the encaustic center

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

Covid Guidelines at The Encaustic Center and Bonny Studio: Masks are required by both teachers and students and distancing implemented.
To see the checklist and forms, please click here:

COVID Checklist      Participant Release Form

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. Fridays and 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:


Jane Cornish Smith – Cold Wax – Abstract Compositions– New 2-day format To Be Announced


Jane Cornish Smith - Cold Wax -  Abstracting the Landscape -To be Announced


ALL NEW - VERY BIG 3-D Mixed Media Workshop with Bonny! Friday, July 31st, Saturday August 1st,  Sunday August 2nd and Monday, August 3rd - 2020 - new dates TBA


Michael David - New date TBA


Bonny Leibowitz - Mixed Media Collage - Saturday, October 17th alone or add the optional Sunday, October 18th workshop day as well - Zoom or In-person - 10am to 4pm each day


One Day Cold Wax Intensive - For those who have already taken at least one of Jane’s Cold Wax workshops: – Saturday, October 24th


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


Leah Macdonald - Friday, December 4th, Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, 2020  - Photo Encaustic; History, Layers and Depth




Jane Cornish Smith's 2-day Cold Wax Workshop - Abstract Compositions and Abstract Landscape  - Online Zoom and In-person Saturday, January 23rd and Sunday, January 24th, 2021


Michael Shemchuk - Friday, January 29th, Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st, 2021


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


Sue Stover workshop Friday, April 2nd, Saturday, April 3rd and Sunday, April 4th - 2021


Elizabeth Schowachert - Saturday, April 17th, and Sunday, April 18th, 2021 - Organic Fusion


Pamela Caughey – Cold Wax Powerful Design and Personal Color Friday, April 30th, Saturday, May 1st, Sunday, May 2nd and Monday May 3rd 2021


Pamela Caughey - Cold Wax Master Class Friday, May 7th, Saturday, May 8th, Sunday, May 9th and Monday May 10th 2021


Jane Guthridge - Friday, May 21st, Saturday, May 22nd, and Sunday, May 23rd, 2021


Elizabeth Schowachert - In the Flow – Ink, Tools, Brushes, Paper

Friday, September 3rd, Saturday, September 4th and Sunday, September 5th, 2021


Sara Post - Friday, October 15th, Saturday, October 16th, and Sunday, October 17th, 2021 - Surface History: Abstract Layers with Unconventional Materials


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



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. 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