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Advanced Teaching: Encaustic

Class Level: Advanced.

The goal of this workshop is to help participants design a workshop format unique to you. Our primary focus is providing a technical foundation following the format of our comprehensive class as a basis for developing your unique teaching interests. We will review all fundamental techniques and introduce a variety of additional options in layered imagery, mark making and mixed media. There will be an emphasis on clear explanations of the properties of wax paint such as opacity, building layers and the relationship of wax and oil. A further focus will be on you as an instructor and developing achievable goals and insights toward your professional development. The hands on approach to this class will balance the day with lectures and work time. Your studio time focuses on creating project templates and sample panels as a record of your experiences, and to share with your future students as visual aids. Click the title above to read more.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Laura Moriarty & Kelly McGrath
Date: Monday, 31 Jul 2017 - Friday, 04 Aug 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 720.00


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R&F Encaustic Comprehensive in Glendale, CA

Class Levels: Beginner--Intermediate.

Sign up is available for a fourth day of class Encaustic Collagraph in Glendale, CA  see that listing for more class details. 

Registration for this class has been extended to 7/26/17. 

At Glendale Community College, in LA county California, Caryl St Ama will guide students through an introduction to working with R&F Encaustic. Our 3 Day Comprehensive workshop provides students an immersive experience with a solid base in techniques and best practices for using wax. Throughout the 3 days, she encourages your creative development in painting, layering, mark making and mixed media work. Following a historic overview of encaustic, Caryl introduces current approaches to studio setup, tools and health and safety. With a strong emphasis on approaching wax as a painting media, students become familiar and comfortable with brushwork, fusing, and layering. This class examines specific characteristics that make wax a unique material to work with including opacity, temperature, adhesion, and texture. Encaustic is adaptable to other media and artistic process, additional techniques we explore include collage, printmaking, image transfer, and combining oil and wax. After each demonstration participants have time to work for hands on with the wax and explore each technique at your own pace following an individual direction. There will be ample opportunities to ask the instructor questions on additional topics of interest. Artists working in any print or painting media will find this workshop an exciting opportunity to grow their visual vocabulary with wax. Click the title above to read more.

Location: Glendale College (CA)
Instructor: Caryl St Ama
Date: Thursday, 03 Aug 2017 - Saturday, 05 Aug 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 525.00


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Encaustic Mini

Class Level: Beginner-Novice. This class repeats every month.

Mini encaustic workshops give participants a hands on introduction to the encaustic process. We provide a 90 minute demonstration of basic technique followed by hands on studio time. You have a chance to explore the entire R&F color line and all encaustic tools in a safe comfortable work environment. Topics covered will include: health and safety; an introduction to wax; how to start; and popular techniques and applications such as image transfer. If you’re familiar with the encaustic process and desire a refresher; or you’ve taken a longer workshop and want studio work time feel free to participate knowing an instructor available to answer your questions. Mini workshops are ideal for anyone curious interested in encaustic painting but don’t have any experience. Click the title above to read more.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Date: Saturday, 05 Aug 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Price: $ 65.00


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1 Day Encaustic Collagraph in Glendale, CA

Class Level: Novice- Intermediate

Sign up for this class AND the R&F Encaustic Comprehensive in Glendale, CA and receive $25 off the tuition.  

Registration has been extended for this class to 7/26/17.

In this exciting mixed media class we will be combining traditional techniques and approaches in encaustic paint with the explorative, experimental process of collagraph printmaking. The traditional approach in collagraph is constructing a plate to be inked and printed using a variety of textured materials and sometimes objects to create unique patterns and surfaces. For the purpose of this class we will be using encaustic wax as our main substrate to compose our plates which can utilize a variety of applications such as inlaid line, accretion, embedded objects, etc. A flat even wax surface can also be used successfully with drypoint techniques for students who are interested in using controlled mark making methods. Students will have the option to make their plates on reusable surfaces such as plastic, acrylic or metal or they can be made directly on an absorbent panel such as wood or encausticbord surface, use of a panel then presents the option of keeping the plate itself as another finished piece. We will be primarily printing with the use of pigment sticks as an alternative to printmaking inks, which will dramatically expand the color options for printing. 

