Paint with Fire-Encaustic

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Instructors: Penny Treese & Kim McGill Stuart
Back by popular demand, local encaustic artists Penny Treese and Kim Stuart will instruct the art of encaustic wax painting using step-by-step techniques through “painting with fire” in a relaxing, therapeutic and fun environment.  Create backgrounds of deep hues and end with gorgeous bursts, layers, blooms, or explore building undulating textures of bold colors and marks. Five a la carte sessions can be booked individually or in whatever combination you desire. By the end of each 2 1/2 hour session, you’ll take away a finished piece of art ready to hang in your home.

The spontaneous art of painting with wax is surprising and satisfying all at once. Enjoy an open environment to follow the teacher or follow your own creative journey with this exciting, wonderful medium. New techniques and subjects will be highlighted in each session and is perfect for new students and return students alike.

Encaustic painting is an ancient technique practiced by Greek artists dating back to 5th Century BC. The word “encaustic” is a Greek term meaning “to burn in.” The extraordinary process involves heating pigmented beeswax with a blow torch, iron or heat gun to fuse each luscious layer to the next, creating translucent and texturally rich artwork unique to this medium.

This is an 18+ class.

**Book one or more classes and save $5 off of each session. Credit will be applied upon registration. Please make a note in comments area at payment if you are booking more then one class so we can accommodate credits efficiently.**

Materials fee:
$20 includes a 10 x 10 wood panel
Please bring cash or check written out to the instructor.

Materials Supplied
Encaustic tools, brushes, beeswax and paints, aprons.

Materials Required
-old clothes and closed-toed shoes.

Class Cancellation Policy
Sometimes our classes won’t fill their minimum and we will need to cancel. Most likely it could be the day before, and we will contact you as soon as possible. A full refund will be applied if the studio has to cancel a class.

What happens if I need to cancel?
Class fees are non-refundable. There is a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel within the 48 hours before the class, you will forfeit your fee. If you alert us 48 hours or more before your scheduled class, we will be glad to give credit for a future class. This credit must be used within 60 days of the cancellation date to prevent loss of the registration fee.

About Penny Treese:
Themes of stillness, presence and reflection are revealed throughout Penny Treese’s paintings, in both her figurative work and sea/landscapes. The interplay of molten unbleached beeswax and lustrous pigment creates images of land and sea, sea and sky, body and figure as field. Using an iron to apply heat and delicate pressure, Treese transforms meticulously manipulated wax and paint. The work occupies a space, fluid between landscape and portraiture, the body as field.

With encaustic painting, Penny discovered an unrestricted way of working leading her far beyond her traditional instruction in the arts. Penny is a local, Decatur, fine artist, who creates unique commissioned pieces and exhibits her abstract and photo-encaustic works in several galleries. She currently teaches private workshops at her home studio, here at Garage Door and has taught within The Art School of Sandy Springs, Binder’s, Callanwolde, Red Deer College-Canada, and Michael David’s Fine Arts Workshop & Atelier, and Spruill Center for the Arts.

She has accepted and won awards in juried exhibitions. Paintings hang in numerous galleries and private and public collections.

About Kim McGill-Stuart:
Kim honed her skills by pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Art in printmaking and computer design at the University of West Florida.  As an adjunct professor she enjoyed teaching artists how to communicate through electronic media.  Always willing and able to marry modern science and technology with her creativity, Kim was able to utilize decades of graphic design skills and apply it to her own business as a web developer and web strategist consultant.

She’s recently decided to dive back into the world of art and teaching.  Her pseudonym, WuKoolButter, was  so derived by Kim’s encaustic and oil mixing process, as playing with torch wax often reminded Kim of how butter is smeared onto a piece of warm toast.

Kim began blending encaustic wax, oil paint and blow torch to bring swirling visions of textures and color to life.  Though relatively new to the encaustic waxing painting method, Kim feels she has truly found her calling.

The works are multidimensional pieces that serve to both enhance their surroundings and intrigue the viewer with colors and shades.  Her more extensive background in assemblage and collage is what drew Kim to experimenting with encaustic wax and that hallmark is seen throughout the collection as well.


Venue Website:

128 N. Avondale Rd., Avondale Estates, Georgia, 30002, United States