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In these Encaustic Workshops, I focus on fun and exploration. I bring to you my light spirit and sense of adventure as we set off together to experience the feel of warm beeswax and tree sap gliding across our warm griddles. The smell is intoxicating, lifting its luscious aroma into our shared space, our waxes dancing before our eyes, blending seamlessly with the rich colorful encaustic pigments, which we pull across the surfaces of our paintings. It’s a transcendent experience, and it will transport you in more ways than one. There is a shift that happens when we pull and push wax across wood and take in the natural aroma of Encaustic wax. We paint, dig, carve, embed, sculpt, layer, fuse, and rub different media into and onto the wax. In class I am your guide, and I will bring to you the amazing experience of combining fiber, wood, paper and metals with encaustic wax, which will delight your senses and uplift your art making. Encaustic painting will truly feed your soul, and keep you coming back for more! Students often take more than one, if not all the workshops offered in a series at national conferences. Right now I am working out more waxy ideas to bring to you! I’ll see you there!
Look for these workshops:
Encaustic Daguerreotype Paintings
There is something so beautiful and eerie about the old Daguerreotype photos – I’ve always wanted a set of my own, or to somehow be able to recreate them. Well, with the help of techniques such as photo transfer, ink rubs, metal leaf, and deep stamping with Victorian objects, I have recreated the look of Daguerreotype photos as Encaustic Paintings. I’ll share my tricks with you and we’ll have fun in the process! Come join me in making your own personalized set of Encaustic Daguerreotypes.
Ancient Book of Wax
Mmmm…to saturate completely a tiny ancient book and then recreate it as one’s own masterpiece of wax, complete with muted color and smokey hidden interiors! Now this is something you will want to experience. This is such a freeing experience, and besides having a gorgeous outcome, you’ll love the juicy explorations that are possible on each page with collage, metal leafing, smudgy writing, and painting with oil paints.
Encaustic Color Explorations
In this workshop we will be exploring color! Color in encaustic painting is often intuitive. For the most part, we just play around. But by going a little deeper into our study of color and what makes it tick, we will open up a whole new range of possibilities in our work.
We’ll explore found color– dissecting it and reinventing it in our paintings, through layering and mixing on the palette; and see if we can’t get color to reinvent itself for us. We’ll see what makes color complements and analogues click, and how these color groupings work together to tone each other down or brighten each other up. We’ll compare hue, tint and shade, and how this specifically relates to encaustic painting, where we include light and the layering of medium, or the ratio of pigments in our work, and not just the addition of white and black paint. And we will touch on the ever elusive theory of warm and cool colors, and how they interact.
In the end, we will get more comfortable with choosing our own personal color palettes, and gain confidence in how our color choices can influence our work.
Fiber & Wax: Dipping, Embedding & Layering
In this workshop, we will be dipping all sorts of fibers into encaustic wax. Papers, botanicals, cloth, silk ribbon, metallic threads, teabags, rose petals, bones… nothing will escape our reach. The boundaries are wide open for mixing, shrouding, layering and embedding anything our heart’s desire. We can cover our creations with metallic script, paint rubs and inky drawings. Beauty abounds in this waxy, fiber workshop.
Encaustic Cavo Relievo
In this workshop, we experiment with both foliage and handmade stencils to create deep cavernous and relief effects on the Encaustic surface. This is done by painting materials into the wax, and then pulling them out before the wax cures.
There are two different approaches to Cavo Relievo: one emphasizes pattern and one emphasizes texture. We will play with both approaches.
Encaustic Grid Studies
The study of grids opens up a new frontier of design ideas you never knew you had. When working in repetition, a series of work is allowed to emerge that expands your boundaries. Patterns, textures and colors will combine and redistribute themselves across a number of paintings in a way that will surprise and delight you. A body of work will emerge that will be cohesive and polished.
Reflective Surfaces in Encaustic Painting
September’s demos will be on everything Reflective. In fact, that is the idea theme as well: Reflection. I will give demos using all kinds of Reflective Mixed Media: Mirrored Tiles, Mica Stone, Shattered Iridescent Mica, Mica Powder, “antiqued” Rhinestones and Pearls, lots of Metal Leaf, Metallic Transfer Foil, Metallic R&F Pigment Sticks, and Metallic Encaustic Paint. When this reflective mixed media accentuates your paintings’ smooth waxy surfaces and images from your reflections, you’ll see your ideas come together in a way that satisfies your inner artist!
Saturated Waxy Color
Learn the secrets of layering color so that your painting becomes luminous with undertones and muted surface rubs. This workshop looks at building color through layering, altering color through tone, using texture to grab up color rubs, and varying a theme of color choices.
