In January 2016, R&F launched the Core Support Program with six of R&F's committed artist instructors including Michelle Belto (TX), Leslie Giuliani (CT), Cari Hernandez (CA), Lisa Pressman (NJ), Julie Snidle (AL) and Caryl St. Ama (CA). In 2017, we added Dietlind Vander Schaaf (ME) to our roster of partner instructors and in 2018, we brought Jodi Reeb (MN) on board. We recognized the need to expand and improve on the existing demo and workshop offerings and to reach a wider geographic area by working directly with local artists in their home areas and locations where interest is in demand. This approach has allowed us to tap into our most valuable resource—our artists.

We are empowering these dedicated instructors to make strong local and regional connections while expanding their personal studio practice. They are simultaneously engaging in educational opportunities at universities and community art centers, as well as through our retail partners. 

Our Core objectives are to:

1. Educate and introduce artists to the fundamental methods of working with encaustic paint and Pigment Sticks through both in-depth comprehensive and process specific workshops.

2. Provide support to local art retailers with in-store demonstration events for both customers and staff.

3. Engage educators in professional development and/or outreach.