The World of Encaustic

Thursday, October 3, 2013 @ 9:00 AM (MST)
Art Barn 15 Art Barn Rd. SedonaAZUnited States of America  86339
Thursday, October 3, 2013 @ 9:00 AM (MST)
Art Barn 15 Art Barn Rd. SedonaAZUnited States of America  86339

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The World of Encaustic
with Catherine Nash Sponsored by R&F Paints

This comprehensive encaustic workshop gives participants a thorough introduction to painting with hot pigmented wax. Artists with backgrounds in almost any medium will find these workshops are an exciting way to expand their visual vocabulary.

Some who attend have little familiarity with encaustic, others have experience working in the medium, but seek to refine their skill. The dynamic created by this mix of artists adds to the learning experience and to the discovery of new techniques and applications. A wonderful diversity of learning is covered in this workshop, including the basic materials and techniques, safety issues and discussion of supports and grounds. Encaustic can submerge through layering, reveal through scraping back and offer surfaces from glassy smooth to heavily textured. We will practice hands-on techniques that include the art of fusing, transparencies and glazes of color, collage and assemblage, image transfer, color inlay and the use of encaustic in combination with oil and other media.

The use of all paints and equipment is included in the cost of the workshop. Previous participants are welcome. Some supplies provided by students.

  TUITION: $675

Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $100 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

Student Materials list

Panels/supports to work on
-should be rigid and absorbent
-bring 5-10 small panels (8"x10", 9"x12" or similar size) (1/4 to 1/2" ply fine)
-birch, maple, pine or other types of plywood are recommended for more information, click here to read Encaustic Supports  

Rags or paper towels - in an effort to be more ecologically conscious, R&F is encouraging students to bring cloth rags to be used in place of paper towels whenever possible - old tee shirts, cotton socks, or any soft, lint-free fabric are great options;

About 10 paint brushes in a variety of widths

Bristle, sable, and/or Hake artist brushes work well with encaustic (inexpensive chip brushes from Ace Hardware fine)
avoid synthetic brushes (they burn)
avoid used brushes with solvent residue

Other mark making tools if you have them (printmaking, sculpture, ceramic, dental, culinary)

o    images for transferring (photocopies, not inkjet)

o    drawings or other works on paper that you might like to collage into your work

o    a variety of absorbent papers or textiles you might like to experiment with (some great papers are: simple sumi paper, kitakata, kozo, Rives lightweight, small 8X10 fine, or one sheet each of 2 or 3 kinds)

o    found objects, elements from nature, stencils, stamps or any other materials you might want to work with

o    a CD with 5 digital images of your work (in any media) to share with the rest of the class

Participants, if you would like to prepare your panels in advance, click here to read Encaustic Grounds. Don't use acrylic gesso!  If you are not confident about doing this advance, remember that there will be time at the beginning of the workshop to prepare panels with the guidance of the instructor

About Catherine Nash

A long time resident of Tucson, Arizona, Catherine Nash is an artist who freely mixes media in her work to express her ideas. Specializing in Japanese and Western hand papermaking, encaustic painting and mixed media drawing, Nash is a teaching artist who balances her studio work with artist-in-resident teaching, lectures and workshops across the United States, as well as in professional studios and universities in eight European countries, Australia and Japan.  She has published 4 educational DVDs on the art of papermaking and is currently co-writing a book that surveys international artists entitled "Contemporary Paper and Encaustic".  

After receiving a B.F.A. in Printmaking and Drawing from the University of New Hampshire in 1980, Nash spent a year and a half creating prints and drawings in Paris.In 1987, she graduated from the University of Arizona with a Masters of Fine Arts in Mixed Media.Two independently designed research trips to Japan enabled Nash to study the techniques of Japanese woodblock printing and papermaking in depth.From 1996-2002, her extensive research in Italy and Scandinavia increased her knowledge of historical and contemporary Western papermaking and paper arts. Nash has combined encaustic waxes and filtered earth pigments with her handmade paper works since 1994.

The landscape, aesthetics and cultures of Japan, the rich gradations and spaciousness of Scandinavian summer night skies, experiences with Native American friends and her explorations into the wilderness of the southwestern deserts have deeply influenced and informed her work.

Class meets 10 - 5 on the first day, 9 - 4 on subsequent days with a one hour lunch.


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Meeting dates

Thur-Sun, Oct 3-6,2013

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Studio Painting

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Last day for Internet registration: Oct 3, 2013






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Thursday, October 3, 2013 @ 9:00 AM (MST)
Art Barn 15 Art Barn Rd. SedonaAZUnited States of America  86339
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