work on paper

work on paper
A workshop in the Studio
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. This year, she received the prestigious 2018 Gottlieb Foundation Artist Award. Her work is in three books and numerous magazines, as well as galleries around the country. 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. The workshops are held in Koment's studio, in a beautiful stone schoolhouse just north of the town of Madrid, NM, about 30 minutes south of Santa Fe .  

All About You: All About Encaustic: Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3,2019

About Finding Your Own Voice

The main idea of this workshop will be to help you find your own voice in this amazing help you do this, I will demonstrate a variety of new techniques, talk about color and design, but most importantly, talk about helping you realize what it is that YOU want to say. OR what you want to accomplish.

We will coverall of this, and maybe more:
  • Color: How it influences you, and your work
  • incorporating the photo
  • Including line, of many sorts
  • Small pours, on panels
  • Combining materials
  • considering the story you're telling

Painting, for me, and most especially with encaustic, is a never ending journey of discovery. It is my great opportunity to explore and confront who I am, and what I want to say. It is a never ending extraordinary process in which I reveal myself to myself, and incidentally to the viewers as well. It is my most intimate and wonderful ability to tell a tale that reveals itself to me, and to you. Encaustic is an ancient medium that holds untold secrets. It is an opportunity to sing to the gods. It is more than a medium.


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Two days, $425. includes all materials except panels
Just Saturday $225.

Private Workshops


1-3 people, 1-3 days, a really great way to get your questions answered, on dates that work for you.   email me about it

    Join me in my beautiful light filled studio in a stone schoolhouse for an unforgettable experience. Learn, work, and enjoy your fellow artists.

Come for a workshop, and see all that Santa Fe has to offer..galleries, museums, and of course the fantastic landscape.


After the hustle and bustle of the Artisans expo, come to my beautiful quiet studio for some serious work...

This workshop is immediately after the Encaustic Retreat and Artisan Expo. The 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. A number of resources and ideas will be presented. 

Left, show at David Rothermel Contemporary, Santa Fe, 

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. Lets talk about getting your work into galleries, commissions, grants, and all the resources available for artists.

at the last workshop..

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 play with small pours and "The Magic Line", as well as a number of other techniques. Ellen's "Magic Line", which she developed years ago, using crayons , pigment, graphite and pan pastels to create a variety of exciting effects.

We will emphasize how these techniques can be developed to create a unique encaustic language for each student. We will  work towards a series of paintings, unique for each student, which incorporates the techniques presented.

student work and workshop

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.