The Next Level: Expanding into Sculptural Encaustic

3-Day workshop with Janise Yntema (USA/Be)

During this 3-day course we will explore the dynamic possibilities of working 3 dimensionally in encaustic.

We will begin with an overview of different methods for creating form utilizing traditional and non-traditional techniques of construction. Students will learn how to construct armatures and sculptural understructures, working with wire mesh, cardboard as well as upcycled materials.

Students will then develop their forms through the application of plaster gauze and paper maché as well as other materials. Sculptures will be developed into the painted form through encaustic application, using filling, layering and incising. Textural and calligraphic applications of encaustic will be demonstrated as well as oil in/on wax with paint sticks.

Students will create works of both singular structure and grouped compositions as we explore balance between parts. Compositional relationships between form and scale, color and line will be discussed as students are encouraged towards developing their own visual language. 

A Power Point presentation will be given to highlight the visual aspects of how professional artists develop sculptural aspect in their work.

Educated in NYC and working professionally as an artist in encaustic for over 25 years, Janise has a wealth of experience and information to share. 

This class will mostly be sponsored by R&F handmade paints 


Over the course of this 3 day workshop, students will learn different techniques to construct 3D supports for encaustic sculpture.  To make the best use of our time, we will be preparing base structures, and as they dry, working on secondary structures. Therefore, to be able to experiment with as many different techniques as possible, I encourage students to bring an adequate amount of wire mesh and plaster gauze.
Plaster Gauze at least (2) rolls 20 cm x 3m
Aluminum woven mesh (for smaller scale work) (suggested size 100 x 60 or equivalent)
Aluminum Wire mesh (heavier to make larger pieces) 
1.8mm wire (recycled wire hangers would work)

Interesting forms from found objects to be incorporated as base structures. These can be natural form such as driftwood, or artificial such or Styrofoam or plastic shapes, ping pong balls, etc.

Newsprint to make strips of newspaper for papier-maché
I cup white flour for papier-maché paste (or wall paper paste)
Cardboard egg cartons
Natural fiber cords
Thin wire in copper, gold or silver
Selection of nails and tacks: brass, iron and copper of different sizes
Coffee grinds 

A selection of encaustic paint *
Encaustic medium *
R&F Pigment sticks * 

Selection of natural bristle brushes & Hake of varying thicknesses (1', 1.5', 2', 2.5', 3”)

Pencil Torch ** (small crème Brûlée torch will also work)
Gas lighter refill
Upholstery needle and heavy thread
Needle nose plyers
Wire cutter
Cutting mat
Ex-acto knife
Torch/heatgun for fusing
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Metal ruler and triangle
Small Wire brush
Wax Scrapers
Single edge razors blades
Curved edge scraper
Clay carving tools to include scraping, scribing, and stamping tools


2 plastic basins for working with papiermaché glue and holding water
Leather or gardening gloves for handling wire mesh
Plastic gloves and/or barrier cream
Spray bottle for water
Aluminum baking trays (3) 10 x 15 cm
Removable Tape
Paper towels

*) these materials will be sponsored mostly by R&F, but bring also your own stash. These materials will be for sale during class as well.

**) this pencil torch needs to be ordered in advance when enrolling.
price to be checked.