Encaustic Painting

4 September 2016
10 – 4.30 pm
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This workshop will introduce students to the basics of working with encaustic.

Encaustic is an ancient technique where pigments are mixed with molten beeswax and applied directly to the surface of the painting.

Working from personal sketches students will experiment with and discover the unique textural qualities of wax  and will use it as a way of layering colour at the initial stage of the painting.  Instruction will also be given on how to prepare a cold wax medium that can be mixed with either pigment or oil paint.  This paste is slower drying and thus allows for more subtleties in colour mixing.  Over the day Students  work on a number of small experimental studies which can be taken away and developed further using the techniques learnt.  Advice will also be given on colour mixing and on achieving a balanced composition to the work.

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