UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, Santa Fe and Beyond 2016

Ellen Koment has been working with encaustic, and exhibiting it for 20 years. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious La Vendeeme award for excellence in Encaustic Education. So we can assure you of a complete experience, learn the best encaustic practices within the context of a professional consideration of your work and your goals.

Aug 16-19: REFLECTIONS: Belen Millan and Ellen Koment
Oct 3-5:      ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS, following the EAI/IEA retreat
                    Ellen Koment and Shawna Moore

EncausticSpain!! Watch for dates in October 2017, 
 read the article about it in the IEA Zine    encausticspain website
   Private sessions are also available..contact me for details.. 
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REFLECTIONS: Belen Millan and Ellen Koment AUGUST 16-19, 2016

REFLECTIONS: Belen Millan and Ellen Koment
AUGUST 16-19, 2016 

And the best part: REGISTER by July 15 for the reduced price of $675,for four full days!  

  Four full days of studio time, and an evening of galleries, shows and tours.

A study in Visual depth and Textures, and reflections on some aspects of our Spain workshops, and New Mexico culture.

               Read about our Spain workshops In the IEA Zine here

Belen, see work at www.belenmillan.com

I am so delighted that Belen has agreed to join me for a workshop in Santa Fe this summer. After two amazing workshops with her in Malaga, I have come to realize and respect the depth and breadth of her work and of her teaching. In respect to our joint ventures in Spain, we have added a couple of new components to our workshop here in Santa Fe.

We call it "Reflections" to reflect on the challenges that Artists face working with encaustic, and to give thought to our own work and personal creative direction -- to reflect on our own voice and make it stand out. Belen and I have been teaching Encaustics in Spain together with great success... check the article about our Spain Workshops in the IEA Zine  here.. "
We are very excited about the upcoming workshop in Santa Fe this summer...August 16-19. I hope you will be able to join us. This time we are reflecting on some challenges posed by artists that have worked with us in the past... 

Activities will include demos of various new techniques,with plenty of time for you to try them, informal group discussions and individual support to give you a chance to discuss and explore your own personal aesthetics. How to best achieve movement, balance or visual depth whether you're working on paper and  panel. How to create successful abstract compositions developing your own controlled aesthetics. Like Spain, we are adding a cultural component, timed right before the famous Santa Fe Indian Market, we will have shows and events to attend. The workshop itself will cover a broad range of techniques on paper and panel to create visual depth, texture and patterned effects, including glazing, mark making, incorporation of the photo, use of additional materials such as watercolor, ink, pigments, oil bars and pan pastels, creating stencils, monotypes, small pours, and much more.

The workshop will cover a broad range of techniques on paper and panel including:

  • creating visual depth, 
  • texture and patterned effects, 
  • glazing, 
  • mark making, 
  • incorporation of the photo, 
  • use of additional materials such as watercolor, ink, pigments, 
  • oil bars and pan pastels, 
  • creating stencils, 
  • monotypes, 
  • small pours, and much more. 

Each of the artists will do demos and work individually with the participants.

The workshop is occurring the week before the famous Santa Fe Indian Market.. This is a truly amazing and huge art and culture event, the biggest event of the Santa Fe season. http://www.swaia.org/ ** As in Spain, we want you to also experience some of the uniqueness of New Mexico culture. Santa Fe Indian Market is August 19-21


following the IEA/EAI retreat and Artisans Expo

Whether you come to the retreat, Or Artisans Expo, or not, this workshop is suitable for artists with some experience, whether in encaustic or other media, ready to think about the possibility of exhibiting their work, or who already are, but want to increase their exposure. Or those who simply want to further develop a body of work with that direction in mind. 

The three day workshop will combine the expertise of a mature artist both with hands on demos and ample time for students to work, as well as portfolio reviews for individual participants, and advice related to professional development. I will share techniques and work one on one with each student either in creative coaching, a professional development session or a portfolio review. It is open to artists at all levels. 

For more experienced encaustic painters, this will be an opportunity to enhance your work with a variety of new techniques, and to begin to develop of a consistent series of paintings. Individual instruction and criticism will help you move your encaustic painting to a new level.

