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Encaustic Workshop

Beginning Encaustic Workshop Redwood High School



What is Encaustic? A bees-wax and resin medium, colored with wax bars, crayons or oil paint.  Paint is heated on a griddle and painted while liquid.  As it dries, there are endless options to work the surface, including sculpting, collage, inscribing, layered colors and on and on.

The surface must be non-pliable, such as wood, ceramics, or found objects.


This workshop is designed to give artists hands – on introduction to the encaustic process.  We will start with a power point showing the history of encaustic on Egyptian mummy tombs, to contemporary works utilizing techniques we will play with.  Participants will gain a thorough understanding of: health and safety, what encaustic is, materials, layering, fusing, collage, inlaid lines, texture, transfer, and experimental fun!

The majority of time will be spent experimenting with the paint and tools.  You will come away with several finished pieces, ready to hang.


Advanced classes will be offered this winter!


What to bring:

·       Bits of paper, memorabilia, collage materials.  We will supply a box of stuff.

·       Bag lunch

·       Willingness to experiment!


Karen Meadows has been developing her encaustic art for over 10 years.  Coming from a textiles background (M.F.A. at C.C.A.) she wanted more texture in her painting, so wax was a natural material to experiment with.  She has developed a personal language and multiple techniques.  After teaching at Redwood High for 21 years, she is eager to share her process.



Earlier Event: April 21