Workshop FAQs

I AM LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO TEACH OR DEMONSTRATE. CAN YOU RECOMMEND AN ARTIST? 

The following list is inclusive of those artists who have been trained by R&F and/or have working relationships with R&F as professional teaching artists. Artists whose names are emboldened have taught for R&F and come with our highest recommendation.  

U.S. Artists 

Location

State

Country

Susan Delgavis

Anchorage

AK

US

Catherine Nash

Tucson

AZ

US

Terry Dowell

Aptos

CA

US

Bayesteh Ghaffary

Carmel

CA

US

Julie Shaw

Chico

CA

US

Amber George

Fallbrook

CA

US

Susan Stover

Graton

CA

US

Regina Leyva

Livermore

CA

US

Suzanne Gibbs

Long Beach

CA

US

Nancy Nelson

Mendocino

CA

US

Cathy Valentine

Mt. Shasta

CA

US

Helen Dannelly

Oakland

CA

US

Cyndy Goldman

Oakland

CA

US

David A. Clark

Palm Springs

CA

US

Lynn Kishiyama

Paso Robeles

CA

US

Lorna Strotz

Piedmont

CA

US

Jaya King

Sacramento

CA

US

Carol Van Horn

San Jose

CA

US

Holli Harmon

Santa Barbara

CA

US

Daniella Woolf

Santa Cruz

CA

US

Mary Black

Sebastopol

CA

US

Cari Hernandez

Sebastopol

CA

US

Madeline Modica

Sebastopol

CA

US

Ed Musante

Sebastopol

CA

US

Caryl St. Ama

South Pasadena

CA

US

Susan Lasch Krevitt

Thousand Oaks

CA

US

Tori Williams

Bayfield

CO

US

Ruth Hiller

Boulder

CO

US

Betsy Smisek

Colorado Springs

CO

US

Sheary Suitor

Colorado Springs

CO

US

Patricia Aaron

Denver

CO

US

Gina Adams 

Logmont 

CO

US

Lori Warner

Lyme

CT

US

Dorothy Imagire

Manchester

CT

US

Diane DuPuis

New Preston

CT

US

Linda Petrocine

South Kent

CT

US

Leslie Giuliani

Weston

CT

US

Imna Arroyo

Willimantic

CT

US

Leslie Neumann

Aripeka

FL

US

Tristina Dietz-Elms

Ft. Lauderdale

FL

US

AJ Grossman

Hollywood

FL

US

Kate Miller

St. Augustine

FL

US

Mariana Depetris

Atlanta

GA

US

Heather Bauer

Boise

ID

US

Mary Robertson

Hailey

ID

US

Sarah Rehmer

Chicago

IL

US

Mary Jane Parker

New Orleans

LA

US

Katalene Masella

Manchester

MA

US

Deborah Nathan

Swampscott

MA

US

Deena Margolis

Baltimore

MD

US

Angela White

Bethesda

MD

US

Jackie Hoysted

Gaithersburg

MD

US

Candace Law

Berkley

MI

US

Carlen Goldhorn 

Minneapolis 

MN

US

Jeff Hirst

Minneapolis

MN

US

Lisa Sisley-Blinn

O'Fallon

MO

US

Julie Snidle

St. Louis

MO 

US

Shawna Moore

Whitefish

MT

US

Mary Farmer

Asheville

NC

US

Kathleen Burke

Pineville

NC

US

Debrah Claffey

New Boston 

NH

US

Lisa Pressman

West Orange

NJ

US

Dorothy Cochran

Woodland Park

NJ

US

Sandra Koberlein

Woodstown

NJ

US

Rosemary Barile

Santa Fe

NM

US

Russell Thurston

Santa Fe

NM

US

Belen Millan

Chichester

NY

US

Jenny Wong

Foresthills

NY

US

Cate Holt

Holmes

NY

US

Pamela Blum 

Kingston 

NY

US

Kelly McGrath

Kingston

NY

US

Wayne Montecalvo

Kingston

NY

US

Laura Moriarty

Kingston

NY

US

Pamela Wallace

Kingston

NY

US

Carol Struve

Kingston

NY

US

Judy Hoyt

New Paltz

NY

US

Cynthia Winika

New Paltz

NY

US

Elise Mills

North Salem

NY

US

Eileen Brady Nelson

Peirmont

NY

US

Leslie Volle

Sayville

NY

US

Serena Buschi

Tarrytown

NY

US

Ursula Brenner

Cincinnati

OH

US

Kim Maurer

Columbus

OH

US

Penny Park

Dayton

OH

US

Jolene Loyd Forbes

Duncan

OK

US

Gayle Curry

Oklahoma City

OK

US

Karen Freedman

Ambler

PA

US

Eleanor Schimmel

Haverford

PA

US

Jacqueline Schwartz

Orefield

PA

US

Elise Rugolo

Pittsburgh

PA

US

Tremain Smith

Philadelphia

PS

US

Toby Sisson

Providence

RI

US

Teresa Prater

Campobello

SC

US

Jane Allen Nodine

Spartanburg

SC

US

Marge Lutrell

Knoxville

TN

US

Kathryn Dettwiller

Nashville

TN

US

Julie Puttgen

Sewanee

TN

US

Sher Fick

Spring Hill

TN

US

Sarah St Laurent

Austin

TX

US

Daphne Holland 

Buda

TX

US

Janet Reynolds

Dallas

TX

US

Virginia Headley Maserang

Georgetown

TX

US

Pat Davis

Houston

TX

US

Tracye Wear

Houston

TX

US

Lynda Medore

New Braunfels

TX

US

Michelle Belto

San Antonio

TX

US

Beverly Smith

Alexandria

VA

US

Julia Jensen 

Putney

VT

US

Desire Thompson

Everett

WA

US

Jennifer Terpstra

LaCrosse

WI

US

 

International Artists

Location

City | Province

Country

Angela Noble

Bega

New South Wales

Australia

Anthea Boesenberg

Crow’s Nest

New South Wales

Australia

Dianne Longley

Hindmarsh

Adelaide

S. Australia

Tracy Proctor

Calgary

AB

Canada

Linda Virio

Bowmanville

ON

Canada

Susan Fisher

Petersborough

ON

Canada

Carmel Brennan

Sunderland

ON

Canada

Margaret Doswell

Toronto

ON

Canada

Christl Neimuller

Toronto

ON

Canada

Michelle Lanteigne

Hudson

QC

Canada

Monique Verdier

Hudson

QC

Canada

Laura Écsiová

Podunajske Biskupice

Breznica

Slovakia

Kohlene Hendrickson

Romainmotier

Vaud

Switzerland

*Please note that this list is in progress and we will continue to update it.

Why should I consider taking an R&F workshop?

Quality - R&F has been running encaustic workshops for over 20 years. The wealth of information that we have accumulated stems from our own enthusiasm for the paints we manufacture. Our staff is always testing, experimenting and sharing with our team of teaching artists, and together are always looking to broaden the range of possibilities for our program. Our workshops balance thorough presentations with ample work time and as well as substantial material access.

Responsibility - As a manufacturer of encaustic paint, it has always been of the greatest importance to R&F to introduce artists to encaustic painting in an ideal studio setup. That way, when it comes to working at home, the artist will come away with best practices and information to set themselves up. All the spaces that we teach in are carefully vetted to ensure proper ventilation and electrical needs, and our instructors are trained to present the method in a way that promotes responsibility towards health and safety.

Community - Our reputation attracts the best artists, students, and teachers alike. The community we have created through the workshop program continues to grow every year. Through our classes participants often find classmates make immeasurable contributions to the experience and as a group makes new discoveries. 

 

What is the right workshop for me? 

  • Beginner: 

    Our Encaustic Mini workshops and Saturday Labs are recommended as the first step for those who are new to our paints.  Even without studio experience, these classes are designed to get you started with simple instructions and fundamental techniques. 

    Our local and regional Comprehensive workshops are especially appropriate for beginners (Introductory and Novice level), these classes are formatted to build on basic skills and introduce intermediate techniques.  

      • Examples: Encaustic Mini; Saturday Lab; All R&F Comprehensives

  • Novice:

    Appropriate for artists who are familiar with basic Encaustic and Pigment Stick techniques and would like to expand their skills.  After a quick refresher on basic techniques, we expand on fundamental skills in fusing, collage, mixed media, layering texture, etc.  If you have already taken a Mini or Comprehensive workshop, these workshops are still optimal classes for honing skills with an instructor to guide you. These are also recommended as repeatable for building fundamental skills.

      • Examples: All Mini Workshops; All R&F Comprehensives; Encaustic and Paper; Assemblage; Monotype; Collaborative workshops

  • Intermediate: 

    These technique-specific workshops are designed for artists who are already familiar with the medium and have a strong understanding of basic techniques. For this reason, these classes are not recommended for complete beginners. This class is best suited for artists that would like to begin a new body of work, gain insight from a visiting artist, or more deeply explore the mediums. 

      • Examples: Visiting Artist workshops; Exploring Visual Language; Advanced Encaustic; Wax and Sculpture; Color Mechanics

  • Advanced: 

    These workshops are for those artists well established in their studio practices. Our focus in these classes typically goes beyond the scope of technique-based instruction.  In Advanced Teaching and Advanced Consultation, we work with individuals on the next steps towards advancing their careers as artists. 

      • Examples: Advanced Teaching; Advanced Consultation 

If you have any questions regarding choosing the right workshop for you call us at 1-800-206-8088 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can find a workshop that will be a perfect fit for you.

How do I know if a workshop is going to run?

R&F will contact all registered participants of this class 28 days prior to the start of class to confirm the event. If minimum enrollment has not been reached at this time you receive a notice of cancellation.

Please feel free to call us with questions regarding the class status, or if you have special travel circumstances.

We caution against making non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive our confirmation email. R&F does not assume any responsibility for nonrefundable travel and lodging expenses. 

 

How far in advance should I sign up for a workshop?

Early registration is strongly recommended, spaces in a class are on a first come first serve basis. We do keep wait lists for any classes that have reached full enrollment and will contact students in the order their registrations were received if space becomes available. Additionally, all classes must have met the minimum enrollment of 4 students 1 month before the first day of class. You may register online, by phone, fax or email.  We require a $100 deposit at the time of registration to ensure your space in the workshop.  

 

PAYMENT, CANCELLATIONS, TRANSFERS AND REFUNDS: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AS OUR REGISTRATION Policy HAS CHANGED ! 

The following policies are effective for all full day and multiple day classes scheduled for 2017.  

 Summary of payment schedule for full day and multiple day classes:        

Deposit

$100 non-refundable, due at registration.

Up to 45 days from the start of a class

Withdrawals or transfers are accepted without penalty, by written notification ONLY. 

Less than 45 up to 31 days from the start of class

Withdrawals will incur a $25 processing fee in addition to the non-refundable deposit. No transfers are accepted. 

30 days from the start of class

Balance payments are due and will be processed automatically. If you withdraw from a class ON this date you will still be charged for 50% of the class tuition. No transfers are accepted. 

30 days from the start up to 15 days

Withdrawals will are eligible for a 50% refund of tuition. No transfers are accepted. 

14 days to the start of class

No refunds will be issued under any circumstances. No transfers are accepted.  

 

The following policies are effective for all half day classes scheduled for 2017 including Encaustic Mini's, Saturday Labs and additional half day programs.   

Summary of payment schedule for half day classes: 

Tuition paid in full

Made at the time of registration. 

Up to 10 days before the start of class

Withdrawals or transfers are accepted without penalty, 100% of tuition is refunded. 

Less than 10 days up to 8 days from the start of class

Withdrawals are eligible for a 50% tuition refund. No transfers will be accepted. 

7 days or less from the start of class

No refunds will be issued. No transfers will be accepted. 

 

Is lunch provided?

R&F provides a catered lunch ONLY at the Kingston location workshops, for our regional locations please be prepared with a bagged lunch. If you have dietary needs (i.e vegan, gluten-free) please let us know prior to the workshop you are attending so arrangements can be made. Mini workshops do not include lunch, please plan accordingly.

 

Are Supplies Provided?

