My friend Lisa Pressman, encaustic artist extraordinaire, asked me to assist her there after assisting her at Arrowmont in 2014. She had also invited Cherie Mittenthal the director of Casselhill School of the Arts.There were two of us assisting which made it much less work and a lot more fun!
So after packing up way more than I could use, I jumped in my car and headed that way. Penland is located about in the NC mountains and the gps took me through a lot of back roads and beautiful scenery.
After checking in I couldn't wait to see our workspace. I had heard we were in the "new" building.
And not only was it new but it was amazing!Check out the ventilation system in this photo.
There were two workstations facing eachother and a ventilator between us to hover over our pallettes.
This is of course before the students arrived and we messed it up!
Busy Busy Busy!
The view from our studio porch. We were on the second floor.
The dining hall
The Welcoming committee. Classes started on the eve of Easter. There was an egg hunt, community brunch, and bonnet and costume contests. Wrapping up with a huge bonfire on the grounds behind the dining hall. Such a fun day!
Let the art begin:
Lisa's demo on making the underpainting, or "history"
She uses india ink, encaustic paint and medium, woodies,
made by stabilo and( yes they can and will write on a
wax surface), graphite.
Stay tuned for the work!