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Fall Short Session Drawing and Painting

September 25 – 30, 2022
(Four studio days)
Tremain Smith
Encaustic Painting: Layers of Meaning

This workshop will cover the foundational practices of encaustic painting along with exploratory techniques in a hands-on process of discovery and experimentation. We’ll start with the basics: making encaustic medium and encaustic paint, fusing, substrates, materials, equipment, and safety. Then we’ll incorporate techniques of transparency and opacity, surface manipulation/texture, building and removing layers, collage, branding, incising, glazing, and dry brushing. I will demonstrate my particular techniques of working with a template as a reference point for drawing, layering with transparent wax, and adding color with oil glaze and collage. Students will experiment toward their own creative ends. All levels.

Studio artist; teaching: University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Truro Center for the Arts (MA), R&F Paints (NY), Penland; collections: Metropolitan Museum (NYC), Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster Museum of Art (PA); publications: Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century (Schiffer Publishing), The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax by Joanna Mattera, Authentic Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic by Catherine Nash. | @tremainsmith

Tremain Smith, The World, oil and beeswax on panel, 32 x 24 inches
Tremain Smith, The World, oil and beeswax on panel, 32 x 24 inches