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“Go Big or Go Home” Encaustic workshop (Nov 2020)

November 16 @ 10:00 AM - November 17 @ 4:00 PM

Yes!  This is the workshop where we will be working towards one final painting!  The composition will be simple so you will have the opportunity to explore the nuances of working large without getting over complicated.  As for inspiration you may absolutely come with an idea – I encourage you to keep it simple.  I will be demonstrating a very basic composition – a tree in a field. We will be using a limited muted color palette and working with larger brushes.  This is the class we’re we dive further into composition and layering to create depth.  We will practice more translucent layering for softness as well.  Here are the 5 specialty colors we will be using (they are delicious…):
  • Olive Yellow
  • Cerulean Grey
  • Blue Ochre
  • Green Gold Ex. Pale
  • Titanium White
In class we are going to practice fusing BIG.   You have your choice of panel size – keep your panel size to no smaller than 4sq/ft and no larger than 6sq/ft.  Size examples:  24 x 24 / 18 x24 / 12 x 36 / 24 x 30.  There is a big difference when you start working in larger formats so we will be getting comfortable with starting large pieces.  Getting that perfect surface large scale is a challenge and we will get that under our belts…
  • 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.
  • Fusing UPRIGHT:  YES!  It IS possible!
  • 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.
 Of course there will be lecture/demos throughout each day with time to practice the techniques.
Student work from class…

So what is included in the workshop?

  • R&F Encaustic Paint:  we will be using a limited palette of 5 specialty colors
  • 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:

  • 1 cradled birch panel (American Easel brand recommended) size options: 24 x 24 / 18 x24 / 12 x 36 / 24 x 30
    • 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 16 @ 10:00 AM
November 17 @ 4:00 PM
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University Art Sacramento
2601 J Street
Sacramento, 95816 United States
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