Encaustic Odyssey: A Journey into Encaustic Painting – May 2024

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May 14 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


In this introductory workshop, participants will dive into the fascinating world of encaustic painting, an ancient medium that combines beeswax, resin, and pigment. Through hands-on instruction and exploration, attendees will learn the history, safety precautions, and fundamental techniques of encaustic painting.

  • History of Encaustic Painting:
    • Delve into the origins and evolution of encaustic painting, tracing its roots back to ancient civilizations such as Egypt and Greece.
    • Explore the revival of encaustic painting in contemporary art and its enduring appeal across different artistic movements.
  • Safety and Setup:
    • Understand the essential safety measures required when working with encaustic materials, including ventilation, temperature control, and handling hot tools.
    • Learn how to set up a safe and functional workspace, including proper ventilation, heat sources, and equipment organization.
  • Applying Paint:
    • Master the techniques for melting and applying encaustic paint onto wood panels.
    • Experiment with different application methods, including brushwork, pouring, and layering, to achieve desired textures and effects.
  • Carving and Scraping:
    • Explore the unique possibilities of carving and scraping into layers of cooled wax to reveal underlying colours, textures, and create intricate patterns.
    • Learn how to use various tools, including ceramic and dental tools, to manipulate the wax surface. 
  • Using Stencils:
    • Discover how stencils can be incorporated into encaustic painting to add depth, dimension, and intricate designs to artworks.
    • Experiment with different types of stencils and techniques for incorporating them into encaustic compositions. 
  • Creating Texture:
    • Explore the diverse range of techniques for creating texture in encaustic paintings, including embedding materials, building up layers, and using texture mediums.
    • Learn how to manipulate the wax surface to create a variety of textures, from smooth and glossy to rough and textured.


  • Duration: 3 Evening Classes from 7:00-9:00pm
  • Dates and Time: Tuesday May 14, 21, and 28, 2024
  • Materials: All necessary encaustic materials provided, including wax, pigments, brushes, and surfaces.

By the end of this workshop, participants will have gained a solid foundation in encaustic painting techniques and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to continue exploring this versatile and expressive medium on their own.

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May 14
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Upwards Art Studio
975 2nd Avenue East
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2H5 Canada
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