Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Special Offer

These paintings are from a series I created for a solo show several years ago. It was my tribute to Mexican woman. I called it "A Time To Witness" It was my​ time to learn and absorb from these models the power of their personalities through my art .The  paintings  express my respect for the women's strength, love of family, kindness, and heritage.  I realized that these encaustic paintings have been stored out of sight for too long and it was time to re-introduce them to the world. I am offering special prices: 50% off the original prices.  This series meant a lot to me and to my cultural growth and understanding of my new home in Mexico.

 



Monday, July 19, 2021

My Featured Painting

 Saatchi Art chose one of my painting to be featured in their New this Week Collection.

It is always interesting to see what their curator choses.


https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/New-This-Week-07-19-2021/153961/620292/view

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

In Studio Workshops

Things are beginning to return to normal - or almost normal in San Miguel and now I am scheduling encaustic workshops for no more than 4 people. Masks are still required in San Miguel. 


  Group workshops 2021 
July 26 & 27 

August 30 & 31 

Sept.27 & 28 
 later dates to be announced



It has been too long since I have been able to offer in studio workshops for more than a private student. Even though the price of wax has risen, I will not raise the prices of the classes until next year.

One day private workshop; $275 plus $40 materials fee 10 am to 4pm

Two day private workshop,; $550 $60 material fee

Some artists want the fast track to learning my techniques.

You will work side by side with me in my 

studio, creating your own work with direct input,

demos and suggestions from me.

The curriculum will be designed exactly to 

fit your needs.

deposit of $100 required.

Workshops in 2021, NO PRICE INCREASE IN 2 YEARS

THESE GROUP CLASSES ARE INTENDED FOR AT LEAST 3 PEOPLE.

 If you have 3 or more people interested,

 I will plan around your schedule.


THESE ENCAUSTIC GROUP CLASSES 

ARE INTENDED FOR AT LEAST 3 PEOPLE.


One Day Workshop: 

$135 USD plus $35 materials fee 10 am to 4pm


Two Day Workshop:

 $250 USD plus $50 materials fee 10am to 4 pm


Three Day Intensive: 

$350 USD plus $60 materials fee. 10 am to 4 pm


A deposit of $100 required at registration. 

The remainder of the fee can be paid the first day of class, 

in pesos at the exchange rate of the day, or a U.S. check


Day 1 & 2 of the encaustic workshop will cover all the basics, 

including information about how to make paint,

 about the commercial paints and their applications, 

about supports, grounds and techniques: 

paint application, fusing, glazing, inscribing 

and mixed media approaches, safety, materials,

 demos of applying paint, glazing, fusing, 

How to get that smooth surface! Introducing mixed media, 

creating lines and texture.

I will emphasize how these techniques 

can be developed to create a unique encaustic language 

for each student. 

I will talk (and demo) how to create glaze layers, 

as well as some special techniques like inscribing. 

You will leave with a printout containing

 all the information you need as well as a list of suppliers.


I give participants a thorough introduction to the encaustic medium method.

 Artists with backgrounds in almost any medium will find 

these workshops are an exciting opportunity 

to expand their visual vocabulary with wax. 

Some who attend have some familiarity with encaustic, 

others don't, but want to expand their artistic experience.

 This mix of artists adds to the learning experience

 and often inspires all to try new techniques.


In the advanced classes, we focus on 

surfacing, embedding, transparencies, 

glazing and hot pen, image transfers, 

India ink mark making and more. 

We will explore combining oil and encaustic and dipping. 

You should have several finished paintings after the workshops.


I will supply all the materials, encaustic paint.

 brushes, support panels, electric tools, 

scrapers and propane torches, 

as well as showing how you can make your own paints

 and set up your own encaustic studio.


If you want to bring some things to collage you can.

 Old drawings or prints or photographs

 can combine with encaustic, 

but the paper must be porous and not glossy or coated. 

Encaustic works with almost anything but acrylic or plastics.


Experiment with all the materials and

 create your own finished encaustic paintings in class.


The workshops are held in my home studio

 from 10 a.m. to  4p.m. each day. 

This allows the participants hundreds of examples 

of my encaustic painting over the last 16 years, 

including "what not to do!"

Cancellations 2 weeks before the workshop 

will receive a full refund. 

1 week before, 30% will be refunded. 

No deposit refunds after that.



























Thursday, May 20, 2021

More Encaustic and Ceramic

Cindie came back for 2 more private workshops and brought one of her amazing ceramic creations. Here's is what happened.
Remember that I am taking appointments for in-studio workshops. I find it is best to schedule around the time you will be in San Miguel. For the time being, masks are being worn and there will be lots of fresh air, or tables will be moved outside.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

A Private Workshop

 I had a wonderful 2 day experience with Cindie last week. We wore masks and there was plenty of fresh air in the studio.

Cindie is a ceramist and wonted to try many encaustic techniques on her un glazed pieces. She also experimented painting flat on a milk paint prepared board.

Because the class was private, I could devote all my time and experience with various encaustic techniques Cindie; and once again I feel I made a new friend.

After the first day 3 different techniques.Sorry, I didn't get the 5 finished faces
                                                      photographed after the second day.
We worked on a metal jello mold to keep the fame of the torch from hitting the table. All my tables are covered in metal. Often I put paper over it to test the density of the colors.

