the encaustic center

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

A 3-day Photo Encaustic Workshop with

Leah MacDonald:

History, Layers and Depth

Friday, December 4th, Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th, 2020

10:00am to 4:00pm each day

Was previously scheduled for:

Friday, March 20th, Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

The cost is $900 which includes printouts on high quality papers of your images, wax pours, boards and many additional supplies (supply and registration info below)



This workshop is designed to teach a variety of encaustic techniques on varied photographic materials. My background is in chemical wet darkroom photography mixed with encaustics. I teach and encourage the art of alchemy. Each participant will be asked to submit 4 photographs to be printed black and white on various types of Hahnemuhle and rice papers. From beginning to end I will share personal styles and practices. Through demonstrations and active art making I encourage action and reaction to constantly changing surfaces. I discuss weight, heat, layers and focus on additive and subtractive techniques. Painting materials will include encaustic, pan pastels, pigment sticks and wax pencils plus lots of encaustic tools. This workshop is for artists of all levels. Our end product will consist of 6 total pieces: two - paper, two -11 x 14 panels and two 6 x 8 panels for pours.



Provided Supplies:

Print outs of your images will be on the papers below:

  • rice paper
  • hahnemuhle photo rag 188gsm
  • hahnemuhle William Turner
  • (info on images to send Leah, below)

Two 11" x 14" cradled panels and two 6"x8" cradled panels for the pours

Encaustic Medium - provided

Beeswax - provided

Pan Pastels - provided but please bring more if you can

Encaustic Paint - provided

(optional: R&F and Enkaustikos Paint is also available for sale at The Encaustic Center 20% off)

R&F Pigment Sticks: I'll have a few to share but you will be able to purchase more at The Encaustic Center - 20% off

Heat Guns and Torches: provided

Pottery loop tools

Brushes: provided

Encaustic Gesso: provided

Irons: provided but please bring one if you have

Images to Leah:

Two weeks prior to the workshop, you will be working directly with Leah and sending her your black and white images for printing. Each will be sized to fit your panels: four 11"x14" and two 6"x8"


Blue tape

A notebook



You are welcome to bring stencils, lace, string and collage / ephemera but there will be plenty here for your use



Day 1

Workshop Intro: Intro to Leah

Studio Tour- Meet each other

Discuss photographs and selection/edits

Workshop Demo - prepping the panel

collage on the panel

encaustic gesso burning paper

bubbling gesso


Day 2

Hand paint Rice Paper with beeswax paint with pigment sticks

Work on Panel-

add heavy encaustic in layers

scraping back- discovery through experimentation

demonstrate the pour


Day 3

Hand paint Paper with encaustics beeswax and pigment sticks

Pan Pastels

Finish up all pieces- Get together for final review

Questions and Answers



About Leah MacDonald:

My work is a dialogue between my imagination, my curiosity, my imperfections and my desires. I express the tales of womanhood, sharing stories through form, color and texture.

I am a portrait artist. I primarily photograph women and embellish the photographs with layers of beeswax, colored wax, painting and drawing adding wax for texture and color creating mood changes in the black and white photographs.

Wax embellishes and veils my subjects and I draw to decorate and control the image. The ability to layer mediums and constantly change appearance and texture allows me to stray from reality and reach the playground of imagination. I am interested in images from nature and designs that have floral and intricate forms.

I have enjoyed a varied career path within the arts. I shoot digital commercial

photography, primarily weddings, portraiture and events. I owned a small company that designed handmade art books and wedding albums. A former instructor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, I have taught photography at the college level for over 7 years. I am currently the Education Curriculum Director at the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center.

In 2017 I was selected as the recipient of the New Courtland Fellowship by The Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Now, over twenty years into my career as an artist and art educator, I have taught and exhibited all over the world — from being invited to do a live encaustic painting demonstration on the Martha Stewart show to working in the theater as the scenic director of In My Body: The Musical.

My passion is sharing my art and creativity with others. I have taught workshops as large as thirty-five students and as small as one-on-one private sessions -- from private workshop retreats in France to teaching groups of elementary students in my backyard studio. I have grown to appreciate teaching all age groups for their unique needs and perspectives.

Leah Macdonald website



Cost and payment:

The cost of the workshop is $900

A $100.00 non-refundable non-transferable deposit holds your space. (some of you have already left deposits, thank you , I have your info)

Please register asap as these spaces fill up quickly!

Balance due: $800 February 12th, 2020

Payment Options (after availability is confirmed:)

via Zelle to

* via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your payment to 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: or 214-405-5993

Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after the workshop is paid in full, with your balance of $800 paid by February 12th, 2020; $790 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.

Please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!


Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions



The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080








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