From weaving school to world-renowned craft designation
Penland School of Craft is an internationally-celebrated center for education in contemporary and traditional craft, dedicated to helping people live creative lives.
Founded in 1929 to preserve the craft of weaving in mountain communities, the school offers instruction by world-renowned teachers in a variety of media including books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood.
Penland School of Craft offers one-week and two-week classes in the summer and one-week and eight-week sessions in the spring and fall. The school also offers three-year residencies to provide a stimulating and supportive environment to artists who are at a transitional point in their careers.
Visitors can view and buy works by instructors, resident artists, students and neighboring artists at Penland Gallery, which also offers special exhibitions.
Visitors are welcome at the Penand Gallery and Visitors Center, Supply Store, Coffee House, and the Resident Artist studios at the Barns. Visitors may walk the grounds of the main campus (dogs must be on a leash), however, please note that the teaching studios and the dining hall are not open to the public. Please stop at the Penland Gallery on your arrival and they will provide a campus map and orientation. From there, visitors can embark on a self-guided tour of parts of the campus.
Please note that hours may vary due to the season or school schedule – please check Penland’s website for current information.