Encaustic 101: Painting With Wax

10/5–10/6/19 | Maine College of Art, Portland, ME  Registration opens 8/1

10/20–10/26/19 | Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC  FULL

Encaustic, meaning “to burn in” in Greek, is an art form dating back to the 5th Century BC. Used as a contemporary medium it is a versatile method of painting with a beeswax based paint and a heated palette. This hands-on studio course will introduce participants to safety, supports, encaustic history and contemporary use while providing demonstrations and opportunity to practice and apply 2D techniques which include application, fusing, color mixing, etching, texturizing, graphite and Xerox transfers, collaging, incorporating found objects, and working with R&F Pigment Sticks. 

Encaustic + Paper: Collage, Dip, Monoprint

8/3–8/4/19 | Maine College of Art, Portland, ME  FULL

In this workshop, we will experiment with paper and wax, noting the way that certain papers become translucent and pliable when saturated with medium, lending themselves to three-dimensional forms. We will work on panels to create unique collages, as well as pull one of a kind monoprints directly off the hot plates. Students are encouraged to bring photographs for image transfer, as well as an assortment of art paper, vintage stamps, and other ephemera with them. Encaustic paint and Pigment Sticks will be used as final layers. No previous experience necessary.

Layers, Translucency + See Throughs

Layers, Translucency, and See Throughs takes students beyond the basics involved in working with encaustic, offering participants a deeper understanding of how to create paintings that suggest luminosity, depth, and dimension. Emphasis will be placed on creating a sense of light, on the balance and weight of composition, and on expressing meaning through an exploration of accumulating marks, drawings, and image transfers at varying levels. Students will have plenty of time to explore and develop their own personal ideas and visual vocabulary on larger or multiple panels.

Encaustic Workshop: Next Level

Spring 2020 | Maine College of Art, Portland, ME  Dates TBD

8/9–8/15/20 | Snow Farm, Williamsburg, MA Registration opens in December

This workshop helps participants re-engage and further their encaustic practice with a focus on developing and expanding visual vocabulary, building existing skills, and challenging themselves to work larger. Additional techniques include manipulating encaustic to create texture and developing translucency and depth between layers. The workshop begins with a quick overview of the basics, including fusing techniques and studio safety considerations. Students are met at whatever skill level they are at and challenged to push and hone skills. Effective ways to handle edges and finishing work are introduced, as well as discussion around proper packing, shipping, and storing work. Students will break and practice free-writing from verbal prompts to further a connection to their work. Emphasis will be placed on navigating the technical and compositional challenges of working larger. 

Metal | Metallic: Shimmer, Luster, Depth 

7/17-7/20/19 | R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY FULL

11/8–11/10/19 | The Encaustic Center, Richardson, TX FULL

2/14-2/16/20 | Jen Tough Gallery, Benicia, CA

If you love old nails or collect small pieces of found metal and rust, learn how to incorporate these objects into encaustic. If you are drawn to things that glitter and reflect light, this workshop is for you. We will focus on combining metal and metallic paint with encaustic medium to create work that shimmers and has depth. The application of metallic pigment sick and silver and gold leaf will be demonstrated as ways to finish work, add shine, and enhance metal surfaces.

Photo credit: Claire Dibble

Photo credit: Claire Dibble

Photo credit: Claire Dibble

Photo credit: Claire Dibble

Photo credit: Claire Dibble

Photo credit: Claire Dibble