R&F tries to keep the cost of materials for students as low as possible by making the following available at our Kingston facilities:

  • 12: 16”x16” heated encaustic palettes (one per student)
  • 7 Large work tables (2 students per table when space is full)
  • Variable temperature / speed heat guns (1 per student)
  • 1 Extra large demonstration table
  • Full line of Encaustic colors
  • Full line of Pigment Stick colors
  • Encaustic medium in two large vats
  • Soy wax
  • Brushes
  • Paint cups
  • R&F heated handle and tips
  • Disposable gloves
  • Linseed oil
  • Newsprint
  • Palette knives
  • Tacking irons
  • Neutral PH adhesive (glue)
  • One black and white toner copy machine
  • Drying rack
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knives
  • Studio tools for mark making 
  • Squeegees
  • Various studio pens, pencils, markers

 

At our regional locations you can always expect that the following will be provided:

  • 16”x16” heated encaustic palettes (1-2 students per palette)
  • Variable temperature / speed heat guns (one per student)
  • Large work tables 
  • Dedicated demonstration table
  • Supplied Encaustic colors
  • Supplied Pigment Stick colors
  • Encaustic medium 
  • Soy wax

 

Can I bring my pet with me?

No. In general, we do not recommend that you bring pets into a workshop space.  It can be unsafe for them, there can be a distraction to the class, and pet allergies are common in many individuals. If you have a service animal please let us know ahead of time.

 

Can I sign up a friend to take a workshop?

Yes, but you will need to put the $100 deposit down to hold the space.

 

Do you have gift certificates for your workshops?

Yes, you can purchase gift certificates for any workshop we run.  They make great gifts for the holidays, birthdays, or for friends.  To order, call us at 1-800-206-8088.

There are no workshops near me; will R&F come to my area?

R&F has compiled a wonderful list of professional artists who would love to come to your area and teach a workshop. Located at the top of this page are all of our recommended artists, many of whom have completed the R&F Advanced Teaching class. If you are planning to host one of these artists we do have recommendations for how you should set your studio to host a safe and effective class.


Studio Setup Recommendations 

  • Electric: A dedicated 20 amp circuit for each workstation, which will power one electric palette and one hot air gun. Two students can share a set of equipment, but ideally, each would have their own.
  • Ventilation: The workshop room should have good cross-ventilation, adequate for removing fumes from molten wax. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, including strong exhaust fans, a combination of open windows and fans, air conditioning, etc. We would be happy to discuss your individual situation with you in order to help you make the best choices.
  • Working Area: Instructors are encouraged to request a worktable, approximately 3x5 ft. or larger, plus a small table or counter for tools and materials, and a place for printed matter and examples. All surfaces should be clean and paper-covered.
  • Additional workstations are recommended for every student. 

 

Hosts are encouraged to provide:

  • Paints, raw materials, tools.

 

Participants should be requested to bring: 

  • Small supports to paint on – rigid, porous and heat resistant.
  • Clean, natural bristle brushes.
  • Collage materials, or other potential inclusions.
  • Cloth rags for clean-up and polishing.
  • Wax paper to protect and transport finished paintings.

 

How do I become an R&F Instructor?

When we review bringing on an instructor as part of the R&F team, we first consider artists who have completed our Advanced Teaching workshop. In this class, we encourage and guide artists in best studio practices while they develop their own independent classes incorporating encaustic. We created this class for teaching artists with the knowledge that encaustic is a technically complex medium and is more effective and satisfying for artists to work with after basic instruction. Many of the artists currently listed as R&F instructors come from a tradition of participating in the teaching workshop and maintaining an ongoing relationship with us as they develop their classes and schedules.

Our program is very specific to the products we produce and is mainly hosted at our Kingston location, with limited regional offerings. It is important our teaching artists have an independently established art and studio practice since instructors may not teach on a regular basis. When we have an opportunity to expand into a regional location or are looking to introduce new subjects at our primary location in Kingston, we look to these teaching artists because they have developed a relationship with us and are aware of our expectations when conducting classes. Our Comprehensive Workshop is one example of a class we developed with an R&F specific curriculum. The workshop presents information in a way that not only guides students in best practices but promotes R&F as a company. 

 

Who do I talk to about workshops?

If you have any further questions about our classes or program please feel free to contact Kelly McGrath, Director of Education, at 1-800-206-8088 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .