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 and Deanna Wood teach the 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. Please see the schedule page and email for availability bonny@theencausticcenter.com.

 

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

 

*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 ($60 for 3 hours). Most Fridays and Saturdays. Please see the Assisted Workday page and email for availability bonny@theencausticcenter.com.

 

And/or:

*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 ($15.00 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

Sunday: noon to 3:00

 

Please email for availability bonny@theencausticcenter.com.

 

* The Encaustic Center also offers 3-day guest artist workshops, specialty workshops, and mini workshops. Please join the mailing list for monthly announcements: bonny@theencausticcenter.com.

 

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 PROUDLY Announces Guest Artist / Instructor Sarah Rehmer

for a 3-day Workshop - Encaustic and Paper Intensive, Beyond Collage

 

Friday, October 13th, Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th, 2017

10:00am to 4:00pm each day

$485.00; Many supplies included including 6 boards and MORE...details below!

 

 

Encaustic and Paper, beyond collage Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match. This workshop will begin to explore the possibilities of combining a variety of paper types and weights with encaustic medium and paints, as well as pigment sticks and other materials, to create works with a optical depth and luminosity. We will work with dipped and formed papers to create 3 dimensional elements on the surface of our work from just paper and encaustic without the use of armatures. Encaustic imparts an extra strength to paper that will some times even allow for the work to be hand sewn in areas. We will begin by making a few of our own papers through various processes such as rust printing and ink drawing. Students will be encouraged to also bring a variety of found papers and other materials to include in their work. Students do not need prior experience with encaustic painting, but general art making experience is encouraged.

 

 

Provided supplies:

Encaustic medium and paints

3 12"x12" encaustic gessoed boards

3 9"x12" encaustic gessoed boards

Faber-Casell PITT artist pen “big brush” in black

gloves (but please more)

Shared supplies:

tools

paint brushes

papers

walnut and india inks

some pigment sticks (Please bring more if possible or we also have R&F pigment Sticks for sale at 20% off)

small tack irons

a few large tack irons

self healing cutting mat

needles and various thread colors

You are welcome to bring more of these items on your own as well

 

Students should bring:

x-acto knife and blades

scissors

roll of 1” 3m blue painters tape

an additional roll of shop or Viva paper towels

spray bottle for water

notebook

papers; thin papers that work well with encaustic such as mulberry, kozo and rice paper

 

 

Sarah Rehmer was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, where she still resides. In 2003 Rehmer earned her BA in Graphic Design and Photography from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She found her love for working with pages from old books while auditing a class post-graduation at the university. Rehmer is a FY2012 Illinois Arts Council - Professional Development Grant recipient and her work is held in private collections around the United States and internationally, as well as Institutional and Corporate collections in Illinois and New York. Rehmer teaches classes and workshops around the Midwest at venues such as The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (WI), The Peninsula School of Art (WI) and The Figge Art Museum (IA) and is also a regional workshop instructor for R&F Handmade Paints.

 

The cost of the workshop is $485.00

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:

September 1st: $385.00

 

Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after the September 1st balance payment of $385.00; $375.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Non-payment of the $385 balance by September 2nd may result in someone form the waiting list taking the space so please be sure to watch for the balance due email announcement and please be in touch if there are any changes. Thank you!

 

Payment Options:

* via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your payment to bonny@theencausticcenter.com 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@theencausticcenter.com or 214-405-5993

 

 

Jerry McLaughlin's 4 Day Cold Wax Workshop

Cold Wax Medium: Techniques & Concepts

 

Note: the workshop is full but they can contact Bonny to be added to the waiting list.

 

Friday May 18th, Saturday May 19th, Sunday May 20th and Monday May 21st, 2018

9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day!

 

The cost is $875.00 which includes MANY supplies (supply info below)

 

 

This 4-day workshop, based on his groundbreaking book with Rebecca Crowell, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations, will consist of demos and hands-on experience with cold wax medium, a beeswax paste used at room temperature to expand the artistic possibilities of traditional oil paint. It eliminates “fat over lean” rules and allows for the creation of lush and complex textures. Its translucent qualities encourage the development of rich history through layering, while its plasticity urges the creation of surface through digging, scraping, and mark-making using a variety of nontraditional tools.

