Penland Resident Artists

Kid's Camp, 2008

Each summer Penland offers a variety of half-day art camps for children of different ages. The camps are taught by artists who live near the school. All camps take place at the Ridgeway Building on the Penland campus. Each camp description tells the camp dates, what ages the camp is for, and whether it takes place in the morning or the afternoon.


Important camp information:

To apply for a Penland camp, fill out the appropriate attached form and return it to Penland. All applications received by April 7 will be placed in a lottery for available spaces. After the lottery, spaces will be filled first-come, first served.

Maximum enrollment is ten children per camp. If low enrollment forces a cancellation, we will notify you three weeks ahead of time and you will receive a full refund.

Each camp is $75.00, which includes materials and snacks.

Payment is due with registration.

All camps will be held in Ridgeway Hall, across the road from the Penland Gallery.

A liability/health/pick-up authorization form must be signed and returned by the first day of camp. If registering for more than one camp, only one form is needed.

A limited number of scholarships is available for each camp.



Head to Toe
with Lisa Gluckin
June 9-13, 9:00 AM-Noon
Ages 6 to 10
A theatrical playground engaging all of our senses and expanding our imaginations. In our journey to both discover and celebrate the human form we will explore movement and rhythm, acting, modeling and figure drawing, life casting, collage, and free form sculpture. The class promises to be a HEAD to TOE adventure.

Lisa is a studio artist, teaching artist, Penland School employee, actress with the Parkway Playhouse, and an active volunteer in the local arts community. She has a strong creative energy with a passion for teaching and sharing.

Beaded Jewelry from Scratch
with Natalie Tornatore
June 9-13, 1:30-4:30 PM
Ages 12 to 15
Learn to make your own designs in jewelry. We’ll start by creating our own beads and charms in porcelain, and then we’ll turn those stunning creations into wearable art!

Natalie has been a Pre-K teacher, has taught Middle School art, has led kids and adult clay workshops, and is currently the program coordinator for the Teaching Artist Initiative at Penland School.

Insects in Action
with Christine Henry June 16-20, 9:00 AM-Noon
Ages 4 to 6
Art, stories, music and movement are combined to create a fun and educational experience. We will make wearable wings and playful puppets while learning about beetles, butterflies, and bugs!

Christine has taught numerous Kids Camp classes before. She has also taught art at Spruce Pine Montessori School and for TRAC’s Enhanced Arts in the Preschools Program. She is a glass artist, and holds a degree in child development from UNC-A.

Happy Un-Birthday
with Wendi Gratz
June 23-27, 9:00 AM-Noon Ages 3 to 6 You’re invited to an Un-Birthday Party. Of course, it will take us all week to get ready for it. We have to make party hats and favors, gifts, cards and giftwrap, piñatas and party games. On Friday we’ll decorate cupcakes and celebrate everyone’s UN-birthday.

Wendi spent several years doing all the children’s craft and activity events at a bookstore in Tennessee, including a summer camp series. She has also taught quilting to adults and children.

Arts Around the World
with Lindsey Pichaske
June 23-27, 1:30-4:30 PM
Ages 8 to 12 Pack your bags! We’re going on a creative journey around the world! From Day of the Dead shadowboxes in Mexico to an archeological dig in Egypt, we will explore art traditions from different cultures. The only thing you need to bring on this journey is creativity.

Lindsay Pichaske has taught children’s and adult art classes for six years. She has taught at various art centers, Odyssey Center, and is currently an Arts for Life teaching fellow.

Mad Cap Capers
with True Kelly
June 30-July 4, 9:00 AM-Noon
All Ages
Here’s calling all clowns to continue on the path of “heyoka” magic, marching to the tune of bells, whistles, and drums. We’ll create our own clown alley with traditional and original gags. And we’ll show off our skills with a public performance in the Penland parade on July 2nd.

