Encaustic Painting Rediscovered: Age Old Techniques Updated for the Contemporary Artist

Come explore encaustic wax painting in this new two-day workshop highlighting this age-old technique– while incorporating today’s tools, materials, and vibrant waxes. Attendees of any visual art background will benefit from this workshop in wax.

No other medium can match the versatility of encaustic wax, both in technique and result. The definition of encaustic is to “burn in.” In today’s terms, that means heating wax through a variety of techniques that can achieve different results. It can be as simple as melting a box of crayons with beeswax to working with pigments, refined beeswax, a variety of hot tools, and mixed media objects.

By starting with the basics, attendees will learn to work with the unique properties of wax to create textures that can be smooth and enamel-like, or extremely dimensional.  We will continue to build on these techniques learning to layer materials (light-weight verses heavy-weight), alter the wax with a variety of hot tools, incise, add found objects like fibers, nature and small treasures, and embellish with additional color such as oil pastels, micas, dyes, stamp pads, spices etc.

Students are encouraged to create a finished grouping highlighting the techniques they learn, or to make the medium their own by utilizing learned techniques, objects, and materials that emphasize their individual creativity. Students will walk way with an in-depth understanding of how wax can be used as a new medium or as a new player in their own media.