Penland School of Crafts is located in North Carolina. The school is located in the Blue Ridge mountains. It's green everywhere and so different than Arizona. The campus is just absolutely beautiful! Penland offers one, two and eight week workshops in several different areas of craft. You can check out the workshops they currently offer HERE.
It's definitely not cheap to go to Penland, but they offer several scholarships making it more affordable for students on a limited budget to attend. I received a work-study scholarship, which covered room & board and it also covered all of my tuition. I just had to pay for my flight to and from North Carolina and the studio fees. The work-study included working 2 - 3 hours each day washing dishes. Yes, washing dishes! I hate washing dishes, but it was totally worth it. Without this scholarship, I wouldn't have been able to attend.
I am so thankful for having the opportunity to take another workshop at Penland. My first workshop was two summers ago when I learned how to make digital transfers. I made some really cool photo transfers to wood. You can check out the tutorial HERE.
This time at Penland, I learned the Wet Plate Collodion process. It's an alternative process from the 1800's and it isn't taught very often. I'm kind of obsessed with learning ancient processes that are less common in the photo world. I spent most of my time making tintypes, but we also learned out to make ambrotypes.
Like I said, I can't wait to go back to Penland. I met a lot of really amazing people while I was there and I made a lot of artwork that I am really proud of. I'm anxious to find out what workshops they are going to offer next summer cause I'm dying to go back! I'll share more about my trip soon!