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This workshop involves the exploration of encaustic, one of the most exciting and versatile mediums available to the contemporary artist. The workshop is taught from a hands-on approach, with an emphasis on mixed media. Participants are encouraged to develop a personal vocabulary by applying these new techniques to their current ideas and methodologies. Mini-critiques and discussions of ideas and progress take place daily. A slide lecture on the historical and contemporary applications of encaustic is available for all workshops. Introduction to Encaustic Workshop: 1-3 day intensive workshop, open to artists from beginning to advanced levels of development. No prior experience in encaustic painting is necessary. This workshop introduces participants to the basics of encaustic painting as well as a variety of advanced techniques. The information and techniques covered in this workshop include equipment and safety issues, tools, grounds and substrates, application and painting techniques, fusing, color mixing, incising, sgraffito, creating texture, surface manipulation and collage. In addition to encaustic techniques, participants will explore the mark-making possibilities of branding (creating marks and patterns with fire, heated metal tools and objects).