Our Visiting Artist Series was introduced into our educational program in 2009. R&F invites some of the most exciting artists working with encaustic from across the country to come and present a workshop in our state-of-the-art studio facility. These workshops are intended for experienced encaustic painters who are looking to add to their artist toolbox, or are interested in the practice of a specific guest artist.
This three-day workshop will focus on special effects that use encaustic and media to create surface patterning and visual depth. The class is designed for artists who want create beautiful surfaces with patterning, subtle nuances of color, and spidery lacey effects using mixed media techniques. Students will learn to work with powdered, metallic and dispersion pigments mixed with various solvents, including water, alcohol and shellac, to explore the different effects each can create. Safe and responsible practices for working with pigments and solvents will be taught and emphasized. We will also work with pigment sticks to enhance the techniques and create more depth. The torch will be used not only as a fusing method, but an actual design tool that moves and shapes the encaustic while setting off actions and reactions in fluid motion.
Demonstration and experimentation of techniques will be followed by independent work time, where participants can practice these applications on a fine art piece. Emphasis will be placed on incorporating these techniques into each student’s personal painting style and narrative, along with learning proper sequence of application to achieve maximum results. This workshop is technique based, but will include critical analysis of work through private consultation and group discussion. The goal will be to complete a work of art utilizing what is learned.