Workshops

Exploring Your Visual Language with R&F Pigment Sticks

R&F Pigment Sticks are oil paint with just enough wax added for the paint to be molded into stick form.They allow the artist to draw or paint onto a surface with freedom and directness. This workshop introduces you to pigment sticks and allows you to explore a wide variety of mark making, creating rich layered surfaces. Exercises are designed to help beginners and professionals alike free themselves from preconceived ideas of painting. Emphasis will be on using the techniques to heighten and enhance the artist's own visual language.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Date: Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 - Saturday, 01 Aug 2015
Time: 09:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 450.00
Capacity: 12
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Advanced Teaching Encaustic

As pioneers in the field of encaustic education R&F offers instructor training classes for those who are interested in teaching freelance workshops. Participants have the unparalleled benefit of learning from our two collaborating instructors Cynthia Winika and Laura Moriarty. These two award winning instructors bring you the most comprehensive class available for building and executing workshops. Discussions and demonstrations focus on how, as teachers, you communicate with students about encaustic. This workshop is ideal for experienced artists/ educators, who have a built a working knowledge of encaustic.  The program is also recommended for educators who want to bring encaustic into their current curriculum.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Cynthia Winika + Laura Moriarty
Date: Monday, 03 Aug 2015 - Friday, 07 Aug 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 700.00
Capacity: 8
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Comprehensive Encaustic - 4 Day - Peninsula School of Art

This workshop is administered by Peninsula School of Art. To register please call at 920-868-3455, or click here to be directed to the online registration page. For more information click here.

For those who cannot attend workshops in our Kingston facility, R&F is happy to bring their superlative workshops to a studio near you. R&F Handmade Paints, in collaboration with the Peninsula School of Art, presents a four-day, hands-on comprehensive encaustic workshop, designed to educate participants in basic encaustic methods and to establish best practices. Artists from a variety of backgrounds find this workshop an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary using wax. 

Location: Peninsula School of Art (WI)
Instructor: Kelly McGrath
Date: Tuesday, 11 Aug 2015 - Friday, 14 Aug 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Price: $ 550.00
Capacity: 10
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Lynette Haggard Presents: Building, Surface, and Texture

In this three day workshop Lynette Haggard will take participants into the next dimension with their work oriented to working with a panel. She will introduce a variety of methods for building surface and incorporating texture to enhance dimensionality through approachable and accessible materials. Techniques explored will include applying corrugated cardboard, balsa strips and joint compound as a means of building the stability and initial surface of the panel. Next we will incorporate soft materials such as fabric and paper will add pattern and texture to the compositions.You will learn two techniques of accretion, with paint and with textured paper w/ acrylic gel. We continue to develop the panels by shifting the focusing to pattern and design derived from our enhanced surfaces by scoring and using stencils. Torch fusing and accretion are some of the specialized encaustic techniques that will be highlighted. Demonstrations of various techniques will be paced to allow ample time for each participant to incorporate and further develop their own visual vocabulary as they work.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Lynette Haggard
Date: Wednesday, 12 Aug 2015 - Friday, 14 Aug 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 575.00
Capacity: 12
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Comprehensive Encaustic - 3 Day - CA

For those who cannot attend workshops in our Kingston facility, R&F is happy to bring their superlative workshops to a studio near you. At Glendale Community College Caryl St Ama will guide students through a comprehensive introduction to the encaustic medium and method.  Participants that are new to working with wax will gain a thorough understanding of: materials, layering, fusing collage, inlaid lines, texture, transfer, and much more. Artists that are already familiar with the encaustics are invited to come and continue building their skills.   

Location: Glendale College (CA)
Instructor: Caryl St Ama
Date: Friday, 14 Aug 2015 - Sunday, 16 Aug 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 525.00
Capacity: 10
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Encaustic Mini

Mini Encaustic Workshops are designed to give artists a hands on introduction to the encaustic process. A one-hour demonstration is followed by independent work time, giving participants a chance to experiment with the paint and tools. Mini Workshops are ideal for artists who are curious about encaustic but don't have any previous experience. The topics covered will include: health and safety; what encaustic is; how to get started; and the most popular techniques and applications. If you have worked with encaustic before and desire a refresher course, or have taken the longer workshop but need more experimental work time feel free to participate knowing there is an instructor available to answer your questions. What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than creating art.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Cynthia Winika
Date: Saturday, 15 Aug 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Price: $ 65.00
Capacity: 12
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Encaustic Collagraph: From Print to Painting

Collagraph printing is a process that begins by using collage materials to build up a raised textured surface over any rigid substrates such as plexiglas, wood or cardboard to create a printing plate. Inks/oils are applied to the textured surface and printed on paper or fabric. Encaustic collagraph uses wax, in lieu of collage material, as a soft ground that can be incised, carved or built up and manipulated to hold texture. Prints can be made using two distinct methods or a combination of: relief which will reflect the topmost surface of the plate; or intaglio which picks up the recessed details and fine lines.  The flexibility of encaustic gives a dynamic twist to this traditional printing process by giving you a ground that remains stable through multiple print runs for an edition series, yet at the same time can be quickly and easily manipulated after each print for highly controlled monotypes.

