Tuesday, January 11, 2011

February Workshops at the Institute

The Encaustic Art Institute is offering two workshops in February for beginning artists as well as artists working in other media but longing to learn about encaustic.

"Touched with Fire," a two-day beginning encaustic workshop is being offered Saturday, February 12 - Sunday February 13. Instructor is Harriette Tsosie, founder of New Mexico Wax and current president of the Encaustic Art Institute. Tsosie holds a BA from Kalamazoo College, with a major in English Literature and a minor in Art. She was awarded a Light Scholarship for study in France after her sophomore year of college and upon graduation studied advanced painting with Jules Kirschenbaum at Drake University for several years.

Tsosie has been working with encaustic for eight years, studying beginning encaustic with Ellen Koment, intermediate with R and F Paints, and advanced with Paula Roland. In her workshop, students will learn how to work safely with encaustic, basic layering and scraping techniques, how to use the torch and the heat gun, and simple transfer and embedding techniques. Students will take home two or three completed paintings.Pictured is "Whisper," a work from Tsosie's current series, " Oriental Essence." It is 24" x 24", encaustic on panel.

"Encaustic and Wax Resist," is slated for Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27. Instructor Kim Bernard, a founding member of New England Wax, holds a BFA degree from Parsons School of design and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has studied in France and Japan and currently teaches at the Maine College of Art. She came to encaustic painting as a sculptor, attracted by the viscous quality of the wax and the ability to work with it in many ways with various tools. A lifelong dancer, in her current body of work Bernard attempts to capture movement. In her workshop, students will learn Bernard's trade secrets for incorporating wax markings, gestural strokes, stamping, folding, batik and resist dyeing--a blend of traditional wax resist methods with contemporary encaustic techniques.

Pictured above is Bernard's ""Stamps and Orbs," Encaustic/panel. 36" x 48."

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