About 20 Art educators gathered together and learned how to do Encaustic painting and how we could use this knowledge in our own classrooms.
I learned a lot and am really excited about the possibility of doing a small Encaustic class at camp this summer with the older campers.
The process is really interesting, basically you paint layers of wax and then heat them to fuse them together. You can paint, scrape, collage, imprint the wax.
After a short instruction, we all had the opportunity to spend almost two hours playing and creating. It was super cool to be a part of this group and watching all of these artists just make art. Everyone has such different styles and took different approaches to using the Encaustic. For me personally, it was a somewhat freeing experience because I am so used to painting 'realistic' portraits of people and wallpaper designs. With encaustic, it really lends itself to making abstract designs, and so that is what I did. It really felt nice!