Encaustic Painting Workshop with Kathryn Bevier


Encaustic is the art of painting, sculpting or printing with a beeswax based medium using heat to bond the layers of wax to a substrate and to each other. Artists have practiced the technique of encaustic painting for over two thousand years. In ancient Greek, Roman and Egypt times, encaustic was a main art form, but throughout history its use slowly faded as oil, watercolor, pastel and even acrylic came into vogue. There have always been artists that kept the medium alive and in the mid 1900’s artists, such as Diego Rivera, and many of the modernist, especially Jasper Johns, brought attention back to this art form. Today, encaustic is experiencing a renaissance with a ground swell of contemporary artists employing this medium.


Day 1
Morning session agenda:
•What encaustic medium and paint are made from and how is it made
•Brief history
•Health and safety
•Establish the set up and discuss what materials are needed for working with encaustic paint
•Demonstrate how to prime a substrate and then have class properly prime their substrate
•Discuss color mixing, extending paints with medium, tinting strengths of paint
•Show basic encaustic application and build up of paint. Allow the rest of the morning for the class to put basic encaustic application practices into use.

Afternoon Session:
•Class will continue with basic application of paint, building of layers, color mixing and creating glazes.
•Demonstrate a variety of ways in which to create surface textures using brushes, heat guns, and metal tools.
•The end result will be a sampler showing the various techniques that they learned as a reference for the remainder of the workshop.

Day 2
Morning session:
•The art of collage and the incorporation of various dry mixed media including papers, plant material, fibers, metal using the encaustic technique.

Afternoon session:
•The art of collage continued with gold leaf, pastels, and stencil, and incorporating wet mixed media including, oil sticks, inks, and oil paints.

Day 3
Morning session:
•Image transfer onto wax using dry pigment, such as charcoal and graphite. Using personal drawings students will transfer their drawings onto a wax surface, completing them with encaustic glazing technique or the use of pastel.

Afternoon session:
•Image transfer onto using photographic imagery, finishing with encaustic glazing techniques. 

Each day will be wrapped up with a recap of encaustic techniques learned. There will also be handouts with step-by-step reminders for each subject covered.