In March, the Teen Class will enter the wonderful world of melted wax. Encaustic painting is one of the world's oldest art forms! The artists of Ancient Greece made the earliest applications of encaustic wax paint – hence the Greek word "enkaustikos" meaning "to burn in."
We will use melted beeswax mixed with damar resin on boards especially designed for encaustic art. Students will be guided from start to finish to create a 6 x 6 mixed media encaustic piece. We will start with a brief introduction to encaustics and then dive right in: you will learn how to prepare the surface for wax, how to embed mixed media objects, how to add details with an encaustic pen and how to finish off your project with pan pastels.
What to Bring:
We will start with an 8 x 8 board and apply the media on top with the use of wax - the wax acts like glue, so you need to think of absorbent things - notes are really cute, photos work ok but even better if they are printed on computer paper, dried flowers, leaves, maps, etc. Clearer items take on a cool transparent look. We will enhance our pieces with pastels to add color. If you are totally stumped, do not worry. I have a huge stack of mixed media items that I bring out for the party that anyone can use.
Here are some examples of former projects.
Jamie Lightfoot is an oil painter and owner of Picket Fence Art Studio.