Location: Glendale College (CA)
Instructor: Caryl St Ama
Date: Sunday, 06 Aug 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 175.00


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Handmade Paper and Encaustic

Class Levels: Beginner--Intermediate.

This workshop is administered by Women's Studio Workshop, for more information on the WSW studio follow this link. To register please call at (845) 658-9133.

To participate in this class please register by July 10th.

Join R&F Handmade Paints in collaboration with Women's Studio Workshop as we create waxed handmade paper works. During the first two and a half days participants will work at the WSW paper making studio, using cotton, abaca, flax and Art Farm fibers exploring the basics of hand papermaking. We’ll create collages applying techniques of layering, embedding, translucency and opacity, stenciling, pulp painting, and embossing. After lunch on Wednesday we will travel to R&F Handmade Paints where we will use our paper work as starting points with encaustic. After Cynthia presents an introduction to basic encaustic techniques, students will create deeply layered pieces by working directly on the papers or mounting the sheets on panels. We will be saturating, bending, burnishing, dipping, staining, transferring, drawing, and carving into these luscious materials.

There is a $45 lab fee for this class.

Location: R&F and Womens Studio Workshop (NY)
Instructor: Laura Moriarty + Tantana Kellner
Date: Monday, 07 Aug 2017 - Friday, 11 Aug 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 750.00

Encaustic Printmaking to the Next Level

Class Level: Intermediate-Advanced.

To participate in this class you must register before July 20th 2017. 

Encaustic Printmaking to the Next Level begins as a primer to the encaustic monotype and progresses to an exploration of the more advanced techniques involved in producing repeatable images while printing with wax. This class will expose participants to a wide variety of papers, tools, process and ideas and engage participants in varied technical process with an emphasis on adapting that process to take their encaustic prints to the next level. Students begin by revisiting the basics and variables of the encaustic monotype: heat, paint, paper and pressure. They then build on those basic principles to explore techniques such as additive and subtractive process, trace monotype, stenciling, cold composition and varied advanced techniques that explore how to control line, placement, color, saturation and registration. Students will learn to fine tune and nuance their printed images from start to finish. Participants can expect to create a wide variety of prints during this class encompassing a varied range of technical and intuitive process. Click the title above to read more. 

Please note there is a materials fee of $37 per student which will supply full sheets of all required papers for the class. No additional materials will be required, however extra paper will be on hand for those who would like to work with more sheets.  

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: David A. Clark
Date: Thursday, 17 Aug 2017 - Saturday, 19 Aug 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 675.00


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R&F Encaustic Comprehensive at 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.

To participate in this class please register by July 22nd.

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. Students are encouraged to bring an open mind and a willingness to experiment with a new material. We will explore encaustic as a pure painting medium as well as a component or enhancement of mixed media works. We encourage a high-energy and diverse class environment to fully explore the range of techniques covered. The mix of artistic backgrounds on the part of participants contribute to the learning experience and discovery of new applications. Regularly scheduled demonstrations are alternated with time for hands-on-experience. For more information click the link above.

Location: Peninsula School of Art (WI)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Date: Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 - Friday, 25 Aug 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:50 PM
Price: $ 535.00

Pigment Stick Fundamentals

Class Levels: Beginner--Intermediate

To participate in our August class you must register by July 28th.

This workshop focuses on painting and mixed media techniques for R&F Pigment Sticks. Our sticks offer artists a direct painting media that has a gradual drying time, allowing for corrections, changes, and additions to pieces in progress. Students will learn about the qualities of Pigment Sticks that separate them from other oil media and a variety of studio processes that they can be applied to. Basic topics include studio safety, how to get started, proper grounds, mark making and blending. We will also introduce mixed media approaches such as working over nontraditional surfaces, monotype and using oil and wax in combination. Working with a wax ground provides a luminous surface for glazing, transfers and inlaid line work. Pigment Sticks are a unique painting material that can be translated onto a variety of surfaces and expand your drawing, printing and painting practices. Click the title above for more information.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Wayne Montecalvo
Date: Wednesday, 23 Aug 2017 - Friday, 25 Aug 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 400.00


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Advanced Encaustic: Large Format

Class Level: Intermediate-Advanced.

