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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, Santa Fe and Beyond
More About Encaustic Painting, May 11-14.
Beyond Beginning: Going Large, 5 days July 6-10
Encaustic Master Class: August 10-13
Explore New Mexico and Encaustic Painting June 23-25
California, at WaxWorks West April 11-13
Encaustic and Creative Process
SPAIN: Encaustic workshop in Malaga, Spain Feb 14-20, 2016
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.
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.
INTRODUCTION TO ENCAUSTICS and more:
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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.
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.
Belen Millan is now teaching workshops in her Malaga studio for European students Belen Millan Encaustics
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
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.