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Saturday, April 29th from 11:30am-3:30pm
Instructor: Kathryn Housepian
Ages: Adults and mature teens
Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

An ancient but exciting medium, encaustic is luscious, colorful, and lends itself to sculpting and shaping luminous landscapes and paintings. Your teacher, encaustic enthusiast and professional artist Kathryn Housepian, guarantees you'll be hooked after this class!

Encaustic Exploration is a four-hour introductory class that gives you a great start into working with this totally unique medium. For the class nearly everything will be provided to you by Art Supply Depo, including R+F Encaustic Colors, encaustic medium, an 8x10 Ampersand Encausticbord, brushes, gloves, tape, and soy wax for brush cleaning. This equates to nearly $60 of supplies! Your teacher will bring along the griddles and carving/scraping tools, though you are welcome to bring additional tools should you have something at home that you love.

You will be required to bring a heat gun or micro-torch, preferably with with a low/high setting. Micro-torches are available at Art Supply Depo, and if you'd like to buy from us do feel free to call ahead to have one held for class. Kathryn also recommends you wear old clothes in case a little wax happens to make its way toward you!

Encaustic is translated from a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos). Heat is used throughout the process, as encaustic consists of natural beeswax and damar resin (crystallized tree sap). The medium can be used alone for its transparency/adhesive qualities or used pigmented. Pigments are added to the medium, and then all is melted and applied with a brush or any tool the artist wishes to create from. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer, making this particular technique very boundary-free and fun.

All necessary supplies (with the exception of the micro-torch/heat gun) are provided, but because encaustic does lend itself to mixed-media applications, Kathryn suggest you consider that you're welcome to bring in or buy any of the following...

Inclusions for collage, such as leaves, mesh, chain, beads, tiny frames, branches, fabric, and different types of paper (rice paper holds up well).
Favorite pigments; encaustic medium may be blended with many other colored art supplies such as oil paint, pan pastels, mica powder, gouache, Inktense pencil, etc. (Note that encaustic CANNOT be mixed with acrylic paint!)
Drawings or photos that you'd like to embed. (Kathryn suggests scanning and then printing your photo/drawing on rice paper using an inkjet printer, and mentioned that it works well to blue tape all sides of the rice paper to a regular sheet of paper prior to running it through your printer).

Please register as soon as you plan on attending. Classes that don't reach the minimum number of students required will be canceled 48 hours before the first day of class. Last minute registrations are accepted if class minimum is met and space allows.

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