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, Leigh Harrison, and Jane Cornish Smith 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 ($120, 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. Most Saturdays and additional days where noted; 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 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. Or schedule in for an Assisted Workday by choosing a skill you'd like to work on, then email Bonny to confirm a time; $20 per hour. Saturdays only.



*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 ($16.00 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 your hours

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 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.





Upcoming Guest Artist Workshops:





Kayla Barker - Photography and Encaustic 1 Day workshop - Saturday, August 17th, 2019 OR Sunday, August 18th, 2019







Jane Cornish Smith - Saturday, August 31st, 2019 -

Cold Wax Creations - Abstracted Landscape








Pamela Caughey - Friday, September 13, Saturday, September 14, Sunday, September 15, and Monday, September 16, 2019 - Cold Wax







Elizabeth Schowachert - Friday, October 11th, Saturday, October 12th, and Sunday, October 13th, 2019  - In the Flow-Ink, Tools, Brushes, Paper






Miles Conrad - Friday, October 25, Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, 2019 - Off the Wall: Encaustic in 3 Dimensions









Dietlind Vander Schaaf  - Friday, November 8th, Saturday, November 9th, and Sunday, November 10th, 2019 -Metal | Metallic: Shimmer, Luster, Depth







Kim Bernard - Saturday, January 18th and Sunday, January 19th, 2020 - Creative and Professional Practice


Elizabeth Schowachert - Friday, January 24th, Saturday, January 25th,and Sunday, January 26th, 2020 - The Art of Tools


Jo Moncrief - Friday, March 6th, Saturday March 7th, and Sunday, March 8th, 2020 - Acrylic Pours and More


Leah Macdonald - Friday, March 27th, Saturday, March 28th, Sunday, March 29th, and Monday, March 30th, 2020 - Photo Encaustic


Melinda Tidwell - Friday, April 17th, Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th, 2020 - Collaging the Book


Jean Pederson - Friday, May 8th, Saturday, May 9th, and Sunday, May 10th, 2020 - Acrylic Mixed Media


Michael Shemchuk - Friday, May 29th, Saturday, May 30th, and Sunday, May 31st, 2020


Michael David - Friday, October 2nd, Saturday, October 3rd, Sunday, October 4th, Monday, October 5th, 2020 - Master Class


Jane Guthridge - Friday, October 16th, Saturday, October 17th, and Sunday, October18th, 2020


Lisa Pressman - Friday, November 6th, Saturday, November 7th, Sunday, November 8th,  and Monday, November 9th, 2020 - Moving Paint: Expanding Your Vision with Oil and Wax



Ahavani Mullen - Friday, March 12th, Saturday, March 13th, and Sunday, March 14th, 2021 - Mixed Media Encaustic


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



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



Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions



additional contact for questions:

Deanna Wood



The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080













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