 

With this versatile medium artists can incorporate textures and create beautiful surfaces using:  oil sticks, powdered pigments, pastels, metal leaf, sand, and more into their work. Cold wax paintings dry to a gorgeous and durable matte surface which needs no varnish or other protective coating. During the workshop, we will explore the basic materials, tools, surfaces, and techniques used with cold wax medium. We will paint using cold wax, oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and a variety of tools, and experience the expressive potential in layering, texture, and mark-making. In addition, we will address barriers to creativity, letting go, and working more freely.

 

Jerry’s workshop is suited for beginners and experienced painters interested in trying this exciting medium that is rapidly growing in popularity. Working with cold wax medium is an excellent means for artists to enhance the spontaneity and intuitive side of their artistic voice.

 

 

Provided Supplies:

Cold Wax medium – 32 ounces of Gamblin Cold Wax will be provided. If you would like to have more; here are the links:

Dorland’s Cold Wax Medium

or preferred: Gamblin’s Wax Mediuim

 

7 Cradled gessoed painting panels provided:  Two of each: 12"x12", 11"x14", 12"x16" and one 16"x16"

 

4” rubber brayer - provided for use in the workshop but you may like to purchase your own: preferred: Inovart 4” soft brayer from Dick Blick

or Speedball

 

Roll of wax paper – provided for layering and transporting panels home, also for texturing - bring an extra roll if you like

 

Gloves – provided but bring more if you like:

 

1 roll paper towels provided but bring more if possible

 

Sand and dry pigments

 

Supplies to bring and recommended:

One pad (15-20 sheets) of Arches Oil Paper 9x12 inches (we use these for warm ups and quick paintings)

 

Alternative option: Multimedia Artboards: If you are traveling, you may like to use Multimedia Artboards instead of panels, although the panels do tend to travel well. All participants may also like to have these as an excellent additional option.

Paintings on Multimedia Artboard can be mounted to a cradled panel.

 

Palette knives  (1 or 2) with offset handle (square, NOT POINTED, tips)

 

Mesermeister Squeegee (It’s really a Mesermeister Silicone Bowl Scraper. This, too, is one of your “go to” tools. It is available at Amazon

 

Brushes – if you like. "I basically NEVER use a brush, but some people do"...Jerry

 

1 roll painters tape (the blue or green kind), 1.75-2inches width

 

1 Pad of disposable palette paper or other durable surface for mixing oil paints and cold wax medium. Another, and more durable, possibility.

 

Oil Paints:

A dozen or more of your favorite paints-include transparent, opaque, dark, light, warm, cool colors.  Beyond a basic palette of colors I would strongly suggest some transparent colors such as Sennelier Chinese Orange, Williamsburg Alizarin Orange, Gamblin Transparent orange or Transparent Ochre, or any brand of quinacradone colors; also a metallic color such as a Rembrandt Deep Gold or Copper or Gamblin rich Gold, Rembrandt Tin.  Aim for 10-12 colors excluding titanium white. If you routinely mix your own colors, you may need fewer colors.

A basic list of oil colors might include:

Titanium white

Phthalo blue

Ultramarine blue

A transparent orange

A transparent red

Sap green

Cadmium yellow

Cadmium red

Ivory black

Earth colors (yellow ochre, siennas, umbers, Asphaltum)

 

If you are new to oils and need a starter set: Soho Urban Oils from Jerry’s Artarama  are an excellent value—set of 24 colors for around $30

Bring LOTS of titanium white. 4 days is a lot of painting. And one of the things I find a hurdle for most students is getting comfortable mixing up a good amount of paint. We are NOT stingy with paint when using cold wax techniques. If you are flying and traveling with oil paints, check them and label them "Artist Pigments" not paints. I have traveled internationally without issues doing this. "Paints" are a flag word for TSA.

