with Betsy Schairer
Beginners are welcome in this introductory class where we learn hands on about creating with the
fascinating medium of encaustic beeswax. Encaustic is the art of painting by burning in the colors. The
oldest surviving encaustic paintings are the Egyptian Fayum mummy portraits created almost 2,000
years ago. We will be using color and collage techniques to explore the beautiful layering capabilities of
this special medium that still captures the hearts and minds of artists today.
Saturday March 16th 10:00am - 5:00pm
$200 + $40 material fee
What you'll get from your workshop with Betsy
With your $40 material fee, Betsy will provide all the materials you'll need for this workshops, but there may be some items she'll encourage you to bring to add to the experience.
You'll watch a detailed demonstration and have lots of time to play with instructor support in the studio as you practice panel preparation, learn about encaustic compatible collage materials, brush techniques for applying wax, Fusing with heat and fire, and surface design techniques to create your own beautifully textured compositions.
Learning Outcomes & Activities:
Demo & Presentation on the materials used in Encaustics
Applying wax – Temperatures and Brush technique
Proper layering technique
Surface techniques: Carving, Dusting, Drawing with wax stylus
Betsy Schairer is a Pacific Northwest artist and craftsperson based in Poulsbo, Washington. She studied Fiber Arts and Art Education at Western Washington University. Her work focuses on personal narrative using illustrative layered mixed media processes that often incorporate vintage textiles and ephemera. Her work is candid, expressive, and instinctive using vibrant colors and bold patterning.