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

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
    • NO CANVAS BOARDS OR STRETCHED CANVAS, NO MASONITE, NO PLYWOOD, NOTHING GESSOED WITH ACRYLIC GESSO
    • 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!

REGISTER TODAY!

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!

“Deluxe Encaustic Lab” Encaustic workshop (Nov 2020)

Do you need an encaustic space to create?
It’s finally here!

materials

The Deluxe Encaustic Lab is a 3-hour block of time so you can focus, practice and paint.  This lab is uninstructed however I will be present in case you have a question or two.  This lab is designed to be a V.I.P. experience limited to only 5 participants.  Here is what’s included in your all-access ticket (drum roll please…)

  • R&F Encaustic Paint:  I have a rainbow array of colors that you can use.  This includes an assortment of 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:  You don’t need to bring your skillet from home!  I’ve got the medium ready to go (read below if you are planning on using A LOT of medium)
  • Tools:  Brushes, Stencils, incising tools, scrapers, rubber tools and the like. Of course, if you are welcome to bring your own favorites from home if you have something special.
  • The Heat:  Iwatani torches and R&F Variable Temp Heat Guns are available for you to use.  I prefer and encourage the use of torches however if you are more comfortable with heat guns I can set one up for you.
  • 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!
  • Ready to go!  Just show up with your panels and any special/specific supplies you want to work with.  The space will be ready for you to jump in!

So what do you need to bring?

  • Panels:  I encourage small-scale projects since the lab is 3 hours.  Really use this time to focus on a few pieces rather than a lot of pieces.  I suggest panels around 5 x 5 up to 8 x 10 in size.  However if you feel like you can get results in that time frame on a larger panel such as 11 x 14 or 12 x 16 I can facilitate the extra wax for an additional materials fee of $25.  This fee would also be applied to multiple pours as well.  Basically any max-wax usage.
  • Specialty supplies: bring your own collage papers, inclusions, drawing materials, special tools or anything specific to your project.
  • Appropriate attire and a great attitude: jeans or long pants, no flip flops, long hair tied back in ponytail, avoid loose-fitting “flowy” clothes.

The Deluxe Encaustic Lab $100 “Golden Ticket” (because you know sometimes you need to treat yourself):

  • All of the above
  • Gain a half-hour of work-time 12:30pm – 4pm
  • PLUS the use of a 16 x 16 R&F Heated Palette.  This is GREAT if you want to practice color mixing
  • Max-Wax usage:  Work up to 16 x 20 and practice pours. (e-mail me ASAP to reserve your Golden Ticket as this is very limited)

Please email me and let me know how I can make your lab extra special!

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast and are limited to 5 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.  

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

 

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.
    • NO CANVAS BOARDS OR STRETCHED CANVAS, NO MASONITE, NO PLYWOOD, NOTHING GESSOED WITH ACRYLIC GESSO
    • 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!

REGISTER TODAY!

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!

“Encaustic Layering & Collage” Encaustic workshop (Oct 2020)

Layering & Collage!

The visual movement of encaustic is undeniably alluring, and yes, addicting.  By pairing it’s natural “controlled chaos” with the exciting layering effects of collage paper and fabric inclusions you can create whole new levels of color, pattern and dimension in your encaustic artwork.  This 1-day workshop goes beyond the basic introduction to the encaustic medium.  The emphasis of this workshop is to learn how to integrate collage paper, tissue paper and various fabrics safely into your encaustic paintings to make them more personal.  We will discuss the effect of UV light on paper inclusions and how to make paper choices that will allow your artwork to last.  You will also learn how to control the torch (yes, we will be using fire!) so the collage papers remain intact.  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 and collage techniques by creating multiple sample boards.  In addition to having painted a handful of encaustic creations, you will walk away with an understanding of why this medium is so alluring (and I warn you, addicting!)  This workshop is limited to only five students so you will have plenty of one-on-one support.

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

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, scissors, etc….
  • The Heat:  You WILL learn how to paint with fire!  Iwatani torches are available for you to use.
  • Collage Paper & Fabric:  Assorted collage papers, rice papers, tissue papers, book pages, patterned napkins and fabrics
  • 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.  Oh yes, the room is ventilated!

