Special Workshops at Penland
Penland offers 1 to 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.
Spring Scholarship Information
Some spring scholarships are still available; application deadline is February 4.
Summer Scholarship Information
Summer scholarship application deadline is February 17.
NOTE: Participation in Penland workshops currently requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Please read our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines document.
Books & Paper Summer Session 1
May 29–June 3
Puppet Theater: Paper and Shadows
This workshop is an introduction to puppetry as a bridge between performance and visual art with an emphasis on hand-driven narrative: animating stories through human gestures. Students will explore modes of making through shadow theater and marionette forms using accessible materials, including papier-mâche, wire, cut paper, and analog overhead projectors (for projecting and animating shadow puppets at large scale). For those who wish to perform their work for an audience, we’ll host a performance for the Penland community at the end of the week. All levels. Papermaking studio.
Studio artist and educator; teaching: Kansas City Art Institute (MO), Johnson County Community College (KS), Wayne State College (NE); Missouri Western State University (MO); residencies: Yaddo (NY), Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency (NY), Vermont Studio Center (VT), Arrowmont (TN); recent exhibitions and performances: Coop Gallery (Nashville), Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis), Open Eye Figure Theatre (Minneapolis), Plug Projects (Kansas City, MO), Lawrence Arts Center (KS).
Wood Summer Session 3
June 19–July 1
Building a Skin-on-Frame Canoe
Using basic woodworking techniques, each student will build their own single-person canoe. This workshop will focus on the skin-on-frame methods of boat building, borrowing from diverse water-craft traditions such as Aleut ikyak or baidarkas, British Isle coracles and curracks, and Inuit qujaq. We’ll mix modern materials and age-old traditions to build beautiful, durable, and lightweight boats. If time permits, we’ll also make double-blade paddles and water test our craft. All levels.
NOTE: The estimated materials cost for this workshop is $340 per student.
Studio artist, honors faculty fellow at East Carolina University School of Art and Design (NC).
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).
Textiles Summer Session 5
Skins, Skeletons, Nets, and Knots: 3D Textiles
In this experimental workshop, students will learn methods for building skeletal structures with rigid and semi-rigid materials such as rattan, bamboo, wood, wire, found materials, and recycled frameworks. Techniques will include lashing, chaotic plaiting, and wire construction. To put skins on these structures, we’ll work with knotted and knotless netting, gut, and rice papers. Paintable graphite, wax, and kakishibu tannin will further modify surfaces. Exercises, brainstorming, and problem-solving challenges will guide your production of a series of prototypes that will ignite your studio practice. All levels. Lower textiles studio.
Studio artist, professor emeritus at Community College of Rhode Island; other teaching: Haystack (ME), Peters Valley (NJ), Maiwa (Vancouver); exhibitions: Wayne Art Center (NJ), Cheongju International Craft Biennale (Korea), International Shibori Symposium.
Wood Summer Session 7
Finding the Soul of Lost Materials
This workshop will encourage students to experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating structures and forms using organic, found, and recycled materials. Employing unusual techniques developed by the instructor, each student will complete several forms. Students are invited to think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest for them and bring those ideas to the workshop along with some of their favorite cast-off materials. This workshop will be of value to beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as experienced makers who want to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. All levels.
Studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Peter’s Valley (NJ), Penland; collections: New Mexico Arts Commission, Kamm Teapot Collection (NC), Racine Art Museum (WI), Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe); publications: American Craft, American Style, New York Post, Southwest Art, Cloth, Paper, Scissors; representation: Giacobbe Fritz Gallery (Santa Fe).