True Kelly has led workshops and guided art groups for over forty-five years. She is a certified art instructor in North Carolina. Her expansive collection of folk art is part of her ongoing inspiration as an artist.

Becoming a Superhero
with Kreh Mellick
July 7-11, 9:00 AM-Noon
Ages 6 to 11
Imagine yourself as a superhero. We will start with brainstorming and story building. Then we’ll create storyboards and comic strips. Finally we’ll build costumes, narratives, and events!

Kreh is currently a core Student at Penland. She worked at Oak Street Studios: A Young Person’s Art Institute for three years in Portland, Maine.

The Art of the Gift
with Jennifer Robinson
July 7-11, 1:30-4:30 PM
Ages 8 to 12
Using a variety of exciting and cool stuff, we will make gifts for the people we love. We will design paper, cards, and gift tags as well. Each student will make at least three objects and a variety of paper and cards. Come and learn the joy of making and giving your creations!

Ms. “J.Ro” is the art teacher at Gouge, Buladean and Tipton Hill Schools where she spends her time helping kids make great art.

Animal Kingdom
with Lindsay Pichaske
July 14-18, 9:00 AM-Noon
Ages 6 to 10
Come explore the world of animals! From house pets to jungle creatures, we will use clay and mixed media to create our own animal kingdom. We will end the week with an outdoor safari to explore our creations.

Lindsay Pichaske has taught children’s and adult art classes for six years. She has taught at various art centers, Odyssey Center, and is currently an Arts for Life teaching fellow.

Appalachian Folk Tales
with Sam Maren
July 14-18, 1:30-4:30 PM
Ages 6 to 12
This class is rooted in traditional folk stories such as the Jack Tales and Brer Rabbit, as well as many other well-known stories, tall tales, and folk songs. In addition to listening, telling and acting out traditional stories, students will create their own individual group stories and songs. A performance at the Storytelling Festival will conclude this class.

Sam is a folk musician, has extensive experience in woodworking, and enjoys teaching children of all ages. He works with TRAC in the Enhanced Arts for Preschool program.

Cardboard Construction with Andrew Hayes
July 21-25, 9:00 AM-Noon
Ages 5 to 8
In this class we’ll use everyday cardboard to make unbelievable creations. Hand puppets, masks, and crazy footgear are just some of the possibilities. We’ll have tons of fun, so crank up your imagination!

Andrew is currently a core student at Penland. He has taught welding at Northern Arizona State University in Flagstaff and has assisted teaching many sculpture workshops. He enjoys working with students of all ages.

A Pigment of Your Imagination
with Kerstin Davis
July 21-25, 1:30-4:30 PM
Ages 9 to 12
Imaginations will run wild as we experiment with various paint media and processes creating big bold and beautiful paintings. We will be seeking inspiration from the rich natural beauty of the area and exposure to the work of other Penland artists.

Kerstin has 10+ years of experience teaching children. She currently is the art instructor for the 9 to 12 class at Spruce Pine Montessori School. She is a working artist, and mother of three.



Printmaking
with Wendi Gratz
July 28-August 1, 9:00 AM-Noon
Ages 3 to 6
Have fun rubbing, stamping, and stenciling as we spend a week exploring all kinds of printmaking. We’ll print everything under the sun—hands, feet, sneaker treads, leaves, paperclips, fruits, vegetables—even a fish!

Wendi spent several years doing all the children’s craft and activity events at a bookstore in Tennessee, including a summer camp series. She has also taught quilting to adults and children.

Mask Making and Creative Costumes
with Christine Henry
July 28-August 1, 1:30-4:30 PM
Ages 9 to 12
We will design masks and simple costumes using recyclables, found objects, paper, fabric and our imaginations! We will look at masks and costumes from around the world for inspiration.

Christine has taught many Kids Camp classes; she has also taught art at Spruce Pine Montessori School and for TRAC’s Enhanced Arts in the Preschools program. She is a glass artist and has a degree in child development from UNC-A.