Workshops and Events

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  • 21 May 2018 10:00 AM | Nancy Crawford
    Monday, May 21, 2018 to
    Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    Expressing Your Tuscan Story:
    A 10-Day Exploration in Encaustic and Photography
    with Nancy Crawford and Oliviero Olivieri
    (10 day program)
    Tuscany, Italy

    Creative Excursions

    What to Expect in your Workshops with Creative Excursions

    A great opportunity for a deep dive into encaustic and photography. This workshop in Tuscany is ideal for those people who already have experience working with the encaustic medium and who are looking to take their image making to the next level – learning to create a series of works exploring one central idea or concept.  In addition to working with encaustic paint and assorted materials used in combination with that medium we will be spending time working through a wide range of sketchbook activities that will deepen and expand your understanding of how to develop imagery, decision making around the elements of design, working with a host of image development strategies, brainstorming ideas for conceptual development and more.

    The photography that we will be doing while on the monastery grounds and out on location will be another opportunity to explore and put into practice many of the principles that we will be exploring in our lessons. Regardless of whether you are shooting with an iphone or a medium format camera, or you are painting with wax or watercolor – finding your story and composing personal and meaning imagery will be the focus of our work together.

    Accommodation and Meals

    As part of this excursion you will be removed from the frenetic pace of today’s world to experience a more tranquil environment.  Sleeping in a simple, rustic former monk’s cell, dining in an ancient hall, and wandering the many paths and roads of the valley will help to create a sense of harmony with the natural surroundings. The former monastery features new modern bathroom facilities that are private but shared by two to three rooms.

    Your evening meals will be prepared by local cooks using delicious, regional recipes featuring olive oil from trees on the property, vino nobile from neighbouring Montepulciano, pecorino cheeses from the local sheep, and fresh, regional vegetables and fruit. Our goal is to create an environment that fosters inner contentment, reflection and focus.

    All breakfast and evening meals will be traditional Tuscan menus prepared at the monastery while lunches will be a combination of picnics on location, and meals at local trattoria and the monastery. Vegetarian fare is also available if requested at the time that you register.


    Creative Excursions

  • 02 Oct 2017 9:30 AM | Amanda Jolley

    Guest Instructor: Lorraine Glessner
    Date: Oct 2-6, 2017
    Time: 9:30-4:30pm
    Location: Studio Joy, 608 E 30th St, Kansas City MO
    Cost: $815 (includes $65 instructor supply fee)
    Deposit: $375 with remainder due 7/31/17
    Level: intermediate to advanced


    Repeated use of a shape, color or design element unifies composition, creates pattern, rhythm and movement as well as reinforces content. This workshop focuses on the creation of intricate patterns, expressive personal surfaces and complex, multi-layered pieces utilizing and in combination with encaustic painting techniques. With an emphasis on mixed media and mark-making, participants will focus on finding their voice through these new techniques. Methods and materials covered in this workshop include the use of organic and geometric form, realistic and abstract imagery, patterned collage, stencils, candy molds and branding (creating marks with heated metal and wood burning tools). Considerations such as using pattern and repetition as content itself, to tell a story, support and/or strengthen the content message will also be discussed. Optional individual critiques with Lorraine are offered to all participants. 

    For more information and to register:

  • 05 Sep 2017 11:19 AM | Kat Masella

    Event Dates: 9/5/2017 - 9/8/2017
    Location: Northeast Art Workshop Studio
    Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

    Encaustic Mixed Media:  Line and Grid

    All Levels/In-Studio

    $650  for 4 full days (Includes supply fee)

    Taught from an alternative, experimental approach with daily demos, critiques and discussions of ideas and progress.   

    Lines lead the eye and communicate information through variation in width, direction, density, length and character. They are as integral to any composition as the composition itself. Despite the incredible versatility of the encaustic medium, there is a limit to the techniques available in which to incorporate line. This workshop explores line and linear language far beyond the usual methods and materials to include the use of tjanting tools, masks, drawing with horse and human hair, branding with heated metal and wood burning tools, as well as creating your own grids, laces and lace like forms using free motion sewing machine embroidery on water soluble stabilizer. Also, a bonus demo of  working with candle/incense to make marks.

     The workshop begins with a comprehensive exercise involving composition generation, which will result in several compositions from which to explore these new techniques. Considerations of the use of the grid as a conceptual as well as compositional tool will also be discussed.   FOR FULL DETAILS AND REGISTRATION:


    Artist Bio ~ Lorraine Glessner, MFA Temple University, is a highly accomplished encaustic artist in high demand for her works and her teachings.  Her works have garnered many top juror awards in impressive shows in addition to Nominee, NICHE Educator of the Year award.

