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.

Registration is currently open for all Summer 2020 workshops. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships are available for all summer workshops; scholarship applications are due by February 17.

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Print & Letterpress Spring One-Week Session 1
March 22-28, 2020
Stuart Kestenbaum & Susan Webster
Word & Image

Due to the current risks associated with bringing a large group of people together on our campus, we have decided to cancel all spring 2020 one-week workshops. Please see our COVID-19 Response page for more information. Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate this evolving situation.

Drawing & Painting Summer Session 1
May 24 – June 5, 2020
Susan Goethel Campbell
Investigations in Materiality

Is materiality always physical? This interdisciplinary workshop will investigate all aspects of materiality including sound and digital works. It is for artists, thinkers, and makers interested in deepening their creative practice through material investigation. We’ll research and discuss the lineage of specific materials and create sketches, assemblages, and models for future works. Daily exercises will focus on the physical properties of both natural and manufactured materials. Bring your favorite materials, an open mind, and a willingness to hone your curiosity. All levels. Code 01D

Studio artist; teaching: Cranbrook (MI), College for Creative Studies (MI); exhibitions: Crystal Bridges Museum (AR), National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC), Detroit Institute of the Arts, Drawing Center (NYC), New York Public Library; representation: David Klein Gallery (Detroit), Apinwall Editions (NYC), Galerie Tom Blaess (Switzerland).


raft-like sculpture with tufts of grass
Susan Goethel Campbell, "Flint Carpet," earth, roots, grass grown in plastic water bottles, 3-1/2 x 9 feet
Clay Summer Session 5
July 19 – August 4, 2020
Arturo Córdova & Cristina Córdova
Sculpture in Motion

Students in this workshop will create an articulated ceramic sculpture and use it to develop a stop-motion animation sequence. We’ll present methods for building and finishing ceramic components as well as strategies for unifying the parts with metal elements that will facilitate posing. We’ll cover basic lighting and animation techniques focusing on the fundamentals of movement to create stop-motion progressions inside personalized sets using Dragonframe software. All levels. Code 05CB

Arturo: artist and animator; professional experience: 10.30 Animation Collective (Mexico), Charged Studios (NYC); currently building sets and animating on a short film called Andromeda. Cristina: studio artist; teaching: Haystack (ME), University of Nebraska, Gaya Ceramics (Bali); USArtists Fellowship, North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship; collections: Renwick Gallery (DC), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Puerto Rico).


Watch the animations from Arturo and Cristina’s last Penland workshop!

3 stacked ceramic mugs with an image of a woman's hair that carries up the stack
Arturo Córdova, "Stack," ceramic, 12 inches tall
Sculpture of a human head with various objects suspended beneath it
Cristina Córdova, Recolección, ceramic, wire, 60 inches tall
Print Summer Session 5
July 19 – August 4, 2020
Bryce McCloud
The Interactive Print-O-Rama Do-Gooders Social Art Gathering

Howdy friends! Are you wondering how you can make prints AND a difference in this great big world? One solution: experimental printing, social art, and your big ideas! Let’s use our brains and hearts and printing presses to make things happen. In this workshop we’ll discuss the basic ideas of interactive, socially-minded art, use the letterpresses to make a bunch of relief prints, collaborate on an interactive art project at Penland, and talk about how to create your own public art campaign back home. Bring an open mind and your talents. All levels. Code 05L

Studio artist, director of Isle of Printing (Nashville); teaching: Watkins College of Art (TN), Penland; public art: Automat Idea Exchange (TN), Noelle (TN), Southwest Print Fiesta (NM), Our Town Nashville, All Are Welcome (TN), Pinewood Social (TN), Invasion UK.


group of people with a giant stamped portrait
Isle of Printing, "Our Town: Together Heroic," large-scale stamps, ink
Wood Summer Session 5
July 19 – August 4, 2020
Raivo Vihman
Timber Vernacular

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. Code 05W

Founder of Haystack Joinery (ME); teaching: Waterfall Arts (ME), Viljandi Cultural Academy (Estonia), Haystack (ME), Tabonuco (Puerto Rico), Vanaajamaja (Estonia), Penland.


triangular forms of a timber framed roof
Raivo Vihman, "Cabin Roof Framing," cedar, pine, red oak, 16 x 24 feet
Wood Summer Session 6
August 9-21, 2020
Daniel Michalik

This workshop will explore cork and the many possibilities for design and making that can emerge from this wonderful, ecological material. We’ll learn and apply traditional woodworking techniques including machining, hand shaping, lathe turning, and bending, as well as experimental techniques such as cork casting. Cork will be used to achieve structure and visual texture in combination with wood and on its own. We’ll study cork farming, harvesting, and production and make objects that reflect these systems. We’ll start with experiments and then create tabletop accessories and furniture forms in which cork plays a central role. All levels. Code 06W

Studio artist, product designer, and assistant professor at Parsons School of Design (NYC); other teaching: Central Saint Martins (London), Haystack (ME), Rhode Island School of Design; exhibitions: Renwick Gallery (DC), Fisher Parrish Gallery (NYC), Sight Unseen OFFSITE (NYC).


two textured cork stools, one light and one darker
Daniel Michalik, "Rook Stools," recycled cork, 20 x 15 x 15 inches each
Drawing & Painting Summer Session 7
August 23-29, 2020
Leigh Suggs
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. Code 07D

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).


Intricately cut vanishing pattern on blue paper
Leigh Suggs, "On Our Way," handcut acrylic on Yupo, 36 x 36 inches
Textiles Summer Session 7
August 23-29, 2020
Hillary Waters Fayle
Plants: Muse, Medium & Material

This workshop will be a blend of art, science, and natural history focused on botanical collaboration. We’ll spend time looking at and learning about plants: taking guided walks, drawing, stitching, spinning, sketching, pressing, printing, painting, and studying botanical material. We’ll also experiment with leaves and other plant materials as substrates that can be woven, cut, knotted, stitched, collaged, etc. We’ll source plants, nuts, seeds, and other materials to brew inks and dyes for textiles and paper. Plants and other botanical materials will be our means to explore the connections between nature and humanity. All levels. NOTE: Textiles workshops are taught in walk-up studios accessible by a stair lift. Code 07TB

Assistant professor and head of fibers at Virginia Commonwealth University; exhibitions: Blue Spiral 1 (NC), Sager Braudis Gallery (MO), Pensacola Museum of Art (FL), Ellen Noel Art Museum (TX).


circle of embroidered leaves
Hillary Waters Fayle, "Circular Meditations I & II," stitched and embroidered holly leaves, 
14 x 14 inches