To participate in our September class you must register before August 15th

This 3 day advanced workshop will take experienced students to the next level by challenging you to reach new dimensions with your work, quite literally. The emphasis in this class is to address the technical challenges that come hand in hand with working in large scale with encaustic painting. Lisa will share with students her experience with preparing a large panel and creating a composition with balance and continuity. Students will be asked to bring two to three panels any size up to 30"x 30" with at least a 1.5" deep cradle, Encausticbord or birch wood panels are prefered. Hands on exercises will help students understand how to layer for optimal color saturation and luminosity. She emphasizes the importance of compositional elements such as point, line, weight, and space. You are encouraged to identify personal symbols and markings to develop into a deeper visual dialogue. Throughout the class, Lisa demonstrates surface manipulation using torch fusing and scraping to achieve a smooth shiny finish. Encaustic equipment, history, and safety will be reviewed. Click the title above to read more.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Date: Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 - Saturday, 16 Sep 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 625.00


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Encaustic and Paper

Class Levels: Beginner--Intermediate

Register before August 21st for our September class. 

Receive a $35 materials credit if you sign up for the back to back Encaustic & Paper and Paper Lithography classes.  

Works on paper are reinvented in this 3 day multimedia workshop. In this class we explore the nuanced work that can be created from a variety of papers, both Western and Japanese, and encaustic. We begin with methods of dipping and saturating paper with encaustic making the work translucent and giving it the ultimate archival finish. Participants will see an immediate change in the characteristics of the paper, lightweight Japanese papers for example become incredibly translucent and luminous. You are encouraged to bring existing works on paper such as prints or drawings for dipping. Other techniques will include applying color using tinted medium and painting on a paper surface; Monotype and transfer options that will include working with Pigment Sticks; Collaging and basic folded book constructions. Cynthia also demonstrates how to mount drawings and prints on a panel to support working with thicker layers of wax. All experience levels are welcome. Click the title above to read more.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Cynthia Winika
Date: Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 - Friday, 22 Sep 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 400.00


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Paper Lithography With Encaustic and Pigment Sticks

Class Level: Beginner-Novice.

Register before August 26th to participate in our September class. 

Receive a $35 materials credit if you sign up for the back to back Encaustic & Paper and Paper Lithography classes.  

In this class students make mixed media work that combine encaustic painting with transferred imagery using Pigment Sticks. The transfer process used is called paper lithography. This simple printmaking technique uses a toner or laser printed image as the printing plate by adding a solution of water and gum Arabic to the surface. We replace traditional inks with Pigment Sticks giving participants a palette of 105 colors to play with. Instructor Leslie Giuliani will present the best techniques for successful layering of imagery over a waxed surface. Students are welcome to bring images of all varieties to test the bounds of this process, including drawings, illustrations and photographs. A toner printer is available for creating fresh plates. Participants will leave class able to continue this process as home without needing a press or other specialized equipment. All levels are welcome. Click the title above to read more.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Leslie Giuliani
Date: Saturday, 23 Sep 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 150.00


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Saturday Lab | Pigment Stick and Encaustic

Class Level: Novice-Intermediate. This class repeats every month. 

The Saturday Lab is a half-day workshop, giving artists a taste of what's possible when using the R&F paint lines. With encouragement toward a self-directed approach to your day in the studio, Wayne the instructor will begin with a showcase of alternative techniques for Pigment Sticks and Encaustic. Participants then have the option of breaking away from the formal demonstrations and pursue your own interests. If you would like a refresher on basic techniques the instructor will conduct demonstrations as requested. Artists from all varieties of backgrounds will have an opportunity to see firsthand how these materials can be used to enhance their work, or start a new direction altogether. Come and experience our paints in action, 99 colors all together! Click the title above to read more.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Date: Saturday, 30 Sep 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Price: $ 65.00


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Encaustic Mini

Class Level: Beginner-Novice. This class repeats every month.

