Learn to paint with beeswax in the beautiful South Okanagan. Encaustic is method of painting where pigmented beeswax is applied to a substrate using a heat source. Through the Exploring Encaustic series of art classes Bethany guides students on their creative journey with a focus on safety and fun. Having worked with encaustic for 10+ years students can be confident in her instruction and will gain a solid foundation in this medium.
August 26 & 27: Exploring Encaustic -Intro to the Hotplate
Learn to paint with encaustic using a hotplate as your palette. In this two day workshop you will learn the basics of getting started with encaustic when painting on wood panel.
Class Fee: $200
Class times: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day with 45 min for lunch
September 9*: Exploring Encaustic - Stencils & Texture
Learn to use stencils and other materials to create texture and visual interest to your encaustic paintings.
Class Fee: $100
Class times: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm with 45 min for lunch
September 10*: Exploring Encaustic - I Love Metallics
Learn to work with a variety of media to bring sparkle and shine to your encaustic paintings.
Class Fee: $100
Class times: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm with 45 min for lunch
* Requires basic encaustic painting experience. Contact Bethany if you have any questions.
Class fees include all materials and equipment used in class. Max 8 students per class.
I am excited to share some news with you about two of my favourite artists who work with encaustic: Michelle Belto & Cathy Nichols!
Michelle will be teaching an online class "Nature Paper Beeswax Bundles" at the Artful Gathering Retreats. Michelle is a delightful instructor and we were very lucky to have her come and teach her paper making and encaustic class to the members of CanwaxWest in Penticton several years back. Be sure and check out her website too to see her sculptural work.
Cathy Nichols has been hard at work on her new book "Storytelling Art Studio". Some of you may remember that I was super lucky to play with Cathy in her studio in North Carolina last year. I can say first hand how gorgeous her paintings are and how this book would be an excellent edition to your library.
Rebranding has started for Encaustic Art - The Original!
Encaustic Art - The Original is starting the roll out of their new rebranding. The first item out is the new Starter Set. Over the course of the year they will begin rolling out new branding on the packaging as well as some new items! Can't wait to see what they will be.
The new Starter Set contains:
1 encaustic painting iron
30 x A6 white painting cards
10 x A5 painting cards
1 Starter Wax set (16 blocks)
Metal Scribe Tool
1 Starter Set Guide
Unfortunately due to illness I am having to put all future classes and trips on hold right now. This also means not going to the Encaustic Conference in Provincetown. I am sure you can understand what a huge disappointment this is. I am hoping that we can have a report from some of the other Canadian artists attending that can be shared with everyone.
The online shop will still be open, but the five day Exploring Encaustic class and other classes are postponed until later this year (fingers crossed). If you were interested in attending, please let me know.
Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to me via Instagram and Facebook. I really appreciate your kind words. It is truly an amazing encaustic community. Big Hugs xo
Thank you and have a wonderful day, Bethany & the Exploring Encaustic Team