Penland School of Craft has open spaces in its upcoming eight-week session available at half tuition to area residents. These long workshops are an unusual opportunity to spend two months working with first-rate instructors in professionally-equipped studios. The discount is available to residents of many Western North Carolina counties, including Jackson.

Regular room and board charges apply, but students are not required to stay on campus.

The sessions run from March 8 through May 1 with openings in clay, glass, iron, letterpress, metals, photography and textiles.

All of the workshops are open to students of all skill levels; beginners are welcome.

Complete information is available in the workshops section of the Penland website: To enroll, call the Penland registrar at 765-2359, ext. 1306.