Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (NC), Contemporary Art Museum (NC).
Photo Summer Session 3
June 20 – July 1, 2021
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 one of Penland’s large-format cameras or bring their own.
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, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of American Art (DC); six of his textbooks are in wide use including A User’s Guide to the View Camera.
Photo Summer Session 6
August 8-19, 2021
Christina Z. Anderson
Alternative Processes: Cyanotype, Gum, Palladium
This workshop is for those who believe that image capture is just the starting point of the final photograph. We’ll focus on the contemporary use of three 19th century printing processes—cyanotype, palladium, and tricolor gum bichromate—printed singly and in combination with one another. We’ll print from digital negatives that we’ll make using a rudimentary method or, if desired, a more expert method called QuadTone RIP (QTR). Students should bring lots of color digital images to work with—it doesn’t matter what sort of camera they came from. We can also work from scanned prints or negatives. Intermediate Photoshop skills will be helpful but are not required. All levels.
Professor at Montana State University; series editor for the Focal Press/Routledge Contemporary Practices in Alternative Process Photography series; work shown nationally and internationally in more than 100 shows and 50 publications; author or co-author of 7 books on alternative photographic processes sold in more than 40 countries.
Photo Summer Session 7
August 22-28, 2021
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 the photo and papermaking studios, students will build a supply of handmade papers, print unique images, and learn to create environmentally conscious artwork at home. All levels.
May: studio artist; teaching: Rhode Island School of Design, Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), Brown University (RI), Louisiana State University, Pyramid Atlantic (MD); residencies: White Mountain National Forest (NH), Guadalupe Mountains National Park (TX); public art: Rhode Island State House, T.F. Green International Airport (RI). Lindsey: studio artist; teaching: Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; solo exhibitions: Vermont Center for Photography, Griffin Museum of Photography (MA), Danforth Art Museum (MA); publications: New York Times Lens Blog, BBC Mundo, Photo District News, New Scientist.
Photography – Fall One-Week Session
September 19-25, 2021
Cyanotype on Fabric
Cyanotype is an inexpensive and versatile photographic process dating to the 1840s that produces rich, monochrome images. This workshop will explore the possibilities of cyanotype with fabric as our ground. We’ll cover chemistry, fabric selection, preparation methods, and optimizing digital negatives made from digital image files, scans, or film negatives. We’ll move beyond basic blue and experiment with bleaching and toning to alter color and mood. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to achieve a range of effects as well as set up their own practice. All levels.
Studio artist; teaching: Contextile Biennial (Portugal), 577 Foundation (OH); residencies: Prairie Ronde (MI), Jentel Foundation (WY), James Castle House (ID); exhibitions: James Castle House Museum, Espaço Campanhã (Portugal), Outer Space Gallery (FL), Foto Batalha Museu (Portugal), Zorka Rose Gallery (FL), Assemble Gallery (Seattle).
NOTE: Participation in fall workshops will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.