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Photo Encaustic – G201023

Painting with encaustic medium is an ancient art form that is used by painters, collage artists, crafters and, more recently, photographers. In this course, we will learn how melted beeswax and damar resin is used by photographers to create mixed-media pieces on wood panels. Encaustic works grow gradually and develop their own history. Fusing layer after layer of beeswax on photographs from home and around the ranch can produce a rich alchemy of color, texture and depth to create something new and often unexpected. Photos can also be transferred into painted wax backgrounds for an ethereal look. Add pigment, collage papers, ephemera and gestural mark-making. Playing with wax is a good way to discover your own style and voice, which can be quite different from your photographic look. Encaustic is forgiving. You can melt it off and start over. We’ll work together to learn the basics of printing, paper, panels, mounting techniques, encaustic pouring and painting. This course will cover set up, supplies and tools needed for a safe encaustic practice.
While not a photography course we will go on photo excursions on and off the ranch. I am an expert in photoshop and mobile editing for landscape photography and will work with students on these techniques as requested. In the morning, we’ll work on our encaustic panels. Most afternoons the studio will be open for students to experiment and practice. Also, the Ranch has a lot of offerings students might want to explore and some days we’ll visit great vistas nearby. Some evenings I’ll demonstrate photo editing techniques that can add richness and complexity to images. Early in the week, we’ll print our images for the next day. Each student will finish four small pieces on panels during the week. The course is designed for all levels and all materials will be provided. This is a chance, before you buy anything, to find out if photo encaustic is for you.
Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

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 Workshops always begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed..

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  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
  • During our busy summer seasons, late June-July and late September-early October, participants who register alone should expect to have a roommate assigned to their room. In some limited circumstances, a single occupancy upgrade will be available at $100 per night.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?
  • Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom in between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.


  • Carol Mell
    Carol Mell

    Carol Mell is a fine art photographer and digital artist who received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance from The Juilliard School in New York City, New York and currently lives and works in Taos, New Mexico. Originally from Oregon, she has lived in the Southwest including the Navajo Nation and along the Arizona-Mexico border. Mell’s painterly landscape photography is in two New Mexico galleries, and some are on exhibition in New York, Florida, and Colorado.

    With her training as a dancer and choreographer, Carol Mell infuses energy and spirit into her digital landscape photography by combining slow shutter speeds with camera movement in what she calls a “camera dance.” Having grown up in the large landscapes of the West, she considers the trees, rivers, mountains, and big sky to be familial characters in her life’s journey. Her innovative camera techniques produce vibrant color images of nature that invoke mood, presence, and spiritual interconnection. She prints her photographs on fine art and metallicized paper, canvas, and aluminum.


Oct 11 2020 - Oct 17 2020


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3:00 pm - 9:00 am


$775.00 - $1,540.00
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