Salmagundi Art Club of New York


Robert Pillsbury Encaustic Workshop
Upper Gallery, March 19, 2018 - March 21, 2018

Dates: March 19, 20, 21
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Time: 10AM - 4:30PM
Fee: $395, Members $325
50% Deposit Required
Join Robert Pillsbury, SCNY President, for an evening of discovery! The versatility of encaustic waxes colored with pigments, applied and tooled with low-heat instruments and brushes from a molten palette, is truly an outstanding adventure in making art. This technique has existed for more than 2000 years and today there is a strong resurgence of interest and activity in the use of encaustic. I am deeply involved in the challenge of bringing this medium to a point of true revolution, a re-birth of heat and wax techniques with materials.
The versatility of encaustic waxes colored with pigments, applied and tooled with low-heat instruments and brushes from a molten palette, is truly an outstanding adventure in making art. This fast paced workshop will introduce all of the necessary skills and knowledge to make encaustic part of your creative process.

Following a brief talk on the history of encaustics and a bit about the medium in general, there will be discussion on approaching wax as a medium to add to your creativity. Studio setup, health and safety considerations will be also be covered. The first technique we will learn is the use of cold wax mixed with pigment in preparation for adding heat to the process. Participants will be instructed on how to mix wax, resin, and pigment to prepare the substrate, then transfer an image, and start the painting process.

 Heat will be introduced to the process, learning to layer and fuse wax and pigment to the surface resulting in translucent layers as well as opaque techniques. As the day progresses we will focus more on brush work and manipulation of the surface, working hands on with the materials and mastering the use of heat in the painting process while exploring the specific characteristics of temperature, adhesion and texture.

We will work with hot molten wax and, explore collage, and introduce making encaustic monotypes using a hot box. There will be time to complete paintings started in day one and two as well as a final discussion/critique of the work done in the workshop.

You should bring:
Reference materials, sketchbooks, previous work you might want to experiment with or embellish with encaustic, such as monotypes, etchings, drawings, photos, stencils, etc.. No acrylic paintings (acrylic cannot take the use of heat!) Personal tools, stiff bristle brushes, pallet knives, charcoal sticks, chalk or soft pastels, oil pastels,  wax crayons, (all work well with the encaustic process) cotton rags and paper towels

We will Supply:
Basic substrate 2 boards for each person (more will be available at cost)  
Basic Colors in Paints and Pigments 
Beeswax, Resin, Cold Wax,
Hotplate, heat guns, hot box, all necessary tools and equipment 
Paper for monotypes and collage
Prior to this workshop, there will be an an Encaustic Demonstration on March 9th!  Click HERE for more info!
  • A deposit of $195 is required to reserve a spot. Payment in full is also welcome. Balance must be paid prior to commencement of the workshop.
  • Payments can be made by phone, 212.255.7740.
  • Refunds for cancellations will only be issued until 1 week Monday, March 12.
  • The workshop reserves the right to be cancelled in the event of unforeseeable and extraordinary circumstances, such as severe weather or illness. In the event that the workshop is cancelled, any paid fees will be refunded in full.

If you have any questions , please do not hesitate to contact the Salmagundi Art Club at 212.255.7740.

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