Day 247 of 365 – The Hive Encaustic Arts

Yesterday morning I made a quick stop at the Alton Mill Creative Centre in Caledon.  It’s a wonderful place to come and check out, with over 30 artists, galleries, and a fresh food bakery and cafe on site.  Walking trails through the woods make this a fantastic getaway. But I came to see a few artists.

Andrea of the Hive  Encaustic Arts has been teaching creative workshops for the past twenty years.  She became intrigued with encaustic in 2001, after taking a workshop at OCAD and then another intensive workshop at the R&F Encaustic School in New York state in 2004. Her Studio is locating in the Alton Mill and her Art is sold here and in many other locations around the GTA.

Once you spend a few minutes with Andrea you see that she loves to teach this wonderful medium (wax) so much!  There is such a sense of spontaneity in the class or workshop she tells me, and she is happy to be a part of such creativity.  She offers workshops for peole that are interested in Encaustic art (see the deffiniton below)

Half-day Introduction to Encaustic Workshops give students a chance to try it out over a three and a half hour period.  Basic layering, introduction to the fusing tools (iron, heat gun and blow torch) as well as photo transfer and collage will be demonstrated. Can be morning or afternoon.

NEW! Adult & Child Workshops provide an opportunity for a parent to attend and take part in the class with their child… overseeing their progress in the workshop.  Tools provided are heat gun and iron only.  We will be working on matt board, by the end of the one day or two days creating several beautiful greeting cards +/or small paintings to take home.   Minimum age for child: 7 years.

Her workshops are self-directed, which means that she dosen’t teach people to paint in a particular way, but rather support each student to explore their own creativity. There is some sharing within the class, as students inspire each other to try new things. Encaustic is a uniquely spontaneous medium, and working with wax helps one to let go of “attachment to outcome”. Students are encouraged to take risks, let go of preconceived ideas, and most of all, to have fun exploring this versatile medium.

For workshops/classes, Andrea brings the supplies needed – exception: Open Studio (bring your own boards to work on)  Optional supplies to bring to workshops: collage items (paper/fabric/photocopies made with toner, ect..

IF CLASSES ARE FULL BUT YOU ARE INTERESTED, ANDREA WILL ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST… Call: 519-323-3437 or come and visit her at the Studio on weekends at 1402 Queen St., Caledon, ON L7K 0C3

What is the meaning of Encaustic?
When you see an Encaustic painting, the first thing that will strike you, is the unique shine and brightness of its colours.The surface can be smooth or heavily textured, but that shine will always draw you in. Its what made me fall in love with beeswax painting!

The term Encaustic is derived from the Greek word enkaien and means to burn into.

This procedure of applying molten, coloured wax to various surfaces was already used by the old Egyptians more than 3000 years ago – the resulting paintings of the mummy portraits are there for us to admire in the British Museum in London or in the National Museum in Cairo.

The technique was lost for hundreds of years, but rediscovered in the 18th century (see History). Nowadays the specially developed encaustic wax is applied to surfaces like paper, wood, glass etc. with a painting iron (not unlike your travel iron!) or  the Encaustic Pen. You can use hotplates, heat-resistant sponges, palette knives etc. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

Encaustic paintings seem to light from within – the colours are exceptionally bright, because the light does not get reflected from the surface of the painting, but penetrates the different wax layers.

When you see an Encaustic painting, the first thing that will strike you, is the unique shine and brightness of its colours.The surface can be smooth or heavily textured, but that shine will always draw you in. Its what made me fall in love with beeswax painting!



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