Photo Encaustic Painting

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Instructors: Penny Treese & Kim McGill Stuart
Learn the art of encaustic wax painting using photo encaustic techniques through “painting with fire” in a relaxing, therapeutic and fun environment. Create backgrounds of layered hues and incorporate imagery complimented by gorgeous bursts of color. Discover techniques to build undulating textures of bold colors and marks. 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.

Materials fee:
$20 covers the cost of birch panel and beeswax
Please bring cash or check written out to the instructor.

Materials Supplied
Encaustic tools, brushes, beeswax and paints.

Things to Know & Bring:
-bring your own imagery to use in your painting, DO NOT bring photos on glossy papers, including magazine images and actual photos. Ink jet and laser prints are ideal. Limited imagery selections supplied by instructor. Instructor will email students before class with subject details.
-please do not bring  your own surfaces/panels
-wear old clothes and closed-toed shoes
-aprons are available for use at the studio, but you are welcome to bring your own

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.

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.

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