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Encaustic: Taking Painting with Wax to the Next Level

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Saturday through Monday, Jun 8 - 10 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-PNT-2879 ( Class not open for registration )
3 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $50


This workshop helps participants to re-engage and further their encaustic practice with a focus on developing and expanding visual vocabulary, building existing skills, and challenging themselves to work larger. Additional techniques include manipulating encaustic to create texture and developing translucency and depth between layers. The workshop begins with a quick introductory overview of basics, including fusing techniques and studio safety considerations. The instructor meets each student at their level and makes insightful suggestions about how to hone and push skills. Effective ways to handle edges and finishing work are introduced, as well as discussion around proper packing, shipping and storing encaustic work. Students will break and practice free-writing from verbal prompts to further a connection to their work and ways of working. The class visits the RISD Museum to see the Fayum portraits and discover the rich history and longevity of this centuries-old medium. Lunch and all materials are provided.

Prerequisite: Some encaustic experience

  • Name: Dietlind Vander Schaaf (Bio)