High School: Dual Enrollment Craft Study Program

Each fall, the TAI staff coordinates a special nine-week course, Methods and Materials, in collaboration with Mayland Community College and Mitchell High School. Up to 16 Mitchell High and Mayland Community College students receive both high school and college credit for participation. Classes take place in Penland’s professional teaching studios. Courses are taught by Penland instructors, resident artists, or studio artists from the community. Each course is a survey of a variety of techniques centered around two media not available through the high school or Mayland. Past classes have included flame and kiln-worked glass, photography, woodworking, printmaking, jewelry and ceramics. Through these courses, students develop their creative and technical skills, their art portfolios, and their understanding of craft as a possible career path. The class has been very popular, with several students repeating the class for a second semester.







Students in the glass studio use professional equipment to make beads and other flameworked projects.


















Students enjoyed working with a variety of techniques and tools to manipulate metal in the jewelry studio.
























Students explore the range of making from concept to product. They roll ink onto their plates and print images using state of the art professional equipment.

















This student uses an array of clamps to hold her project in place while she works in the wood studio.