Encaustic 101: Painting With Wax

9/30–10/1/17  | Maine College of Art, Portland, ME 1 spot left

10/6–10/9/17  |  Haystack, Deer Isle, ME 

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 making encaustic medium, application, fusing, color mixing, etching, texturizing, graphite and Xerox transfers, collaging, embedding and incorporating found objects. 

Encaustic Collograph Printmaking

10/21–10/22/17  |  Snow Farm, Williamsburg, MA Waitlist Only

11/4–11/5/17  |  New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH 

Collagraph printing is a process in which collage materials are built up to create a raised textured surface over a rigid substrate to create a printing plate.  Inks or oil are applied to the surface and then printed onto paper.  Encaustic collagraph uses encaustic medium (a combination of filtered beeswax and damar resin) in place of collage material.  Encaustic medium can be manipulated in a number of ways to hold texture.  Prints will be made using both relief and intaglio techniques.  The properties of encaustic medium allow for both easy manipulation and multiple print runs. 

Metal | Metallic

Summer 2018  |  Maine College of Art, Portland, ME 

If you love old nails or collect small pieces of found metal and rust, this workshop is for you.  Wax + Metal focuses on combining metal, metallic pigment stick, and silver and gold leaf with encaustic medium to create work that shimmers and has depth.  The application of metallic pigment stick will be demonstrated and silver and gold leaf will be demonstrated as ways to finish work, add shine, and enhance metal surfaces.  It is a prerequisite that participants have completed an introductory level class prior to enrolling. 

Encaustic Workshop: Next Level

Spring 2018  |  Maine College of Art, Portland, ME 

10/6–10/8/18  |  Snow Farm, Williamsburg, MA

The “Next Level” workshop is designed to take students beyond the basics involved in working with wax and resin.  A hands on studio course, this workshop will offer participants a deeper understanding of contemporary use, while providing them plenty of time to develop and explore their personal ideas and visual vocabulary on larger or multiple panels.  An emphasis will be placed on navigating the challenges of working larger and expressing meaning through an exploration of mark making and techniques to create translucency and depth.  It is a prerequisite that participants have completed an introductory level class prior to enrolling. 

Encaustic Workshop: Color + 3D Composition

10/14–10/15/17  |  Maine College of Art, Portland, ME 3 spots left

The focus of this advanced encaustic workshop will be to diverge from the square and rectangle, while diving more deeply into color.  By assembling, nailing, screwing, hinging, and gluing together wood forms, students will combine shapes and encaustic paints to create sculptures or 3-dimensional paintings.  Participants will learn how to understand colors by their hue, chroma, and value, gaining insights into how color affects balance, contrast, movement, pattern, and composition.  It is a prerequisite that participants have completed an introductory level class prior to enrolling.