Encaustic: A Process of Natural Wonder

3-Day workshop with Laura Moriarty (USA)

This 3-day encaustic workshop is all about experimentation.

Working with hand tools and using excavational techniques, this class will explore processes which parallel those found in the natural world, such as friction, embedding, heating and cooling, enfolding, fracturing, slippage and erosion. With process as our metaphorical touchstone, we will take a hands-on approach to a number of 2- and 3-dimensional projects intended to lead students to the discovery of curious cause and effect relationships. We will explore how, as in nature, one process generates another; a small shard of scraped paint layers, for example, can be embedded within a larger element, or used as a drawing tool whose mark is offset onto paper. Participants can expect to create a varied collection of specimens, including free-standing sculptural elements, work on panel and monotypes on paper. 


runaround 2017 pigmented beeswax 16x22x2.75 inches



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This class will generously be sponsored
by both R&F Paints and by Awagami !!
But pls bring extra materials in case we run out of donations:

Encaustic paint *
Encaustic medium pellets*
Soy wax*
A Variety of washi papers*

PLS bring 1 AMPERSAND encaustic bord*  panel size 8x10
or any other size you want to work on. (Zijdelings stocks different sizes)

students need to work together and share a hot palette.
there will be 4 palettes on loan for shared use (8persons)
Pls bring the following tools

1 Torch* for fusing, preferably IWATANI or similar + gaz*
alternative for those who fly in: bring your (embossing) heatgun (low Wattage pls )

A variety of Hand Tools for carving, scraping, and mark-making in wax. This can include burnishers of all types, many printmaking and ceramics tools, as well as kitchen and even dental tools. Also  tools for working with clay are good. Catalyst heat-resistant tools, or similar scrapers, for moving paint are also great!

One approx. 5” (12,5 cm)  wide metal paint scraper (widths can vary)

Palette Cups or Small metal loaf pans or similar for holding melted wax.

Baker’s parchment - flat sheets are preferable, but you can use rolls too

Silicone Mat, no texture is best, small is okay.

3 - 5” Hake brushes, about 3 per student.*

Nitrile gloves

One small Sumi-E scroll 
(similar to
Yasutomo 6M Hosho Paper 8"x20 Sumi-E Roll )
India Ink 
Soft charcoal (vine)

NOTE all materials marked with an * are for sale during class.