the encaustic center
580 W. Arapaho, Richardson, Texas, 75080
Learn to paint with wax
The Encaustic Center is a unique facility where instructors Bonny Leibowitz, Deanna Wood, Brett Dyer, Mary Wright, and Susan Sponsler teach the art of painting with wax.
We offer a variety of ways to learn:
*Start out with a 1-day Introductory Beginner Workshop ($100, all materials included). In these Beginner Workshops you will be learning a variety of techniques including how to build layers, fuse, texture, work with grids, stencils, embed objects, incise, transfer, collage and much more along with a working knowledge on how to melt and mix wax, a bit about the history of wax painting, a working knowledge of supplies and how to create your own workspace! All supplies included.
*Come for Assisted Workdays for help on your work, choosing processes, techniques and developing imagery with step by step instruction. ($50 for 3 hours)
*Come back for Workdays to create without any formal instruction using all of our equipment and supplies ($50 for up to 6 hours, $25 for up to 3 hours).
*Once you've got the basics, join us for a variety of Intermediate Workshops ($110), where you will delve further into texture, monotypes, stencils, drawing, painting, or photography techniques.
All supplies are included but you might like to bring special papers, leaves, zerox and inkjet prints, drawings, unglazed ceramic pieces, stencils, stamps, and threads etc. We supply plywood boards and have cradled boards for sale.
Featured Artist: Cheryl McClure
encaustic on two wood panels
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Once you've done a beginner workshop you may like to take our Assisted Workdays!
Ways you might enjoy assisted workdays:
1 - Learn processes and tools you've been wanting to try out such as texture, transfers and using wood burning tools and sealing irons. It's your chance to ask all kinds of questions about process and materials.
2 - Bring in pieces you have been working on and need help with so we can suggest areas to develop and go step by step through processes to bring the piece to fruition.
3 - Bring an idea or look through our books for ideas and inspiration and we will assist you by recommending and working through techniques to create your vision.
Three hours $50
Most Fridays and Saturdays 11:00 to 2:00, noon to 3:00 and 1:00 to 4:00
Assisted Workday Supplies:
All supplies are included but you might like to bring images on a flash drive to print out here, special papers, leaves, zerox and inkjet prints, drawings, unglazed ceramic pieces, stencils, stamps, and threads etc. We supply plywood boards and have cradled boards for sale.
Please email to schedule in.
Special opportunity to exhibit your work at the BIG Holiday show December 7th, 5:00 to 8:00.
Each year we have an amazing turnout for The Bonny Studio BIG Student Art show and have decided to make this year even better and bigger with the inclusion of encaustic works by YOU hanging at The Encaustic Center!
Here's how it works:
*Each artist is invited to create works during a workday here at The Encaustic Center between now and December to qualify for this wonderful event.
* See the workday schedule below to book time then contact Bonny at bonny at theencausticcenter.com to confirm availability and schedule in.
* Each artist will be given a 24" x 24" size space on the wall and can fill that with several pieces or one piece.
* Hang your work with information tag December 6th from 10am to 4pm. Please bring all you work ready to hang with any hardware you need. All modes of hanging are acceptable: nails, saw tooth hanger, wire, clips, tacks and magnets etc. It's up to you to hang the work as you like.
* Bring a tag for your work please or we will have one here for you to fill out. You can do a simple hanging tag. You will be handling any sales yourself, directly with buyers. You may like to get a square to accept credit cards: https://squareup.com/ If you do not plan on bringing one you can ask for checks or cash, of course and collect taxes as need be.
* Come to the show Saturday eve the 7th of December, 5:00 to 8:00 and have a fabulous time enjoying the company of other artists and building a community of friends to share your work with. Students at The Bonny studio bring food for the show and we've had some amazing home made goodies of all kinds so I would like to keep that wonderful tradition if you can bring something to share... bringing wine is great too! We often have music and make it a great eve! All work must go home with you at 8:00.
* I'll be creating an email invite for you to send to your friends, family and clients and advertising to really get the word out!
*Most importantly, please book in for some workday time:
$50.00 for 6 hours and $25.00 for three hours. All supplies included but you may like to purchase cradled boards for sale here.
Mondays noon to 3:00 or 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Tuesdays: noon to 3:00
Wednesdays: 10:00 to 1:00 or 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Fridays: 10:00 to 4:00 or choose a 3 hour increment
Saturdays: 10:00 to 4:00 or choose a 3 hour increment
Sundays: noon to 3:00
*If you've never taken a workshop in encaustic wax painting, it will be required for you to take a beginner, two hour mini or specialty workshop before attending a workday.
We hope to see you soon!
Announcing an AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
Special Three Day Encaustic Workshop with guest instructor Cari Hernandez!
"Sculpture x 2"
Using encaustic to create free-form objects & creating plaster cloth forms to combine with encaustic!
Friday, March 7th, Saturday, March 8th and Sunday, March 9th, 2014
10:00 to 4:00 each day
The cost is $475.00
A 3-day hands-on workshop full of instruction and demonstration in conjunction with hours of personal work time. This is a unique opportunity to learn two very different methods for creating sculpture with encaustic, as we will be focusing on two unique techniques. The first method, is the art of creating hand-sculpted forms directly from encaustic material. Step-by-step instruction will be given as well as way to incorporate finished forms into panels and installation. The second method covered, will be using plaster cloth forms as an armature for our encaustic paint. We will sculpt our plaster cloth, and then move into methods for refining surfaces, mixing other mediums, as well as ways of creating installations and free-standing sculpture. This workshop aims to inspire you to think in new ways, and hone your painting/fusing/sculpting skills
Cari's DVD will be available for purchase at the workshop!
This human existence is about the experiences that we participate in...our ability to feel the love, joy, fear and loss that we are a part of...and incorporate the variance into each journey of expression. My work takes shape in thoughts, ideas, and materials- often utilizing wax, oil, fiber, cloth, or photographs -My expression stretches out along an aesthetic that explores those themes of faith, courage, joy, pleasure - sometimes the journey stretches out in a huge arc - yet always finding it's way back to center.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area of Northern California. I studied fine art photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Prior to becoming a full-time studio artist, I operated my commercial photography studio for 7 years in San Francisco, CA.
As a full-time artist I teach, lecture, and show my work in the US and abroad. I am a founding board member of International Encaustic Artists, and have served as the creator and director of the first three annual retreat & conferences in Carmel Valley, CA. My teaching methods are featured in two instructional DVDs.
My artwork and methods have been featured in several publications including; Encaustic Art: the complete guide to creating fine art with wax,- Lissa Rankin 2010 Watson Guptill, Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility - Daniella Woolf 2010, Waxy Buildup Press and Contemporary Paper & Encaustic - Catherine Nash.
Many supplies including medium, some paints, plaster and more will be provided.
A personalized student supply list will be forwarded before the workshop
Cost and payment:
The cost of the workshop is $475.00
A $100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your space.
Please register asap as these spaces fill up quickly!
Balance due: January 31st: $375.00
In the event of cancellation, $365.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. (includes a $10 handling fee for all refunds.) No refund for cancellations less than 14 days before workshop.
• By check to The Encaustic Center, 580 W Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, TX, 75080
• By credit card by calling Bonny at 214.405.5993
• Via PayPal (or request a paypal invoice):
$100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your space.