UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, SANTA FE and BEYOND:
Ellen Koment has been working with encaustic, and exhibiting it for 20 years. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious LaVendeeme 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.
More About Encaustic Painting, May 11-14
Fusing the Ancient and Contemporary May 22-24
Explore New Mexico and Encaustic Painting June 23-25
Intro and More Sat & Sun: July 18-19
Beyond Beginning: Going Large, 4 days July 22-25
Encaustic Master Class: August 10-13
A special deal: Take the two day Intro July 18-19 and the Beyond Beginning July 22-25 for a discounted fee
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SPAIN: Encaustic workshop in Malaga, Spain Feb 14-20, 2016
FUSING THE ANCIENT & CONTEMPORARY
A three day encaustic workshop:
May 22-24, 2015
Join Francisco Benitez and Ellen Koment in exploring each of their approaches to Encaustic Painting, and finding, with them, your individual approach to combining the two.
As different as each of their approaches are, technically, and as different as their paintings are, they each turn to the real world as a resource and inspiration..be it from the figure or the landscape. Each appreciates the beauty and versatility of the medium..
Benitez’s encaustic work is based upon the Ancient Greek tradition of encaustic painting and the beautiful Fayum portraits which were the last expression of that lofty tradition. He incorporates the tetrachromy, or four color palette, in his working practice, as well as ancient tools, glazing and fusing techniques, to render life-like images.
In addition,we will introduce the new Ceracolor water based encaustic paints, and use them during a brief plein aire painting session.. You can take your encaustic painting outside!
The workshop will allow ample time to learn and explore each of their techniques, with demos and discussions by each of the artists.
This workshop is appropriate for those new to Encaustic, as well as those with more experience.
Paintings above: Benitez, below: Koment,
|Koment, encaustic on panel, 24"x24" each|
For people from out of town, I can help arrange for shipping their paintings home. Please see the travel page at the top of this page, for info about hotels, etc. for more click here
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. Previous encaustic experience is not required.
The four 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, 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 linesand 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 tocreate 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 wellas 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 workingat 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. A number of new techniqueswill 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 photographic and other approaches.
We will meet at the studio for the first day, introduce you to Encaustic if you are new to it, make some paintings, spend the next day exploring, and then the third day incorporating our experiences into our art. Special tour offering for Wednesday, June 24, 2015 – Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Feast Day and Dance. This is the Pueblo’s annual Geronimo Dance which is magical, colorful and enchanting. A wonderful cultural experience and one not to be missed. The tour includes visiting the Pueblo, lunch at El Rancho de Chimayo, an iconic restaurant loved by locals and tourists alike, a visit to El Santuario de Chimayo and a hammered tin demonstration by 6th generation Chimayo artist, Sharon Candelario.
Koment has been exhibiting her encaustic paintings nationally for twenty years, including at the Karan Ruhlen Gallery in Santa Fe. She is a graduate of Cooper Art School in NYC, and has a Masters degree in painting from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching encaustic for 18 years.
Belén is a Spanish-born artist who will share her passion for Spanish art and culture. She has a long professional trajectory in the NY advertising industry. A graduate of MHC and Columbia U, she pursued graduate art studies at Hunter College, Art Students League and the Woodstock School of Art. Belen has been working with wax and mixed media for over 10 years, exhibiting in the US and Europe. Details at:
What people have to say about the workshops:
"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"
What is Wax Encaustic Painting?
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.