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.







Friday, June 1, 2018

May workshop

We had a lot of fun and many laughs in this workshop!
The link below is a flip book of previous workshopsL




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.



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Why I Love Teaching

The February group encasutic workshop was a delight for me. It was my privilege to meet four people I would not have encountered if not for the workshop. Each person was open and eager to learn the encaustic technique and brought new, interesting energy to my studio.

My encaustic workshops last for 5 hours, most other teachers offer just 4 hours. I include a break for lunch or snacks where we can sit down together and get acquainted. I bring out 3 big photo albums of other students and workshops that go back to 2005 .These photos of each of the other participants in the classes proved that no one creates the same encaustic painting.







Monday, January 29, 2018

Workshops and online classes

Please go to my website; http://www.ezshwan.com/classes-and-workshops.html  to get the latest information on the workshops and online classes.









I have not yet been able to clean up this blog and I hate to lose all the years of photos of students.

But here is some information about the in-studio workshops.:


Join me in the studio for an in-depth exploration into the art of painting with encaustic. I will demystify the process of working with this seductive medium and share many of my trade secrets for creating unique painting effects  This workshop will help push your artwork to the next level and many students have gone on to exhibit and sell their own work. Each class is held in my own art studio, so class size is small that allows for a very personalized experience. Students of all skill levels gain from the intimate learning environment.

All skill levels are welcome here! This workshop is two 5 hours days, packed with  the information you need to start creating your own beautiful works in encaustic.

Once we cover all the basics,  we'll focus on unique painting techniques.

We'll have fun experimenting with mixed media and I'll guide you through any technical issues so you can take your encaustic work to the next level. All workshops take place in my professional studio located in beautiful San Miguel de Allende: https://tinyurl.com/yb4pzn8u

     •    Resources on materials, safe studio practices and so much more.
     •    Mastering a smooth surface.

    •    Creating a flawless image transfer.

    •    Embedding elements into wax.

    •    Incorporating mixed media such as oil paint, pastels and papers.

    •    Tips for unusual mark making techniques.

    •    How to make your own medium 

    •    Resources on materials, safe studio practices and so much more.  


Friday, January 26, 2018

Oh No!

As I was trying to edit my workshop posts, somehow posts from my other blog appeared and I can't get rid of them. Years of workshop posts are still available if you scroll down to the very bottom to the lists of postings. If anyone can tell me how to get rid of the other blog posts, please help me.

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