the encaustic center

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

While mask wearing is now optional for those who are vaccinated,
The Encaustic Center asks that those who have not been
vaccinated wear a mask according to the CDC guidelines.
If you are experiencing any symptoms related
to Covid, we ask that you reschedule.

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Learn to paint with wax

The Encaustic Center is a unique facility where instructors Bonny Leibowitz, Deanna Wood, and Leigh Harrison teach the beautiful art of painting with wax.

We offer a variety of ways to learn:

*Start out with a 1-day Introductory Beginner Workshop ($130, 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. Saturdays 10:00 to 4:00 as noted on our calendar and by email newsletter. Please join our email list by writing to Bonny at You'll receive the email  newsletter featuring our Monthly

1-day workshops, Independent Workdays, 3 and 4-hour Specialty Workshops, Multi day Guest Artist Workshops and more!

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

*Once you've taken an introductory / beginner workshop, come for our 3 or 4 hour Specialty Workshops delving further into processes and learning techniques such as pours, texture, collage, transfers, painterly effects, monotype, 3-D, hot tools and abstraction.


*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 ($17.00 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

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

To Register for a workshop or workday:

email Bonny at with the info below or call 214-405-5993

Please include the date of the workshop and type - ie:

  • Full day Beginner workshop $130 (always includes any specialties that are scheduled that day as well)
  • Specialty workshop only according to what's being offered that day ie: Vintage Ephemera - noon to 4pm: $80
  • Specialty workshop only according to what's being offered that day ie: Textiles, Collage, Monotypes, Texture etc. - noon to 3pm $70
  • Independent workday time  - with the time you will schedule in for (choose your hours within the 10am to 4pm day) : $17 per hour

Please include your phone number in the email

Once your space is confirmed you can make a deposit of $25 and pay the balance at the workshop or pay your workshop in full via the below payment options:

Payment Options:

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 announcements

Workshop Supplies

All supplies are included but you might like to bring your own special uncoated papers, tissue, leaves, Xerox and inkjet printout, drawings, unglazed ceramic pieces, stencils, stamps, thread, or thin fabrics, 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.


Upcoming Guest Artist Workshops:


Bonny Leibowitz, Mixed Media Collage Course, New Dates TBA


Bonny Leibowitz -3D Forms with Foam Course, Thursdays: August 26th, September 2nd, September 9th and September 23rd. - 11am to 3pm each day (note: not September 16th)


Elizabeth Schowachert - Saturday, August 28th, and Sunday, August 29th, 2021 - Organic Fusion


Elizabeth Schowachert - In the Flow – Ink, Tools, Brushes, Paper - Friday, September 3rd, Saturday, September 4th and Sunday, September 5th, 2021


Sue Stover - Friday, September 17th, Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19th, 2021


Jane Cornish Smith - Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 -  Cold Wax Workshop, details TBA


Dale Roberts - Friday, November 5th, Saturday, November 6th, and Sunday, November 7th, 2021


Jane Cornish Smith - Saturday, November 13th and Sunday, November 14th, 2021 - Cold Wax Portrait workshop


Kayla Barker - Saturday, December 4th or Sunday, December 5th - Photo Encaustic



Pamela Caughey – Cold Wax Powerful Design and Personal Color Friday, January 21st, Saturday, January 22nd, Sunday, January 23rd and Monday January 24th - 2022


Pamela Caughey - Cold Wax Master Class Friday, January 28th, Saturday, January 29th, Sunday, January 30th and Monday, January 31st - 2022


Elizabeth Schowachert, Friday, March 18th, Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th, 2022, The Art of Tools


Jane Guthridge - Friday, March 25th, Saturday, March 26th, and Sunday, March 27th, 2022


Michael "Shem" Shemchuk - Friday, April 22nd, Saturday, April 23rd, Sunday, April 24th and Monday, April 25th, 2022


Sara Post - Friday, May 20th, Saturday, May 21st, and Sunday, May 22nd, 2022 - Surface History: Abstract Layers with Unconventional Materials


Lyn Belisle - Compelling Expressions with Naturally-Altered Paper and Translucent Layers of Beeswax - Friday, September 16th, Saturday, September 17th, and Sunday, September 18th, 2022


Lorraine Glessner - Friday, October 21st, Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd, 2022


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



Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions



The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080




The Encasutic Center featured in the International Encaustic Artists' magazine; Wax Fusion; The Encaustic Center celebrates 10 years!

Download the pdf or click on the magazine link to see some of the amazing artists who have come to give workshops along with links to their sites and images from the workshops they’ve given here at The Encaustic Center (pages 34 to 43). Please scroll down the home page to see all of our upcoming workshops and write to Bonny to get on the email list at:












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