Intarsia: The Art of Inlay
In this workshop, The Art of Inlay, also called “Intarsia”, will be emphasized. This is a technique where channels & areas are dug out of the waxy painting, and new warm wax laid in. The painting is then scraped back to reveal gorgeous line and form in luminous color. It’s a relaxing and captivating technique, and a good one to add to your encaustic repertoire.
Transparency & Opacity in Encaustic Painting
In this workshop, the emphasis will be on practicing techniques which pair the contrasting surfaces of opacity and transparency. Textures will be explored, along with how it applies to surfaces which alternately hide and reveal the hidden layers underneath the surface. Your encaustic skills and your sense of balance in paintings will both improve after working with these concepts.
How to draw on the Surface of Encaustic Paintings
In this workshop, we will explore expressive drawn line and varied brushstroke. We will alternately layer within and build up the wax, using line and stroke to create encaustic imagery. We will continue to experiment using all types of wax-compatible mediums on the surface and within the layers of the wax, with: oil pastel, water soluble pastel pencil, chalk pastel, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil and ink.
Transitional Imagery: Encaustic MonoPrinting
Get ready to think outside the encaustic box…
In this Encaustic MonoPrinting Workshop- you’ll feel like a printer at the ink press, only you’ll be pressing wax!
Encaustic MonoPrinting is a unique process; it’s a whole different feel than encaustic painting. We use different equipment, and it’s a different process altogether.
It’s like the playful part of encaustic painting- but instead of brushwork, you play with mark-making directly on a smooth hot aluminum plate- it’s all about surface play, mark making, and the immediacy of layering color using the encaustic crayons straight up on the plate. We press prints onto paper and layer wax marks to make images. Ghost images are left on the plate after our pressings, and we can redraw with our crayons or transition our imagery to the next phase. I’ll show you additive and subtractive mark-making, how to get the best prints through temperature control and registration, how to work with different paper types, and how to use a variety of tools and objects for unusual marks.
Encaustic Watercolor Experiments
In this Workshop we experiment with rich watercolor pigments on watercolor paper, play with saturating them in warm encaustic wax, and then embed them, in whole or in part, into our encaustic paintings. As our watercolor paper hits the warm wax on the griddle, it undergoes a transformation: the pigment becomes even richer, even more subdued, and begins to diffuse, from the paper, into the wax. We can get imagery and color that we would never have created any other way. Experimenting with this technique will take you outside your art box, and into new directions with your work.
Shakudo is a Japanese metals technique historically used in the making of swords for Samurais, which, once the Samurai class became obsolete, showed itself in jewelry. A gold and copper alloy was used to make a black patina, which was then engraved upon to create intricate design work.
In the Encaustic Shakudo workshop we will apply this concept to the beautiful metal shrines that I provide. We will layer wax with 3 types of metal leaf and mellow it with a blue-black patina.
Flemish Pears meet Charcoal & Wax
This workshop is inspired by Flemish Oil Paintings and the process of painting from a still life. I have transferred these concepts into an encaustic approach, using encaustic techniques such as layering, glazing, burnishing and sgraffito to capture the Flemish approach of under-painting and layering of oil paint. With the pear as the subject, we will capture its organic form in wax using charcoal, then apply oil paint in layers, and finish with scraffito and metallic finishes.
More Encaustic Painting Workshops:
Encaustic Wabi Sabi
Approaches to Figurative Encaustic Painting
Encaustic Jewelry Workshops:
I never intended to go into jewelry…it just came with the territory of being Susan Lenart Kazmer’s sister! I morphed the encaustic painting form with the beautiful bezel work of my sis and voila- a new art form was born.
Wearable Encaustic Shrines
Encaustic Daguerreotype Jewelry
Relief & Recessed Forms in Encaustic Jewelry
Art & Soul, Portland, Oregon, April 7th – 14th, 2014:
At Art & Soul this year I am teaching actual painting classes, not jewelry (well, ok, there are those Wearable Shrines we all love, but I hang mine on my wall!) so come and spend the day painting with me in one or all of my classes. In Wearable Encaustic Shrines , you’ll learn casting and faux finishes with pouring and embellishment; in Encaustic Dagguereotype Paintings, you’ll learn how to layer transparent color with photo-transfer and eerie surface treatments; in Luminous Layering you will learn how to layer collage images and gorgeous paper to create synergistic paintings, glowing with color and light. Take one, two, or all three- each one will be a fun, rewarding encaustic experience and you will delight in the new techniques you learn!
Wearable Encaustic Shrines: Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Encaustic Dagguereotype Paintings: Friday, April 11th, 2014
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
FAVA, Oberlin, Ohio, March 15th – April 5th, 2014: I am teaching locally at our beautiful arts center in Oberlin, Ohio. Come on Saturdays, 1 pm – 4:30 pm and have a relaxing open-studio experience with instruction on techniques suited exactly to your interests, in my 4 week long Encaustic Studio Jam.
