Explore the art of hot wax! Encaustic comes from the Greek word enkaustikos, meaning “to burn in”, the process in which molten beeswax with damar resin and pigment is applied to a surface and fused by heat.
In this encaustic workshop, you will receive hands-on introduction for the encaustic process with a emphasis on safe practices.
Demonstrations on creating relief impressions, also known as cavo-rilievo (Italian for “hollow relief”) will be given, followed by your own creative exploration.
In addition to the wax, we will experiment with a variety of objects such as leaves, textured fabrics, and meshes to emboss. Techniques presented in this workshop include preparing an encaustic ground, brushing; fusing, layering, embossing and glazing with pigment sticks.
If you love hiking or gardening, this is the perfect time of year to journal the botanicals you adore in encaustic impressions.
Mon Kaczyk's mixed media approach stems from a diverse education, allowing Mon to create in both two- and three-dimension. After receiving a BFA in design and photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia and Rome, Mon explored in-depth workshops in encaustics, surface design, and metals. Mon merges studio time with a 40-year career in design, art direction, and teaching. After several years in Boston, Mon chose the Green Mountains as the place to raise a family, start a business and create art. Awarded honors in design and contemporary quilts, today Mon displays artwork in select juried shows and group exhibitions. Learn more at monkaczyk.com.
- No experience needed.
- Participants must feel comfortable working with hot wax, using heat guns and/or butane torches for fusing. (Demos will be provided.)
- Wear painting clothes that cover your legs and footwear that cover your feet.
- Encaustic basics: Preparing an encaustic ground, brushing; fusing, and layering
- Safe practices for working with encaustics
- Techniques: embossing (creating a hollow relief) and glazing with pigment sticks
- Exploring composition
If a participant wants to cancel their enrollment, we will refund the amount of tuition minus a non-refundable $30 registration fee if request is made no less than 8 business days prior to the start of class. See full policy here.
- Ampersand Encausticbord Pack - 6” x 6” x 1/8”, Flat, Pkg of 4 (find at Dick Blick or Amazon)
- Natural bristle brushes (chip brushes) 1” and 2”, 4 of each size. (find at local hardware store) (No synthetic brushes)
- Nitrile gloves (not latex) (find at CVS or HomeDepot)
- Burnisher or spoon for burnishing (not to be used with food again)
- Wax paper
-Notebook and Pen
- Optional: Deep, veined leaves (personal leaves from your yard)
picked the morning of the workshop
2095 Pomfret Rd, Pomfret, VT 05067