Printmaking & Letterpress

Printmaking and Letterpress Workshops at Penland

 

Penland offers 1 to 8-week workshops taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Printmaking and letterpress classes include topics like etching, intaglio, woodblock printing, hand-set type, photopolymer plates, screen printing, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

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Please read this note about our session schedules.

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

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

LETTERPRESS SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
(Four studio days)
Michelle Dreher
Colorful Layers and Letterpress

The practice of block printing began over 2000 years ago with techniques that have evolved over time. This workshop will focus on creating hand-carved linocut blocks and printing with the precision of letterpress equipment. Explore reductive processes and multi-block experimentations and see your images come to life. We’ll cover the basics of letterpress printing on a Vandercook, and as we progress there will be opportunities to learn and incorporate typesetting, photopolymer plates, and laser engraving to expand beyond traditional carved relief prints. All levels. Letterpress studio.

Studio artist, studio arts instructor at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (MO), adjunct professor at Kansas City Art Institute (MO); workshop teaching: Missouri Western State University, Central Print of St. Louis, Print League Kansas City (MO); publications: Ladies of Letterpress; Adventures in Letterpress Printing; Vandercook 100: Celebrating 100 Artisans and 100 Years of Letterpress Printing on the Vandercook Proof Press. 

twotonepress.com | @twotonepress

Michelle Dreher (Twotone Press), Show Me State, reductive and multiblock linocut, 14 x 11 inches
Michelle Dreher (Twotone Press), Show Me State, reductive and multiblock linocut, 14 x 11 inches
SPECIALS WEEKEND SESSION
October 21 – 23, 2022
Alicia D. Keshishian
Color Confidence

Color is a powerful tool. In this intensive workshop we’ll explore color through a series of hands-on exercises to reveal not only the basics of color theory but also how to integrate color into your chosen medium. And while color theory is important, it only begins the conversation, because how you apply color is what’s critical to successful work. You will leave the workshop with greater confidence navigating the language and use of color which, in turn, will expand your artistic voice. All levels. Printmaking studio.

Designer with more than 40 years of experience as an art director, graphic designer, surface designer, illustrator, color consultant, and teacher of color workshops; owner of Carpets of Imagination; executive board member for the Color Marketing Group; has studied and taught with Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute; residencies: Penland Resident Artist Program; former Penland graphic designer. 

adkcarpets.com | @aliciakeshishian

Alicia D. Keshishian/Carpets of Imagination, Instinct, hand-knotted Tibetan wool and silk, 14 x 8-1/2 feet
Alicia D. Keshishian/Carpets of Imagination, Instinct, hand-knotted Tibetan wool and silk, 14 x 8-1/2 feet
Printmaking and Letterpress – Spring Short Session
April 30 – May 5, 2023 (4 studio days)
Martin Mazorra
Woodcut and Letterpress Poster Workshop

This workshop will use the direct and immediate qualities of woodcut images combined with letterpress text as the operative elements behind graphic statements. It will provide hands-on experience in woodcut and in the principles and process of hand-composition and letterpress printing. We’ll cover Vandercook press operation, multiple pass registration, and general printing practices as we make beautiful woodcut posters. All levels. Letterpress studio.

Studio artist, proprietor of Cannonball Press; New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Ford Foundation Fellowship, Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio recipient; exhibitions: Planthouse Gallery (NYC), Signal Return (Detroit); collections: Beinecke Rare Book Library (CT), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Taubman Museum (VA), Block Museum (IL). 

martinmazorra.net | cannonballpress.com | @mmazorra

woodcut by martin mazorra
Martin Mazorra, Fresh Cut Feelings, woodcut and antique woodtype; letterpress printed on paper, 24 x 18 inches