Encaustic Painting 101 with Hélène Farrar

Sunday, January 13th — 9AM – 2 PM

One-Day WEEKEND WORKSHOP at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell

$50 tuition plus a $25 materials fee

What is encaustic? How do artists use encaustic? What is the history of encaustic? Learn the answers to these questions, plus how to layer, fuse and make a variety of marks in this seductive medium. Learn painterly approaches plus how to etch and scrape into the surface. Take your flat collections such as your drawings, collected papers, pictures and embellish them into the wax! Leave with two small finished paintings and artistic inspiration!

We will also briefly touch on proper studio ventilation, wax safety, and how to “finish” their artworks in terms of framing and care. Class time will be divided between demonstrations, individual work time, and discussion. Encaustic medium will also be for sale.
A little more about encaustic…
Encaustic is a beeswax-based painting medium that is used in a molten state. The molten state implies that the wax is heated to a liquid form and applied quickly to a rigid support to maintain its liquid form. Artists fuse the top layer of wax to the previous with a variety of tools such as a high temperature heat gun, torch, and iron. Encaustic paint is made up of beeswax, pigment and damar resin.

About the Instructor…
Hélène Farrar has taught and worked in the visual arts for fifteen years while actively exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit and university galleries in New England and England. Farrar has a Masters of Fine Art Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont, and a Bachelors of Art from University of Maine with concentrations in painting and printmaking. Hélène operates in her studio “Hélène Farrar Art” in downtown Hallowell, Her work has been exhibited widely in Maine and has been accepted into regional and international juried exhibitions featuring her encaustics and oil works. She is currently represented by the Flat Iron Gallery in Portland, and the Three Graces Gallery in New Hampshire.

33 Comments on “Encaustic Painting 101 with Hélène Farrar”

  1. Helene – I would love to take this workshop. Sounds wonderful. It will be fun seeing you in you element. Jennifer

  2. I spoke with Helene and she thinks there is one spot remaining for the encaustic workshop on Sunday. Hope so. I would love to take the class. Can you email me and let me know. I can bring a check with me. Thanks


  3. Please speak to Nancy at the Harlow if you have not already; we have a second session scheduled for January also. –Deb Fahy

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