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"Artifact" Dyptich 36" x2"

Award

I am honored to be the recipient of the 2013 La Vendeeme award for excellence in Encaustic Education, awarded by the International Encaustic Artists. I have been teaching encaustic workshops here in Santa Fe for close to twenty years, and I think have made an impact on the lives of a number of artists.

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

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Still room in the May 5-9, Working Large Workshop!
REGISTER NOW!  email

BEYOND BEGINNING: WORKING LARGE,  MAY 5-9, 2014
ALL ABOUT ENCAUSTIC PAINTING:   JULY12,13,14, 2014
MORE ABOUT ENCAUSTIC PAINTING, AUGUST 4,5,6,7, 2014
BEYOND BEGINNING: WORKING LARGE,  SEPTEMBER 1-5, 2014
ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOP IN MALAGA, SPAIN, OCT 8-14, 2014

         

ALL ABOUT ENCAUSTIC JULY 11,12,13



ALL ABOUT ENCAUSTIC is three day workshop suitable for artists new to encaustic as well as those with  experience who want to hone their skills, and learn a variety of new techniques. 

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, fusing, How to get that smooth surface! 
  • glazing with encaustic: it's really about color theory
  •  Introducing mixed media,
  • image transfer, 
  • working with oil bar, pigment, 
  • creating several kinds of lines, and texture. 
  • We will emphasize how these techniques can be developed to create a unique encaustic language for each student. We will talk (and demo) about
  •  inscribing and using dry pigment..
  • You will leave with a printout containing all the information you need as well as a list of suppliers. 

The emphasis, as always, will be on your creative development i.e.:ON YOUR PAINTING! As always, my goal is to help you achieve your aims in this wonderful medium.  It is open to artists at all levels. 


BEYOND BEGINNING: WORKING LARGE MAY 5-9, SEPT 1-5, 2014

Beyond Beginning: Working Large
five days:
May 5-9, 2014
September 1-5, 2014

 Five Days: This is my most advanced workshop, and  a unique opportunity for artists who are already working in encaustic to experience the joy of seeing there work on a larger scale, or to attempt any other expansion of their vision which they might like to pursue. We will address the special design and technical considerations involved in working on a larger scale, from sketch to finishing. Participants may work up to 36” x 36” on their own panels, but may choose to stay in the 24"x 24" range.

Each student/artist will do at least one large painting during this week, going from an initial sketch, through considerations about putting on paint at this scale, on controlling temperatures on a larger scale, understanding how to control temperatures and use it to your advantage. We will discuss how and why certain paintings work better large, and others not so well. There will be a presentation of a series of large scale paintings done by a number of artists, as well as tours of the Santa Fe Galleries that show large scale encaustic paintings. We will also discuss finishing the painting, preparing it for shipping and hanging.

The fee includes encaustic medium, and most paints, use of tools and materials, but participants must provide their own panels. Cradled panels and flat plywood panels can be ordered from me, but must be ordered at least three weeks prior to the workshop. You can ship your panels from suppliers directly to the studio, if you prefer. A materials list will be provided, with information about ordering panels, upon registration. You will get a print out of all the material covered, as well as suppliers at the workshop.

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.  
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ThIS workshop was a really spectacular one, with talented artists from Seattle to NY, and points in between:
 The group at work
 Sue Spector and her paintings
 Painting by Jane Sharninghouse

Unfinished, EK studio



MORE ABOUT ENCAUSTIC PAINTING: GOING LARGER

August 4-7, 2014





 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.

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 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. 

For people with encaustic experience or significant painting experience in other media,
 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 20" x 20". 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 photographic and other
                                                                      media.

ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOP IN MALAGA SPAIN OCT 8-14, 2014

Join Ellen Koment and Belen Millan for Encaustic and tours in the ancient andalusian City of Malaga. Right on the meditteranean.  www.encausticspain.blogspot.com

Introduction to Encaustic


Introduction to Encaustic






The workshop will be an introduction, if you haven't done encaustic before, or you need a 
refresher on basic techniques

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 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.

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.

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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

ABout the artist-teacher:

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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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.