Printmaking and Letterpress Workshops at Penland

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



SUMMER session 5

July 19 - August 4, 2015

Thomas Lucas, Spirit Tools, carborundum intaglio,

30 x 22"


Thomas Lucas
Survey of Printmaking Techniques

This workshop will introduce basic printmaking processes and equipment with an equal emphasis on concept and technique. Printmaking is varied, repeatable, and tactile, with images printed as unique works, as multiples, or as variations, using an array of processes. We値l cover monotype, relief, intaglio, lithography, and various approaches to making and printing plates in each medium. We値l explore drawing, design, color, layering, and mark-making. Students will build on process, experiment with print media, and think creatively and critically. All levels. Code 05X


Teacher at Chicago State University and Harold Washington College (Chicago); other teaching: Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ox-Bow (MI); founder and master printer at Hummingbird Press Editions; commission: Chicago Transit Authority; representation: N誰amdi Contemporary (Miami, Detroit).





Ashley John Pigford and Tricia Treacy, Touch,

letterpress covers, hand-sewn binding,

digitally printed pages, 11 x 9"



Ashley John Pigford & Tricia Treacy
Digital Fabrications & Letterpress Printing

Using a CNC router, we値l design (using the Adobe Creative Suite) and produce type-high woodblocks for letterpress printing. These blocks may include text (creating original woodtype) or other forms of aesthetic expression. Then we値l print with these blocks using the Vandercook presses and bind our compositions into an editioned, collaborative book. Throughout the workshop, we値l experiment with ways to use materials, tools, and technology to create visual narratives, ultimately in the form of hand-crafted books. All levels. Code 05L


Ashley: associate professor of graphic and interaction design at University of Delaware; project grant from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design (NC). Tricia: assistant professor of design at Appalachian State University (NC); collections: Annenberg Rare Book Library at University of Pennsylvania, Frank Furnace Book Arts Collection at Museum of Modern Art (NYC).


SUMMER session 6

August 9 - 21, 2015

Keiji Shinohara, July Fifth,, woodcut print, 10 x 15"


Keiji Shinohara
Japanese Woodblock Printmaking

Woodcut is an ancient printmaking technique. Contemporary methods and tools can combine with the original processes in exciting ways; this workshop will explore Western and Eastern ideas. We値l cover carving with knives, gouges, Dremel tools, etc., along with surface-building techniques. We値l practice the Japanese printing method using watercolor, rice paste, and a baren along with the Western use of rollers and the system of printing multiple color blocks at once. All processes will be done by hand; no presses. Students will progress from single color to multiple colors on one block to multi-block prints. We値l study prints by Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso, Munch, Hiroshige, Utamaro, and Hokusai. All levels. Code 06X


Teacher of printmaking at Wesleyan University (CT); visiting teacher at more than 100 venues; 40 solo exhibitions; Japan Foundation and NEA fellowships; collections: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Cleveland Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum.





Martin Mazorra, Fickle, woodcut and letterpress

on paper, 24 x 18"


Martin Mazorra
Woodcut & Letterpress Posters

This workshop explores the relationship between text and image. The direct and immediate qualities of woodcut images combined with letterpress text will be used as the operative elements in narrative, graphic statements in the poster format. Students will acquire new skills in woodcut, hand typesetting, and letterpress principles and processes. All levels. Code 06L


Teacher at Pratt Institute (NYC) and Parsons the New School for Design (NYC); Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation residency; fellowships: United States Artists Ford Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts; exhibitions: David Krut Gallery (NYC, South Africa), Above Second Gallery (Hong Kong), Kuntishall (Estonia), Mohs Gallery (Copenhagen), MF Gallery (NYC), Crane痴 Art Space (Philadelphia), Morgan Conservatory (Cincinnati), Dishman Museum (TX).





SUMMER session 7

August 23 - 29, 2015

Kyle Durrie, US Map, ink on paper, 18 x 24"


Kyle Durrie
Down & Dirty Letterpress

We値l demystify the process of letterpress printing and learn to see it as an approachable means of communication and expression. We値l cover basic press safety and protocol as well as the fundamentals of relief printing, typesetting, ink mixing, and impression, before moving on to an open studio approach where students will be encouraged to play with large wood type and experiment with form. We値l look at show posters and advertising from greats like Hatch Show Print and introduce other experimental processes such as pressure printing, working with magnets, and printing with nontraditional forms. Students will leave with an understanding of the medium and a shared portfolio of posters. All levels. Code 07X


Proprietor of Power and Light Press (NM), owner of the Moveable Type Truck, a traveling educational print shop; residencies: Skowhegan (MA), Vermont Studio Center; exhibitions: SPACE Gallery (ME), Center for Maine Contemporary Art.




