Encaustic: Private Instruction (ongoing), with Ellen Koment

This four hour session will introduce you to the basics of encaustic painting if you are new to the medium, or help you solve your problems in the medium if you have more experience.

Ellen Koment is the winner of the La Vendeene award for Excellence in Encaustic Education and has been working with encaustic and teaching it for twenty years.

This workshop will be an introduction, if you haven’t done encaustic before, or you need a refresher on basic techniques, it is suitable for beginners as well as artists with some encaustic experience.

The private session will cover all the basics, including information about how to make paint, about the commercial paints and their applications, about supports, grounds and techniques: paint application, fusing, glazing, inscribing and mixed media approaches, safety, materials, demos of applying paint, glazing, fusing, How to get that smooth surface! Learn some new techniques: Introducing mixed media, working with oil bar, pigment, creating lines and texture and image transfer. We will emphasize how these techniques can be developed to create a unique encaustic language. We will talk (and demo) how to create glaze layers, as well as some special techniques like inscribing and using dry pigment. You will leave with a printout containing all the information you need as well as a list of suppliers.

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