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Encaustic Mixed Media at GPAA

Encaustic Mixed Media at GPAA

Description

Join visual artist Candace Law at the War Memorial on Saturday, October 22 from 10 am to 4 pm for an encaustic mixed media workshop sponsored by the Grosse Pointe Artists Association.

This workshop is for any artist who is curious about this versatile medium and wants to explore ways to incorporate it into their own work.

The day will start with a brief review of the basics, priming and painting, then move on to experiment with a couple popular techniques used by artists today.

New to encaustic? This is the perfect time to learn about this medium without investing in the equipment and supplies.

Worked with hot wax before? Use this as a refresher session and bring in any questions or problems you’ve been having to discuss and find solutions.

There will be demonstrations, along with individual work time and one-on-one time with me, giving ample opportunity to explore the materials and tools. 

All equipment, paints, and most materials are included. Wood panels (sizes 6” x 6” to 8” x 10”) will be provided for painting, and some items and papers for collaging or embedding will be available.

Participants are welcome to bring along any additional items they might like to work with, such as decorative papers, beads, found objects or other small mementos. Apron or studio clothes are suggested.

Class size is limited, so sign up early!

How to Enroll

Click on the “Register” button above, then scroll down the page to the enrollment form. Space is limited and will fill fast, so don’t wait!

Workshops are subject to cancellation because of insufficient enrollment or for other reasons.

Cost

Early Bird (Register by Oct. 17)
Member: $60
Non-Member: $80

Registration after Oct. 17
Member: $80
Non-Member: $100

Date and Time

Saturday, October 22
10 am – 4 pm

Location

Grosse Pointe Artists Association Studio
The War Memorial
32 Lakeshore Drive
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Shellac Burn With Encaustic

Shellac Burn With Encaustic

Description

Join visual artist Candace Law on Saturday, August 27 from 10 am to 4 pm for a workshop you won’t want to miss! Let’s have some hot fun and create with shellac and wax.

If you’ve never tried it, this is a great time to see the really lovely effects this technique can produce on your encaustic artwork.

The main attraction of the day will be shellac in various colors—even custom ones. We’ll start in the classroom and prepare a few of our panels with medium and layers of paint, then we’ll move outside to see and explore the magic of this material.

I will also talk about and demonstrate other materials that can be burned as part of your encaustic creation. You’ll have a chance to try burning tar paper, wood glue, and even gesso.

As an added bonus, I will talk about and demonstrate shou sugi ban, a Japanese process of burning wood to preserve it and give it an exquisite finish. Use it to give a unique look to the cradled edges of a wood panel. You won’t want to miss this!

New to encaustic, or been away from it for awhile? This is a great time to give it a try, or come and remind yourself just how wonderful and versatile this medium is. There will be ample time for learning the basics and warming up.

As always, the equipment and most materials are provided. Demonstrations and group discussion, as well as individual work time and one-on-one time with the instructor will fill out the day.

Class size is limited, so sign up early!

With the CDC’s COVID risk for Oakland County again at a “High” level, we ask that you wear a face mask, especially during the demonstrations and group discussions. Hand sanitizer is available for you to use, too.

How to Enroll

Click on the “Register” button above, then scroll down the page to the enrollment form. Space is limited and will fill fast, so don’t wait!

Workshops are subject to cancellation because of insufficient enrollment or for other reasons. If a workshop is canceled, you will have the option to receive a full refund or transfer your registration to another scheduled workshop.

Cost

1-Day Workshop: $165

Date and Time

Saturday, August 27
10 am – 4 pm

Location

Color | Ink Studio & Gallery
20919 John R Rd.
Hazel Park, MI 48030
248-398-6119

Photos in Wax Workshop

Photos in Wax Workshop

Description

Join visual artist Candace Law on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21 from 10 am to 4 pm each day in a workshop you won’t want to miss! You’ll be hands-on, working with different ways to use photo images you’ve taken and creatively pair them with Encaustic. How fun is that! The cost is just $295, and all materials are included.

