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Penland School of Crafts

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great school in amazing location

Pretty amazing school. Great place to visit if you are not luicky enough to take classes there. Be... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2018
James B
South Carolina
Walked around

We stopped by for the auction and had lunch at the coffee shop. People are very friendly and the... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2018
Tampa, Florida
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67 Doras Trl, Penland, NC 28765-0037
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Reviewed 12 December 2018

Pretty amazing school. Great place to visit if you are not luicky enough to take classes there. Be sure to visit their gift shop for ma variety of craft items.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank James B
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

We stopped by for the auction and had lunch at the coffee shop. People are very friendly and the grounds are beautiful. They have walking trails you can go on too even if you're not there for a class.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Ekgator
Reviewed 4 March 2018

A great day trip, and a must when they off the studio crawl! Once you visit you will understand why people come here from all over the country

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank mtnman68
Reviewed 9 October 2017

A beautiful campus hidden away in the mountains. A separate building for each craft, from hot iron to fine fabrics. It's fascinating to walk from building to building, seeing the extensive and sometimes strange equipment, watching students and masters at work through large windows. (In...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank WhitfieldObserver
Reviewed 28 August 2017

This is a great place to visit if you know little about the visual arts, like me. You can watch glass-blowing, wood working, metal artists, jewelry making, and more. The area is naturally beautiful.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank LC34201
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful surprise! Never having been there, we chose the only Wed tours were canceled due to an upcoming auction. The staff invited us to wander & see this amazing place, incredible work, beautiful gallery in an inspirational setting you wouldn't find by accident....More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank ibxbeverlyj
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Penland School of Crafts include about 420 acres and 57 buildings. Over 1400 students attend Penland each year. Artists from all over the country exhibit their work at the Penland Gallery & Visitor Center. Enjoy your visit!

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank 58randyt
Reviewed 16 December 2016

I never miss the chance to visit when in the area. Fascinating story, history, galleries, and a great coffee shop!

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank 798cherryd
Reviewed 23 November 2016

I spent two weeks at Penland in the summer studying felting in the Lily Loom Fiber House. I applied for a work/study scholarship and was so excited to recieve the discounted stay. I studied under an amazing artist whose work I had been following for...More

Date of experience: August 2016
3  Thank jsuder
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We have been visiting Penland for almost two decades and finally decided to attend their two week courses this summer. The setting is not only magical but the studios vibrate with creativity. People of all ages and backgrounds come to discover hidden potentials and learn...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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15 February 2017|
Response from jsuder | Reviewed this property |
Their food is excellent and you may not want to leave campus to go in search of food. When I was there I felt like I lived in the studio so a short walk to the dining hall was really convenient.
12 October 2016|
Response from CharloAsh17 | Reviewed this property |
YES absolutely you would be able to see the artists working in their Studios, and there are so many different types of Studios it would be quite educational for the kids to see all the different types of creative and... More