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“Intermediate Encaustic” Encaustic workshop SAC (Oct 2018)

October 18 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM



What’s next with wax?!

So you’ve got some footing with the encaustic medium – awesome!  This workshop goes beyond the basics and dives deeper down the waxy rabbit hole.  In this 1-day workshop we will spend time developing and refining core encaustic techniques including:

  • Basic color mixing:   Learn how to mix your own colors instead of painting straight from the “tube”
  • Transparent & opaque layering:  We will practice how to achieve layers of depth – one of the most alluring aspects of encaustic art.
  • Creating a cohesive composition:  Move past the melted rainbow tie-die backgrounds!   We will discuss how to bring all the elements together into a painting that works.

We will create multiple sample boards and will ultimately work on 1 final painting that ties all the exercises together.

This workshop is limited to only four students so you will have plenty of one-on-one support.  In addition to having painted a handful of encaustic creations, you will walk away with an understanding of how to take your encaustic art to the next level!

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

Please note: This workshop specifically focuses on pure encaustic paint and medium.  Developing strength with this encaustic “backbone” will give you a sturdy foundation to build upon.  If you are interested in working with stencils, mixed media and other tools I suggest taking a look at Encaustic In-Depth:  Surface Mastery and/or Encaustic In-Depth:  Mixed Media.

Some encaustic experience required for this workshop.  Basic understanding of using the torch a plus!

So what is included in the workshop?

  • R&F Encaustic Paint:  I have a rainbow array of colors that you can use.  This includes metallics.  If you see a color that you like in my collection I am more than happy to get it melted 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:  Iwatani torches are available for you 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 boards of various sizes (around 5×7 or 6×6 is ideal.  You may bring 1 larger panel 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 fall 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!


October 18
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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University Art Sacramento
2601 J Street
Sacramento, 95816 United States
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