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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

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.


SANTA FE:

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

see fees right hand column

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SPAIN: Encaustic workshop in Malaga, Spain Feb 14-20, 2016

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INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTIC AND MORE July 18-19



This two day workshop will be an introduction, if you haven't done encaustic before, or you need a refresher on basic techniques, it is suitable for beginners as well as artists with some encaustic experience.  Individual instruction and criticism will help you move your  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. 

Fusing the Ancient and Contemporary, Benitez and Koment, May 22-24


Francisco Benitez
Ellen Koment

FUSING THE ANCIENT & CONTEMPORARY

A three day encaustic workshop:
May 22-24, 2015


Fusing the Ancient and the Contemporary

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.


Koment’s abstractions stem from the natural world, from the landscapes and occasionally figures which she uses as a jumping off point for her vibrant abstractions. On paper and panels she starts with a point of reference, and through transparent glazes and her unique lines, translates them into her paintings.

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, 

MORE ABOUT ENCAUSTIC: WORKING LARGER May 11-14


This four day workshop in my quiet light filled encaustic studio, with views of the mountains,  is the perfect opportunity to take four days for yourself, and focus on your work, to take your work  to the next level. Whether you are new to encaustic, or more experienced, we will consider where you are coming from, and even more importantly, where you want to go with your work...what you want to achieve. You can work on paintings up to 24” in any direction, and think about putting them together to create even larger work. In addition, a variety of new Techniques will be introduced.

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 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 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 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.  for more click here
Koment, encaustic on panel, 24"x24" each
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BEYOND BEGINNING: WORKING LARGE combines with More About Encaustic Painting


Four Days, July 22-25

Four Days: This is an intermediate to 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. People who take the two day Intro would qualify for this workshop. Two together! 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.  for more click here

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ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS, Four Days, August 10-13

ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS

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.


Exploring New Mexico and Encaustic June 23-25, 2015

EXPLORING NEW MEXICO AND ENCAUSTIC PAINTING:
 June 23, 24, 25
Since so many of my students come from afar,some for the first time, or with little knowledge of New Mexico beyond Santa Fe, that I thought it would be a wonderful experience for you to have the opportunity to see some of our deep and amazing heritage while you are here..both Native American as well as Hispanic. To that end, I am teaming up with Robbie O'Neill of Cultural Treasures to provide you with three days of exceptional experiences. 

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.

ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOPS IN MALAGA SPAIN

February 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 !

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:


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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