Encaustic: Painting with Wax

A student uses pigmented wax fused with a heat gun to create an encaustic painting.

Encaustic Painting with Wax

A hands-on workshop for adults.

Saturday, February 18, 2023 | 9 a.m.

Join us for a hands-on day of discovery and creativity with the art of encaustic, painting with wax. We will begin the day with a brief history and description of encaustic and discuss basic supplies and tools, safety, preparation of supports including application of grounds and fusing. An overview of a variety of techniques will be demonstrated such as creating texture and working with collage and stencils. Each participant will have the opportunity to create encaustic artwork. 

who should attend

Community members • Parents • Practicing artists—beginner to advanced • Teachers • Anyone interested in expanding or refining their skills

All participants are welcome, regardless of experience!

What is encaustic painting?

Encaustic painting is a technique that involves adding colored pigments to heated beeswax. The liquid is then applied to a surface, usually prepared wood, although canvas and other materials are often used. The term is derived from the Greek word “ἐγκαυστικός" meaning, "burning in". Encaustic is a wonderfully versatile medium, combining the natural beauty of beeswax and the wide range of techniques that can be used to enhance each piece. Encaustic painting engages the senses—the way that it looks, smells, and feels. Color combinations, texture, layering, de-constructing, reconstructing and form are all influenced by the beauty of my surroundings. It is a process of building up and scraping away to reveal what lies beneath the surface.

About the instructor and her art

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Carrisa Brudos

Carissa Brudos is a UW-La Crosse alumni. She earned her B.A. in Visual Arts and a M.E.P.D. degree in Art Education. She has taught visual art education in the School District of La Crosse since 2001 and currently teaches 6-12 grades in the DeSoto School District. Carissa has been working with encaustic art for the past several years and exhibits her work locally.

Carissa's artwork: "What Lies Beneath" expanding section
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The beauty of wax...

translucent...sensual...textural...natural...luminous...raw...layered...dimensional…luscious...soft...warm… transforming and revealing “what lies beneath.”

"What Lies Beneath, is a collection of work reflecting a moment in time, a memory, a sensation and feeling. My artwork is inspired by the natural journey of discovering the process and qualities of wax. I am inspired by the beauty and sensations I have experienced in the many environments I encounter. I am drawn to organic repetition found in nature, soft edges without hard boundaries. My intention is to share my love of rich, dimensional and mysterious surfaces that fascinate and surprise. Since art lives in my heart, it will continue to evolve with me. I make art because it ignites my passion, and then flies away into the world and brings light to others."

A student works in the studio
Student in the studio
A student creates a floral painting