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Photo Encaustic – G201023

Workshop ID: G201023
Dates: October 11 - October 17
Price: $775.00 - $1,540.00

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.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - No Meals$850.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - Meals$1,055.00
Camping - No Meals$785.00
Camping - Meals$990.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
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

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note: Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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