Encaustic: Current Classes

The Artistic Image: Introduction to Photo Encaustic
Transform your photographs with pigment and wax by learning the process of photo encaustic in this hands-on weekend workshop. The weekend will start with the basics of safety and the history of photo encaustic while exploring the work of other artists for inspiration. You’ll then move on to paper use and selection, mounting techniques and materials, encaustic pouring and painting techniques, glazing, scraping, image transfers, stenciling, imbedding objects, and adding texture and color to the encaustic process. You’ll develop your skills, aesthetic, and vision for working in the medium and transform your images into works of art. The workshop will focus on experimentation and is open to all skill levels, photographers and non-photographers alike.
We will break for lunch each day; please bring a lunch or choose from nearby (walk or short drive) restaurants. All materials are provided.

Instructor: Working in mixed media, Clare O’Neill combines her photographs with pigments, wax and oils to add a sense of mystery and intrigue to her contemporary photo encaustic paintings. Clare uses rich imagery, bold brush strokes, and playful drips to create paintings full of gesture, spontaneity, and motion. It’s a labor-intensive process where the photographs are printed on tissue paper in multiple pieces, and then carefully imbedded into the layers of hot beeswax. The result—a stunning, modern, ethereal design with a warm textural appeal. See her work at www.ClareONeill.com.

Saturday & Sunday, 10/28 & 10/29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: $295 ($260 tuition + $35 materials)