Explore the luminous, versatile and limitless possibilities of encaustic, a wax-based paint, in combination with photography and mixed media. During this 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. Surface techniques including layering images, stencils and masks, incising lines, oil pastels, pigment sticks and indirect and direct transfers. Students use inks, oil paints, gouache, watercolor and more in combination with encaustic.
There are experimental and traditional demonstrations of encaustic techniques and photographic printing. Individual and group discussions also take place, as well as image-based lectures and individual work time.
K Rhynus Cesark received her MFA 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. K is a fellowship recipient from the Colorado Creative Industries. She exhibits her work nationally.