“Try Out Encaustics!” Workshop

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I was awarded a Greater Columbus Arts Council Artist’s Supply Grant this Summer to teach Encaustics.  On Saturday, July 16th, was the first of two workshops I offered at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.  It introduced beginners to encaustics, it’s history and some cool techniques with examples.

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We learned collage techniques using clear waxes, interesting papers, ephemera (my new favorite word), and water-based media on watercolor paper.

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Each student had two 10″ x 10″ prepped boards, one with encaustic gesso, the other with glued on 300lb. watercolor paper.  The boards were birch plywood, sanded on the edges and taped around the edges with painter’s tape.

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On the papered boards, we started with any type of water-based medium like tombow markers, watercolor pencils, markers, watercolor paints, inks, and stamped images.

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We then collaged on transparent papers, opaque papers, printed materials, dyed or painted tissue papers, laser prints, stamped papers, photos, tickets, lace, doilies – you name it if it was porous.

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The second piece on gessoed board allowed folks to use some of the colored waxes.  We saw how you could make them more transparent, overlapped, combined or scraped off in places.

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Several people brought images from home to personalize their pieces, like old photos, vintage papers and prints of nostalgic things.

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Others used more contemporary images, maps, stamped shapes and pan pastels.  We all had great fun dabbling and learning about a totally new medium.

The exit surveys were unanimous in saying they received a good value for their fee, and many were very complimentary.  Two of the students were CAC instructors in different media, and several were students at CAC, while two others had taken last year’s encaustic workshop last summer with me at the Center.  From the photos you can see they all were very creative and completely different in their approaches.  I was very pleased with their results, and I think they were too!!  The next workshop is Saturday, August 20th – and I’m hoping to set up two classes in the Fall, starting in September for Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings.

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  1. Hello Bev!
    I am a high school art teacher and interested in doing encaustic myself, and sharing it with my students. Will you be offering more classes in encaustic?

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