This class is for artists who want to learn the encaustic technique or advanced encaustic artists who are interested in learning new ways of working in encaustic or combining their technique with another.
In addition we will also be using local Cortona beeswax!! Your works will have a truly Tuscan base all created in the inspirational environment of Cortona!!
Our week will also include day-trips to Chianti and Siena!
among the sights and sounds of beautiful and romantic Tuscany: olive groves, vineyards, centuries-old buildings, winding streets, texture and vibrant sunlight.
in the warm ambiance of Cortona, overlooking Lake Trasimeno and the Val di Chiana, originally fortified by the Umbrians, claimed by the Etruscans, touched by the Renaissance, almost unchanged for centuries, one of Tuscany's jewels.
the joy of encaustic art in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere with the expert instruction of a nationally know artist and instructor and the camaraderie of a small group of learners.
great Italian food, delightful wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas, history and the hospitality of the people of Cortona.
All-inclusive* workshop includes: Escorted group travel Florence to Cortona May 21, 2016**** Escorted group travel Cortona to Florence May 28, 2016**** 4 days instruction in the studio Seven nights accommodations in historic Cortona** (Private room & bath) Local Etruscan Museum & Museo Diocesano All meals*** (Italian breakfast, lunch and dinner) Daily wine tasting opportunities Day-trip to Chianti Day-trip to Siena Tuscan cooking class & dinner*** A farewell wine tasting dinner **Included with "Hotel" plans only. See details. ***Included with "Group Meal Plan" only. See details. ****Specific departure time from Florence airport only; Departure time 12:00 noon. ****Specific departure time from Cortona only; Departure time 7:00am. *All-inclusive plans are Hotel plans only. Air travel and ground transportation outside of the Escorted Group Travel to/from Cortona is not included and is the responsibility of each participant.
About this workshop... Note: this itinerary may change
Debra’s Encaustic Workshop will give participants a thorough introduction to the encaustic medium and method - from the classical to the experimental. Artists with backgrounds in almost any medium will find this workshop an exciting opportunity to expand their visual vocabulary with wax. The dynamic created by a diverse mix of artists will contribute to the learning experience and to the discovery of new techniques and applications. Regularly scheduled demonstrations leave plenty of time for hands-on-experience. This class is great for the beginner and non artists as well as they will feel right a home with learning, as everyone in the class will, how to paint with the encaustic medium.
Saturday – Arrival in Cortona -Arrival and Check-in in Cortona -7:00p Welcome to Cortona -8:00p Evening dinner Sunday - Cortona -9:00a-1:00p Morning Session Introductions to everyone and their work. Discussion about supports and surfaces, preparing the panels Historic uses of Encaustic Individual work time- Setting up their space to work Prepare the panels
-3:00-7:00p Afternoon Session Demonstration of encaustic painting with brushes Fusing demonstration Individual work time
-7:30p Aperitifs -8:00p Dinner
Monday - Cortona -9:00-1:00p Morning Session Demonstration of line and edge Scraping away to lower layers and colors Individual work time
-3:00-7:00p Afternoon Session Demonstration of combining oil stick and encaustic Individual work time Discussion of surfaces encaustic will adhere to
Homework for Day trip to???: Find something in the local shops to paint on or use in your work Examples: wooden boxes, wine crate lids, handmade papers, wine labels,???
-7:30p Aperitifs -8:00p Dinner
Tuesday - Siena visit - Day trip to Siena -7:30p Aperitifs -8:00p Dinner
Wednesday - Cortona -9:00-1:00p Morning Session: Demonstration of adhering collage material with wax and encaustic medium Individual work time Demonstration of adhering collage material with wax Individual work time
Afternoon: Free time or optional Del Brenna jewelry class
-6:00p Tuscan Cooking Class & Dinner Thursday - Chianti visit - Day trip to Chianti -7:30p Aperitifs -8:00p Dinner
Friday - Cortona -9:00-1:00p Morning Session: Individual work time Photos of work Discussing the best way to package and ship encaustics
Afternoon: Individual work time -7:30p Aperitifs -8:00p Dinner
Saturday – Cortona -Morning Check-out and departure from Cortona
Note: Toscana Americana reserves the right to alter this itinerary.All times are approximate. Note: Transfers are provided only for programmed meals and activities away from the hotel. Note: All guests are responsible for handling their own luggage/baggage....we suggest to pack light. Note: No refunds are given for any unused aspects of the itinerary or for any activities outside the above itinerary.
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Participant Supply List...
One kilogram of beeswax is included for each participant. Participants may purchase additional local wax.
Board to work on:
Mahogany door skin ( 1/8th" )
You can get a large piece at Home Depot or your local lumber store and cut it down with mat knife or saw to 6" x 6" to 11" x 11" Try not to work too big so you can work on new techniques and can transport them back home. I still like working on small 6"x 6" to play with new ideas.
Note: I use the 1/8" mahogany door skin in my work whether it is 6"x 6" or 48"x 96". It can be framed when you get home or put on panels. I can show you different ways to display your work. The mahogany is the most absorbent and the cheapest...thin and light which makes it easy to pack in the bottom of a suitcase.
Note: let R and F Paints know you are doing this workshop with me and they will give you 15% off on your full order of the encaustics and oil sticks
( 1-800 206-8088 ) check out the colors at rfpints.com before you call them and order with the 15% discount)
1 large Encaustic Medium from R and F
R and F beginning set which gives you primary color and some encaustic medium. Feel free to bring more colors
pick out a 1 or a 2 colors ( one dark and one bright) of the small size pigment sticks from R an F... they do have sets of the primary colors, and metallic etc.
Tools to draw into the surface or scrap away the surface...mat knifes and old dental tools work well for this...ask your dentist.
Brushes: I like the inexpensive 100% pure bristle from China that you can get in 1/2"- 4" wide. They have metal on them that keeps them warm as they set on the hotplate. You can get them at Home Depot or most any hardware store in the paint section. Rand F advertise them now as Hake brushes...but they are much less at the hardware store) Synthetic brushes will melt but any natural bristle brushes are fine...
Rice paper, rag paper and linen or canvas no bigger than 10"x10" if you want to learn monotypes
If you want to learn collogragh then bring any of your drawings on paper, watercolor paintings, or photographs done on mat paper not gloss ...or anything you want to attach to the board.
If you want to learn the transfer method then bring laserjet prints done on papyrus paper
We may be able to find some art supplies in Florence but it is better to just bring yours over in case they do not have what we need. (The workshop starts before we go to Florence). You can get beautiful handmade papers and handmade books in Corona. Last year I spent a week in Florence before the class and got some thick mat board cut there but it was heavy to ship back. You can get some in Florence if you feel like you are running out of the wood panels by the time we go to Florence. It is more expensive than the wood panels.
Workshop supplies paper towels.
Debra is a very talented artist and experienced teacher. Her organizational skills and confidence in classes allowed me to explore and develop my own language using encaustic medium. I appreciated her generosity and open methods of teaching. The classes I have taken with Debra have been invaluable to me in their content, hands on approach and encouragement. Anita A. Eisenman
I immensely enjoyed the introduction to encaustics class taught by Debra. I was very pleased with Debra's approach which is to keep things simple, nurture each student's unique artistic capabilities and share the joy of artistic expression throughout each level of the class. Our group of beginners learned quite a bit of technique in a short period of time and all agreed it was a very enjoyable experience. Dan Weiss