NEW! Virtual Encaustic Demonstration: Basically, the Very Basics

Start the New Year off right by doing what you’ve always wanted to do: learn encaustic painting!

Watch the recording from this demonstration HERE.

Basically, the Very Basics Encaustic
A Live Virtual Zoom Workshop
Registrants receive a Zoom link to join the workshop & have access to the recorded session for a limited time following the workshop.

Level: Beginner

When
January 6, 2022
1:00pm-3:30pm EST
*We will take a short break during the session

Price
FREE

To Register
Just send an email with a request to register

Who
For Lorraine’s bio, portfolio, exhibitions, teaching and anything else you might want to know, please visit her web site.

Workshop Description

Start the New Year off right by doing what you’ve always wanted to do: learn encaustic painting! This is an extremely comprehensive LIVE Virtual Demonstration jammed packed with everything you need to know to start painting with this inspiring medium. It’s all here, plus some additional advanced techniques for those who may want a bit more. Also…a LIVE Q&A will immediately follow the demonstration.

***Registration for my Beyond the Basics: Layers, Translucency & Collage Live Virtual Encaustic Workshop automatically enrolls you in this workshop for FREE!

Tips & Techniques covered:

  • A Brief History of Encaustic
  • Safety
  • Basic Tools
  • Work Surfaces
  • Fusing
  • Color Mixing Techniques
  • Paint Application/Layering Techniques
  • Smooth Surface Manipulation
  • Texture Techniques
  • Basic Scraping
  • Adding Line
  • Stencilling/Masks
  • Basic Collage
  • Incising/Mark-making Techniques
  • Clean-up
  • Storage
  • Live Q&A

NEW! Virtual Encaustic Workshop: Beyond the Basics

If you’re ready to take your encaustic painting knowledge to the next level, then this is the workshop for you. Designed for those with some encaustic painting experience, this workshop takes a deeper dive into progressive painting and mixed media encaustic techniques to include color mixing, transparency and opacity, blending and gradations and how to organize layers of color and visual information.

If you could say it with words, there would be no reason to paint. –Edward Hopper

Beyond the Basics Encaustic Painting
A Live Virtual Zoom Workshop
Registrants will receive a Zoom link to join the workshop & will have access to the recorded sessions for a limited time following the workshop.

Limited to 10 participants!
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

When
3 Days-April  5, 7, 12, 2022
1:00pm-3:30pm EST each day
*We will take a short break during the session

Price
$450 Venmo or Check
$466 Paypal

3 Ways to Register
1. *PREFERRED* Venmo: Send to @Lorraine-Glessner
2. Paypal: Send to lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com
3. Check (please contact Lorraine for mailing address)

Who
For Lorraine’s bio, portfolio, exhibitions, teaching and anything else you might want to know, please visit her web site.

Workshop Description

If you’re ready to take your encaustic painting knowledge to the next level, then this is the workshop for you. Designed for those with some encaustic painting experience, this workshop takes a deeper dive into progressive painting and mixed media encaustic techniques to include color mixing, transparency and opacity, blending and gradations and how to organize layers of color and visual information.
Organized into three comprehensive segments with time in between for experimenting with the techniques at your leisure, this workshop is designed to offer you the group workshop experience without leaving home. Segment one is focused on encaustic color mixing, translucency, opacity, alternative application techniques and tools. Segment two is an even deeper dive into encaustic painting techniques, layering, blending, gradations and comprehensive scraping and layer manipulation techniques. The third segment is a deep dive into encaustic collage, including seamless placement, application and fusing, image transfer, mixed media and composition.
It is helpful, but not necessary to have had any previous experience with the encaustic medium to take this workshop.

***Registration for this workshop automatically enrolls you in Basically the Very Basics Live Virtual Encaustic Demonstration for FREE!

Who should take this workshop?

  • You’ve worked in encaustic for a while and have never used its transparency and layering possibilities to full advantage.
  • You’ve worked in encaustic for a while and have never scraped your layers(!) to reveal the awesomeness underneath.
  • You want to express yourself in a more meaningful way with your work.
  • You want to create consistency, a personal voice, your own mark, in your paintings and body of work as a whole.
  • Your creative process is stagnating and you need to learn a new process, idea or technique.
  • You love image and collage, but when you embed these elements into encaustic, the collage is blurred, burned or looks clunky.
  • You love painting with the intensely pigmented color of encaustic and want to learn how to effectively apply it-how to mix color, how and when to use glazes, what brushes and tools to use.
  • You are frustrated with your current body of work, your process(es) and want to create consistency, and a cohesive portfolio.
  • You are a semi-beginner to advanced painter (encaustic or other) who often finds their paintings rife with color, paint, collaged, etc. information, but can’t put a finger on what is lacking or how to finish it.
  • You have great ideas but your compositions are scattered, nothing connects or works together to tell your story.


