Spring One-Week Session 1

Spring One-Week Session I
March 22-28, 2020

Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Glass Spring One-Week Session I
March 22-28, 2020
Ben Elliott
Ebb & Flow

This workshop will reveal the ins and outs of flameworking with borosilicate glass. Through demonstrations and individual work time, we’ll meander through techniques for solid and hollow work, color application, and assembly. Drawing on these traditional approaches, we can delve into current trends, touching on blow molds, cold assembly, and imagery. This will lead us into designing finished objects or installations with underlying themes or narratives. Students will leave with a foundation of skills and directions to add to their studio practice. All levels. Code S01GB

Studio artist; teaching: North Carolina Glass Center, Jackson County Green Energy Park (NC); work published in The Flow and Glassline.

Ben Elliott, "All’s Well," flameworked glass, steel, 20 x 10 x 10 inches
Textiles Spring One-Week Session I
March 22-28, 2020
Amanda Thatch
Handweaving: Foundations & Exploration

Weaving intersects material, action, time, and attention. We’ll think about the poetics of this process as we learn the practical tasks involved with setting up a floor loom to weave fabrics of our own design. We’ll work quickly with an emphasis on making samples. Students will get comfortable with the process and sequence of how to plan a project, wind a warp, dress a loom, and weave cloth. Our tools will connect us to the past, but through our work and ideas, we’ll discover the contemporary possibilities of handweaving. All levels, beginners encouraged. NOTE: Textiles workshops are taught in walk-up studios accessible by a stair lift. Code S01TB

Textile, book, and paper artist; former textile studio coordinator at Penland; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Visual Arts Center of Richmond (VA); residencies: Alabama Chanin Studio Artist in Residence (AL), Penland Core Fellowship; exhibitions: Turchin Center (NC), Centro de las Artes de San Agustín (Mexico), Savannah Cultural Arts Gallery (GA), Des Lee Gallery (St. Louis).


Amanda Thatch, "Penland Scarves," handwoven cotton and silk, natural dyes, 22 x 72 inches each
Print & Letterpress Spring One-Week Session 1
March 22-28, 2020
Stuart Kestenbaum & Susan Webster
Word & Image

We’ll make images that inspire writing, writing that inspires images, and work that combines the two. Activities will include daily writing and drawing prompts. Students will learn various low-tech printmaking techniques, including gelatin-plate process, monotype drawing, and direct stencil-use drawing, as well as painting, collage, and other tools and techniques to make image and text components. Formats may include simple book structures and one-of-a-kind pieces. We’ll emphasize experimentation. All levels. Code S01X

Stuart: poet and former director of Haystack (ME); poet laureate of Maine; visiting writer: Cranbrook (MI), Rhode Island School of Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, Penland; author of five collections of poetry. Susan: studio artist; teaching: Haystack, Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CT), Studio Artworks Center (Jerusalem), Penland; developed a model art program in Maine prison system; exhibitions: Institute of Contemporary Art (ME), Maine Jewish Museum.


Stuart Kestenbaum and Susan Webster, "Time," monotype, letter-stamped text, 22 x 15 inches