Special Workshops at Penland
Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week workshops taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. 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.
Wood Summer Session 3
June 20 – July 1, 2021
Think mortise and tenon joinery, but think big. In this collaborative workshop, we’ll delve into the ins and outs of woodworking on a timber scale. Each student will begin by building a pair of splayed leg sawhorses to use as a work station. We’ll spend the rest of the time constructing a small, structural timber frame joined with mortises, tenons, pegs, and wedges while developing skills with hand tools and power tools. Topics will include joinery design, layout strategies, working with green wood, and scribing natural forms. The frame we build will be disassembled and sold in the scholarship auction. All levels.
Founder of Haystack Joinery (ME); teaching: Waterfall Arts (ME), Viljandi Cultural Academy (Estonia), Haystack (ME), Tabonuco (Puerto Rico), Vanaajamaja (Estonia), Penland.
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 7
August 22-28, 2021
Changing Perspective: Experimenting with Paper
This workshop is about changing your approach to paper. We’ll explore ways to transform paper—both technically and conceptually—into more than just a flat surface. Students will use simple tools to turn basic sheets into sculptural forms by cutting, folding, collaging, weaving, and using a variety of 3-d paper constructions. We’ll use natural and synthetic papers and create samples that will introduce you to the nuances of the material. There will be daily demonstrations, discussions of contemporary work, and time for experimentation. All levels. Note: this is not a hand papermaking workshop.
Studio artist; teaching: Virginia Commonwealth University, Arrowmont (TN), Penland; exhibitions: Penland Gallery, Racine Art Museum (WI), Weatherspoon Museum (NC), Taubman Museum (VA); collections: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Roanoke College (VA); representation: Reynolds Gallery (VA).
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.
Textiles Summer Session 7
August 22-28, 2021
Hillary Waters Fayle
Plants: Muse & Material
In this workshop we’ll use plants and other botanical materials to explore the connections between nature and humanity. We’ll spend time looking at and learning about plants: taking guided walks, drawing, stitching, spinning, pressing, printing, painting, and studying botanical material. We’ll source plants, nuts, seeds and other material to brew our own inks and dyes for textiles and paper. We’ll also experiment with leaves and other plant materials as a substrate: woven, cut, knotted, stitched, collaged, etc. The workshop will blend art, science, and natural history as we create botanical collaboration. All levels. Second-floor textiles studio.
Assistant professor and head of fibers at Virginia Commonwealth University; exhibitions: Blue Spiral 1 (NC), Momentum Gallery (NC), Sager Braudis Gallery (MO), Pensacola Museum of Art (FL), Ellen Nöel Art Museum (TX).