The workshop will cover all the basics, as well as a variety of new techniques. We will talk about paint application, fusing, glazing, (color theory), inscribing and mixed media approaches. How to get that smooth flawless surface, or to create texture! 

Emphasizing: Ellen's "Magic Line", which she developed years ago, using crayons , pigment, graphite and pan pastels to create a variety of exciting effects.

Koment, "Continuum" #3, wax,pigment, 2012

detail, "Soffiere" with The Magic Line, 42" x42", 2012

Koment, "Epigram 9", 2012, "The magic line" and more

And of course, the small pour on panel and paper.

Koment, "Transcendence", 14" x14", wax "small pour", 2016

We will emphasize how these techniques can be developed to create a unique encaustic language for each student. And, you will leave with a printout containing all the information you need as well as a list of suppliers. 

This workshop will allow you to work up to 15"x15". It will address all aspects of approaching a painting, from the planning and drawing stages, through preparation of the surface; understanding temperature control and how it facilitates your work, handling color and glazing, as well as special effects, and finishing.

fee: $650 includes all materials except panels


OCTOBER 28-30, 2016 only two spots left

We think alike, and yet, very differently.

This will be the third workshop that Shawna and Ellen have taught together. Within the different approaches to each of their paintings, there is a bond between them, and some basic principles and approaches to the work, and to the life of an artist, that they share. 

Each of these workshops has been very successful, a great experience for students as well as teachers. And each has filled quickly.


fee: $650 includes all materials except panels

Summer 2012 w/Shawna and Ellen

Summer 2012 w/Shawna and Ellen

What people have to say about the workshops:

"Ellen your workshop changed my life!" Shawna Moore, encaustic artist

I just wanted to share some happy news. I finished a piece for the O'Keeffe docent exhibition last week and have attached a pic here. Sooo scary but fun and I had 3 offers to buy it!! I'm working on a series called 'The Illusion of Perfection'...this first piece was created with image transfer (some of my favorite vintage lace, silk), oil pigment, incision, etc....combining technique I learned from both you and Shawna Just wanted you to know your inspiration and teachings are 'out there' influencing many and bringing me great joy! Thank you with all my heart. Vickie Fleming

"You have been very encouraging to me and I appreciate you sharing your knowledge so generously. You are still the best teacher around and I continue to recommend you to all. It has been important for me to take what you taught and spend time in my studio to find my unique expression and to make it my own." Martha Rea Baker, artist, workshop participant

"Ellen is an experienced and talented artist with superior knowledge and expertise whose personalized workshops in Santa Fe are the best way to learn the ancient technique of wax encaustic painting." Sherry Bloom, artist, co-owner, "The Wooden Cow Gallery"

"Ellen Koment was one of the first encaustic artists in Santa Fe and the medium has seen an explosion of interest ever since. Her workshops discuss all aspects of encaustic painting from its past history and recent popularity."Brent Hanfli, Santa Fe Creative Tourism

What is Wax Encaustic Painting?

Wax Encaustic is an ancient medium that has experienced a contemporary Renaissance. Encaustic Painting was practiced by Greek Artists as far back as the 5th century BC. Legend has it that the Greeks applied coatings of wax and resin to waterproof their ships, and that this led to pigmenting the wax for decoration. Homer talks about the painted ships of the Greek warriors at Troy.

The technique of Wax Encaustic Painting involves applying layers of pigmented wax, which are then fused together with heat. The word encaustic comes from the ancient Greek, meaning to burn in. This glazing process allows a depth and richness of color to be achieved. For me the glory of working in wax has been the discovery of what it can do that other mediums can’t. Any observer can appreciate the extraordinary effects of depth and luminosity that can be achieved, the wonderful sense of transparency that you can play with, the richness of textural possibilities, these are the obvious. Less apparent, perhaps, is the involvement with the process itself. The sheer love of beautiful natural materials, the completion of the process by sealing it with fire. The magic of involvement with an ancient art.

Koment, encaustic on panels

Koment, encaustic on panels

"Desert Breezes"

"Desert Breezes"
"Desert Breezes", a dyptich, each panel 16" x 50", available at the Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe

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