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
05
2021
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Jan
02
2022
Location: Customs House Museum: Clarksville, TN

A wide variety of themes inspire Judy Lavoie to paint. Interesting textures inspire her, as do delicate colorful flowers and brightly lit landscapes. “By exaggerating colors, or sometimes altering them from reality, I aim to preserve a moment in time, recreating the subject in my own way.”

Exhibition runs October 5, 2021-January 2, 2022

Nov
26
2021
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Dec
24
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
03
2021
Location: Alabama Art Supply: Birmingham, AL

Join Ampersand Artist Ambassador, Lisa Opielinski and create your version of "Solstice Trees" with a beautiful selection of paints and four styles of Princeton brushes. Your painting surface will be Ampersand Gessobord; one 11x14 and two miniatures. Learn to make the brushes work for you by practicing key brush strokes to improve your skills. Complement your works by using painting knives and a surprise tool! Layer colors to achieve depth and contrast and add details with Pitt Pens.

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
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Dec
12
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
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Jan
09
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
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Jan
09
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
08
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
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Feb
06
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
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Feb
13
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. February 12-13, 2022.

Mar
21
2022
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Mar
25
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
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May
02
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.

May
31
2022
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Jun
02
2022
Location: Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill: Truro, MA

This workshops is designed to enable participants achieve greater clarity and translucency in their encaustic paintings. We will focus on building paintings from the ground up - covering what can be done directly onto a substrate, between layers of medium, and on the surface. Students will learn how to create paintings with smooth translucent layers and optical depth. Dietlind will discuss opaque and translucent colors and how to create beautiful glazes, as well as working with various drawing materials including ink, charcoal, Pan Pastel, oil pastel, pencil, graphite, and Pigment Sticks. Mark making and writing exercises help each student further a connection to their work.

Jun
20
2022
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Jun
24
2022
Location: Lareau Inn: Waitsfield, VT

The mark of nature combined with encaustic painting creates works that reference memory, change, and time. Utilizing the natural luminosity, textural and layering possibilities of encaustic, participants will experiment with innovative materials, drawing and marks to depict the spirit and essence of the land. Easy to moderate hikes exploring the rugged natural beauty of The Mad River Valley are led by Dietlind and Lorraine. Along with daily journaling, meditation, yoga, readings and expressive mark-making exercises, these immersive hikes will provide the inspiration for which to develop ideas and provide areas of focus for series-based work while also developing your personal artistic voice. Considerations of our body’s connection and its direct relationship to landscape will also be discussed. Optional individual critiques with both instructors will be offered to all participants.

Jul
24
2022
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Jul
28
2022
Location: Wild Rice Retreat: Bayfield, WI

Layers + Translucency 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.

We will work with a range of opaque and translucent paint, using both medium and color to push some elements back and bring others to the foreground. Emphasis will be placed on creating a sense of radiant light, on the balance and weight of composition, and on expressing meaning through an exploration of accumulating marks and drawings at varying levels. Writing and drawing exercises will help students explore and develop their own visual vocabulary.

Jul
31
2022
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Aug
04
2022
Location: Wild Rice Retreat: Bayfield, WI

Layers + Translucency 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.

We will work with a range of opaque and translucent paint, using both medium and color to push some elements back and bring others to the foreground. Emphasis will be placed on creating a sense of radiant light, on the balance and weight of composition, and on expressing meaning through an exploration of accumulating marks and drawings at varying levels. Writing and drawing exercises will help students explore and develop their own visual vocabulary.

Aug
21
2022
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Sep
28
2022

Join Jane Hunt and follow in the footsteps of master painters Monet, Pisarro, Renoir, Gaugin, Picasso, Cassatt, and more. Each day you will enjoy artistic and cultural experiences: explore Monet's house and gardens, paint the church in Auvers sur Oise where Van Gogh painted his final piece, visit the auberge where he lived his final days...and much more! Jane Hunt's plein air workshops are extremely comprehensive and have been described as "art school in a week". She will de-mystify the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand lessons. Using tried and true principles as a jumping off point will allow you to loosen up and find your own voice.

Note: Open to all levels (ideal for intermediate students). Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).

Aug
28
2022
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Sep
04
2022

Join Jane Hunt and follow in the footsteps of master painters Monet, Pisarro, Renoir, Gaugin, Picasso, Cassatt, and more. Each day you will enjoy artistic and cultural experiences: explore Monet's house and gardens, paint the church in Auvers sur Oise where Van Gogh painted his final piece, visit the auberge where he lived his final days...and much more! Jane Hunt's plein air workshops are extremely comprehensive and have been described as "art school in a week". She will de-mystify the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand lessons. Using tried and true principles as a jumping off point will allow you to loosen up and find your own voice.

Note: Open to all levels (ideal for intermediate students). Space is very limited (max 12 participants/workshop).

Sep
07
2022
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Sep
14
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.

Sep
11
2022
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Sep
17
2022
Location: The Colony Inn: Kennebunkport, ME

This encaustic retreat is about you. Select what you want to study. Try something new. Wander the Maine coast. Sip something frothy by the pool. Wake early for yoga. Eat lunch with new friends. Find your voice and have fun getting there.