If you love layers and luminous rich texture, you will love working with wax. This hands-on studio course introduces participants to painting using a heated palette and pigmented wax. It covers safety, encaustic history, and contemporary use, while providing demonstrations and opportunity to practice and apply 2D techniques, including application, fusing, color mixing, etching, texturizing, graphite and Xerox transfers, collaging, mark making, and incorporating found objects. Option to work with a torch as well as a heat gun. Bring an apron and wear closed-toed shoes.
TUITION: $230 + FEES: $85
Dietlind Vander Schaaf holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Southern Maine. Her work has been described as the transformation of disparate objects into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace (Artscope). She has exhibited nationally and was featured in the April 2016 Maine Home + Design magazines profile One to Watch on standout artists in Maine. Vander Schaaf is the president of New England Wax and one of seven Core Instructors for R&F Handmade Paints. She is the recipient of grants from the Maine Arts Commission and International Encaustic Artists, a Tending Space Artist Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation, and the Jurors Award in association with the 10th International Encaustic Conference. In addition, Vander Schaaf is a 200 hr Kripalu yoga teacher working on her 500 hr certification.
Jumbo Presto pancake griddle, heat gun (available at your local hardware store), potter's needle and assorted pottery looping tools, multiple unprimed cradled panels up to 12" x 12", roll of masking tape, scissors, ruler, toner based photocopies for transferring, assorted materials for collaging, natural bristle paintbrushes (I recommend hake brushes), razor blades. Students will be given an encaustic paint kit.