work on paper

work on paper
"Color Emerges" wax/paper 30"x22"

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.

Join Belen: EncausticSPAIN! March 18-24, 2018 
right before the fantastic Easter week in Spain
EncausticSpain website CLICK HERE

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

and watch for the spring and summer schedule!
I have gone to a limited workshop schedule to enable me to spend more time in the studio, but I do have two workshops planned: watch for dates, see below


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.

ENCAUSTIC MASTER CLASS, watch for dates!

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.

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.



MORE ABOUT ENCAUSTIC PAINTING; GOING LARGER, Watch for Dates!

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.