Studio doors and windows open and ready to work

Here Cindie is adding transfers to her painting


She saved the big piece for last

First layer of encaustic medium

She used oil glazes under clear encaustic medium and encaustic paint

Private workshop:6 hours of individual attention: These are tailored to your needs; anything you want to learn and focus on. I am specializing in private classes, because so much can be accomplished.  You can take a cab ( taxis are inexpensive in San Miguel) or drive. Directions on my website; http://www.ezshwan.com/directions-to-studio.html

One day private workshop; $275 plus $40 materials fee 10 am to 4pm
Two day private workshop,; $550 $60 material fee

Some artists want the fast track to learning my techniques.
You will work side by side with me in my 
studio, creating your own work with direct input,
demos and suggestions from me.
The curriculum will be designed exactly to 
fit your needs.
deposit of $100 required.

Workshops in 2021, NO PRICE INCREASE IN 2 YEARS

THESE GROUP CLASSES ARE INTENDED FOR AT LEAST 3 PEOPLE.
 If you have 3 or more people interested,
 I will plan around your schedule.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Live Workshops IN 2021

 


Although I am not posting dates for 2021 group workshops yet,  

I feel that I will be able to offer in-studio  classes in a few months, 

still following health guidelines. 

There is fresh air from 3 sides of the studio.

San Miguel is very slow at offering the Covid vaccine, 

but we'll see what the future holds.
I miss teaching and meeting new artists and friends. 

I still will take one private student at a time.

Private workshop:6 hours of individual attention: These are tailored to your needs; anything you want to learn and focus on. I am specializing in private classes, because so much can be accomplished.  You can take a cab ( taxis are inexpensive in San Miguel) or drive. Directions on my website; http://www.ezshwan.com/directions-to-studio.html

One day private workshop; $275 plus $40 materials fee 10 am to 4pm
Two day private workshop,; $550 $60 material fee

Some artists want the fast track to learning my techniques.
You will work side by side with me in my 
studio, creating your own work with direct input,
demos and suggestions from me.
The curriculum will be designed exactly to 
fit your needs.
deposit of $100 required.

Workshops in 2021, NO PRICE INCREASE IN 2 YEARS

THESE GROUP CLASSES ARE INTENDED FOR AT LEAST 3 PEOPLE.
 If you have 3 or more people interested,
 I will plan around your schedule.

THESE ENCAUSTIC GROUP CLASSES 
ARE INTENDED FOR AT LEAST 3 PEOPLE.

One Day Workshops: 
$125 USD plus $25 materials fee 10 am to 4pm

Two Day Workshops:
 $250 USD plus $40 materials fee 10am to 4 pm

Three Day Intensive: 
$350 USD plus $60 materials fee. 10 am to 4 pm

A deposit of $100 required at registration. 
The remainder of the fee can be paid the first day of class, 
in pesos at the exchange rate of the day, or a U.S. check

Day 1 & 2 of the encaustic workshop will cover all the basics, 
including information about how to make paint,
 about the commercial paints and their applications, 
about supports, grounds and techniques: 
paint application, fusing, glazing, inscribing 
and mixed media approaches, safety, materials,
 demos of applying paint, glazing, fusing, 
How to get that smooth surface! Introducing mixed media, 
creating lines and texture.
I will emphasize how these techniques 
can be developed to create a unique encaustic language 
for each student. 
I will talk (and demo) how to create glaze layers, 
as well as some special techniques like inscribing. 
You will leave with a printout containing
 all the information you need as well as a list of suppliers.

I give participants a thorough introduction to the encaustic medium method.
 Artists with backgrounds in almost any medium will find 
these workshops are an exciting opportunity 
to expand their visual vocabulary with wax. 
Some who attend have some familiarity with encaustic, 
others don't, but want to expand their artistic experience.
 This mix of artists adds to the learning experience
 and often inspires all to try new techniques.

In the advanced classes, we focus on 
surfacing, embedding, transparencies, 
glazing and hot pen, image transfers, 
India ink mark making and more. 
We will explore combining oil and encaustic and dipping. 
You should have several finished paintings after the workshops.

I will supply all the materials, encaustic paint.
 brushes, support panels, electric tools, 
scrapers and propane torches, 
as well as showing how you can make your own paints
 and set up your own encaustic studio.

If you want to bring some things to collage you can.
 Old drawings or prints or photographs
 can combine with encaustic, 
but the paper must be porous and not glossy or coated. 
Encaustic works with almost anything but acrylic or plastics.

Experiment with all the materials and
 create your own finished encaustic paintings in class.

The workshops are held in my home studio
 from 10 a.m. to  4p.m. each day. 
This allows the participants hundreds of examples 
of my encaustic painting over the last 16 years, 
including "what not to do!"
Cancellations 2 weeks before the workshop 
will receive a full refund. 
1 week before, 30% will be refunded. 
No deposit refunds after that.





Saturday, November 21, 2020

New Online Classes


I have posted the new online classes: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/290578  

What you will learn:


Basic studio practices

Making milk paint for a white base for encaustic

Handling the heat source to get the results you want. 

Water color underpainting 

Rice paper collage

Drawing with a hot pen

Mark making, China marker, and India ink, 

Creating a smooth surface 

How to make a use a laser transfer

Stenciling with encaustic and/or cold wax, pan pastels

Using translucent layers

Cold wax over encaustic

Understanding composition



 



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