What happens in this workshop? What will I learn?

  • Learn tips for getting out of your own way so your painting process flows.
  • Learn how to apply encaustic paint in layers and in various levels of transparency, as well as how and when to scrape back to reveal exciting forms and patterns within the layers.
  • Learn how to use the transparency of the wax to allow pattern and information to combine and ‘talk’ within the painting.
  • How to effectively use the palette for mixing and painting in encaustic.
  • Learn alternatives to the tools, painting and scraping methods from the ‘usual’ encaustic techniques.


    Included in all of my encaustic workshops
  • Color, composition, application, content-the basics, the intermediate, the advanced.
  • Using color relationships, proportion, scale as an effective foundation for other painterly information.
  • Learn how to use encaustic’s strengths (layering, transparency, luminosity) to tell your story.
  • Group sharing and discussion-always an amazingly helpful time for participants to share their victories and struggles.
  • A slide talk with examples of contemporary artists whose work applies the concepts discussed in the workshop is offered for inspiration. Some examples of the slides included in the talks for this workshop is just below.
  • Individual and group instruction/critique throughout the workshop.


    SUGGESTED MATERIALS PARTICIPANTS HAVE IN THEIR STUDIO
    • Read this blog post for tools ideas-please note, you don’t have to have these materials but you might see something you’d like to try.
    • 2-4 wooden painting panels (your preference of 8×8 or 10×10, but no larger or smaller, please) (nothing coated in acrylic or acrylic gesso!!)
    • 3-5 natural hair brushes  for encaustic painting (1 smallish-no bigger than 1.5” brush will be designated your medium brush, so it must be free of color.
    • 1lb encaustic medium from any company
    • Heat gun and/or Iwatani torch
    • Sketchbook or Drawing paper
    • Package of razor blades or clay scraper
    • Any small sharp-ended tool for incising/writing/drawing into the wax (sewing or knitting needles are great)
    • Basic encaustic colors

      OPTIONAL MATERIALS 
    • Double sided scraper tool-available for purchase here
    • Mark-making tools…Woody, litho crayon, graphite paper, charcoal, oil pastel, etc.
    • Decorative stencils, mesh, doilies, etc-anything flat with open areas that can be used as a stencil
    • Various materials for collage (papers, magazine images, photos, etc.)

What kind of work will I make?

Please enjoy these works in progress that were created by workshop participants during workshops similar to this one.

Workshops, Workshops, Workshops… My 2022 Encaustic Workshop & Retreat Schedule

My 2022 Virtual & In-Person Encaustic Workshop & Retreat Schedule

2022 VIRTUAL ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOPS

BASICALLY THE VERY BASICS ENCAUSTIC
Live Zoom Demonstration
January 6, 2022, 1:00-3:30PM EST
WORKSHOP WEBSITE & REGISTRATION


BEYOND THE BASICS ENCAUSTIC: LAYERS, TRANSLUCENCY & COLLAGE
Live Zoom Workshop
April 5, 7, 12, 2022 1:00-3:30PM EST
WORKSHOP WEBSITE & REGISTRATION


PAINTING WITH FIRE ONLINE ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOPS WITH ESSENCE OF MULRANNY
26 Instructors/52 Lessons for One Low Price of $249
ITS NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP AND YOU’LL HAVE FOREVER ACCESS TO THE VIDEOS!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
2022 IN-PERSON WORKSHOP & RETREAT SCHEDULE


MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC: FIBER & STRUCTURE
May 27-29
Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


ALTERNATIVE METHODS & MATERIALS ENCAUSTIC: EXPLORING LINE
15th International Encaustic Conference
June 6-7
Truro Center for Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


EXPLORING LANDSCAPE IN ENCAUSTIC & THE MARK: A VERMONT ARTIST RETREAT W/DIETLIND VANDER SCHAAF
So thankful to RF PAINTS for donating their exceptional products to this workshop!!
June 20-24
Lareau Inn & Farm, Waitsfield, Vermont
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


