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“Encaustic In-Depth: Beyond Black & White” Encaustic Workshop August

August 11, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - August 12, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

 THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL (will be repeated Oct 23rd – 24th)

Learning encaustic is a little like taming a horse.  It is beautiful, wild and in a split second it gets out of control.  The key to successful encaustic art is understanding the subtleties of the wax and harnessing its natural potential.  When art is forced, the outcome is unbalanced.  When you speak the language of the medium, the creative process becomes a two-way conversation.

Thaw 1This 2-day workshop will showcase how to achieve depth, detail and dimension by building up translucent layers.  You will learn the range and potential of using the most basic color palettes:  Black & White.  Lectures and demonstrations will be given throughout the workshop on how to finesse your layering technique.  Learn how to build a strong compositional foundation in order to accomplish a balanced and powerful encaustic painting.  This workshop is limited to only four students so you will have plenty of one-on-one support.  We will not be working towards a “completed painting” in this workshop; the emphasis will be on familiarizing ourselves with the application of the wax by creating multiple sample boards.  In addition to having painted a handful of encaustic creations, you will gain a better understanding of how to take your art to the next level.

What you will learn from this workshop:
  • When and how to use white
  • How to control translucency to create depth
  • Fine-tune your fuse
  • The power of pure encaustic medium
  • Successfully layering techniques
  • Create texture affects that work

There will be a 45-minute meal break mid-workshop each day.

All levels welcome!  This workshop is a great encaustic introduction for the beginner.   More advanced artists can fine tune their skills and really push themselves.  The class environment is always open and supportive to whatever skill level you are at.

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So what is included in the workshop?

  • R&F Encaustic Paint:  The paint will be ready and waiting for you!
  • R&F Encaustic Medium:  I’ve got the medium melted and ready to go!
  • Tools:  Brushes, incising tools, scrapers, rubber tools, etc….
  • The Heat:  You WILL learn how to paint with fire!  Iwatani torches are available for you to use.   You will also have your own heated anodized aluminum palette to use.
  • Safe working environment:  Limited seating offers you elbow room to spread out.  You get a whole table to yourself!  Galvanized sheet metal at each table provides a safe work space.  And oh yes, the classroom is ventilated!

Most of the materials are included but I am including a small list of things you should bring as well:

  • 4-6 boards of various sizes (around 5×7 or 6×6 is ideal.  You may bring 2 larger panels 8×10 or 8×8)
    • Ampersand EncausticBords are good, so are cradled birch panels
    • Additional boards are available for purchase in the store if needed
  • Bottled water, snacks and lunch (It is very important to hydrate yourself with encaustic)
    • I ask students to please eat outside of the classroom to get some fresh air. Drinks are fine inside the classroom.  There is a Starbucks across the street and restaurants within walking distance from the store.
  • Notebook & pencil for taking notes
  • Appropriate attire and a great attitude: long hair tied back in ponytail, no flip flops, avoid loose-fitting “flowy” clothes.  Be prepared to learn and have fun!

How to stay cool in the classroom:

It can get pretty toasty in the classroom during the fall.  Even though we have air conditioning, sometimes it’s not as cool as we would like so here are some tips to keep cool in class!

  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and can “breathe” – this includes shoes.  When your feet are cool, your body feels a little cooler (avoid flip flops or any shoes that you might trip on.  Sandals with a heel strap are ok)
  • Hydrate yourself:  Bring some cool water to keep yourself going through the workshop.
  • I have some cooling towels that you are free to use on the back of your neck in case the summer heat asserts itself 😉


Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast and are limited to 4 students.  PayPal is accepted / credit cards are easily accepted through “Square” (preferred) and will finalize your registration!  Encaustic class cancellations must be made 2 weeks prior to the workshop.  All PayPal refunds will be redeposited into your PayPal account.  Refunded money may take up to 7 business days to appear in your bank account depending on payment method and bank processing.  If you’ve registered for the workshop and don’t show up (have not cancelled within 2 weeks) your payment will be retained.  

Where to park?  Check out these Midtown Sacramento parking tips to help you have an awesome workshop experience!


August 11, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
August 12, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
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University Art Sacramento
2601 J Street
Sacramento, 95816 United States
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