 

Most of the materials are included in the workshop.  Here is 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
    • NO CANVAS BOARDS OR STRETCHED CANVAS, NO MASONITE, NO PLYWOOD, NOTHING GESSOED WITH ACRYLIC GESSO
    • Additional boards are available for purchase in the store if needed
  • I will have collage paper for you to use however you are welcome to bring your own if you like.  Bring any collage paper, tissue paper or fabrics you would like to experiment with (please be open to sharing with other students).  Thank you for limiting yourself to filling an 11×14 envelope (yes, I understand its challenging!) 
  • Bottled water, snacks and lunch (It is very important to hydrate yourself with encaustic)
    • I ask students to please eat lunch outside of the classroom to get some fresh air. Drinks are fine inside the classroom
  • 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 Summer.  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 heat asserts itself 😉

REGISTER TODAY!

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast and are limited to 5 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!

“Encaustic Aspens & Oaks” Encaustic workshop SAC (Oct 2020)

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
  • Alizarin Orange
  • 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…
  • Color mixing to create form:   Learn color combo’s to depict soft landscapes and tree form.  Explore mixing 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.
 Of course there will be lecture/demos throughout each day with time to practice the techniques.

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
    • NO CANVAS BOARDS OR STRETCHED CANVAS, NO MASONITE, NO PLYWOOD, NOTHING GESSOED WITH ACRYLIC GESSO
    • 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!

REGISTER TODAY!

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!

“Encaustic Ink & Imagery” Encaustic workshop (Oct 2020)

A layer of colorful alcohol ink is separated by 3 layers of wax medium. India ink is brushed on and allowed to dry. I then created a positive and a negative image by scraping away the India ink, revealing the alcohol ink underneath.

Imagery & Ink!

The visual movement of encaustic is undeniably alluring, and yes, addicting.  By pairing it’s natural “controlled chaos” with the precision of ink and imagery you can create whole new levels of detail in your encaustic artwork.  This 1-day workshop goes beyond the basic introduction to the encaustic medium.  The emphasis of this workshop is to learn how to integrate India ink and image transfers into your encaustic paintings to make them more personal.  India ink is a wonderful way to bring your own brushstrokes, writing, and line work into your encaustic painting.   You will also learn how to successfully apply toner-based image transfers and how to control the torch so the images remain intact.  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 and ink techniques by creating multiple sample boards.  In addition to having painted a handful of encaustic creations, you will walk away with an understanding of why this medium is so alluring (and I warn you, addicting!)  This workshop is limited to only five students so you will have plenty of one-on-one support.

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

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, scissors, etc….
  • The Heat:  You WILL learn how to paint with fire!  Iwatani torches are available for you to use.
  • Imagery & Ink: India ink, stamps, India ink stamp pads, xeroxed images (in case you leave yours at home)
  • 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.  Oh yes, the room is ventilated!


image transfer

Most of the materials are included in the workshop.  Here is 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
    • NO CANVAS BOARDS OR STRETCHED CANVAS, NO MASONITE, NO PLYWOOD, NOTHING GESSOED WITH ACRYLIC GESSO
    • Additional boards are available for purchase in the store if needed
  • your own photocopied (xeroxed with toner) images in either b&w or color (size your images accordingly based on your board size) I suggest bringing duplicates 
    • please note:  these images will be mirrored once transferred. If your image includes text or if you want it facing a specific way you will need to have your imaged flipped or reversed
    • high-contrast images work well
    • NO INK-JET COPIES (ink-jet prints will not work for image transfers)
  • Bottled water, snacks and lunch (It is very important to hydrate yourself with encaustic)
    • I ask students to please eat lunch outside of the classroom to get some fresh air. Drinks are fine inside the classroom
  • 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 Summer.  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 heat asserts itself 😉

REGISTER TODAY!

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast and are limited to 5 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!

“Intro to Encaustic” Encaustic workshop (Oct 2020)

Tide Pool

Welcome to the wonderful world of wax!

This is going to be an exciting hands-on introduction to the most magical of mediums: encaustic.  In this 1-day workshop we will be covering the basics of encaustic painting including information about materials, tools, safety and studio set-up.  This workshop is limited to only five 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 walk away with an understanding of why this medium is so alluring (and I warn you, addicting!)

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

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, scissors, etc….
  • The Heat:  You WILL learn how to paint with fire!  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!

JazzMost 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
    • NO CANVAS BOARDS OR STRETCHED CANVAS, NO MASONITE, NO PLYWOOD, NOTHING GESSOED WITH ACRYLIC GESSO
    • 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 Summer.  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 heat asserts itself 😉

REGISTER TODAY!

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast  and are limited to 5 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!
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“Encaustic In-Depth: Beyond Black & White” Encaustic workshop (Sept 2020)

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 1-hour meal break mid-workshop each day.