You will learn several processes that include:

  • transferring images onto a waxed surface
  • embedding images printed on thin papers
  • hand-coloring photos using pan pastels or pigment sticks
  • doing a wax pour
  • and other cool things

This will be an exploration of techniques many artists use to bring photographic images into their creative work, and it is going to be a lot of fun. So dig out your phone or camera, go through some old photo prints, and sign up early; there are a limited number of spots available. You will be covering a lot of ground to push and enhance your photo/wax/mixed media work, so some basic experience with encaustic will be helpful.

Demonstrations and group discussion, as well as individual work time and one-on-one time with the instructor will fill out each day. The discussion and review at the end of each day is a critical part of the learning process, so attendance is expected from 10 am to 4 pm. This workshop will be a great opportunity for you to add to your creative toolbox.

As always, the equipment and most materials are provided. You will be asked to email ahead of the workshop one image that will be printed and glued to a panel ahead of time for you to use on Friday; then bring with you 4 or 5 additional photos or images to use in class. More details will be provided in a separate email in advance of the workshop.

How to Enroll

Click on the “Register” button above, then scroll down the page to the enrollment form. Space is limited and will fill fast, so don’t wait!

Workshops are subject to cancellation because of insufficient enrollment or for other reasons. If a workshop is canceled, you will have the option to receive a full refund or transfer your registration to another scheduled workshop.

Cost

2-Day Workshop: $295

Date and Time

Friday & Saturday, May 20-21
10 am – 4 pm

Location

Color | Ink Studio & Gallery
20919 John R Rd.
Hazel Park, MI 48030
248-398-6119

What Participants Say…

“I just want to thank you for sharing your enthusiasm, humor, knowledge and expertise! I think you are an amazing teacher and facilitator. You balance info, discussions, demos and work time so naturally. It is very comfy and relaxed yet professional. The freedom to play along with the range of materials and sharing is just such a wonderful atmosphere for growth. You rock!!”

“This was the most enjoyable class I have ever taken. Thank you for your hospitality, kindness, and professionalism.”

“My first venture into encaustic and I love it. I’m hooked. Candace is an excellent teacher. I felt totally welcomed and look forward to more workshops.”

“Thank you, that was a fun class, it gave me a creative spark.”

“I had a wonderful time and am looking forward to doing more.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the encaustic mini-meltdown! I am usually finished with workshops hours before everyone else, but this new adventure captured my creative spirit.”

“Can’t wait to come back. The atmosphere and you are so calming, the instruction clear, fun and helpful.”

Videos

I recorded these video demonstrations of encaustic painting for a presentation to a local group of artists. Click on a video to start or on the Playlist icon in the upper right to watch individual segments.

Overview & Basic Process

Additional Techniques

Resources

Books

Preview at Amazon.com

The Art of Encaustic Painting
By Joanne Mattera
New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2001

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Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax
By Lissa Rankin
New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2010

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Preview at Amazon.com

Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility
By Daniella Woolf
Santa Cruz: Waxy Buildup Press, 2010

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Preview at Amazon.com

Encaustic Workshop: Artistic Techniques for Working with Wax
By Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch
Cincinnati: North Light Books, 2009

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Suppliers

R&F Paints
Kingston, NY
(800) 206-8088
www.rfpaints.com

Manufacturer of encaustic paints, oil sticks, other products. High quality. Online resource for all kinds of encaustic information, forums, and workshops they teach. Ask about our selection of R&F products available for purchase.

Enkaustikos! Wax Art Supplies
Rochester, NY
(800) 836-8940
www.fineartstore.com

Manufacturer of encaustic paints. Sells wax, resin, medium, encaustic paints, specialty tools.

Dick Blick, also Utrecht Art Supplies
Galesburg, IL
(800) 477-8192
www.dickblick.com
www.utrecht.com

Pigments, wax, encaustic paint, brushes, tools, panels. Sells both R&F and Enkaustikos brand supplies.

Swans Candles
Lakewood, WA
(253) 584-4666
www.swanscandles.com

Discounted bulk supplier of beeswax, damar resin, and misc. items.

About

Candace Law is an encaustic mixed-media artist. Much of her current work blends an interest in the decayed industrial age and man-made objects with the abstract—as expressed through drawing, found objects, mixed media and encaustic.

Candace has exhibited in several solo shows, as well as numerous regional and national exhibitions—both invitational and juried competitions. She works full-time from her studio in Hazel Park (MI).

Visit CandaceLaw.com to see a selection of her artwork and to learn more.

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