 

Optional but recommended Supplies:

Oil paint sticks or R&F Pigment Sticks (2 or 3) Not oil pastels! Also called oilbars. Windsor Newton Oil Bar. Some people like R&F pigment sticks, but they are slow to dry. We have the R&F pigment sticks here for sale at 20% off.

 

Materials/tools you can use to create texture in wet paint surfaces. I will have a variety, but feel free to bring any that you like. These can be very personal.

 

 

Notes from Jerry:

Painting Panels:

The following Cradled gessoed painting panels will be provided:  Two of each: 12"x12", 11"x14", 12"x16" and one 16"x16" but if you'd like to purchase additional boards; 12”x12” is the smallest size I recommend –in this class you will work at your own pace - if you tend to work rapidly you may want to have a few extra or to bring slightly larger panels to work on, but nothing larger than 16x20.  Remember you will need to transport these home and they will not be totally dry at the end of our class. You must gesso your wood panels with acrylic gesso before coming OR use prepared panels such as Gessobord, Encausticbord, or Claybord by Ampersand. They are available through Dick Blick and other vendors. Arches Oil Paper and Multimedia Artboard do NOT need any preparation prior to use. Please do NOT use the gessoed linen/canvas panels available for oil/acrylic paintings. We have had issues with adhesion with these surfaces.

 

To get some ideas about using oil and wax, please visit/join this website: www.oilandwax.ning.com

Many artists are on this site which showcases our work & provides inspiration & a forum for information exchange.

 

Jerry McLaughlin, MD, was initially trained as a pediatric critical care physician. He began his artistic career in Denver, Colorado as a fine art photographer specializing in alternative process printing on surfaces such as tar and wax. Realizing he had always wanted to be a painter, he abandoned photography and started painting. He began with encaustic as his medium, but once he discovered cold wax and oils, he quickly transitioned and has never gone back. His work has been collected across the US and internationally and has appeared in several magazines. He is represented by the Jen Tough Gallery, GearBox Gallery, ARTERRA, and the Branner Spangenberg Gallery.

 

Jerry just published Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations, along with co-author Rebecca Crowell. It is the first ever comprehensive book exploring the myriad techniques and ways artists are using cold wax medium. Jerry is passionate about teaching, and he holds a certificate in adult education from the University of Washington. His strength lies in identifying and addressing the individual needs of his students and helping them analyze and develop solutions to the difficulties they are encountering. He is studying Creativity Coaching with Eric Maisel. Jerry lives in Oakland, CA with his husband Mike and their dog Bert.

www.jerrymclaughlinart.com

 

Here is an interview Jerry recently did in his studio with Nicholas Wilton.

 

Testimonials:

"You did such a great job of helping me overcome the issues that had plagued me, and now I seem to be on a good path."

 

"I would highly recommend Jerry's workshop. He is gifted in his ability to demonstrate so many techniques within the time. He's so encouraging and positive in helping you to edit your work. He has a great personality that makes the workshop a very enjoyable experience. He created an atmosphere of trust and support while also pushing us out of our comfort zone. Take his workshop! It will be a life changing experience.”

 

“It was a well thought out curriculum presented by a true teacher willing to share what he's learned and clearly wanting each student to succeed. This was a stellar workshop.”

 

“Jerry tailored the instruction to meet my individual needs. He gave clear directions, and his comments throughout were sensitive and insightful."

 

"Jerry has a great way of inquiring, reflecting, and challenging that made me push myself."

 

"Beyond the clear and professional demos, and the patient and enthusiastic guidance, I'm grateful for gaining a much more liberating attitude towards making art! The gentle push towards a more intuitive process sparked so many art ideas."

 

student quick sketches:

 

 

The cost of the workshop is $875.00

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: March 30th, 2018: $775.00

 

Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after the February 10th, balance payment of $775.00; $765.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Non-payment of the $750 balance by March 30th may result in someone form the waiting list taking the space so please be sure to watch for the balance due email announcement and please be in touch if there are any changes. Thank you!

 

Payment Options (after availability is confirmed:)

* via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your payment to bonny@theencausticcenter.com 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@theencausticcenter.com or 214-405-5993

 

 

 

The Encaustic Center is proudly announces

David A. Clark's 3-day Workshop: Encaustic Printmaking

at The Encaustic Center

 

Friday March 23rd, Saturday March 24th, Sunday March 25th,  2018

10:00 to 4:00 each day!