Some encaustic experience recommended.  Familiarity with using a torch is a plus but not a requirement.  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:  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 boards of various sizes (around 5″ x 7″ or 6″ x 6″ is ideal.  You may bring 2 larger panels 8″ x 10″ or 8″ x 8″)
    • Ampersand EncausticBords are good, so are cradled birch panels
    • NO CANVAS BOARDS OR STRETCHED CANVAS, NO MASONITE, NO PLYWOOD, NOTHING GESSOED WITH ACRYLIC GESSO
    • 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 heat asserts itself 😉

REGISTER TODAY!

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.  

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“Deluxe Encaustic Lab” Encaustic workshop (Sept 2020)

Do you need an encaustic space to create?
It’s finally here!

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The Deluxe Encaustic Lab is a 3-hour block of time so you can focus, practice and paint.  This lab is uninstructed however I will be present in case you have a question or two.  This lab is designed to be a V.I.P. experience limited to only 5 participants.  Here is what’s included in your all-access ticket (drum roll please…)

  • R&F Encaustic Paint:  I have a rainbow array of colors that you can use.  This includes an assortment of 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:  You don’t need to bring your skillet from home!  I’ve got the medium ready to go (read below if you are planning on using A LOT of medium)
  • Tools:  Brushes, Stencils, incising tools, scrapers, rubber tools and the like. Of course, if you are welcome to bring your own favorites from home if you have something special.
  • The Heat:  Iwatani torches and R&F Variable Temp Heat Guns are available for you to use.  I prefer and encourage the use of torches however if you are more comfortable with heat guns I can set one up for you.
  • 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!
  • Ready to go!  Just show up with your panels and any special/specific supplies you want to work with.  The space will be ready for you to jump in!

So what do you need to bring?

  • Panels:  I encourage small-scale projects since the lab is 3 hours.  Really use this time to focus on a few pieces rather than a lot of pieces.  I suggest panels around 5 x 5 up to 8 x 10 in size.  However if you feel like you can get results in that time frame on a larger panel such as 11 x 14 or 12 x 16 I can facilitate the extra wax for an additional materials fee of $25.  This fee would also be applied to multiple pours as well.  Basically any max-wax usage.
  • Specialty supplies: bring your own collage papers, inclusions, drawing materials, special tools or anything specific to your project.
  • Appropriate attire and a great attitude: jeans or long pants, no flip flops, long hair tied back in ponytail, avoid loose-fitting “flowy” clothes.

The Deluxe Encaustic Lab $100 “Golden Ticket” (because you know sometimes you need to treat yourself):

  • All of the above
  • Gain a half-hour of work-time 12:30pm – 4pm
  • PLUS the use of a 16 x 16 R&F Heated Palette.  This is GREAT if you want to practice color mixing
  • Max-Wax usage:  Work up to 16 x 20 and practice pours. (e-mail me ASAP to reserve your Golden Ticket as this is very limited)

Please email me and let me know how I can make your lab extra special!

How to stay cool in the classroom:

It can get pretty toasty in the classroom during the Summer.  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 heat asserts itself 😉

Please submit the above form as the classes fill up fast and are limited to 5 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.  

“Encaustic In-Depth: Surface Mastery” Encaustic workshop (Sept 2020)

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What is encaustic without texture?

The sculptural and tactile quality of encaustic is undeniably alluring.  This 2-day workshop will open the door to the many ways of integrating texture, incision and pattern into your encaustic paintings.  You will learn how to successfully use stencils and how to customize the outcome so your artwork is unique.  In addition to textural surface manipulation you will also learn how to achieve the coveted ultra-smooth encaustic surface!  The basics of encaustic painting will be discussed as well such as information about materials, tools, safety and studio set-up.  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 walk away with an understanding of why this medium is so alluring (and I warn you, addicting!)  This workshop is limited to only five students so you will have plenty of one-on-one support.

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.

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

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, Stencils, incising tools, scrapers, rubber tools, scissors, etc….
  • The Heat:  You WILL learn how to paint with fire!  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:

  • 4-6 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
    • NO CANVAS BOARDS OR STRETCHED CANVAS, NO MASONITE, NO PLYWOOD, NOTHING GESSOED WITH ACRYLIC GESSO
    • 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!

Gold Country Horizon (detail)

How to stay cool in the classroom:

It can get pretty toasty in the classroom during the Summer.  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 heat asserts itself 😉

REGISTER TODAY!

Please submit the above form as the classes 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!