Abstract, Expand and Excavate

3-Day Encaustic workshop with Joanna Kidney

This workshop is focused on developing ideas of abstraction, content and meaning through the medium of encaustic paint, suitable for an intermediate level of experience. The emphasis is on expanding your conversation with the paint and developing your personal vocabulary and vision. We will use experimental drawing exercises to loosen up the hand and develop your line and mark. There will be plenty of painting time with a balance of demonstrations, discussion and presentations.There will be a strong focus on individual support for wherever you are at throughout the course and through scheduled one on one meetings.

The course content will include a review of techniques and tools (for adding/subtracting/ manipulating layers) and media compatible with encaustic paint (R&F pigment sticks, oil bars and various drawing media). We will revise fundamentals to inform the focus of your work- elements and principles of art, colour and composition. We will explore the generation and development of idea through drawing exercises and notebook work. Joanna’s teaching style, based on professional experience, nurtures the creative mind and each student’s relationship to personal vision. She encourages an experimental and intuitive approach to materiality and the use of drawing for recording and transforming experience and also as a way into subtracting paint.

this workshop is for advanced level only - No beginners!



pls bring your own R&F hot palette if you have one.
there are limited plates available to borrow. Pls let me know when signing up.


PLEASE, BRING YOUR OWN WAX COLOURS/CAKES & PAINTSTICKS IN CASE WE RUN OUT OF SPONSORED STOCK. OF COURSE YOU CAN ALSO BUY THE FOLLOWING DURING CLASS  (a.o. cradle panels, hake brushes, R&F cakes and paintsticks, encaustic medium, palette cups, torches etc..)

Materials list:

5 wooden panels with a white encaustic gesso ground or white paint ground (or Ampersand encausticboard). Approximate sizes: 2 x 15 x 20cm; 3 x 20 x 30cm- or square format close in size if prefferable. 

Selection of 12-16 natural bristle brushes: 4 fine for fine lines, 8-12 hake of varying thicknesses (1', 1.5', 2', 2.5', 3”)  

Selection of scraping and incising tools, Joanna will bring a stash too. Objects for impressing. 

2 sticks of charcoal and 2 sticks compressed charcoal,
A4 notebook for drawing/writing.

Approx 6 - 8 Palette Cups/small aluminium cups for holding melted wax/paint.

Any drawing media you have which is compatible with encaustic paint ie oil bars (Sennelier or Windsor & Newton), oil pastels, woody pencils, Caran D'ache Neocolour wax pastels, R&F pigment sticks. Joanna will bring some too so no need to purchase especially.

Pan pastels if you have them, no need to purchase especially.

Apron, Removable painter’s tape, roll of kitchen paper

Torch for fusing