"Encaustic" to burn in, is an ancient painting technique using melted wax. The wax medium can be used alone for its transparency or pigments can be mixed into the wax. Darmar resin can also be added to harden the wax which is then applied to a sturdy support with brushes, knives or other tools. Each layer of wax is fused with a heat source (heat gun, torch, iron) Artists have practised this technique for over 2000 years - one of the earliest applications of encaustic paints dates back to ancient Greece where artists decorated their boats and highlighted the features of marble statues with pigmented wax. Egyptians mastered the art of encaustic painting and created the famous fayum portraits which were attached to mummy cases or the wrappings of the deceased. Wall murals in Pompeii and icons of the Byzantine era were painted with the wax medium.
Although in decline during the Middle Ages, encaustic has again gained popularity in the 20th century and many well known artists (Diego Riviera, Jasper Johns, Tony Scherman) have worked extensively with wax and have influenced many contemporary encaustic artists.
ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOPS DESCRIPTIONS:
This encaustic workshop provides opportunity for both beginner and experienced participants to explore and experiment with multiple techniques working on japanese papers, wooden supports and cradled panels. Participants will be introduced to: encaustic fundamentals, history, safety, materials/tools, priming/fusing, colour mixing. Additional techniques: applying texture, stencilling, mono printing and an easy photo transfer process into wax will be demonstrated. There will be plenty of time to develop personal techniques, styles and artworks. Come and explore this exciting medium and unleash your creativity in a relaxed environment under the direction of an experienced teacher and artist.
"Creating with Encaustic"
If you are familiar with encaustic and interested in developing new approaches to painting then this workshop is for you. Explore some of the techniques in more detail (texturing, layering, incising and adding oil pastles, image transfers) and design ways to incorporate these methods into a series of 3 cradled panels. This intermediate level is designed for those who have taken the basic encaustic painting workshop, are eager to expand on existing techniques and developing a more cohesive body of work. Personalized image transfers will be made for you to incorporate into your paintings.
"Encaustic and Beyond" - 2 and 3 day workshops
Venture into the realm of wax, concrete and metal! Participants will be introduced to the application of concrete compound to wooden cradled panels, incorporating metals, applying personal image transfers and storage box solutions. After demonstrations time will be devoted to planning compositions, selecting, heating and applying wax to metal and applying concrete to panels
Erna will demonstrate her method of storing and shipping encaustic artworks and materials will be provided for participants to create their own storage box using foam and glassine. Reclaimed pieces of cooper, found metal will be available while larger pieces of cooper can be cut and shaped to size. Personal image transfers will be made for you upon request.
Individualized Small Group - 1 and 2 day workshops
In consultation with the instructor, an individualized encaustic/mixed media workshop will be developed to meet the needs of the
participants. Each workshop is designed for 2-4 people and will be held in the dE VRIES studio. Ideal for those beginning in encaustic or an excellent opportunity for those with encaustic knowledge to focus on a specific technique while develop a personal style.
Cost per participant: $150 for a 3 hour workshop, $200 for a 4 hour workshop, $250 for a 6 hour workshop and $450 for a 2-day (12 hour workshop) with a minimum of 2 people registered. Workshop includes all materials, refreshments and lunch.
Also available are one-on-one refresher sessions at $75 per hour including materials (a mimimum of 3 hours)
Please Contact Me for Details Regarding Upcoming Workshops or to Discuss Individual Instruction
Workshop Schedule: 2020
Oakville Art Society - Oakville ON
Saturday, March 28, 2020 10:00 - 4:00
CANCELLED due to COVID-19
Kaleidoscope Creative Arts - Mississauga, ON
Saturday, April 25, 2020 10:00 - 4:00
Guelph School of Art - Guelph, ON
Friday, May 22, 2020 10:00 - 4:00
Oakville Art Society - Oakville, ON
Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:00 - 4:00
Kaleidoscope Creative Arts - Mississauga, ON
Saturday, November - to be determined
Erna is an educator, artist and certified Instructor/Product Demonstrator for "Enkaustikos" a miller and manufacturer of wax paints located in Rochester NY . Please click www.encausticpaints.com to see the company product line, instructional videos, workshop offerings and more along with an interview with Erna under Enkaustikos Instructors.
An online article on Erna's process and techniques can be found in the Spring 2015 issue of EncausticArtsMagazine