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.

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SPAIN ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOP: Malaga,  Feb 14-20, 2016 one spot left!          www.encausticspain.blogspot.com 
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AND IN SANTA FE:

May 13-15:   BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL: Wax and Watercolor 
July 12-15:   ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS
Aug 8-12:     BEYOND BEGINNING, GOING LARGER   
Oct 3-5:        ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS, following the EAi/IEA retreat
Oct 28-30:   TWO ARTISTS, TWO APPROACHES,
                    Ellen Koment and Shawna Moore


Private sessions are also available..contact me for details..
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ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOP in MALAGA SPAIN Feb 14-21, 2016

In October, 2015, we had a great trip and wonderful experience for ten artists from around the world, for the instructors, and for those who came as guests. We painted every day, ate fabulous Spanish lunches together. and toured the museums, cathedrals and highlights of Malaga. And we are doing it again !


                     
                     http://www.encausticspain.blogspot.com

Our explorations of the city and its surroundings will provide inspiration for our studio time. We will work on paper and panels, exploring the encaustic medium as it allows us to express our reactions to local experiences. We will cover all the encaustic basics but also explore a variety of exciting new techniques. This workshop is appropriate for beginning to advanced encaustic artists. 

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.

BelĂ©n 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:

BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL; WAX AND WATERCOLOR: MAY 13, 14, 15, 2016



Use this beautiful luminous watercolor medium, and use encaustic wax, with a variety of additional materials to create exciting abstract paintings. Move away from the traditional watercolor or encaustic paintings into an entirely new realm.
  • Use watercolor:
  • With wax as a resist, creating numerous layers for exciting affects
  • This is an entirely new idea. How to mix wax and watercolor, mostly on paper, to expand and explore the outer reaches of each medium. Some exciting effects can be achieved.
  • With inks to enhance and intensify. Inks have an intensity that lend an additional element, and are also sometimes a saving grace
  • With image transfer, and mixed media. Incorporate photographic imagery, and collage materials for unusual affects
  • Create your own abstract language, starting from familiar images, and taking it into the unknown. Explore the language of form and color, and their expressive possibilities.
We did a two day version of this workshop with spectacular results, and I felt that the third day would give participants an even greater opportunity to explore the possibilities in combining these media. This workshop is open to artists at all levels, and doesn't require encaustic experience. As always, we will cover all the basics.

    FROM THE LAST WORKSHOP:




MORE ABOUT ENCAUSTIC PAINTING: GOING LARGER, Five Days, AUGUST 8-12

Five Days: August 8-12, 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 24" x 24". 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. 

ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS

ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS
FOUR DAYS: JULY 12-15
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.  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.


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

ABout the artist-teacher: