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What is Encaustic Painting?

Origins of Encaustic Painting

The word "encaustic" comes from the Latin "encaustikos" which means to burn in. This is part of the process of painting with the encaustic medium of beeswax and tree resin. Each layer added must be fused to the underlayer or "burned in". 

In the 5th century B.C., the Greeks used a similar method to seal their wooden boats, leading to other artists using the process in various works. The Egyptians used wax and resin to paint funeral portraits starting in the 4th century B.C. These would be attached to the mummy as a way of helping the spirits of the passed individual locate their body for the afterlife.

Encaustic Workshops:
What to Expect

Learn the basics of encaustic painting in this stand-alone workshop taught by Leah Svendsen. There is a maximum of 4 students per workshop. You'll be introduced to the tools and techniques of encaustic painting, adding texture and pigment as you build up layers of wax and resin. Due to the use of hot wax and heat guns, this class is for people age 12 and above.

You'll leave the workshop with two small paintings of your own creation and a good understanding of the encaustic painting process. All materials are included in the workshop cost, which is $125 for the 2 hour evening class and includes complimentary adult beverages for those 21 and over. Book by clicking the button below, stop by the shop or give us a call at 541-432-1911.

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