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.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Toad to Toad, cold wax and oil on birch, 8X18, $375

In many cultures, frogs are a symbol of good luck and abundance, partly due to the very large number of eggs it lays at one time. In Rome, the frog was a mascot believed to bring good luck to the home. In Ireland, the frog is considered a relative of the leprechaun and capable of playing tricks on you when least expected. In Australia, the Aborigines believed that frogs brought the thunder and rain, to help the plants grow. It's easy to understand that idea as in actuality, frogs usually bury beneath the earth and come out in large numbers when it rains to quickly lay their eggs.

In that same vein, the Celts believed the frog represented curative or healing powers because of its connection with water and cleansing rains. 

The three-legged toad from China is the traditional pet of the immortal Liu Hai, who is the Chinese god of wealth. In Japan, sea-farers wore frog amulets when traveling across the river for a safe return. The word for frog in Japanese is 'kaeru' meaning 'return'.

The frogs in our pond inspired the artwork above that I did with cold wax & oil. The symbolism of the frogs could mean all of the above, but I hope from hanging it on a wall it would remind one to swim through rough times and life transitions. Like the egg that grows into a tadpole and eventually a frog, we all go through transitions that change us and make us stronger. 

This piece is hanging at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC. Click on the image to visit my site to see more paintings.

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