EXPLORING LANDSCAPE THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY, THE FIGURE & ENCAUSTIC: A VERMONT ARTIST RETREAT W/LEAH MACDONALD
So thankful to RF PAINTS for donating their exceptional products to this workshop!!
Equally thankful to HAHNEMUHLE PAPERS for partially sponsoring this retreat!!!
July 11-15
Lareau Inn & Farm, Waitsfield, Vermont
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


FINDING YOUR CREATIVE TRUTH: A WORKSHOP COLLABORATION WITH TERRI YACOVELLI
July 25-28
Railroad house Inn, Marietta, Pennsylvania
WORKSHOP WEBSITE COMING SOON!


ABSTRACTING THE LANDSCAPE EN PLEIN AIR WITH ENCAUSTIC: A VERMONT ARTIST RETREAT W/KELLY MILUKAS
So thankful to RF PAINTS for donating their exceptional products to this workshop!!
August 15-19
Lareau Inn & Farm, Waitsfield, Vermont
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC: LAYERS & TRANSLUCENCY
October 21-23
The Encaustic Center, Richardson, Texas
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


ABSTRACT MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC
November 11-13
Fountainhead Art Space, Atlanta, Georgia
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION

New Virtual Workshop: Fast & Loose Encaustic Painting

You love the fast moving, layering and quick drying abilities of acrylic painting, but you want more depth, more scraping abilities, more texture and more dimension that can only be achieved by painting in encaustic…well, you’ve come to the right place!

If you could say it with words, there would be no reason to paint. –Edward Hopper

Fast & Loose Encaustic Painting
A Live Virtual Zoom Workshop
Registrants will receive a Zoom link to join the workshop & will have access to the recorded sessions for a limited time following the workshop.

Limited to 10 participants!
Level: Beginner to Advanced

When
2 Days-April  29-30, 2021
12pm-2:30pm EST each day
*We will take at least 2 5-minute breaks each day

Price
$350

2 Ways to Register
1. *PREFERRED* Venmo: Send to @Lorraine-Glessner
2. Paypal: Send to lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com

Who
For Lorraine’s bio, portfolio, exhibitions, teaching and anything else you might want to know, please visit her web site.

Basic Description

You love the fast moving, layering and quick drying abilities of acrylic painting, but you want more depth, more scraping abilities, more texture and more dimension that can only be achieved by painting in encaustic…well, you’ve come to the right place! I developed this workshop at the request and with the collaboration from several artists. In this workshop, I offer alternative tools, color mixing, application methods and techniques for faster, more process oriented encaustic painting. Also discussed are tips for getting out of your head, letting go and letting it flow. It is helpful, but not necessary to have had any previous experience with the encaustic medium to take this workshop.

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE images of student work from encaustic workshops similar in content to this one.
Read Part 1 of Fast & Loose Encaustic Painting: Tools
Read Part 2 of Fast & Loose Encaustic Painting: Painting Methods

Who should take this workshop?

  • You’re a painter and have always wanted to work in encaustic but have been deterred by what seems like a slow moving, laborious process compared to other painting mediums like acrylics and oils.
  • You fill sketchbooks with mixed media acrylic sketches that you love, but you want more depth, more scraping abilities, more texture and more dimension that can only be achieved by painting in encaustic
  • You tend to think too hard about the next step and end up stifling the process.
  • You’ve worked in encaustic for a while and have never scraped your layers(!) to reveal the awesomeness underneath.
  • You want to know what the heck Encaustic PaintSmash is and how it will benefit your work.
  • You spend too much time on one painting and tend to overwork the painting.
  • You love encaustic painting and are looking for some alternatives to the usual encaustic painting methods.
  • You are frustrated with your current body of work, your process(es) and want to create consistency, and a cohesive portfolio.
  • You want to express yourself in a more meaningful way with your work.
  • Your creative process is stagnating and you want to learn a new process, idea or technique.
  • You have always wanted to create ‘visual poetry’ in your paintings.


What happens in this workshop? What will I learn?

