Explore the art of hot wax and sculptural relief. 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 will be given for three dimensional construction, delving into bricolage, the art of repurposing and transforming objects to create new meaning.
We will examine and embed the overlooked materials and objects of our daily lives, like coffee filters, pingpong balls, clothing patterns, book pages or chopsticks—creating repetition, pattern or movement. Techniques presented include: preparing an encaustic ground, brushing, fusing, constructing, layering objects, and glazing with pigment sticks.
Let’s find the unusual in the familiar and recognize the creative in the unpredictable.
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.
- Prior encaustic experience helpful.
- 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 paint
- Safe practices for working with encaustics
- Techniques: Sculptural relief construction, layering objects, 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.
- 2 Ampersand Encausticbords - 8” x 8” x 1/4”, Flat (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: Miscellaneous objects to contribute to your sculptural relief
- Brown bag lunch
2095 Pomfret Rd, Pomfret, VT 05067