Advanced Encaustic: Layers, Richness and Personal Vision

Class Level: Intermediate-Advanced.

This workshop is FULL, please give us a call at 845.331.3112 if you would like to be added to the wait-list.

The qualities that make encaustic an alluring and unique material also create technical and compositional challenges for painters. This class helps participants develop a greater understanding of how to refine and finish encaustic paintings. Lisa begins by reviewing how opacity plays a role in dynamic layering. Hands on exercises will help students understand how to layer for optimal color saturation and luminosity. She emphasizes the importance of compositional elements such as point, line, weight, and space. Participants will learn controlled mark making and surface development using Pigment sticks for glazing and transfer. Using Pan Pastels for diffused color applications will be presented as option for alternative surface development. You are encouraged to identify personal symbols and markings to develop into a deeper visual dialogue. Throughout the class, Lisa demonstrates surface manipulation using torch fusing and scraping to achieve a smooth shiny finish. Encaustic equipment, history, and safety will be reviewed. Click the title above to read more.


In addition to demonstrations and work time, there will be slide presentations that look at artistic influences and inspirational directions relevant to individual participants in the class. Lisa fosters collective growth and dialogue in her workshops making this a perfect setting for students looking for engaged feedback and problem-solving. 

Techniques Covered:

  • Creating a smooth shiny surface.
  • How colors influence each other.
  • Mark making with Pigment Sticks, Pan Pastels, and Woody Pencils.
  • Review of health and safety.
  • Reviewing compositional elements: line, point space, weight
  • Torch Fusing.
  • Understanding Opacity and translucency in layering.
  • Working in a series.


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Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Price: $550.00