  • Marking, drawing, making marks with fun exercises are sure to relax you so that you don’t even know you’re drawing and are designed for you to generate ideas, content and a personal mark.
  • Learn tips for getting out of your own way so your painting process flows.
  • Learn how to apply encaustic paint in layers and in various levels of transparency, as well as how and when to scrape back to reveal exciting forms and patterns within the layers.
  • Learn how to use the transparency of the wax to allow pattern and information to combine and ‘talk’ within the painting.
  • Experiment with doodling, mark making and process to create a personal vocabulary of marks.
  • How to effectively use the palette for mixing and painting in encaustic.
  • Learn how to use stencils, marks, pattern and the grid to organize the ‘chaos’.
  • Learn alternatives in tools, painting and scraping methods from the ‘usual’ encaustic techniques.
  • Learn how fun PaintSmash is and how it can spice up your work.
  • Something new, fun, fast and loose.


Included in all of my encaustic workshops

  • Color, composition, application, content-the basics, the intermediate, the advanced.
  • Using color relationships, proportion, scale as an effective foundation for other painterly information.
  • Individual consultation/critique discussion with each participant. Bring a piece of work, a question, a concern, a problem and discuss it with me. My most favorite part of the workshop is this special time I spend talking one-on-one with each participant.
  • Learn how to use encaustic’s strengths (layering, transparency, luminosity) to tell your story.
  • Mark-making exercises-geared toward making simple or complex marks to generate a personal voice.
  • Group sharing and discussion-always an amazingly helpful time for participants to share their victories and struggles.
  • A slide talk with examples of contemporary artists whose work applies the concepts discussed in the workshop is offered for inspiration. Some examples of the slides included in the talks for this workshop is just below.
  • Individual and group instruction/critique throughout the workshop.


    SUGGESTED MATERIALS PARTICIPANTS HAVE IN THEIR STUDIO

    • Read this blog post for tools ideas-please note, you don’t have to have these materials but you might see something you’d like to try.
    • 2-4 wooden painting panels (your preference of 8×8 or 10×10, but no larger or smaller, please) (nothing coated in acrylic or acrylic gesso!!)
    • 3-5 natural hair brushes  for encaustic painting (1 smallish-no bigger than 1.5” brush will be designated your medium brush, so it must be free of color.
    • 1lb encaustic medium from any company
    • Heat gun and/or Iwatani torch
    • Sketchbook or Drawing paper
    • Package of razor blades or clay scraper
    • Any small sharp-ended tool for incising/writing/drawing into the wax (sewing or knitting needles are great)
    • Basic encaustic colors
    • 1-2 RF paintsticks

      OPTIONAL MATERIALS 
    • Double sided scraper tool-available for purchase here
    • Mark-making tools…Woody, litho crayon, graphite paper, charcoal, oil pastel, etc.
    • Decorative stencils, mesh, doilies, etc-anything flat with open areas that can be used as a stencil
    • Various materials for collage (papers, magazine images, photos, etc.)

What kind of work will I make?

Please enjoy these works in progress that were created by workshop participants during workshops similar to this one.

2 Ways to Register
1. *PREFERRED* Venmo: Send to @Lorraine-Glessner
2. Paypal: Send to lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com

Fast & Loose Encaustic Painting Part 2/2: Painting Methods

In Part One of this short series, I discussed tools for working fast and loose in encaustic and in this Part Two, I’ll list some ideas for layering in information, mark-making and tips for not getting stuck in your own head.

The methodic process of encaustic painting affords the artist time to get lost in the poetry of the rhythm while building the layers. However, sometimes, a painter just wants to get down and dirty, fast and loose…you know…the kind of cheap thrills fast drying water-based painting mediums offer. What if you could obtain those thrills, but in the more sophisticated, luminous, dimensional and just plain loveliness of encaustic? In Part One of this short series, I discussed tools for working fast and loose in encaustic and in this Part Two, I’ll list some ideas for layering in information, mark-making and tips for not getting stuck in your own head.

If you’re interested in delving into these techniques a bit further, I’m offering a Live, Virtual Workshop called Working Fast & Loose in Encaustic, April 29-30, 2021 at 12pm EST both days. The sessions will be recorded and available for a short time after the workshop ends. Please stay tuned for a comprehensive workshop website coming up within the next two weeks that will have all the specifics regarding this workshop. This workshop is already half full since I wrote Part One on this topic and judging by the interest and of my virtual workshops in general, I expect it to fill quickly. If you’re interested in joining this workshop, please contact me and I’ll add you to the list. If you’d like to see what goes on in one of my workshops, join my new Facebook Group, Full Spectrum: Lorraine Glessner Painting and Workshops Forum.

