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Encaustic Wax

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Join me for an adventure into the exciting and messy art of encaustic wax painting.  Three thousand years ago Greek shipbuilders discovered a new use for the beeswax used to caulk hulls.  Adding pigments for color and resin for hardness, they created a painting medium with unmatched depth and luminosity.  Mexican muralist Diego Rivera began painting with the medium in the 1920’s and in the l950’s Jasper Johns popularized its use.  Encaustic has become a process for fine art photographers to set their work apart, and it’s a fascinating medium.   The equipment involved is relatively inexpensive, and there is no need for a photographic darkroom. 

Date:      August 24 – 25, 2019    9am – 5pm

Cost:       $400 includes morning coffee, lunch, materials & cocktail hour  - Class limited to 6

Equipment:  Laptop with PS installed, folder on laptop or on jump drive with 10-12 archived Images to work with.  You may also work with drawings, copies of paintings, etc.  These can be scanned and printed to working size.

 Location:  Joyce Wilson Studio, Santa Barbara, CA (address provided upon registration)

Registration:   Please send payment through Paypal to and include your name and email address in the “Note” section.  If you prefer to pay by check, please contact Joyce at

Earlier Event: August 10
Photographic Alternative Processes