In this three-day class, students will explore the idea of personal narrative through mixed media and assemblage constructions. Using encaustic as a unifying material, we will look at incorporating wax through collage, pouring, painting and simple sculpting techniques. Students are asked to consider their personal narrative ahead of class. We will use the first day to share ideas and look at corresponding materials to discuss compositional concepts. Our goal is to acquire a clear understanding of successful constructive methods for mixed media panels and the appropriate incorporation of wax as a design element. Students are encouraged to think of their panel compositions as telling a story. We will explore the option of working with panels in diptych and tryptic styles. This class is best suited for intermediate level students.
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. An invaluable feature of this class is access to the network of fellow instructors and resources that R&F offers as support. R&F has been the leading facilitator of Encaustic workshops for over 20 years, let us share that knowledge with you.
Come gain an understanding of encaustic in a format that covers the essential techniques for sculpting with wax. Participants leap off the panel surface and approach wax as a material for assemblage and sculpture techniques. Beginning with an exploration of wax properties we will look at the way it can be manipulated from liquid to solid. Wax is transformative when combined with materials like fabric, thread, and paper. Next we will explore ways it can be successfully combined with other surfaces and objects, with an emphasis on best practices in construction and assembly. Numerous fusing and surface manipulation techniques will be presented as well as discussions on the specific tools that allow the greatest precision and control of the wax.
This class focuses on a trio of techniques ideal for artist interested in using graphic elements, original drawings, and mixed media with encaustic. We begin with transfers onto the encaustic surface. The transfers are a simple way to retain a crisp graphic appearance. Students work with found imagery and original drawings. Additional transfer methods use R&F Pigment Sticks, pastel, and graphite. Next we expand on collage. Students become familiar with appropriate paper types for working with encaustic and collage, and how to use collage as an alternative process to transfers. Last we look at the possibilities stenciling can offer to line control and developing clear edges. We review the best stencil materials to use when working with wax, in addition to creating original stencils. Ample work time will accompany demonstrations. Contemporary uses of the above methods are covered.
One of the most exciting qualities of encaustic is its ability it gives artists to achieve a constructed surface beyond the capacity of other painting media. As a material wax crosses between 2D and 3D, providing unique opportunities to combine color texture and dimensionality. In this class, participants will explore a variety of materials that can enhance the textural and sculptural attributes. We work with accessible materials like plaster, joint compound and cardboard to create a range of relief surfaces. Fabrics like burlap and cotton batting can take on more structural characteristics once waxed. Impasto is a great material for building up accretion. With each surface special attention will be given to working temperature, fusing techniques and finishing methods.
A monotype is a single print taken from a unique image or mark created on a plate using a fluid or gelled material. The result is an image that drifts in the territory between printmaking and painting. In this one day workshop students have the opportunity to explore this inviting and flexible process with R&F’s full encaustic & R&F Pigment Stick lines.
This class covers monotype-printing basics including image and mark making methods on the plate surface, recommended tools, and printing without a press. We will discuss surface preparation, because pigment sticks are an oil based paint, it is necessary to prep your paper for longevity. The class approach allows for a balance of control and spontaneity with immediate results, making it possible to create a number of prints in a short amount of time.
In this workshop, artist and educator Kelly McGrath will walk students through the process of mold making. Each participant will leave the workshop with a cast replica of one’s hand made entirely out of wax. Bring a precious object for your wax hand to hold or make an unforgettable candle.
Mold making is a part of everyday life from the mass produced cups and plates in the kitchen cabinet to the complex toys and gadgets we use for play. You will be introduced to basic mold terminology and to a 2-part block mold construction. The mold from this class can be used to cast a variety of materials including plaster, clay, paper and wax.