  • 28 Aug 2017 10:00 AM | Nancy Crawford
    Monday, August 28th to 
    Friday, September 1st, 2017 
    Order and Chaos, Fire and Ice
    An Adventure in Calligraphy and Encaustic 
    with Massimo Polello and Nancy Crawford
    (5 day program)
    Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada
    The Langley Fine Arts School
    9096 Trattle St, Fort Langley
    Intro to Encaustics

    Join master calligrapher Massimo Polello and artist Nancy Crawford for an exciting week of calligraphy and encaustic painting, exploring the dualities of Order and Chaos, Fire and Ice.

    According to classical science, the definition of Chaos was an “absence of order”. Today Chaos is considered a form of complexity. If we look back to Greek mythology, the Cosmos or Universe was a beautiful, well-ordered whole that arose out of Chaos. Order and Disorder, Cosmos and Chaos are in fact etymologically related. Is it not natural then for us as artists to want to participate in this dance, this exploration of Order and Chaos?

    The Lettera Capitalis Monumentalis are perfect examples of precision and equilibrium; ORDER in the classic and purest sense of the word. Peace and security are conveyed as in the upright columns of a Roman temple. The aim of the first part of the course is to present the Roman letters in their purest forms, their construction, ductus, proportions and spacing, written initially with an ordinary pencil and then with a flat brush, horizontally and then vertically as the first letters were. Even at this early stage of the workshop we might discover that the Lettera Romana is perhaps not as “in order” as it seems, and that its basic shape always depends on fortune, timing and the moment of writing.
    The second part of our calligraphic focus will be on exploring different ways of executing a freer form of writing, freer in the sense of inviting the unexpected, random and fantastic. In essence, a form of writing that is driven by instinct and comes from the “gut” – the place that many oriental traditions believe houses true knowledge. The aim is to encourage every student to develop his/her own technique.

    Finally, we will combine lettere capitalis and free writing, Order and Chaos, through a process of layering our calligraphy with encaustic medium, a luscious surface of beeswax and damar resin. This ancient technique that originated with the Greeks will provide an exciting process for us to continue our exploration of our dynamic dualities adding additional colour, depth, texture and finishes.

    5-Day Program Investment
    $825.00 + GST = $866.25 prices are in CDN dollars; an excellent opportunity for participants coming from the US and abroad.


    Your tuition covers most supplies including papers, wooden panels, adhesives, encaustic medium, oil paint, metal leaf, enamel paints, assorted graphite media, pan pastels, India ink, and more. In addition, your fee includes the use of all studio equipment including grills, heat guns, torches, several brushes, tools and drawing boards. The studio space itself is a large, open space with great ventilation and double doors leading to an outdoor courtyard. Your fee also includes 5 catered lunches.

    Upon registration for this program, you will be sent a small supply list of calligraphy materials to bring along (pens, brushes, some inks and gouache) in addition to a questionnaire to fill out that will help you identify a concept or idea to work with and develop over the course of the workshop. At that time we will also check for any dietary constraints or preferences.

    Accommodations: There are several options for staying close to the studio venue. Please email us to receive an accommodations list.

    Massimo Polello and Nancy Crawford

  • 02 Jul 2017 5:00 PM | Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch

    Get fired up!

    July 2-8, Lexington, Kentucky in the EncaustiCastle

    SummerWax like WinterWax brings you around my table to explore what comes when fully engaging in the practice of connecting to inner muse and trusting it to create a lifestyle that reaches deep and wide and is sustaining. I share what fires me up, in trust that it ignites your spirit for creative exploration and visioning as well~

    inclusive of:

    • all workshop instruction with Patricia, Melissa and Brenda

    • most supplies and materials

    • accommodations in the EncaustiCastle

    • welcome dinner at EncaustiCastle

    • breakfast and lunch on workshop days

    • all the amazing and unexpected discoveries that come from new experiences

    Around the dining table:

    Around the studio table:

    fire and wax fusion-using fire in many forms to set the stage for encaustic beauty

    elemental material usage as a means to sophisticated expression and depth resonance

    engaging the inner muse to draw in on these new firey options with individual expression

    perfecting our presentation with post photo tips and tricks for posting as well as print

    luscious inclusion and finishing of photographs with encaustic medium and paint

    • strategizing success: vision casting for the remaining year before us

    • group conversation and feedback

    • determined process evaluation of goal-setting revelations to most effectively carry them into the rest of the year

    • and of course good food and fabulous companionship~ 

  • 14 Jun 2017 9:30 AM | Amanda Jolley

    Guest Instructor: Catherine Nash, MFA
    Date: Wed, June 14 – Sun, June 18, 2017
    Time: 9:30-4:30pm
    Location: Studio Joy, 608 E 30th St, Kansas City MO
    Cost: $810 

