the encaustic center

580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080

Learn to paint with wax

The Encaustic Center is a unique facility where instructors Bonny Leibowitz and Deanna Wood 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. Most Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 to 4:00. Please see the schedule page and email for availability


For pics of the many techniques you'll be learning, click here.


*Once you've taken an introductory / beginner workshop, come for Assisted Workdays for help on your work, delving further into processes and learning techniques such as pours, texture, collage, transfers, painterly effects, monotype, 3-D, and hot tool use with step-by-step instruction ($50 for 3 hours). Most Fridays and Saturdays. Please see the Assisted Workday page and email for availability



*Once you've taken an introductory / beginner workshop, come back for Independent Workdays to create without any formal instruction using all of our equipment and supplies ($12.00 per hour - the charge for a workday starts at the time you schedule in for).

Monday: noon to 3:00 or 7:00 to 10:00 pm

Wednesday: 10:00 to 1:00 or 7:00 to 10:00 pm

Friday: 10:00 to 4:00 or choose your hours

Saturday: 10:00 to 4:00 or choose a 3 hour increment


Please email for availability


* The Encaustic Center also offers 3-day guest artist workshops, specialty workshops, and mini workshops. Please join the mailing list for monthly announcements:


Workshop Supplies

All supplies are included but you might like to bring special papers, leaves, Xerox and inkjet prints, drawings, unglazed ceramic pieces, stencils, stamps, threads, etc. We supply plywood boards and have cradled boards for sale. Check our schedule to find a class that works for you. We also sell encaustic supplies and painting panels.








at The Encaustic Center


Friday March 24th, Saturday March 25th, Sunday March 26th and Monday March 27th

10:00 to 4:00 each day!

The cost is $875.00 which includes MANY supplies (supply info below)



Mark-Making / Carbon Lab Mash-Up workshop description:

Two of Paula Roland’s most popular topics are combined in this workshop adventure. The emphasis is on meaningful mark-making with carbon based materials (ink and graphite) combined with encaustic.


We begin with a Zen approach. While engaging the breath with whole body movements, we use big brushes, mops, and brooms to apply India ink marks on large paper. Adding to this freeing experience, we use found tools to develop a personal language of marks. These will inform our paintings, monotype prints, and warmed drawings, on and off the Roland HOTbox™ for the next days. In this laboratory-style workshop participants are encouraged to be inventive and develop outside-the-box thinking. Working with inks and graphite in several forms, we freely combine and layer carbon materials with encaustic. Experiments in fusing with heat lamps and other devices reveal surprising effects such as migration of graphite and ink. Discussions emphasize composition and explore carbon’s historical and environmental implications for artists during climate change. Our goal is provide context and inspiration for your studio practice.




Must have experience with encaustic in painting and monotype printing. Watching Paula’s 2 ½ hour instructional monotype DVD will help prepare you. If you'd like to schedule some time at The Encaustic Center with instruction or independently, in preparation, please contact Bonny.



Supply info:

We supply medium/beeswax; carbon materials; paper for printing and ink painting; Roland HOTboxes to share, and basic shop supplies (heat guns, paper towels, rags, gloves etc.). We also supply the following R&F colors for your use: White, Indian Yellow, Alizarin Orange, Dianthus Pink and Malachite Green.



  • Bring or purchase several colors of encaustic other than the above supplied, to personalize your work. The Encaustic Center will have some colors on hand for sale but will be happy to pre-order your colors at 20% off if you'd like to choose from the color chart attached:  Pre orders must be made by February 17th. We are providing white encaustic, medium, graphite and ink, so think of colors to compliment black and white in addition to the Indian Yellow, Alizarin Orange, Dianthus Pink and Malachite Green provided. For painting: translucent colors work well. For printing: colors that have not been diluted with medium, a mix of opaque and translucent are preferred. Do not bring encaustic in pans for printing; instead bring (or order) any size of encaustic blocks.


  • We provide 6 small uncradled panels and two small cradled panels 10” or smaller on longest side. We will also have some for sale at The Encaustic Center. There are links below if you'd like to order directly and stock up. Gesso is optional but use encaustic gesso if you do. We sell encausic gesso at The Encaustic Center. If using Ampersand boards, get Encausticbords, not their gesso boards. (We also supply some Stonehenge paper for painting on.)


unprimed panels:

Cheap Joe's

primed panels:

Jerry's Artarama


  • We provide pans for paint. Disposable aluminum loaf pans are fine. Please bring more.
  • Bring a good quality disposable paper dust mask (particulate).
  • Bring Subtractive mark-making tools to use on HOTbox, bring a few of any of these--  Colour Shapers “Cup Chisel light grey firm” (any sizes) and Colour Shaper “Wide” Painting Tool Firm Curve 1.5” to 3” are my faves (available from Cheap Joes or Jerry’s Artarama) Silicone bowl scraper or Catalyst hand tools, cooking spatula, old credit cards, squeegee, etc. (No metal tools, they scratch the plate.)
  • Bring a few assorted small water-color type brushes, inexpensive, to use with India Ink and graphite/alcohol mix. (no wax on these)
  • Brushes, several to use with encaustic (1”- 2” Hake or hardware store bristle brushes) We provide hardware store bristle brushes and have a few hake brushes here for use and some for sale. You may like to come with your own supply.
  • Bring Smock or long sleeve cover-up – carbon is messy!!
  • Bring Plastic spray bottles or water bottle for cleaning plate
  • I have two Surface Thermometers - but you'll likely want your own. Infrared is preferred: surface thermometer
  • Baren-(Japanese baren for printmaking) I have several but you may like your own:  baren from Utrecht
  • Bring Your favorite painting / scraping / incising tools (metal) for encaustic.
  • Bring Disposable gloves, several pairs.
  • Optional: Torch for fusing.
  • Optional: Found tools: Odd tools/sticks, screening/mesh, plastic jar tops, any texture stuff… Whatever you think may work with drawing/stamping, mark-making expressively on the hotbox and in india ink.
  • Optional: Box for your paintings and cardboard portfolio (18” x 24”) for paper, in order to get your works back home. Or bring an 18” tube instead of portfolio.
  • Optional: Oil pastels, graphite pencils, colored china markers, etc. , drawing materials that you have on hand. We will have large graphite sticks by Lyra.



If you would like to purchase a Roland HOTbox you may order directly from She can send it directly to the Encaustic Center for you to use. Or, we can send to your home/studio for you to get a head start!

If you have a hotbox and can bring it to the workshop it would be most appreciated. Let Bonny know.




Paula Roland, MFA, is the recipient of an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and two installation grants/solo exhibitions from the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. She is widely exhibited with 25 solo exhibitions and over 100 group exhibitions. Public collections holding Paula’s work include Agilent Technologies, R&F Handmade Paints and the American Embassies in Uganda and South Africa. Notable figures in art, including Lowery Sims, Roberta Smith, Susan Krane, Louis Grachos, Lisa Phillips, James Surles, and Joanne Mattera, have selected Paula’s works for exhibition and award. Her works and interviews are featured in many books and magazines, including The Art of Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera. Her works and interviews are featured in books by Joanne Mattera, Lissa Rankin, and Daniella Woolf, and others. Her residencies and fellowships include VCCA in Virginia and France, Anderson Ranch, and Santa Fe Art Institute, working with Lynda Benglis and Elizabeth Murray. Roland is a ten year presenter and teacher at the International Encaustic Conference. She was awarded the La Vendeenne Award for Innovation in 2012. Read the Surface Design Journal Blog article for more about how Paula developed the Encaustic Monotype: Paula Roland_Encaustic Monotype


The cost of the workshop is $875.00

Please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your space.


Balance due:

February 10th, 2017: $775.00


Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after the February 10th, balance payment of $775.00; $765.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Non-payment of the $775 balance by February 10th may result in someone form the waiting list taking the space so please be sure to watch for the balance due email announcement and please be in touch if there are any changes. Thank you!


Payment Options (after availability is confirmed:)

* via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your payment to or please request a paypal invoice from me.


* By check to The Encaustic Center, 580 W Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, TX, 75080


* By credit card; call Bonny at 214-405-5993


* By cash at The Bonny Studio or The Encaustic Center, please call or email Bonny to schedule a time: or 214-405-5993





Upcoming Guest Artist Workshops:


Kayla Barker - January 22, 2017 - photography and encaustic


Paula Roland - March 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2017 - MARK-MAKING / CARBON LAB MASH-UP

Two of Paula Roland’s most popular topics are combined in this workshop adventure. The emphasis is on meaningful mark-making with carbon based materials (ink and graphite) combined with encaustic


Elizabeth Schowachert - April 8 and 9, 2017 - Organic Fusion


Susan Stover - May 19, 20 and 21, 2017 - Encaustic with fabric and paper


Elizabeth Schowachert - September 16 and 17, 2017 - Ink, Brush, Paper Encaustic workshop


Sarah Rehmer - October 13, 14 and 15, 2017 - Encaustic Mixed Media


David A. Clark - March 23, 24 and 25, 2018 - Encaustic Printmaking


Jerry McLaughlin - May 18, 19 and 20, 2018 - Cold Wax


Brenda Zappitell - March 1, 2, and 3 2019 - Building An Abstract Series - Acrylic


Jean Pederson - November 1, 2 and 3, 2019 - Acrylic Mixed Media



Contact Bonny to get on the notification list to be contacted early!



Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions

bonny at



additional contact for questions:

Deanna Wood

deanna at



The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080













580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080