Events & workshops

Mark your calendars! Join both in-person and online events from live professional artist demos, events created by our team, discussions, and more.

Oct
25
2021
Location: Alabama Art Supply: Birmingham, AL

Ampersand Artist Ambassador, Lisa Opielinski is holding an in-store demo at and answering questions. There will be Ampersand free samples and giveaways.

Oct
28
2021
Location: Hunter Artisan Gallery and Cafe: Maitland NSW

A joint exhibition with Linda and Jason Lunnon. Inspired by their travels to Alaska, they hope to take their audience on a journey to this vast, wild, and breathtaking place. Opening night is Saturday, October 30th. Exhibition runs October 28-November 14, 2021.

Oct
31
2021
Location: Mabel Dodge Luhan House: Taos, NM

This course is focused on approaching painting and the creative process using R&F Pigments Sticks®, drawing supplies, oil, cold wax, pan pastels and more. I cover materials, supports, opacity and transparency of paint, layering, texture, composition and finishing a painting. We talk about inspiration, historical references and creating a personal visual language. October 31-November 6, 2021.

Nov
01
2021
Location: Online

Learn to paint on Ampersand Aquabord with master watercolorist and author, Ali Cavanaugh. In her virtual workshop, Ali will teach the basics of Aquabord, how to prep the surface, give a complete painting demonstration, and talk about several techniques, subject matter, color choices, and insights into composition. Sponsored by National Watercolor Society. November 1-21, 2021.

Registration deadline: October 27, 2021

Nov
06
2021
Location: Elise Wagner Studio: Portland, OR

Curious about encaustic or getting back into it? Or, maybe you are looking to work larger and expand your tool repertoire. In this class, you will be given a complete tour of my studio and how I work. I will cover how best to approach working with encaustic; safety, set up, materials, tools resources, working large and best practices. A live demo will include how I use encaustic colors, collage materials and oil sticks. Some time will be given to talking about presenting, photographing and finishing encaustic paintings along with shipping and care.

Nov
06
2021
Location: Online

Layers, Translucency + See Throughs takes students beyond the basics involved in working with encaustic, offering participants a deeper understanding of how to create paintings that suggest luminosity, depth, and dimension. Emphasis will be placed on creating a sense of radiant light, on the balance and weight of composition, on the use of transparent and opaque colors, and on expressing meaning through an exploration of accumulating marks, drawings, and image transfers at varying levels.

This workshop is virtual. An hour long session of pre-recorded content will be made available to you on the dates listed below. You will have a month to watch both videos. A Group Zoom session provides the opportunity to review questions and challenges. November 6, 20, and December 14, 2021.

Nov
12
2021
Location: Eastern Shore Art Center: Fairhope, AL

Ampersand Artist Ambassador Julie Snidle will introduce you to this warm and wonderful paint and allow time for you to discover how incredibly versatile and forgiving encaustic can be. We will start with the basics of priming appropriate substrates and fusing with heat in a safe studio environment. You will then learn how to apply the paint along with many techniques which can enhance your encaustic paintings. From collage, image transfers, PanPastels, graphite, and charcoal to carving and scraping, you’ll be surprised by how many "wax friendly" art materials there are! Color mixing, compatibility with oil paint, framing and studio set-up will all be covered. Come and find out what it is about this ancient art medium that is so alluring. November 12-14, 2021.

Nov
13
2021
Location: Leslie Pierce Studio: San Diego, CA

Join Ampersand Artist Ambassador Leslie Pierce on this 2-day encaustic painting adventure and learn techniques to create enchanting, captivating encaustic artwork. All Supplies are included. Class Limit 6. Masks are required for now. November 13-14, 2021.

Nov
13
2021
Location: Elise Wagner Studio: Portland, OR

This two-day semi-private workshop in my Portland studio covers the various steps of the Encaustic Collagraph technique that I pioneered, more from a painter's point of view. You will learn some basic rudiments of encaustic and then we will dive in using various common tools of the medium. A comprehensive demonstration will cover applying the wax and use of various encaustic techniques that I married with collagraph as well as dry point etching, mark making, incising, embossing, and the use of heated tools. An in depth overview of Akua Inks and mediums as well as wiping techniques will also be covered. November 13-14, 2021.

Nov
26
2021
Location: Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery: Buda, TX

This collection is comprised of work spanning four decades. Artist will be present.

Amado is a Mestizo of Mexican and Yaqui ancestry.  His art celebrates the strength of a people who meet the harsh realities of life in an uncompromising land, and his work is a tribute to the Native Americans who survive by living in harmony with an adversarial, untamed environment.

Opening November 26-27. Displayed until December 24th, 2021.

Dec
04
2021
Location: Elise Wagner Studio: Portland, OR

Curious about encaustic or getting back into it? Or, maybe you are looking to work larger and expand your tool repertoire. In this class, you will be given a complete tour of my studio and how I work. I will cover how best to approach working with encaustic; safety, set up, materials, tools resources, working large and best practices. A live demo will include how I use encaustic colors, collage materials and oil sticks. Some time will be given to talking about presenting, photographing and finishing encaustic paintings along with shipping and care.

