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“Encaustic In-Depth: Portraiture” Encaustic workshop (Nov 2020)

November 12 @ 10:00 AM - November 14 @ 4:00 PM



This 3-day workshop will showcase how to simplify the human portrait.  We will practice color mixes using a limited color palette of 3 colors – yes, three!  Within these color mixes we will explore combinations on how to create mid-tones, shadows and highlights.  In-depth lectures and demonstrations will be given throughout the workshop on how to finesse color mixing and layering techniques.  Learn how to build a strong structural foundation by focusing on facial planes.  We will use our color mix reference to paint a simplified human portrait. This workshop is limited to only three students so you will have plenty of one-on-one support.  Even though we will be working towards a “completed portrait” the emphasis will be on familiarizing ourselves with how to build up layers using purposeful color mixes in order to depict facial structure.  Yes, this workshop focuses on encaustic portraiture, however the techniques and practices you will learn are applicable to all subject matters in encaustic art.  You will absolutely gain a better understanding of how to take your art to the next level.

Let me emphasize: we will be working towards a completed portrait NOT a museum-worthy masterpiece. We have complete permission to scrape our boards and re-set!

What you will learn from this workshop:
  • How to simplify a portrait!
  • Understanding how to read and translate facial planes
  • Create portrait colors from a limited color palette
  • Successful layering techniques focusing on shadows, mid-tones and highlights
  • When and how to use “white”
  • How to control translucency to create depth
  • Fine-tune your fuse

There will be a 1 hour meal break mid-workshop each day.

Drawing experience is NOT required!  Intermediate encaustic experience recommended.  Familiarity with using a torch is extremely helpful.  This workshop allows more intermediate encaustic artists to fine tune their skills and really push themselves.  The class environment is always open and supportive to whatever skill level you are at.

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:  We ARE painting 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:

  • For the first day you will need (1) EncausticBord or pre-encaustic-gessoed wood panel around 9″ x 12″ or 11″ x 14″.  At least 1 smaller EncausticBord or pre-encaustic-gessoed wood panel around 6″ x 6″.
  • For the following 2 days you will need (2) 11″ x 14″ panels (they must be 11″ x 14″).  We will be using 1 panel per day.   EncausticBord or wood panels are fine for these 11″ x 14″ panels.  If you bring wood panels we will gesso them with RF Encaustic Gesso at the end of the first day.
    • 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!


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!


November 12 @ 10:00 AM
November 14 @ 4:00 PM
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University Art Sacramento
2601 J Street
Sacramento, 95816 United States
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