  1. Work across at least 3-8 panels at a time. Working on multiple panels prevents you from focusing on one panel and getting stuck there.
    1. Arrange the panels so that the edges are touching. Work across the panels as if they were one large panel.
    2. Rotate each panel and/or switch the placement of the panels as you work.
    3. Remove 1-2 panels, set them aside and replace with blank ones so that the panels have different levels of information.
  2. Mix your colors directly on the palette, not in cups.
    1. Working directly on the palette allows for the freedom of adding a little color at a time, here and there, anywhere.
    2. Arrange your colors in areas on the palette. Come up with a simple palette of 4-6 colors on the palette to start, including white and black, with each having its own ‘area’ on the palette. Add bits of color to each area or just limit yourself to the colors on the palette and mix as you go.
    3. This is a more ‘sloppy’ method of encaustic painting than mixing in cups…colors pool and run together sometimes, but this running together allows for some unexpected colors that you wouldn’t normally mix yourself.
    4. You won’t be able to ‘save’ your colors as you would if they were mixed in cups, but you’ll have to let this go…fast and loose, right?
  3. Work with dirty brushes.
    1. Yes, you have permission to NOT clean your brushes! Once I tell my workshop participants they don’t have to clean their encaustic brushes, they are ecstatic to finally be freed from this slavery!
    2. Keep brushes in families…white and black brushes are always used for these colors only. Reds, yellows, oranges stay in that family. Blues, greens, purples stay in that family, etc.
    3. By using brushes with slightly different colors on them, unexpected subtle color gradations are laid down as you paint.
  4. Always set restrictions on time, colors, etc.
    1. There is freedom in restrictions…I’ve written about this topic a lot on this blog and freedom in restrictions doesn’t quite make sense on its face, but think of it like this….when you have unlimited materials, colors and unlimited time, you can easily become overwhelmed with too much. When you restrict yourself, there is nothing to think about.
    2. Restrict yourself to no more than a few colors of encaustic paints. It may help to close your eyes when you pull these colors.
    3. Set a timer to a 15 minute painting interval to start. When the timer goes off, take a break and reassess. If you decide to paint again, set the timer for shorter and shorter intervals, 2-5 minutes less each time.
  5. Create a process
    1. Process eliminates the burden of decision making and over thinking the work, therefore allowing the artist to move freely within simple confines to explore the inherent properties of their materials in new and exciting ways.
    2. An example of a painting process might be: Paint 1 stripe with a brush, make a mark with a tool, add stencil, paint 2 stripes w/ brush, repeat the above steps and keep repeating until you’re done or invent a new process)
    3. I’ve lectured and written on this interesting topic many times. If you’re interested in delving in a bit more, visit this blog post.
  6. Application Ideas
    1. Dry vs wet brush
    2. Thin vs. thick application
    3. Slow brush vs. choppy strokes-what kind of brush stroke to use.
    4. Translucent vs. opaque encaustic paint
    5. Pouring
    6. Dripping
    7. Tjanting Tool
      1. Normally used for batik, makes great lines and dots.
      2. Buy one here at my Amazon Store
  7. Other Application Methods (Things to do in between Paint Layers)
    1. PaintSmash (Visit this post, this post and this post and my Youtube Channel for videos)
    2. Stencils/Textures (decorative stencils, mesh or anything with open and closed areas)
    3. Incising
      1. Use any sharp ended tool.
      2. Experiment with different widths of your tools.
    4. Mark-making with objects (pressing in or stamping in the object with a soft mallet to create an incised or textured surface)
    5. Mark-making with drawing tools (carbon paper, woody, oil pastel, litho pencil, etc.)
    6. Photo transfer
    7. Collage

NEW! An Amazing Virtual Encaustic Workshop Experience: Painting With Fire

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

New Virtual Workshop: Encaustic Pattern &Repetition

Repeated use of a shape, color, design element unifies composition, creates pattern and rhythm as well as reinforces content. This workshop focuses on the creation of intricate patterns, expressive personal surfaces and multi-layered encaustic paintings.

When you repeat an action again and again, you produce an effect of certainty or security in the viewer’s mind. –Jackie Winsor

Mixed Media Encaustic Pattern & Repetition
A Live Virtual Zoom Workshop
Registrants will receive a Zoom link to join the workshop & will have access to the recorded sessions for a limited time following the workshop.

Limited to 10 participants!
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

When
3 Wednesdays-April  7, 14, 21, 2021
12pm-3pm EST each day

Price
$450

3 Ways to Register
1. *PREFERRED* Venmo: Send to @Lorraine-Glessner
2. Paypal: Send to lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com
3. Check: Email lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com for mailing address (check must be received at least 5 days before workshop start date)

Who
For Lorraine’s bio, work, exhibitions, teaching and anything else you might want to know, please visit her web site.

Basic Description

Repeated use of a shape, color or design element unifies composition, creates pattern, rhythm and movement as well as reinforces content. This workshop focuses on the creation of intricate patterns, expressive personal surfaces and complex, multi-layered pieces utilizing and in combination with encaustic painting techniques. With an emphasis on mixed media, methods and materials covered in this workshop include the use of organic and geometric form, realistic and abstract imagery, patterned collage, stencils, candy molds, tjaps, and branding (creating marks with heated metal and wood burning tools). Spacing the sessions to once a week allows for participants to experiment and truly delve into the techniques learned. Considerations such as using pattern and repetition as content itself, to tell a story, support and/or strengthen the message will also be discussed.

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE images of student work from encaustic workshops similar in content to this one. Additional blog posts related to other encaustic workshops taught by Lorraine are herehere and here.

Who should take this workshop?

  • You swoon over textiles, prints, decorative arts, design, anything with pattern and you want to learn how to effectively incorporate these elements into your work.
  • You already include lots of pattern and repetition in your work, but the work hasn’t moved past mere decoration to involve meaningful content.
  • You desperately want to include pattern in your work, but you are fearful that it will be received by the viewing public as decorative art.
  • You love image and collage, but when you embed these elements into encaustic, the collage is blurred, burned or looks clunky.
  • You love painting with the intensely pigmented color of encaustic and want to learn how to effectively apply it-how to mix color, how and when to dilute, what brushes and tools to use.
  • You are frustrated with your current body of work, your process(es) and want to create consistency, and a cohesive portfolio.
  • You want to express yourself in a more meaningful way with your work.
  • Your creative process is stagnating and you want to learn a new process, idea or technique.
  • You have always wanted to create ‘visual poetry’ in your paintings.


What happens in this workshop? What will I learn?

  • What a motif is and how you can generate one to create personal patterns with meaning and how to incorporate them into your work.
  • Create personally designed fabrics and papers using indigo, rust and compost printing and use them as a basis for a painting.
  • Create repetitive patterns using innovative tools and techniques such as pyrography (making marks with heated metal and tools), tjaps and candy molds.
  • Learn my technique for applying decorative stenciling into my work and how you can use stenciling to strengthen your compositions and content.
  • Learn how to apply encaustic paint in layers and in various levels of transparency, as well as how and when to scrape back to reveal exciting forms and patterns within the layers.
  • Practice the effective application and fusing of encaustic collaged layers so you aren’t tempted to give up collage forever in frustration!
  • Experiment with doodling, mark making and process to create personal patterns.
  • Learn how to use the transparency of the wax to allow pattern and information to combine and ‘talk’ within the painting.
  • Learn how repetitive pattern, symbols, text, ornament adds power and interest to the work and therefore brings the viewer closer to its message.
  • How repetition can create visual poetry, rhythm, music, etc within the work.


Included in all of my encaustic workshops

  • Color, composition, application, content-the basics, the intermediate, the advanced.
  • Using color relationships, proportion, scale as an effective foundation for other painterly information.
  • Individual consultation/critique discussion with each participant. Bring a piece of work, a question, a concern, a problem and discuss it with me. My most favorite part of the workshop is this special time I spend talking one-on-one with each participant.
  • Learn how to use encaustic’s strengths (layering, transparency, luminosity) to tell your story.
  • Mark-making exercises-whether you are taking the line workshop or not, exercises geared toward making simple or complex marks to generate a personal voice.
  • Book-sharing-each participant brings their favorite art book to share.
  • Group sharing and discussion-always an amazingly helpful time for participants to share their victories and struggles.
  • A slide talk with examples of contemporary artists whose work applies the concepts discussed in the workshop is offered for inspiration. Some examples of the slides included in the talks for this workshop is just below.
  • 30 minute one on one consultation with Lorraine.
  • Individual and group instruction/critique throughout the workshop.
    SUGGESTED MATERIALS PARTICIPANTS HAVE IN THEIR STUDIO

