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, Deanna Wood, Brett Dyer, and Mary Wright 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


*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 ($10.00 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.






Featured Artist

Winston Mascarenhas



Silver Cloud

encaustic/ink/collage on mulberry papers

53" x 61"




Three Day Workshop with guest instructor Kim Bernard

Encaustic & Wax Resist

Friday October 9th, Saturday October 10th and Sunday October 11th!

10:00 to 4:00 each day

The cost is $450.00 including many supplies and an insightful talk:

Cracking into the Gallery Scene on Saturday, October 10th at 7:00 pm



This 3 day intensive offers a rare opportunity to learn Kim Bernard’s “trade secrets” of incorporating wax markings, gestural strokes, stamping, folding, batik and resist dyeing.  Using traditional wax resist methods, combined with contemporary encaustic techniques, students will achieve dynamic results that are uniquely their own.


*Students must have a working knowledge of encaustic. This workshop is not for someone new to the medium. Newcomers to the medium should sign up for a minimum of a one day introductory workshop at The Encaustic Center with follow up independent workday time in preparation.


more about Kim Bernard below


Provided Supplies:

wax resist paper and fabric, dye colors, dye buckets, particle masks, cloth pins, clothesline, rubber gloves, mark making tools to share. Encaustic medium, paint, brushes, wax paper, masking tape and tacking irons to share.


Students should bring:

3-6 panels in total: (12x12, 11x14 or 16x16), a spoon, scissors and a tacking iron if you have one.

Unprimed panels (gesso these with encaustic gesso; info below):

Cheap Joe's

Dick Blick

Primed panels:

Ampersand encauticbord (these are already primed)

Encaustic Gesso:

The Encaustic Center (be sure to get your order in early please)

Jerry's Ararama



This workshop includes a special talk by Kim Bernard:

(open to the public; $20.00 for non-workshop participants)

Cracking into the Gallery Scene  Saturday, October 10, 7-9pm

OK, so you've done some good work. Now it's time to get it out there. But how? Where do you start? How do you navigate your way through the art maze? Join Kim Bernard for a lively and engaging talk, gain from her insight and experience. Learn to avoid pitfalls that, all too often, cost precious time, money and energy. Leave with a game plan and a way to approach a gallery or exhibiting venue with dignity.


The cost of the workshop is $450.00

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:

August 28th: $350.00

Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after the August 28th payment of $350.00; $340.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.

Payment Options:

* via PayPal by logging into PayPal and sending your payment to bonny at 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: bonny at or 214.405.5993



Kim Bernard shows her sculpture, installations and encaustic work in galleries and museums nationally.  She is the recipient of the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant, several Maine Arts Commission Grants and is an Artist-in-Residence in the Physics Department at Harvard University in 2015. She received her BFA from Parsons in 1987, her MFA from Mass Art in 2010.  Bernard organizes and teaches the Maine Coast Encaustic Workshop Retreat and gives presentations, lectures and offers workshops nationally as a visiting artist.


Upcoming Guest Artist Workshops:

Kim Bernard - Encaustic & Wax Resist - October 9, 10 and 11, 2015

Ellen Koment - March 25, 26 and 27, 2016

Shawna Moore - October 21, 22 and 23, 2016

Paula Roland - Innovation with Monotype - March 24, 25 and 26, 2017

Sarah Rehmer - October 13, 14 and 15, 2017

David A. Clark - March 2018



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








Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions

bonny at


For classes in painting with oils or acrylics with Bonny please go to


additional contacts for questions:

Deanna Wood

deanna at


Brett Dyer

brett at


Mary Wright

mary at the


The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080













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