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, 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 ($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. 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 ($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:






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


Michael David - Friday, February 7th, Saturday, February 8th, Sunday, February 9th, 2020 - Critical Thinking Master Class


Jane Cornish Smith – Saturday, February 22nd and Sunday February 23rd, 2020 – Cold Wax – Abstracted Landscape – New 2-day format TBA


Leah Macdonald - Friday, March 20th, Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 - Photo Encaustic; History, Layers and Depth


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


Jane Cornish Smith – Saturday, April 25th and Sunday April 26th, 2020 – Cold Wax – Abstract Compositions– New 2-day format TBA


Elizabeth Schowachert - Saturday, May 2nd, and Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 - Organic Fusion


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


Jane Cornish Smith – Saturday, June 13th and Sunday June 14th, 2020 – Cold Wax – Abstract Compositions and Abstracted Landscapes – New 2-day format TBA


Jane Cornish Smith – Saturday, September 12th and Sunday September 13th, 2020 – Cold Wax – About Face; A Portrait workshop


Elizabeth Schowachert - Friday, September 25th, Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th, 2020 In The Flow


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


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


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


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