    • 3-5 wooden painting panels (your preference of 8×8 or 10×10, but no larger or smaller, please) (nothing coated in acrylic or acrylic gesso!!)
    • 3-5 natural hair brushes  for encaustic painting (1 smallish-no bigger than 1.5” brush will be designated your medium brush, so it must be free of color.
    • 1lb encaustic medium from any company
    • Sketchbook or Drawing paper
    • Package of razor blades or scraper
    • Various materials for collage (papers, magazine images, photos, etc.)
    • Any small sharp-ended tool for incising/writing/drawing into the wax (sewing or knitting needles are great)
    • Basic encaustic colors
    • Decorative stencils, mesh, doilies, etc-anything flat with open areas that can be used as a stencil
    • Masking or Painters tape
    • Carbon or Graphite transfer paper

      OPTIONAL MATERIALS 

Pattern & Repetition Slides Examples

What kind of work will I make?

Please enjoy the work example pics below from participants who have previously taken this workshop. Please also visit additional blog posts here and here and here for more information related to this workshop.

3 Ways to Register
1. *PREFERRED* Venmo: Send to @Lorraine-Glessner
2. Paypal: Send to lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com
3. Check: Email lorraineglessnerstudio@gmail.com for mailing address (check must be received at least 5 days before workshop start date)

Workshops! Workshops! Workshops! My 2020-2021 Encaustic Workshop Schedule

Are you in need of something new to occupy your mind in this time of crazy? Take an encaustic workshop to soothe your soul, help you gain perspective, or get out those frustrations by throwing some paint around the room!

Are you in need of something new to occupy your mind in this time of crazy? Take an encaustic workshop to soothe your soul, help you gain perspective, or get out those frustrations by throwing some paint around the room!
Whatever the reason…buy one for someone you love, buy one for yourself or both.
Before choosing a Retreat or Workshop, please be sure to read my Workshop & Retreat Guide to find out if a Workshop or a Retreat experience (or both!) is the best choice for you. Please note that an additional category has been added to my workshop listing..Virtual Workshops! More virtual workshops will soon be added for January-March, so keep up to date by:

1. Checking my web site Events Page
2. Following me on Instagram or Facebook
3. Becoming a member of my New Facebook Group-Full Spectrum: Lorraine Glessner Painting Workshops Forum
4. Signing up for my Newsletter so you can be the first to know of new listings.
5. Asking! Just email me and I’ll send you a link to my latest schedule.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions about any of these Retreats or Workshops.

2020-2021 VIRTUAL WORKSHOP & RETREAT SCHEDULE

MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC COLLAGE
Live Zoom Workshop

October 26-27, 2020
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION



EXPLORING LANDSCAPE IN ENCAUSTIC & THE MARK

A Live Virtual Retreat
December 6-11, 2020
WORKSHOP WEB SITE
WORKSHOP REGISTRATION



2021 IN-PERSON WORKSHOP & RETREAT SCHEDULE


MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC
March 24-26
Aya Fiber Studio, Stuart, Florida
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


ENCAUSTIC COLLAGE
April 16-17
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


BEYOND THE BASICS ENCAUSTIC
June 18-22
Peters Valley School of Craft
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


EXPLORING LANDSCAPE THROUGH ENCAUSTIC, MARK-MAKING & THE HANDMADE BOOK
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July 11-15
Wild Rice Retreat, Bayfield, Wisconsin
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION

EXPLORING LANDSCAPE IN ENCAUSTIC & THE MARK: A VERMONT ARTIST RETREAT W/DIETLIND VANDER SCHAAF
July 26-30
Lareau Inn & Farm, Waitsfield, Vermont
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


EXPLORING LANDSCAPE THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY, THE FIGURE & ENCAUSTIC: A VERMONT ARTIST RETREAT W/LEAH MACDONALD
August 9-13
Lareau Inn & Farm, Waitsfield, Vermont
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC: FIBER & STRUCTURE
August 27-29
Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, New York
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


EXPLORING LANDSCAPE THROUGH MARKMAKING, JOURNALING & THE BOOK: A TUSCAN ARTIST RETREAT

October 3-7
In Collaboration with Strada Toscana, Tuscany, Italy
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC: TEXTURE & LAYERS
October 28-30
R&F Paints, Kingston, New York
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


NOLA ARTIST RETREAT: A HISTORIC CEMETERY EXPLORATION THROUGH MIXED MEDIA ENCAUSTIC
November 8-12
New Orleans, Louisianna
WORKSHOP WEB SITE & REGISTRATION


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