work on paper

work on paper
New Mexico Blues, dyptich, 36" x96"

Upcoming Workshops

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. 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



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


Three Workshops this season:
ALL ABOUT ENCAUSTIC . June 22-24
WORKING LARGER . August 6-10
ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS  Sept 31-Oct 2

email ellen

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


I'm not going to Spain this year, 
but it will still be a great workshop and experience of Spanish Culture
Join Belen: EncausticSPAIN! March 18-24, 2018 
right before the fantastic Easter week in Spain

EncausticSpain website CLICK HERE

In my studio, photo by Les Hancock

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


ALL ABOUT ENCAUSTIC . JUNE 22,23,24, 2018


ALL ABOUT ENCAUSTIC is three day workshop suitable for artists new to encaustic as well as those with  experience who want to hone their skills, and learn a variety of new techniques. 


At a recent workshop


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, fusing, How to get that smooth surface! 
  • glazing with encaustic: it's really about color theory
  •  Introducing mixed media,
  • image transfer, and incorporating the image
  • working with pigment for special effects
  • creating several kinds of lines, and texture. 
  • We will emphasize how these techniques can be developed to create a unique encaustic language 
  • for each student. 
  • The small pour on panels 
The emphasis, as always, will be on your creative development i.e.:ON YOUR PAINTING! As always, my goal is to help you achieve your aims in this wonderful medium.  It is open to artists at all levels.  




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Three Day workshop Fee: $485 includes most materials

WORKING LARGER, back by request: Five Days: AUGUST 5-10, 2018

This workshop will be an opportunity to enhance your work with a variety of new techniques, as well as taking it to a new scale. Individual instruction and criticism will help you move your encaustic painting to a new level. And since the Master Class has been so popular, I am going to add an element of professional development as well.
MOSTLY, IT IS ABOUT MAKING THE PAINTINGS YOU WANT TO MAKE.




For people with encaustic experience or significant painting experience in other media, it will be an opportunity to take your into a new dimension.

In addition, we will add a page from the "Master Class': For those 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  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. 

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 30" x 30". 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, handlingcolor 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 photographic and other mixed media.

This masterclass 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 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 somenew techniques: Introducing mixed media, working with oil bar, pigment, creating linesand texture and image transfer. We will emphasize how these techniques can be developedto 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 well as a list of suppliers. 


Fee: $950 includes most materials

ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS: Three days: Sept 31-Oct 2

ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS, 




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.

 
Left, show at David Rothermel Contemporary, Santa Fe, right: Commission for apartment in NYC

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.




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.


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: $550. includes materials