The cost is $625.00 which includes ALL supplies (supply and registration info below)

 

 

Encaustic Printmaking functions both as a primer to the encaustic monotype and as an exploration of the more advanced techniques involved in producing repeatable images while printing with wax. The purpose of this class is to expose participants to a wide variety of papers, tools, process and ideas connected to producing encaustic prints and to engage participants in varied technical process with an emphasis on adapting that process to expanding their own unique visual language. Students will begin by learning the basics and variables of the encaustic monotype: heat, paint, paper and pressure. They will then progress to exploring techniques such as using additive and subtractive process, trace monotype, stenciling and varied advanced techniques that explore how to control line, placement, color and saturation. These techniques will allow participants to fine tune and nuance their printed images. Students can expect to create a wide variety of prints during this class encompassing a varied range of technical and intuitive process.  This class is structured for a wide variety of skill levels. Previous experience working with encaustic is not necessary but it is helpful.

 

 

David A. Clark

 

David A. Clark teaches encaustic printmaking across the United States and recently taught workshops at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Idyllwild Arts and as a visiting artist at R & F Handmade Paints among others. David has also demonstrated encaustic printing numerous times at the International Encaustic Conference. His painting and print work have attracted national attention for their technical innovation and soulful content. David’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and the Palm Springs Art Museum and at Aqua Art Miami. David also had a recent solo show of prints at the Process Museum in Tucson, Arizona. That show was devoted to a single encaustic print of David's and the more than 100 process pieces that went into its creation."

 

 

ALL materials including a wide variety printmaking papers, paint, tools and

and stencil making materials are provided. Just bring an apron, if you like.

 

The cost of the workshop is $625.00

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:

February 16th, 2018: $525.00

 

Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after the February 16th, balance payment of $525.00; $515.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Non-payment of the $525 balance by February 16th may result in someone form the waiting list taking the space so please be sure to watch for the balance due email announcement and please be in touch if there are any changes. Thank you!

 

Payment Options (after availability is confirmed:)

* via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your payment to bonny@theencausticcenter.com 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 2214-405-5993

 

* By cash at The Bonny Studio or The Encaustic Center, please call or email Bonny to schedule a time: bonny@theencausticcenter.com or 214-405-5993

 

 

 

Upcoming Guest Artist Workshops:

 

2017

Bonny Leibowitz – September 8, 9, 10 2017 – Big Mixed Media

 

Elizabeth Schowachert - September 16 and 17, 2017 - Ink, Brush, Paper Encaustic workshop

 

Jane Cornish Smith - cold wax - Abstraction and Abstracted Landscapes - September 22nd, 2017

 

Sarah Rehmer - October 13, 14 and 15, 2017 - Encaustic Mixed Media

 

Elizabeth Schowachert – November 4 and 5, 2017 - Organic Fusion

 

Jane Cornish Smith  - November 11 and 12, 2017  Cold wax portrait workshop

 

2018

Kayla Barker - Encaustic and Photography - January 20 & 21, 2018  - two 1-day sessions

 

David A. Clark - March 23, 24 and 25, 2018 - Encaustic Printmaking

 

Jerry McLaughlin - May 18, 19, 20 and 21 - 2018 - Cold Wax

 

Dale Roberts - September 14, 15 and 16, 2018 - Encaustic Painting

 

Lorraine Glessner -  October 12, 13, and 14, 2018 - Encaustic Painting

 

2019

Brenda Zappitell - March 1, 2, and 3 2019 - Building An Abstract Series - Acrylic

 

Lisa Pressman - September 12, 13, and 14, 2019 - Cold Wax

 

2020

Jean Pederson - May 8, 9 and 10, 2020 - Acrylic Mixed Media

 

 

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

 

 

Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions

bonny at theencausticcenter.com

214.405.5993

 

additional contact for questions:

Deanna Wood

972.345.9968

 

The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080

214-405-5993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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