Encaustic Workshops


Instructors: Jude Lobe and Carol Engler
Location: Horseshoe Farm, Westfield, NC
Dates: Saturday & Sunday. September 17 & 18th, 2016.
Cost: $300. (Includes overnight accommodations, Saturday lunch & dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch)
Spend the night in the air-conditioned cabin on-site. Limited to 5 persons.
All materials will be supplied. At the end of the workshop you should have completed at least 3 works of art and a sample board.

Spend the weekend in a beautiful venue to learn encaustic painting. Spend free time hiking trails in the woods along the river and lake, cooling off in the swimming pool, and relaxing at night in the hot tub with a glass of wine.

We will have 3 sessions on Saturday with breaks for lunch and dinner. On Sunday we will begin with breakfast then have a session. After breaking for lunch, participants will have the afternoon to work on their own or enjoy the surroundings or both. If you want to hike on Sunday, a lunch bag with sandwich and drink will be prepared for you.

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Scene from walking down the trail from the cabin is this view of the lake.

What will be covered
• Materials needed to begin working in encaustics
• What type supports to use and how to prepare them
• Creating colored wax from earth pigments
• Embedding objects, fabric or paper into the painting
• Fusing layers and learning heat control
• Inscribing and making texture
• Applying alcohol ink
• Sources for supplies.

Space is limited. Small class size (usually 4 to 5 students) makes for a very personalized learning experience and students of all skill levels gain from the intimate studio environment. Due to the limited number of spaces available per class early registration is recommended to secure your spot. Cabin has 2 twin beds in downstairs bedroom, and 2 twin beds and 1 king size bed in the upstairs bedroom. It has a full kitchen if you’d like to bring snack food or extra drinks.

You will receive a Workshop pamphlet that has information about how to begin working in Encaustic, the workshop schedule and sources. At the workshop we will begin by doing a Sample Board of techniques applying textures, collage, inscribing, etc. This will be a good reference to use during the workshop and to refer to when you are home.

Please give your name and address so we can send you directions, syllabus and schedule and reminders about bringing a bathing suit if you are using the hot tub and/or swimming pool. Towels and linens will be provided. You do not need a paypal account to pay. To REGISTER or FMI: Click HERE.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Pretty in Pink, driftwood, copper, enamel
We just love Maine. Every summer we would take 5 weeks off and jump in the van and head north. We had our sleeping bags and tents with us and played it by ear the first couple years. As the sun would begin to set, we'd start looking for campgrounds.

As the years went on, I began suggesting that at least one or two weeks of the vacation be spent in a cozy cabin. We found wonderful cabins in Lubec, Maine, overlooking the water that would rush in and out in the blink of an eye.

We were very fond of collecting rocks and driftwoods those years. Many of those rocks, particularly those found on Jasper Beach not far from Lubec, ended up inspiring and becoming part of my Meditation Rock series.

While hiking in Acadia outside Bar Harbor, Maine, several years ago, my son found this piece of driftwood and held it up shouting out to me, "Mom, what do you see in this wood"? Well, it took a few years, but I finally let the flamingo out of the wood. Without any modifications to the wood itself, I painted with milk paint and added a bit of copper and enameled copper (the beak). It was displayed at Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in Hillsborough, NC. It was sold. I guess it's time to hit the trails again.

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