Photography Workshops at Penland

Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include traditional and digital photography, darkroom processes, portrait photography, documentary video, lighting composition, narrative photography, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Enrollment for fall 2017 and spring 2018 workshops is currently open.

NOTE: Photography offerings are limited in 2017 because Penland is in the process of building a new photography studio. These workshops will take place in alternate spaces.





Fall 8-Week Concentration

September 24 - November 17, 2017

Mercedes Jelinek, Hands, archival pigment print, 22 x 22 inches

Mercedes Jelinek
No Words Needed

Telling a story through well curated and printed photographs can often be more powerful than words. Through digital tools, this workshop will focus on completing a cohesive portfolio that tells the story you want to tell. Students can expect to learn basic-to-advanced digital camera techniques, how to photograph in almost any lighting situation, composing and framing an image, cataloging digital images using Lightroom, editing images using Photoshop, making portfolio-quality prints, curating images, creating and self-publishing a print-on-demand photo book, and more. All levels. Studio fee: $35. Code F00P

Penland resident artist; teaching: Louisiana State University, PhotoManhattan (NYC), State University of New York at Purchase; exhibitions: Ogden Museum of Southern Art (LA), Gaston County Museum (NC), Hinson Art Museum at Wingate University (SC); author of These Americans (+Kris Graves Projects).


Scholarships are still available for this workshop!

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Spring 1-Week Session 2

April 8 - 14, 2018

Claudia Smigrod, Adjustment to the Light #2, silver gelatin contact

print, 5 x 4 inches

Claudia Smigrod
Tell Me a Story

Students will create handmade books that tell stories through photographs. Topics will include the aesthetic and technical aspects of digital photography, various forms of artists’ books, simple binding techniques (accordion, pamphlet, Japanese stab, and others), and an overview of visual artists working in book form. We’ll have group critiques and demonstrations. Photographic images may be taken during our workshop or collated from other sources such as personal archives, family collections/albums, etc. All levels. Studio fee: $45. Code S02B

Studio artist, professor emeritus from Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (DC); other teaching: Edwin Conquest Visiting Chair of Humanities at Virginia Military Institute, University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, Swarthmore College (PA); residencies: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; collections: National Gallery of Art (DC), Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC), Chrysler Museum (VA), Yale University (CT).