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, 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).

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

Tuesday: noon to 3:00

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

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

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

Sunday: noon to 3:00

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.






The Encaustic Center presents

Jenny Hudson: Of the Land


Profundido del Mar (Deep Sea) 1



The exhibition continues until September 27, 2014.


click here to see a slideshow of Jenny's work





Three Day Workshop with guest instructor

Lisa Pressman

Layered Media: Expanding Your Vision


Friday October 24th, Saturday October 25th and Sunday October 26th

10:00 to 4:00 each day.  The cost is $550.00


The workshop is currently full, but if you would like to be

added to the waiting list, email Bonny - bonny at



This workshop will focus on using cold wax and other media to create layered expressive, richly surfaced paintings. We will be issuing a variety of materials including pigment sticks, cold wax, graphite, ink, pastels and oil paint. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery: abstract as well as representational. Layering, excavating, edge, line, texture, mark making, color and the concept of “editing” will be addressed. Students will be encouraged to work in a series, while revisiting the painting process. Working on multiple panels helps to free the creative spirit so that a personal language and vision can develop into a new series of work. Activities will include exercises, informal group discussion and individual support. For beginners and professionals.


The workshop includes Power points, discussions of contemporary art and professional and career support.





Many supplies will be provided including cold wax, oil paper and several of Lisa's favorite "must have" R&F pigment stick colors. A personalized student supply list will be forwarded before the workshop.


Cost and payment:

The workshop is currently full, but if you would like to be

added to the waiting list, email Bonny - bonny at

The cost of the workshop is $550.00

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your space.

Please register asap as these spaces fill up quickly!

Balance due: September 12th: $450.00

Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation, $440.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. No refund for cancellations less than 14 days before workshop.


Lisa Pressman began her studies in ceramics, sculpture and painting at Douglass College, NJ, where she received a Bachelor of Art. She continued her studies at Bard College and completed an MFA in painting. Her paintings incorporates oils, collage, wax and other mixed media to create works that allude to a personalized time and space. The work is the physical embodiment of the slow and gradual process of realization and transformation.


This past year Pressman's work was exhibited in Infused at Butter's Gallery, Portland, Or and in a solo show, Inside Matters at The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. Her work was also exhibited in several group shows including Shape Shifting, Susan Eley Fine Art, New York, NY; Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence In Contemporary Encaustic, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA; Nocturnes, curated by Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D. Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ and Microcosms at Butters Gallery, Portland, Oregon.


Pressman's recent 2012 group exhibitions included: Wax is Hot, Amy Simon Gallery, Westport, CT; EW'12 Invitational Exhibition, R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY; From Where I Stand, Rye Art Center, Rye, NY; and Confluence: Medium Meets Message, Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL. In 2011, Pressman's work was exhibited in Kindred Spirits, Schiltkamp Gallery at Clark University, Wooster MA, Making the Mark at Susan Eley Fine Art and at the Affordable Art Fair with Anelle Gandelman Fine Art, both in New York City. Her paintings were also featured in The Balancing Act, a solo show at Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia. Other recent exhibitions include: Reality and Artifice, the 2010 New Jersey Annual at the NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ; Illusive Balance: Transcendental Pattern and Layered Surface at the Douglass Library gallery, New Brunswick, NJ; Little Gems at Butters Gallery, Portland, OR. She is represented by Susan Calloway Fine Art, Washington, DC, The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA and S.H.E. GAllery, Boonton , NJ.


Lisa teaches as an adjunct at the Art Institute of New York and teaches painting privately and around the country. Lisa Pressman lives and works in West Orange, NJ.





The Encaustic Center was a finalist for the 2014 La Vendéenne Award in Excellence in Education!


In 2011 the La Vendéenne [la vahn day en] Awards were created in honour of the fourth century AD female encaustic artist, Laia, whose remains were found, along with the tools of her art, in La Vendée [la vahn day] region of France. The Awards are intended to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement and practice of encaustic art.








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












580 W. Arapaho, Richardson, Texas, 75080