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Instructor: Christine Deemer
Ages: Adults, 18+ (age firm, as class will be working with heat guns)
Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate
Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Encaustic painting, aka hot wax painting, is an ancient technique that has made a resurgence in the art studios and galleries. Heated bee's wax, damar tree resin and colored pigments are mixed together to form a hot-wax paint that is brush applied to a wood panel. Layers upon layers of heated, colored wax are added to build up color, movement and texture to the piece. Wax layers can be carved into, built up, melted down, and re-worked to create images or patterns as desired. Students are welcome to bring their own source / reference photo as inspiration to work from if desired. If students do not bring their own reference photo from which to work, Christine will lead students through the process of creating a work of art similar to her provided samples. This class focuses on learning techniques and methods, and can be taken multiple times by the same student.

Techniques demonstrated or discussed in this class include:

  • appropriate surfaces and surface prep for encaustic painting

  • what sorts of pigments and colorants can be mixed into encaustic medium for painting including oil (pigment sticks), oil pastel, oil paint, mica powders and more

  • how to choose appropriate brushes and tools for encaustic

  • how to fuse layers of encaustic using a heat gun

  • how to incorporate layers of paper or photos to add a “collage” element to the piece, if desired

  • finishing techniques for encaustic, such as adding an optional “shellac burn,” using a heated encaustic iron to smooth out the surface or edges if desired, and directions how to buff and maintain the translucency of an finished encaustic painted surface over time

As we will be working with hot wax, students are advised to wear old clothes and closed toed shoes, and to leave any precious or hard to clean jewelry at home.

Materials provided by instructor, included in tuition:
Heat guns
Griddles for melting wax
1" Bristle brush
Oil pastels, oil sticks, and pigments for encaustic Color

Materials provided by Depo, included in tuition:
Encaustic Medium
1.5" deep 6x6" cradled wooden panel, prepared in advance for painting by Christine
A variety of R+F Encaustic Colors with which to experiment

Optional Materials for students to bring from home:
Pictures or paper elements to collage into the encaustic paint
An image of what they would like to paint / produce in the class for reference

About our Instructor:
Perrysburg resident Christine Deemer has found her passion in the encaustic medium. After moving to Perrysburg in 2014, she has been welcomed into the area arts community with open arms receiving accolades, awards, gallery showings, teaching opportunities, and more.  Her talent and ambition to continue learning and exploring new mediums beyond her advanced degrees have combined to make her current work in encaustics an artistic sensation.  After painting in hyper-realism for the past 5 years she was introduced to the encaustic medium by Toledo area artist Kathryn Housepian.  She connected immediately and set up a home studio to pursue the medium.  The medium gave way to her applying her multifaceted talent to creating dimensional seascapes so realistic the paintings become a visceral experience.   Speaking of encaustic, she states, "hot wax reminds me of clay with its ability to be molded and carved. Working with a liquid that quickly becomes a solid is also exciting". 

*Please read our class cancellation policy before registering by clicking here.*

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 day of class. Last minute registrations are accepted if class minimum is met and space allows, but this class typically sells out. Early registration is encouraged.

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