Monday, May 20, 2019

Dates for Encaustic Workshops

Now that I have finished my 9 months of creating my latest encaustic and mixed media abstracts, "The Lightness of Being", I am looking forward to meeting new students and adding friends into my life.
I am happy to announce that I look forward to teaching regular encaustic workshops and sharing dozens of techniques that you probably wouldn't learn from other encaustic workshops sine I have been working in this medium for over 20 years and I share everything I know.

will start each day with a demo that can show you how to use mark marking, stenciling and oil glazes, and more, not just basic application of the hot wax. You will learn how to apply and fuse collaged layers, and discover the magic of creating with a gas torch. (If you really are timid about fire, there are heat guns available).
Learn how to use transparency to allow softening and pushing back strong colors. You will have up to 5 boards to work on so you can try different techniques. Everything is supplied.
No experience is necessary. will work with beginners and developing artists alike. Included in the workshops is the history of encaustic, safety in the studio, how to make your own paint and the basic technique of encaustic painting.
All classes are 10 am to 4 pm, with a break for lunch and conversation.
Special arrangements for other dates can be made if you have 3 or more people interested in a workshop. Private classes are available.
Dates of workshops:
June 17 & 18,
 July 15 & 16, 
August 19 & 20, 
Sept. 23 & 24

deposit required upon registration.


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Monday, March 18, 2019

Encaustic classes to fit your schedule

I don't post encaustic workshop dates anymore, but I like to work with your schedule, and if you find you would rather have the luxury of one-on-one instruction or have just friends or just family have instruction - I offer private instruction. I have been painting with encaustic/wax for over 20 years. No experience is necessary and all the materials are provided. You will leave with at least one or two pieces of finished encaustic art.

Below are examples of advanced encaustic. I have all the tools. and materials for you to take your work to the advanced stage.


Friday, February 1, 2019

Online encaustic workshops

11 different classes . it is like standing next to me in the studio while I demonstrate and explain how to take your encaustic painting to a new level. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/4167
Working with a hot pen and layers is just one of the videos.



How to paint portraits in encaustic
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/134921

   
You can watch these videos over and over.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A New Year and a New Encaustic Direction




As many many of us do at the beginning of a new year, I have reviewed my feelings about my art and teaching.

It has been over 20 years that I have been working in encaustic and experimenting with techniques and I have had countless wonderful students in my workshops; and have formed lasting friendships with some of them.

 I realize at this point in my long life even though I do love to share everything I know about working in encaustic with other serious artists, I am more interested in working with private students. I can work shoulder to shoulder with artists, giving the entire focus of my experience on whatever they want to learn and create.

So, if you want an intensive experience in advanced encaustic techniques and using encaustic in mixed media, let's arrange 2 or 3 days working together in my studio, where I have all the tools at my finger tips.

This does not mean that I will not happily give introductory classes, but I will not post scheduled dates; instead,  offer you the opportunity to arrange your own group of friends at the dates that are convenient for you.

Contact me to set up your private time with me.

Check out the new works:http://www.ezshwan.com





encaustic and oil

encaustic, ink wash, transfer


watercolor, ink, transfers, rice paper

it delights me to share everything I know about painting in encaustic

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

None Of My Students Make The Same Painting

I have been looking through my photo albums of student work over the last 13 years that I have been teaching the encaustic technique in San Miguel. The images reinforce my dedication to teach not only the technique, but inspire each student to explore their own inspiration and creativity. My studio is loaded with everything one would want to expand their experience of what encaustic painting can produce.
   Here are some example of work that was produced in just the introductory workshop.

There are hundreds more, but this sampling shows my mission to help others create their own visions.







Monday, April 30, 2018

Fun With Fire

There were 4 participants in today's workshop, and what started out with trepidation because they have never used the gas touch for a couple of people, turned out to be a fusing fiesta. All became comfortable with the torch quickly and proceeded to create unique encaustic paintings.



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