Dec
11
2021
Location: Leslie Pierce Studio: San Diego, CA

Join Ampersand Artist Ambassador Leslie Pierce on this 2-day encaustic painting adventure and learn techniques to create enchanting, captivating encaustic artwork. All Supplies are included. Class Limit 6. Masks are required for now. December 11-12, 2021.

Jan
02
2022
Location: Guanajuato, Mexico

This is an Encaustic Collagraph Printmaking workshop that takes place at Piramidal Grafica. A paradise of an art compound just up the hill from from where we will be lodging at Alma del Sol. The studio has two large presses and ample workspace for up to 8 participants. This professional printmaking facility is well suited to serve all the creative needs of workshop attendees.

This five-day workshop will cover the various steps of the Encaustic Collagraph technique that I pioneered. You will learn the basic rudiments of encaustic using the common incising and heated tools of the medium along with embossing and exploiting texture. Daily demonstrations will focus on applying the wax and the various encaustic techniques that I married with collagraph printmaking. You will also learn about the vast world of printmaking such as paper registration, inks, color mixing, dry point etching, relief, intaglio, mark making, wiping and monotype vs. monoprint. January 2-9, 2022.

Jan
08
2022
Location: Leslie Pierce Studio: San Diego, CA

Join Ampersand Artist Ambassador Leslie Pierce on this 2-day encaustic painting adventure and learn techniques to create enchanting, captivating encaustic artwork. All Supplies are included. Class Limit 6. Masks are required for now. January 8-9, 2022.

Jan
22
2022
Location: Online

If you love old nails or collect small pieces of found metal and rust, learn how to incorporate these objects into encaustic. If you are drawn to things that glitter and reflect light, this workshop is for you. We will focus on combining metal and metallic paint with encaustic medium to create work that shimmers and has depth. Additional techniques include working with metallic foil, as well as real and artificial metal leaf. The use of metallic Pigment Stick as a way to finish work, add shine, and enhance metal surfaces will be demonstrated.

This workshop is virtual. An hour + long session of pre-recorded content will be made available to you on the date listed below. You will have a month to watch the video as many times as you’d like. A Group Zoom session provides the opportunity to review questions and challenges. January 8 and 22, 2022.

Feb
04
2022
Location: FountainHead Art Space: Marietta, GA

An exploratory workshop using multiple mediums and drawing materials. Course materials will include Encausticbord, R&F Pigment Sticks®, oil paint, cold wax, drawing materials, and more.

Each day, Lisa will provide demonstrations on techniques, including layering, excavating, monoprinting, glazing, color mixing, texture, mark making, and editing. Students will receive individualized attention with the aim of expanding their own artistic practice. The class will focus on content, how to see, and how to move work forward. February 4-6, 2022.

Feb
12
2022
Location: Leslie Pierce Studio: San Diego, CA

Join Ampersand Artist Ambassador Leslie Pierce on this 2-day encaustic painting adventure and learn techniques to create enchanting, captivating encaustic artwork. All Supplies are included. Class Limit 6. Masks are required for now. January 8-9, 2022.

Mar
21
2022
Location: Ah Haa School for the Arts: Telluride, CO

Join Ampersand Artist Ambassador Lisa Pressman to find the distinctive mark and voice in your paintings. In this class, you will learn various mark making techniques and develop dynamic surfaces using encaustic paint, mixed media including R&F Pigment Sticks. Lisa encourages students to employ application alternatives to strengthen your unique visual language. The workshop will emphasize the importance of compositional elements such as point, line, weight, and space.

Learn to control a surface, hone torch fusing skills, understand palette organization, and embrace compositional awareness. With an emphasis on building surfaces, Lisa will guide students using a palette that combines opaque and translucent colors adding visual depth to the finished work. Students will be challenged with exercises that keep you moving around your panels and encourages a steady workflow. Beginning with a prearranged palette all participants will begin at the same pace and then branch out into unique personal directions. Lisa will guide students using a palette that combines opaque and translucent colors adding visual depth to the finished work. This class is ideal for artists with an intermediate to advanced understanding of encaustic. March 21-25, 2022.

Apr
22
2022
Location: La Romita: Umbria, Italy

Lisa Pressman and Sue Stover lead a workshop to explore travel as a source of sensory stimulation, and how to use that information to infuse your work with fresh perspective. Students will work with textures, tones, colors, and the clarity of light from a variety of breathtaking locations chosen to inspire—a chance for artists to immerse themselves in the beauty and sensations of Umbria, Italy. April 22-May 2, 2022.

Sep
07
2022
Location: Essence of Mulranny Studios: Ireland

Advanced Encaustic students must have participated in 2 or more workshops addressing the basics of the technique of encaustic. In this class I teach students how to fuse with a torch to get a smooth surface, use transparency and opacity to create depth and layers. I go over mark making techniques, using pigment sticks and transfers. The class is based on developing your own voice using encaustic. September 7-14, 2022.