Mini encaustic workshops give participants a hands on introduction to the encaustic process. We provide a 90 minute demonstration of basic technique followed by hands on studio time. You have a chance to explore the entire R&F color line and all encaustic tools in a safe comfortable work environment. Topics covered will include: health and safety; an introduction to wax; how to start; and popular techniques and applications such as image transfer. If you’re familiar with the encaustic process and desire a refresher; or you’ve taken a longer workshop and want studio work time feel free to participate knowing an instructor available to answer your questions. Mini workshops are ideal for anyone curious interested in encaustic painting but don’t have any experience. Click the title above to read more.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Date: Saturday, 07 Oct 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Price: $ 65.00


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Screenprinting onto Encaustic

Class Level: Novice- Intermediate

To participate in this class you must register before September 19th.

R&F will host artist Jeff Hirst for Screenprinting onto Encaustic. In this class we explore a process whereby images are screen printed underneath and on top of a wax based surface producing images that have the luminosity of encaustic paintings while maintaining the graphic nature of a silkscreened image. A simplified approach towards screenprinting makes this process easy to grasp and unites graphic print elements with painting surfaces and motifs. The class will focus on creating images that incorporate multiple printing passes from both fixed screen printing stations to free form printing approaches. The class is designed for students who have encaustic experience and no screenprinting experience is necessary. 

Please note there is a $35 material fee per student.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Jeffrey Hirst
Date: Thursday, 19 Oct 2017 - Saturday, 21 Oct 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 675.00


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R&F Encaustic Comprehensive

Class Levels: Beginner--Intermediate

Register before September 25th to participate in the October class.   

Our 3 Day Encaustic Comprehensive workshop provides students an immersive experience with a solid base in techniques and best practices for using wax. Throughout this class, we encourage your creative development in painting, layering, mark making and mixed media work. Following a historic overview of encaustic, students are introduced to current approaches to studio setup, tools and health and safety. With a strong emphasis on approaching wax as a painting media, students become familiar and comfortable with brushwork, fusing, and layering. This class examines specific characteristics that make wax a unique material to work with including opacity, temperature, adhesion, and texture. Encaustic is adaptable to other media and artistic process, additional techniques we explore include collage, printmaking, image transfer, and combining oil and wax. After each demonstration participants have time to work for hands on with the wax and explore each technique at your own pace following an individual direction. There will be ample opportunities to ask the instructor questions on additional topics of interest. Artists working in any print or painting media will find this workshop an exciting opportunity to grow their visual vocabulary with wax. Click the title above to read more.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Laura Moriarty
Date: Wednesday, 25 Oct 2017 - Friday, 27 Oct 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 400.00


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Saturday Lab | Pigment Stick and Encaustic

Class Level: Novice-Intermediate. This class repeats every month. 

The Saturday Lab is a half-day workshop, giving artists a taste of what's possible when using the R&F paint lines. With encouragement toward a self-directed approach to your day in the studio, Wayne the instructor will begin with a showcase of alternative techniques for Pigment Sticks and Encaustic. Participants then have the option of breaking away from the formal demonstrations and pursue your own interests. If you would like a refresher on basic techniques the instructor will conduct demonstrations as requested. Artists from all varieties of backgrounds will have an opportunity to see firsthand how these materials can be used to enhance their work, or start a new direction altogether. Come and experience our paints in action, 99 colors all together! Click the title above to read more.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Date: Saturday, 28 Oct 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Price: $ 65.00


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Maintaining Your Edge: The Art of Stenciling

Class Level: Intermediate-Advanced.

To participate in this class you must register before October 3rd 2017

This three day workshop presents advanced stenciling techniques using both encaustic and Pigment Sticks. Working with visiting instructor Karen Freedman participants will explore various materials and methods that expand their ability to control line and edge. Students create their own library of marks and shapes by learning to cut and work with stencils. We address the use and care for stencils as well as how to properly fuse in a controlled way around them. You will create dynamic multi layered paintings using overlapping and repeating visual elements. This workshop is most appropriate for students with a strong working knowledge of the encaustic process. Click the title above to read more.

Please note there is a $10 materials fee for this class. 

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Karen Freedman
Date: Thursday, 02 Nov 2017 - Saturday, 04 Nov 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 650.00


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R&F Encaustic Comprehensive in La Grange, IL

Class Levels: Beginner--Intermediate.

