2014 Workshops at Penland now online

“Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education located
in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Penland’s focus on excellence,
its long history, and its inspiring, retreat setting have made it
a model of experiential education. The school offers workshops in
books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals,
photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, wood, and other media. Penland
sponsors artist residencies, a gallery and visitors center, and
community education programs.

Each year approximately 1200 people come to Penland
for instruction and another 14,000 pass through as visitors. Penland
has no standing faculty; its instructors include full-time studio
artists as well as teachers from colleges and universities. Students
live at Penland and take only one class at a time allowing them
to learn by total immersion–the ideas and information gained in
a two-week session might take a year to absorb and process.

The school has also become the focal point for a lively community of
craft artists, thanks in part to the resident program which has
encouraged many artists to settle in the area. The student experience
is greatly enhanced by the presence of so many nearby studios.

Students come from all walks of life. They range from 19 to 90 years of age
and from absolute beginners to professional craftspeople. Some see
Penland as a productive retreat, some as a source of inspiration
for their personal creative lives, and others as a place to exchange
vital information about material, technique, and process. What brings
them all together is a love of materials and making, and the often
transformative experience of working with intensity and focus in
a supportive community atmosphere.

Penland School began out of a strong belief in a few simple values. Penland’s founder, Lucy Morgan
summarized these as “the joy of creative occupation and a certain
togetherness-working with one another in creating the good and the
beautiful.” For more than seventy-five years, these principles have
guided a remarkable institution which has had a pervasive influence
on American craft and touched the lives of thousands of individuals.

Penland School of Crafts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt
View a full list of upcoming workshops here.

Don’t forget – Penland Deadline is this Friday!!!

Spring Scholarships 2014
Spring scholarship applications must be received by November 29, 2013.
Work-study scholarships help make Penland
available to a wider range of students. Work-study students receive
room, board, and a discounted tuition. Full work-study students work
20-25 hours per week on a variety of tasks—principally in food service
and dishwashing. Partial work-study students work approximately 10 hours
per week. (No full work-study in glass.) Most positions involve
physical labor, but there are a few which can accommodate physical
limitations. If you have physical limitations, please send a separate
note explaining what kinds of work you are able to do. This will not
factor into selection, but will help us with assignments. In
addition to regular duties, work-study students are required to work
from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the day before and the day after their
session. If you cannot meet this requirement, do not apply.
Scholarship applications are accepted by mail only.

Your letter should be no longer than two pages and should address the following:
Financial need: why attending Penland would be a financial hardship for you.
Seriousness of intent: your
background and experience in craft, if any (prior experience in craft is
not a requirement). The individual artistic goals that you hope to
pursue in each of the classes you are applying for.
Work ethic: work-study students
have an experience which is different from yet equally valuable to that
of regular students. Do you feel you will benefit from balancing studio
work with physical labor for the school?

You will also need to supply a résumé and two letters of
reference which address your work ethic and your commitment to learning.

There is one work-study position in the
fall and one in the spring for a student who will teach movement and
also do some office and garden work. Your application and resume should
address your qualifications to teach movement.

There is one work-study position in the fall and one in the spring in the development office.
Please do not apply for work-study if you
are applying as a full-paying student. If you are not selected for
work-study, you will have the opportunity to re-apply as a full-paying
student (some workshops may be full at that time). Work-study
applications must be received by November 29, 2013, except for the
special work-study scholarships listed below. Because these are
available for both fall and spring classes, applications for these
scholarships must be received by August 2, 2013.
Work-study students will be notified by December 15, and once accepted will be asked to pay their invoiced balance.
Scholarship applications are accepted by mail only.
International students note: because
the U.S. government considers our work-study scholarship and studio
assistantship programs to be work for hire, students who are not U.S.
citizens may not receive work-study scholarships unless they have a work