Explore the medium of encaustic painting

Explore the medium of encaustic, a centuries old method of painting in which dry oil pigment is suspended in a binder of beeswax and Damar resin crystals. The result is a luscious, shimmering and vibrant work of art. In this 4-hour class, students will take a painting method that is centuries old and use it in a contemporary fashion. Various techniques will be incorporated, including layering, fusing, incising, scraping, and combining pigments and collage. Safety precautions will be discussed as well as the history of encaustic. All supplies are provided.

2012 marks my tenth year teaching encaustics at Riley Street Art Supply in Santa Rosa, California and out of my studio, northeast of Santa Rosa. Below are descriptions of both Introductory workshops and Intermediate to Advanced workshops. I find it most effective to have a small number of students in each workshop and limit them to 4 to 6 students.



Introduction to Encaustics/Collage

Explore the medium of encaustic, a centuries old method of painting in which dry oil pigment is suspended in a binder of beeswax and damar resin crystals. The result is a luscious, shimmering and vibrant surface along with a variety of interesting textures. In this half-day class,  students will take a painting method that is centuries old and use it in a contemporary fashion.

The following topics will be covered:

  • History of Encaustic
  • Safety Precautions
  • Layering
  • Fusing
  • Incising
  • Scraping
  • Combining Pigments
  • Collage

Cost

$120.00 (includes $30.00 supply fee)


Intermediate to Advanced Encasutics               

This workshop is intended for those who have already been introduced to the technique of encaustic painting and wish to further develop their understanding and techniques. This class offers a short lecture and discussion period followed by demonstrations during the beginning of the class. The majority of class time will be spent painting and experimenting with a variety of techniques. This workshop will be small enough so as to address your individual projects.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Line and edge development
  • Etching and mark making
  • Scraping techniques
  • Pigment sticks Image transfer
  • Studio set-up and safety

Cost

$120.00 (includes $30.00 supply fee)


Private & Semi-Private Workshop

I teach private workshops in my studio, located northeast of Santa Rosa, by appointment.

In all workshops we discuss safety precautions, a brief history of encaustics, grounds, supports, fusing, care instructions and more. We explore a variety of techniques including layering, incising, scraping, combining pigments and collage as well as combining oil sticks with encaustics. The result is a luscious surface with vibrant colors.

To register, please contact me at one of the following:

Catherine McCauley
mccauley@sonic.net

(707) 523-3247
(707) 484-2549