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.
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