FAVA, Oberlin, Ohio, March 1st, 2014: Encaustic Wabi Sabi Workshop: In this one-day workshop (12 pm to 4 pm), we will play on warm griddles- using Encaustic Medium and hand dipping all types of paper and textures to create gorgeous layered, aged-looking pieces of transparent collage ready for framing or hanging in windows. This is sometimes called “working directly on the palette” where you layer and create collage right smack in a pool of warm encaustic wax, then lift the whole thing off, then continue to work the surface with all types of mixed media. Come learn this technique on a blustery March day, warm and snug in the studio, with a group of fun-loving folks, each one expanding their creativity to new waxy heights! See you there!
To Bead True Blue 2014, Tucson, Arizona, February 2nd – 10th, 2014:
My Encaustic Classes can be purchased at iceresin.com on the Workshop page. I’ll be teaching four all-day classes so you can really sink your teeth in and learn everything you ever wanted to learn about encaustics. This year, you will not only learn to make the jewelry, but you will make small paintings too. This is because painting really gives you a feel for the encaustic art form. These classes are dynamic and fun and you won’t want to miss out on the brilliant encaustic community that is just beginning to blossom at To Bead True Blue! Take one or take many encaustic classes- each class focuses on a different technique, and at the end, I sell off the griddles and micro torches, so you may even go home with an instant encaustic studio to go with that head full of knowledge and those skilled hands! Come and join me- I’ll be looking for you!!!!
This year I will be teaching four Encaustic Workshops:
*Waxing Images: you will make multiple encaustic pendants, playing with color, wax inlay (intarsia), and wax photo transfer.
*Word Shield: you will play with layering and scraping antique color and writing in metallic script on the surface of the wax- first as an encaustic painting, then as a piece of encaustic jewelry.
*Cryptic Encaustics: you will play with layering transparent color, and with deep stamping and excavating- first as an encaustic painting, then as a piece of encaustic jewelry.
*Wearable Encaustic Shrines: you will play with tins and bezels, creating small shrines using encaustic casting, pouring and collage techniques.
FAVA, Oberlin, Ohio, October 19th – November 23rd: I am teaching locally at our beautiful arts center in Oberlin, Ohio. Come on Saturdays, 1 pm – 4 pm and have a relaxing open-studio experience with instruction on techniques suited exactly to your interests, in my 6 week workshop titled: Encaustic Studio Play.
Idyllwild Summer Arts Camp, July 11th – 13th, 2013; Strawberry Valley, California. This is a relaxing 3-day workshop called:
The Santos Cage Doll Redefined: Figurative Mixed Media Art, where I guide 15 students through the building of a Santos Cage Doll, using all types of Mixed Media. We actually Sculpt in Polymer, Cast in Encaustic and ICE Resin, build a Wooden Cage (from a kit provided), and then Embellish with every wonderful thing you can think of. On the last day we even build a Reliquary for the Santos to wear or hold. Materials are provided, but a few things you’ll bring. This promises to be gorgeous, relaxing and fun!
Adorn Me!, February 28 – March 3rd, 2013 Houston, Texas: I’ll be teaching 3 Encaustic Classes: Wearable Encaustic Shrine, where students will play with bezeled wax and experience encaustic casting and faux finishes with embedding and collage; and Cryptic Encaustics, where students will play with bezeled wax and experience deep mark-making and excavating. The student will leave all three classes with finished encaustic jewelry. Also I will be teaching a day and a half workshop called Building Figurative Jewelry, where the students will cast found figurative elements in ICE Resin on the first day, and then turn them into fantastic figurative creations using metals and mixed media on the second day!
ToBeadTrueBlue, February 3rd – February 8th, 2013, Tucson, Arizona: Classes are up on the site! I will be teaching these 4 hour Encaustic Workshops. Click here to see class descriptions; go to iceresin.com’s site to sign up:
Encaustic Angels Among Us
Encaustic God’s-Eye Pendant
Encaustic Daguerreotype Pendant
Encaustic Caveo Rilieveo
Casting in ICE
Bead and Button, June 6 – 10th, 2012; Milwaukee, Wisconsin: I will be co-teaching with Cheri Lenart: The Travelling Series: The Journey Necklace; Mini Wearable Altar; Resin Architecture. Follow the link for dates and times!
To Bead True Blue, Tucson; January 29th – February 3rd, 2012: I’ll be teaching workshops in creating wearable art with ICE Resin. These include a 3 hour casting class: Resin Architecture; another 3 hour class called Mini Wearable Altar; some two hour classes called: Resin Alchemy, Heart’s Desire Pendant, and The Journey Necklace; and lots of 1 hour introductory Resin Classes: Resin 101, Resin Basics and Intro to Bezels.
Oberlin College Winter Workshop, Ohio; January 9th – January 20th, 2012: I will be teaching the Oberlin College students every aspect of Encaustic Painting in this 50 hour workshop.