Contact Women's Studio Workshop 845.658.9133 to Register. $750 members | $775 non-members | +$35 lab fee | $300 deposit to reserve spot.  Click here to visit WSW's website.

Location: R&F and Womens Studio Workshop (NY)
Instructor: Elise Wagner
Date: Monday, 17 Aug 2015 - Friday, 21 Aug 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 AM
Price: $ 775.00
Capacity: 8
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Pigment Stick Mixed Media Lab

 

Our Pigment Stick Mixed Media Lab allows artists to explore the many possible applications of R&F Pigment Sticks, encompassing traditional and alternative approaches and materials. Class begins with basic instruction in the use and application of pigment sticks. There will also be demonstrations of basic encaustic technique for those who are interested in combining these two highly compatible media. We want to encourage artists to come back again and again to use our wonderful space (completely stocked with paint!) as their studio. Participants will benefit from our instructors’ guidance and feedback on projects, and enjoy the camaraderie of other participants.This lab is a great opportunity to work with a luscious, loose and free painting medium.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Wayne Montecalvo
Date: Saturday, 22 Aug 2015
Time: 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Price: $ 65.00
Capacity: 12
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Pigment Sticks Monotypes

Monotype is known as the painter’s print or the most painterly of all the printmaking processes. Using our Pigment Sticks to paint, draw, or mark make on a Plexiglass plate we will then transfer the image to paper, and explore the monotype process - without a press. This method of working is very direct, spontaneous and satisfying making it possible to create a number of prints in a short amount of time. Because of the gorgeous range of colors, and the sensitivity for manipulation of the soft oil paint, the process lends itself to expressive work. Whether brushed, rolled, or drawn the look of the transferred print is unique.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Cynthia Winika
Date: Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 - Friday, 28 Aug 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 250.00
Capacity: 12
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Comprehensive Encaustic - 5 Day

Comprehensive Workshops are offered in 3|5 Day formats. These workshops are designed to give participants thorough knowledge of the encaustic medium and method. We begin with a historical overview, introducing the classical method of encaustic painting, and then move into the 21st Century, demonstrating a wide variety of ways that encaustic can be used by contemporary artists today. Artists working in almost any medium will find these workshops are an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary with wax. Students are encouraged to bring an open mind and a willingness to experiment with a new material.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Cynthia Winika
Date: Monday, 31 Aug 2015 - Friday, 04 Sep 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 650.00
Capacity: 12
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Under Glass: A Unique Approach To Painting

In this exciting new class Wayne Montecalvo will take students through his process for using glass ground for both encaustic and Pigment Sticks. Wayne will begin the class by demonstrating to students how to safely cut and prepare a glass panel to serve as a transparent ground. Students will then be challenged to change their perspective on painting and composition by working in a reverse painting style.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Wayne Montecalvo
Date: Friday, 11 Sep 2015 - Saturday, 12 Sep 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 250.00
Capacity: 12
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Advanced Encaustic: Layers, Richness and Personal Vision

This 2 day advanced encaustic workshop will take experienced students to the next level in technique and expression. Individual direction and development of a personal vision will be a goal of this class with an emphasis is on freeing the creative spirit. Lisa will use guided exercises to lead students through an intuitive creative process, developing a new body of work that is richly layered in content and concept. Activities will include exercises, informal group discussion and individual support. Exercises are grounded in abstraction; attention will be paid to the use of personal symbols and markings that could develop into a deeper visual dialogue.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Date: Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 - Friday, 18 Sep 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 350.00
Capacity: 12
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Comprehensive Encaustic - 3 Day

Comprehensive Workshops are offered in 3|5 Day formats. These workshops are designed to give participants thorough knowledge of the encaustic medium and method. We begin with a historical overview, introducing the classical method of encaustic painting, and then move into the 21st Century, demonstrating a wide variety of ways that encaustic can be used by contemporary artists today. Artists working in almost any medium will find these workshops are an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary with wax. Students are encouraged to bring an open mind and a willingness to experiment with a new material.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Cynthia Winika
Date: Wednesday, 23 Sep 2015 - Friday, 25 Sep 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 400.00
Capacity: 12
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Sculpture and Wax

R&F is excited to be introducing this workshop dedicated to a full range of sculptural techniques specifically geared toward encaustic. This 4 day workshop is the most comprehensive exploration of sculptural techniques that we offer. Wax as a sculpting material has many advantages, including strength, fluidity, translucence and flexibility. In this workshop, we will demonstrate how waxes and encaustic can be used with a wide variety of materials, such as rubber, wood, cardboard, metals, clay, plaster, fibers, paper and a host of substances and objects from nature and culture.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Kelly McGrath
Date: Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015 - Friday, 02 Oct 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 525.00
Capacity: 8
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Comprehensive Encaustic - 4 Day - NYC

For those living in or traveling to New York City, R&F is happy to bring our superlative workshops to the studio of Barbara Ellmann. This four-day, hands-on comprehensive encaustic workshop, is designed to educate participants in basic encaustic methods and to establish best practices. Barbara's extensive body of work explores control of line and pattern in a way that is reflective of the vibrant and abundantly stimulating environment of the City. Artists from a variety of backgrounds find this workshop an exciting opportunity to learn from an skilled instructor who will help bring new dimension to your work. 

