Encaustic, meaning "burn in"in Greek, is an art form dating back to the 5th Century BC. Used as a contemporary medium ,it is a versatile method of painting with a beeswax based paint and a heated palette. This hands-on studio course will introduce participants to safety, supports, encaustic history and contemporary use while providing demonstrations and opportunity to practice and apply 2D techniques which include application, fusing, color mixing, etching, texturizing, graphite and Xerox transfers, collaging, incorporating found objects, and working with R&F Pigment Sticks.
TUITION: $240 + FEES: $60
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 magazine's profile "One to Watch"on standout artists in Maine. Vander Schaaf is a Core Instructor for R&F Handmade Paints and the former president of New England Wax. She is the recipient of grants from the Maine Arts Commission and International Encaustic Artists, a Tending Space Artist Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation. She is an annual presenter at the International Encaustic Conference and has taught at Haystack, Snow Farm, South Shore Art Center, RISD, Penland, The Encaustic Center, R&F, New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Castle Hill Center for the Arts, as well as at Zijdelings in Tilburg, The Netherlands. www.dietlindvanderschaaf.com
Jumbo Presto pancake griddle or R&F 16" x 16" heated palette
Heat gun (available at your local hardware store)
Potter's needle and assorted pottery looping tools
Multiple unprimed cradled panel up to 12" x 12"
Roll of masking tape
Toner based photocopies for transferring
Assorted materials for collaging
Natural bristle paintbrushes (I recommend hake brushes)