    Level: intermediate to advanced artists with encaustic experience


    In this workshop, we will experiment with varied ways of combining the media of encaustic and paper as we simultaneously investigate and explore personal ideas and content. Create unique waxed based sculptural, assemblage and mixed media works that dovetail with your own personal artistic vision. Work through your ideas quickly as we learn to paint and monoprint on oriental papers using pigmented molten encaustic. Specifically, learn how to carefully glue Japanese mulberry paper to lashed wooden armatures and make them as tight as a drum. Encaustic can be used to lightly stain and strengthen the structure or it can completely envelop and encase the paper, creating a unique three dimensional forms. Learn how to fuse onto both convex and concave surfaces as we create structures that range in form from the organic to architectural. Stain, paint, embed, layer, stitch, crumple, fold, form and dip: Complete a series of small studio constructions that will inspire and ignite diverse sculptural ideas.

    This is a deeper investigation than just technique….what is it you truly want to express? Through a series of journaling, writing, and encaustic work on/with paper, find your authentic voice and vision so that you can make work that expresses your deepest self. Whether you’ve been an artist for many years or just starting to find your own voice, this is an opportunity to deeply excavate to personally meaningful content. Learn how to develop an expressive body of work that is thematically focused and aesthetically consistent in presentation. Lots of individual attention. You will leave with individualized assignments, new work from which to springboard and a sketchbook that acts as a personal reference for the future. A rich fusing indeed!

    For more information and to register:

  • 08 Jun 2017 10:09 AM | Janet C Hickok (Administrator)

    We will be having our first group show beginning June 1st at the Maitland Library Art Gallery. Our FloridaWax IEA Chapter Show will be from    June 1-30th, celebrating the Art of Encaustic!

  • 07 Jun 2017 11:07 AM | Kat Masella

     Kat Masella generously and enthusiastically shares many techniques and methods of working with encaustic in a safe and healthy manner - making this hot wax medium easily accessible to all.  These inspiring sessions will unleash your unlimited creative potential with this most versatile and limitless medium  Come play and be seduced by this addicting artist medium.   These encaustic classes fill quickly and limited to 14 students.  ALL MATERIALS & EQUIPMENT PROVIDED. Workshop tuition only $299.   Registration

     Kat Masella, is an award winning encaustic mixed media artist.  Masella has studied art extensively at Boston SMFA with concentration encaustic both self-taught and via master workshops as well as encaustic intensive teacher training R&F.

    Kat has worked in all artistic mediums for nearly two decades but, it is encaustic's sensual possibilities that fuels her passionate flame. Masella has been full time artist since 2011 exhibiting regularly in juried shows of New England and teaching at Northeast Art's Studio Center.  

  • 05 May 2017 2:19 PM | Amanda Jolley

    Instructor: Susan Stover
    Date: May 5-7, 2017
    Location: Studio Joy, 608 E 30th St, Kansas City MO 64109
    Cost: $525

    This workshop involves an in depth exploration of block printing on paper and fabric. Drawing inspiration from ethnic textiles and contemporary art, we will look at different sources and examples of how block printing can be used in artwork and  other creative pursuits. Motifs, designs and pattern repeats will be emphasized as well as the way pattern, repetition and rhythm can be used in compositions.  Students will carve rubber blocks with their own unique images and will be encouraged to develop their own personal vocabulary. Instruction will be given on different types of repeats, such as: mirror repeats, quarter turn repeats, and seamless repeats. Designs can be incorporated into encaustic works, used for home or clothing textiles, decorative papers, in handmade books or journals, or as limited edition prints.

    More info & register:

  • 01 May 2017 11:08 AM | Kat Masella

    Instruction in a variety of print media including Monoprints, Intaglio, Relief, 
    and Encaustic Collagraph and Traditional Collagraph, Mixed Media Print Approaches.
     Designed for both beginners with no printmaking experience as well as experienced artists who would like to add new techniques to their own personal toolbox.  Each class will provide you with technical information and personal assistance with discovering and creating your own personal imagery.  $649 for 5 full days.All Levels/In-Studio.   Registration

    Jeff Hirst has been exhibiting his work since 1987 and has shown extensively across the United States and Europe. Hirst’s work has been shown at The Minneapolis Institute of Art, the McKinney Contemporary in Dallas, Butters Gallery in Portland, Oregon and Arte Internazionale in Matera, Italy. Hirst is the owner of Hirst Printmaking, a printshop and teaching facility where research and exploration in experimental print ideas meld encaustic and printmaking.

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