Location: New York City (NY)
Instructor: Barbara Ellmann
Date: Wednesday, 07 Oct 2015 - Saturday, 10 Oct 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 625.00
Capacity: 8
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Encaustic and Paper

Any artist interested in enhancing their work on paper; giving it a new visual dimension, will love this workshop. Learning a few basic methods of saturating various kinds paper with encaustic medium, tinted medium or paint, can bring depth and life to your work making it translucent, light filled, water and acidity protected. Explore how to create layered paper and wax works. We will be creating pieces by working directly on unsupported papers, as well as mounting sheets onto panels. We will be saturating, bending, burnishing, dipping, staining, transferring, drawing, and carving into the wax surfaces. Experimenting with a variety of different paper types and weights, we will be demonstrating collage, lamination, dipping and pouring, along with an introduction to image transfer techniques that can add to your layers.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Cynthia Winika
Date: Wednesday, 14 Oct 2015 - Friday, 16 Oct 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 375.00
Capacity: 12
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Advanced Studio Consultation

Artists thrive and expand in environments where they are given the time and space to cultivate a dialogue about their work within a supportive community. In this advanced workshop we invite individuals and groups of artists working in encaustic to join Laura Moriarty as a moderator to open that dialogue and take a concentrated look at a your current body of work. In this setting we move beyond the traditional workshop and critique format, taking time as a group to work through each individual's studio practice and give guided, thoughtful feedback for the benefit of all. 

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Laura E. Moriarty
Date: Monday, 19 Oct 2015 - Friday, 23 Oct 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 675.00
Capacity: 8
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Comprehensive Encaustic - 3 Day

Comprehensive Workshops are offered in 3|5 Day formats. These workshops are designed to give participants thorough knowledge of the encaustic medium and method. We begin with a historical overview, introducing the classical method of encaustic painting, and then move into the 21st Century, demonstrating a wide variety of ways that encaustic can be used by contemporary artists today. Artists working in almost any medium will find these workshops are an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary with wax. Students are encouraged to bring an open mind and a willingness to experiment with a new material.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Cynthia Winika
Date: Wednesday, 04 Nov 2015 - Friday, 06 Nov 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 650.00
Capacity: 12
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Pigment Sticks Monotypes

Monotype is known as the painter’s print or the most painterly of all the printmaking processes. Using our Pigment Sticks to paint, draw, or mark make on a Plexiglass plate we will then transfer the image to paper, and explore the monotype process - without a press. This method of working is very direct, spontaneous and satisfying making it possible to create a number of prints in a short amount of time. Because of the gorgeous range of colors, and the sensitivity for manipulation of the soft oil paint, the process lends itself to expressive work. Whether brushed, rolled, or drawn the look of the transferred print is unique.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Cynthia Winika
Date: Thursday, 12 Nov 2015 - Friday, 13 Nov 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 250.00
Capacity: 12
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Comprehensive Encaustic - 4 Day - La Grange Art League

For those who cannot attend workshops in our Kingston facility, R&F is happy to bring their superlative workshops to a studio near you. Join artist Sarah Rehmer for a 4 day comprehensive workshop at the La Grange Art League just outside of Chicago. Participants that are new to working with wax will gain a thorough understanding of the medium and method. We invite artists that are already familiar with the encaustics to come and continue building their skills.   

Location: LaGrange Art League (IL)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Date: Thursday, 12 Nov 2015 - Sunday, 15 Nov 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Price: $ 625.00
Capacity: 8
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Exploring Your Visual Language with R&F Pigment Sticks

R&F Pigment Sticks are oil paint with just enough wax added for the paint to be molded into stick form.They allow the artist to draw or paint onto a surface with freedom and directness. This workshop introduces you to pigment sticks and allows you to explore a wide variety of mark making, creating rich layered surfaces. Exercises are designed to help beginners and professionals alike free themselves from preconceived ideas of painting. Emphasis will be on using the techniques to heighten and enhance the artist's own visual language.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Date: Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 - Saturday, 21 Nov 2015
Time: 09:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 500.00
Capacity: 12
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Encaustic Assemblage

The focus of the class will be working on panel, to make relief style paintings. We will be creating visual and conceptual depth through embedding material and sculpting wax. The strength and flexibility of encaustic make it an excellent medium for creating compositions with structure and form. It's adhesive qualities make it possible to include absorbent materials and found objects. Final touches can be made by carving, fusing and adding layers of colors. For mixed media artists this is a class not to be missed!

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Cynthia Winika + Kelly McGrath
Date: Wednesday, 02 Dec 2015 - Friday, 04 Dec 2015
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 250.00
Capacity: 12
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