Explore the luminous, versatile and limitless possibilities of encaustic – a wax-based paint – in combination with photography and mixed media. During this uniquely engaging workshop, students examine their own visual vocabulary through small, large or multi-paneled works. Demonstrations include layering encaustic over photographs, prints, drawings, collages, fabric, and transferring images onto an encaustic wax surface to create intriguing works. Additional topics include mixing encaustic paint and media, studio safety, resisting, stenciling and masking, encaustic tools, fusing, metal leafing, collage and alternative techniques.
Encaustic techniques include choosing a substrate, encaustic gesso/grounds, gluing papers and prints, fusing, mixing medium, mixing encaustic paint from oil paint, dipping prints and papers, black and white and color xerox type transfers, and collage techniques. We also cover a wide variety of surface techniques including layering images, stencils and masks, incising lines, oil pastels, pigment sticks, metal leafing, indirect and direct transfers, graphite/carbon paper, encaustic tools and encaustic monoprints, and incorporating objects onto the surface of panels. We use inks, oil paints, gouache, watercolor, etc., in combination with encaustic. Students are encouraged to bring alternative porous materials to work on if that interests them.
The daily schedule includes experimental and traditional demonstrations of encaustic techniques and photographic printing. Class time also provides opportunities for individual and group discussions, image-based lectures and individual work time.
K Rhynus Cesark received her M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. She is the Director of the Visual Arts Program at Colorado Mountain College, where she serves as the Assistant Professor of Art. She is a fellowship recipient from the Colorado Creative Industries. K exhibits her work nationally.