Introduction to Encaustic Class
Friday, August 11th, 9:00 - 3:00PM
Instructor: Alix Christian
There’s nothing quite like working with encaustic, a medium made by mixing melted beeswax, resins, and coloring agents. The fragrance of the beeswax makes for an amazing sensory experience, and the medium is malleable and quite forgiving. Encaustic, also called hot wax painting, was used in ancient Egypt for portraits. It was rediscovered in the mid-twentieth century and has become a popular medium because of its unique properties and look. Join artist Alix Christian in her studio for this one-day introductory class to learn the basics. You’ll experiment on wood panels with a variety of tools and techniques to create texture, modulate color, build up layers for visual depth, carve lines and patterns, and add text and images. Give yourself permission to play while “painting” with wax and fire! The class is held at the instructor's studio in North Boulder. The address will be will be emailed to registered students a few days before class. There is a short lunch break.
Please bring the following optional materials:
- favorite collage materials and ephemera
- an apron
- sack lunch and water bottle (There is a coffee shop with a small selection of lunch items across the street.)
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Alix Christian likes to play with fire. She's an encaustic artist who mixes beeswax and tree resin with pigmented colors, then heats the layers with a blow torch. Alix earned her BFA in Portland, Oregon, and her MFA in West Texas. Her work has been exhibited as far south as Texas and New Mexico, north from Minnesota to Michigan, and across the Atlantic in Assisi, Italy. Alix taught Fine Art and Computer Graphics at Amarillo College for seven years, and has resided in Colorado since 2010. Though typography is a love of hers, encaustic was "the first medium to catch me and now it won't let go". See Alix's work at alixchristian.com or on Facebook.