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.

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IN SANTA FE:
                       Photos taken on the road to the studio, and yes the sky is often this amazing!

Santa Fe, New Mexico is called “Land of Enchantment” for a good reason. It’s a destination known to artists’ for its picturesque landscape, historical architecture, galleries, light, museums and food. Join us here! My studio is on the historic Turqouise Trail, an inspiring and rewarding destination in itself.

July 11-15:    BEYOND BEGINNING, GOING LARGE, five days 
Aug 16-19:   REFLECTIONS: Belen Millan and Ellen Koment
Oct 3-5:        ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS, following the EAI/IEA retreat
Oct 28-30:   TWO ARTISTS, TWO APPROACHES,
                    Ellen Koment and Shawna Moore

EncausticSpain!! Watch for dates in Spring 2017, and meanwhile read the article about it in the IEA Zine


Private sessions are also available..contact me for details..
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MORE ABOUT ENCAUSTIC PAINTING: GOING LARGER, Five Days, JULY 11-15, 2016

Five Days: JULY 11-15, 2016


This workshop is suitable for artists with some encaustic experience.
For more experienced encaustic painters, this will be an opportunity to work at a larger scale,and to enhance your work with a variety of new techniques. Individual instruction and criticism will help you move your encaustic painting to a new level.

For people with encaustic experience it will be an opportunity to take your into a new dimension.
Many people stay at a certain level with their encaustic painting because they see working
at a larger scale, or changing their approach, as intimidating. It does present certain challenges,but when you understand how to overcome them, it can be a richly rewarding experience.This workshop will allow you to work up to 30" x 30". It will address all aspects of working larger, from the planning and drawing stages, through preparation of the surface; understanding temperature control and how it facilitates working larger, handling color and glazing, as well as special effects, and finishing. A number of new techniques will be presented: use of dry pigment and oil paint on incised line, mixed media approaches, basic color and glaze theory, creating texture and working with photo and other media.


The workshop will also cover all the basics, including information about how to make paint, about the commercial paints and their applications, about supports, grounds and techniques: paint application, fusing, glazing, inscribing and mixed media approaches.safety, materials, demos of applying paint, glazing, fusing, How to get that smooth surface! Learn some new techniques: Introducing mixed media, working with oil bar, pigment, creating lines and texture and image transfer. We will emphasize how these techniques can be developed to create a unique encaustic language for each student. We will talk (and demo) how to create glaze layers, as well as some special techniques like inscribing and using dry pigment..and, you will leave with a printout containing all the information you need as well as a list of suppliers. 

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

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

 Three and a half days of studio time, and a  half day and 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.

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. On our last day, after a morning in the studio, we will go as a group to the numerous exhibits which will be up in conjunction with this event, to the Encaustic Institute, and to a number of gallery openings. Ending with a group dinner. The market itself occurs on Saturday and Sunday in the Santa Fe plaza, and we leave that for you to explore on your own.

** Experience the magic of the Market! Join us in celebrating Native arts and culture in the largest and most prestigious intertribal fine art market in the world. Visit Santa Fe Indian Market on August 20, 2016, 7am - 5pm, & August 21, 2016, 8am - 5pm and enjoy seeing and interacting with over 1,000 of the "best of the best" Native artists, craftspersons, and designers. Celebrate tribal traditions and history.Witness exciting contemporary evolution and growth, as Native fine art is passed on to new generations. Gather with friends old and new and savor the fun, fashion, music, dance, food, film and more. Share the legacy and the joy! See you at the Market! 



ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS, OCT 3-5

ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS, 
following the IEA/EAI retreat:  THREE DAYS: OCT 3-5

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! Introducing mixed media, including combining wax with watercolor, and the new water based encaustic paints. Working with crayon and pigment as one method to create line, and a few other mark making techniques. A glimpse at the small pour on panel and paper.

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. 


For people with encaustic experience or significant painting experience in other media,it will be an opportunity to take your work into a new dimension.

Many people stay at a certain level with their encaustic painting because they see working at a larger scale, or changing their approach, as intimidating. It does present certain challenges, but when you understand how to overcome them, it can be a richly rewarding experience.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.

TWO ARTISTS, TWO APPROACHES SHAWNA MOORE & ELLEN KOMENT

TWO ARTISTS: TWO APPROACHES
SHAWNA MOORE AND ELLEN KOMENT
OCTOBER 28-30,2016

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.



                             www.shawnamoore,com            
               www.ellenkoment.com


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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