Encaustic 101: Painting with Wax

If you love layers and luminous rich texture, you will love working with wax. This hands-on intro studio course introduces participants to painting using a heated palette and pigmented wax. It covers safety, encaustic history, and contemporary use while providing demonstrations and opportunity to practice and apply 2D techniques, including application, fusing, color mixing, etching, texturizing, graphite, and Xerox transfers, collaging, mark making, and incorporating found objects. Option to work with a torch as well as a heat gun. Bring an apron and wear closed-toed shoes.

PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE. ENGINE MEMBERS GET 10% OFF.

SUPPLIES PROVIDED WITH FEE ($50 VALUE):

  • Pigment sticks
  • Medium
  • Soy wax for cleaning brushes

SUPPLIES REQUIRED BY STUDENT:

  • Jumbo Presto pancake griddle
  • heat gun (available at your local hardware store)
  • Potter’s needle and assorted pottery looping tools
  • Multiple unprimed cradled panels up to 12″ x 12″
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Toner-based photocopies for transferring
  • Assorted materials for collaging
  • Natural bristle paintbrushes (hake brushes recommended)
  • Razor blades

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

Kimberly Curry

Kimberly Curry shows her work of watercolor and encaustic paintings throughout New England and
nationally. She has been invited to participate in many juried group shows, including the Art Complex,
Saco Museum, University of New England Art Gallery, Steamboat Springs Art Council, and Conrad Wilde
Gallery. She is a founding and active member of New England Wax, a group of professional artists who work in
the medium of encaustic paint. Curry received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Her home and studio are in Portland, Maine.

Kimberly Curry’s website.