Encaustic 2 Day Workshop with Sharon Lynn Williams



Have you ever wondered how artists paint with wax? This introductory course is ideal for anyone new to the exciting and dynamic medium of ‘encaustic’ (aka beeswax) painting or for those needing a refresher. Some of the topics that will be explored include:

Brief history of the medium

Encaustic essentials including: supports and grounds, tools and materials

Safety precautions

Fusing fundamentals and methods

Layering and building up your wax surface: smooth or textured

Image transfer techniques

Intarsia (excavating and filling with pigmented wax or oil paint)

Layering with opaque and transparent colours

How to set up your own home encaustic studio

You will come away with a solid understanding of the medium, proper application techniques and four completed sample boards.

Your workshop tuition includes all pigmented wax and encaustic medium along with multiple panels for experimentation and image creation. Your fee also includes the use of hot plates and heat guns, along with other studio equipment and supplies. You will come away with a solid understanding of the medium, proper application techniques, and a few completed sample boards.

Bring a notebook to take notes and a camera if you like.

Wear a t-shirt and apron as it gets warm in an encaustic studio. Please bring your lunch - coffee/tea will be provided.


Please note: Students must bring weather appropriate clothing as we might be outside during break.

AUDIENCE: This workshop is open to adults with all levels of experience with encaustics.


Registration cost: $260 plus GST & Eventbrite Fees* 

* or register by phone: 403-931-3633, Tues-Sun, 10 am – 4 pm to avoid Eventbrite fees 

Registration closes on Thursday November 21st, 2019 at 9 PM.

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Sharon Lynn Williams has been happily exploring mixed watermedia for over 35 years and her mantra is “What would happen if…?”. The excitement of working from chaos to order is invigorating and creates a dialogue between the work and the artist. Sharon enjoys working with bold colour, line and texture. Her work is informed by the landscapes that she paints en plein air in oil, her passion for gardening and love of the human figure. Sharon's interpretations of the beauty around her, as well as her vivid imagination make for an eclectic and varied body of work. Visit her online at http://www.sharonlynnwilliams.com/.