Fall Eight-Week Concentrations

September 20- November 13, 2015

Phil Sanders, Black Minorcas, watercolor, pencil, typewriter,

cyanotype, 9 x 12”

Phil Sanders
Printers in the Making

As a printer and a printmaker, I understand the difficulty of switching between “printer brain” and “artist brain.” The pull between “how to do” and “what to do” can leave you lost in the middle. Consider this class a technical apprenticeship combined with the creative space to experiment with your artistic voice. We’ll demystify all intaglio processes plus monotype, monoprint, and chine-collé. We’ll make ink, grounds, and drawing supplies, review tool maintenance, paper conservation, and more. We’ll tackle drawing, composition, design, and color theory through drawing calisthenics and composition exercises. This workshop is ideal for artists looking to hone their printmaking skills and artistic voice or working toward becoming professional printers. All levels. Code F00X

Director of PS Marlowe; former director and master printer at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (NYC), former master printer for Universal Limited Art Editions (NY); teaching: Stanford University (CA), San Francisco State University (CA); collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery.





Fall One-Week Session 1

October 4 - 10, 2015

Steve Miller, Twelve Fables Set in the Shawnee Hills,

letterpress printed Arches text paper, text by Rodney

Jones, nest images by Dana Moore, binding by Anna

Embree, 8-1/4 x 5 x 1/4"




Steve Miller
The ABCs of VANDY: Letterpress and the Small Book

Let’s figure out how the Vandercook proof press works, and then use it to its best advantage printing a small book. Each participant will leave with a small, printed chapbook and a newfound respect for the letterpress process. This tightly focused session will cover typesetting, photopolymer plate making for drawings or patterns, small book design, printing, and basic binding. This workshop welcomes beginners and will also be challenging for students with some experience. All levels. Code F01L

Professor at University of Alabama; distinguished career award from the College Book Art Association; his Red Hydra Press work has been widely exhibited and collected.



Spring One-Week Session 1

March 27 - April 2, 2016

Jon Lee, L0908,

woodcut on handmade paper, 24 x 18


Jon Lee
Japanese Woodblock Printing: Tools & Techniques

Mokuhanga葉raditional Japanese woodblock printing洋ay seem like a daunting technique to master. The tools can be expensive and hard to find, and when they are found, it痴 hard to know what to select. In this workshop, we'll make the basic tools and learn printing techniques. The workshop will be in two parts: Tool making謡e will make the baren, inking brush, knife, and some miscellaneous tools and learn sharpening and other maintenance. Process擁mage transfer, carving, paper sizing, and printing. All levels. Code S01X

Associate professor at Trinity University (TX); master printer training at Tamarind Institute (NM); exhibitions: McNay Art Museum (TX), Haiharan Taidekeskus (Finland); representation: Hunter Gather Gallery (Houston).



Spring One-Week Session 2

April 10 - 16, 2016

Aimee Joyaux, Shop RVA, relief print on paper, 16 x 20

Aimee Joyaux

This workshop will be a fun week of introductory printmaking using dozens of plates salvaged from a seed and feedbag company in Richmond, Virginia. We値l mix and match chickens, pigs, cows, and horses to make unique posters and simple broadsides. We値l review basic printmaking processes with an equal emphasis on fun and exploration. We値l cover ink application, color mixing, and printing on paper and fabric (tea towels!). We値l print with a press or by hand using oil-based inks. Students will leave with a shared portfolio of prints and will contribute to the collective work of Cornmeal Press. All levels. Code S02X

Studio artist; teaching: Visual Arts Center (VA), Ball State University (IN); exhibitions: Catherine Edelman Gallery (Chicago), National Museum of Women in the Arts (DC), Melanee Cooper Gallery (Chicago), Center for Book and Paper Arts (Chicago); representation: Quirk Gallery (VA), Walton Gallery (VA).