19 Oct Mirella Vassallo: Encaustics 19-20 May
500 Terrible Vale
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments can be added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used, then reheated in order to fuse the paint. The word ‘encaustic’ comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in, referring to the process of fusing the paint.
It can be used as a luminous traditional painting medium, but it also has the potential to obscure the boundaries between mediums like no other art material, resulting in works that are just as much about painting or sculpture as they are about photography, drawing, printmaking, installation or a variety of craft techniques. Artists of all kinds are discovering its unifying potential, unique properties and versatility.
Mirella will take us through the basics of encaustics and then add more techniques such as embedding photographs. This workshop will be suited to beginners and more advanced students.