Introduced in 2009, our Visiting Artist Series has become one of our favorite programs here at R&F - and judging by the full rosters we see for these workshops, they’re pretty popular with artists too. We invite some of the most exciting artists working with encaustic to come to R&F and present a workshop and have an exhibition. Since many of these artists do not teach regularly, this gives students a rare opportunity to learn new techniques, stretch their practice and see what makes other artists tick. Mark your calendars and start dreaming about which of our Visiting Artists you will want to study with in 2013!
Once registration officially opens, tuition will be $550, but from now until Thanksgiving we are offering a pre-registration special price of $500. To take advantage of this offer, just contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (845) 331-3112, and indicate which class you are interested in. A $100 deposit is required to hold your place.
RUSSELL THURSTON | Leaving A Mark
May 22-24, 2013
Russell Thurston | Fiesta | 2012An intermediate workshop focusing on content as well as advanced techniques in encaustic painting. The inspirational power of nature and the place of man in nature are among the richest themes in art. In this workshop, we’ll explore those topics in broad terms, discussing how nature embodies both randomness and order, just as encaustic painting does; how a single line or brushstroke or image can be repeated over and over, gaining cumulative force; and whether we can really paint nature anymore without man in it. Have we as humans left an indelible mark on nature?
GREGORY WRIGHT | Visual Depth
July 31 - August 2, 2013
Gregory Wright | The Truth Comes Out | 2012This workshop will focus on special effects that use encaustic and mixed 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.