Printmaking and Letterpress Workshops at Penland

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




spring concentration

march 8 - may 1, 2015


Lauren Faulkenberry, The Heart Wants What It Wants,

(covers of the three books + clamshell case) paper,

letterpress printed with photopolymer plates, 6 x 6 inches each

Lauren Faulkenberry
Letterpress Books: Guts to Glory

In this workshop students will produce letterpress-printed books from start to finish. We’ll make handmade paper from natural fibers, explore book design, and learn the fundamentals of letterpress printing. Image-making processes will include multi-color linoleum prints, woodcut, collagraph, pressure printing, monoprinting, photopolymer, pulp painting, paper inclusions, and other techniques. Through layers of words and images, we’ll create compelling narratives that invite multiple readings. We’ll put it all together using traditional and experimental binding structures. All levels. Code S00L

Studio artist; teaching: University of Iowa Center for the Book, Asheville BookWorks (NC), University of Alabama; collections: Washington University, Duke University (NC), University of Florida, International Library of Chile.






spring session 2

april 5 - 11, 2015


Takuji Hamanaka, Coral,

woodblock, collage, 34-3/4 x 23 inches

Takuji Hamanaka
Japanese Woodblock Printing

Learn the basic techniques of the Japanese tradition of woodblock printmaking with water-based inks. This tradition is associated with the extraordinary lessons of design and color passed on from the earliest ukiyo-e masters. All aspects of the process will be covered: proper care and use of the carving tools, preparing and carving the woodblock, and handprinting using the baren. All levels. Code S02P

Studio artist; teaching: Manhattan Graphics Center (NYC), Center for Book Arts (NYC), Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (MD); fellowships: New York Foundation for the Arts, McDowell Colony (NH); exhibitions: International Print Center (NYC), Whitman College (WA), National Academy of Fine Art (New Delhi), Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh).