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HOT WAX: Encaustic Basics

Ages: 15 and up

Levels: Beginning

Sessions: One

Instructor: Lauryn Taylor

Imagine an art medium that calls you out to play with paint and sculpture-captivating your senses with tactile surfaces, lustrous depth and the fragrant smell of beeswax. Welcome to the ancient medium of encaustic painting!

In this workshop beginning encaustic students will receive complete basic encaustic painting instruction. This will include history and safety information on encaustic painting, a complete overview of the materials including medium, paint, tools, brushes and the hot palette, encaustic medium making instruction and DIY recipe, fusing fundamentals with heat guns and blow torches, substrate (supports) overview and preparation including smooth vs textured surface techniques, preparing hot wax paints, and learning how to do color layering and suspension. By the end of the day each student will have completed multiple practice boards and four finished abstract encaustic paintings on wood panels.

Students will make: 


  • Several practice boards that will provide a chance to experiment with different surfaces and techniques, plus
  • Three 6x6 finished abstract encaustic paintings on wood panel
  • One finished 8x8 finished abstract encaustic paintings on wood panel


Once you have completed this class, make sure you check out the intermediate/advanced class called Fantastic Fire and Wax: Shellac Burns and Other Advanced Encaustic Painting Techniques!

Dates & Times

Fee: $210.00

Members: $200.00

October 15, Saturday 10 am-4 pm
Ages: 15 & up
Instructor: Lauryn Taylor
Location: Schack Art Center, Studio 1