Register before October 10th for our November class. 

At the LaGrange Art League, in the suburbs of Chicago, Sarah Rehmer will guide students through an introduction to working with R&F Encaustic. Our 3 Day Comprehensive workshop provides students an immersive experience with a solid base in techniques and best practices for using wax. Throughout the 3 days, Sarah encourages your creative development in painting, layering, mark making and mixed media work. Following a historic overview of encaustic, students are introduced to current approaches to studio setup, tools and health and safety. With a strong emphasis on approaching wax as a painting media, students become familiar and comfortable with brushwork, fusing, and layering. This class examines specific characteristics that make wax a unique material to work with including opacity, temperature, adhesion, and texture. Encaustic is adaptable to other media and artistic process, additional techniques we explore include collage, printmaking, image transfer, and combining oil and wax. After each demonstration participants have time to work for hands on with the wax and explore each technique at your own pace following an individual direction. There will be ample opportunities to ask the instructor questions on additional topics of interest. Artists working in any print or painting media will find this workshop an exciting opportunity to grow their visual vocabulary with wax. Click the title above to read more.

 

Location: LaGrange Art League (IL)
Instructor: Sarah Rehmer
Date: Thursday, 09 Nov 2017 - Sunday, 12 Nov 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Price: $ 525.00


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Pigment Stick Fundamentals

Class Levels: Beginner--Intermediate

To participate in our August class you must register by July 28th.

This workshop focuses on painting and mixed media techniques for R&F Pigment Sticks. Our sticks offer artists a direct painting media that has a gradual drying time, allowing for corrections, changes, and additions to pieces in progress. Students will learn about the qualities of Pigment Sticks that separate them from other oil media and a variety of studio processes that they can be applied to. Basic topics include studio safety, how to get started, proper grounds, mark making and blending. We will also introduce mixed media approaches such as working over nontraditional surfaces, monotype and using oil and wax in combination. Working with a wax ground provides a luminous surface for glazing, transfers and inlaid line work. Pigment Sticks are a unique painting material that can be translated onto a variety of surfaces and expand your drawing, printing and painting practices. Click the title above for more information.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Wayne Montecalvo
Date: Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 - Saturday, 18 Nov 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 400.00


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Encaustic Mini

Class Level: Beginner-Novice. This class repeats every month.

Mini encaustic workshops give participants a hands on introduction to the encaustic process. We provide a 90 minute demonstration of basic technique followed by hands on studio time. You have a chance to explore the entire R&F color line and all encaustic tools in a safe comfortable work environment. Topics covered will include: health and safety; an introduction to wax; how to start; and popular techniques and applications such as image transfer. If you’re familiar with the encaustic process and desire a refresher; or you’ve taken a longer workshop and want studio work time feel free to participate knowing an instructor available to answer your questions. Mini workshops are ideal for anyone curious interested in encaustic painting but don’t have any experience. Click the title above to read more.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Date: Saturday, 02 Dec 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Price: $ 65.00


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Advanced Encaustic: Layers, Richness and Personal Vision

Class Level: Intermediate-Advanced.

Register before November 7th for our December class. 

The qualities that make encaustic an alluring and unique material also create technical and compositional challenges for painters. This class helps participants develop a greater understanding of how to refine and finish encaustic paintings. Lisa begins by reviewing how opacity plays a role in dynamic layering. Hands on exercises will help students understand how to layer for optimal color saturation and luminosity. She emphasizes the importance of compositional elements such as point, line, weight, and space. Participants will learn controlled mark making and surface development using Pigment sticks for glazing and transfer. Using Pan Pastels for diffused color applications will be presented as option for alternative surface development. You are encouraged to identify personal symbols and markings to develop into a deeper visual dialogue. Throughout the class, Lisa demonstrates surface manipulation using torch fusing and scraping to achieve a smooth shiny finish. Encaustic equipment, history, and safety will be reviewed. Click the title above to read more.

Location: R&F Handmade Paints (NY)
Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Date: Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 - Saturday, 09 Dec 2017
Time: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Price: $ 550.00


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