UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, Santa Fe and Beyond 2016


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. 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.

EncausticSpain!! Workshops in Malaga, On the Costa del Sol

Watch for dates in October 2017

read the article about it in the IEA Zine    encausticspain website


following the IEA/EAI retreat and Artisans Expo
THREE DAYS: OCT 3-5     just a few spots left

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.

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

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.

Koment, the incorporation of pigment, and The Magic Line
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.

detail, "Soffiere" with The Magic Line, 42" x42", 2012

Koment, "Epigram 9", 2012, "The magic line" and more

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.

fee: $650 includes all materials except panels


OCTOBER 28-30, 2016  now full..join the waiting list

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.


fee: $650 includes all materials except panels

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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