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NANCY CRAWFORD, CANADA: Advanced Encaustic Painting Adventure!

Creativity colours every aspect of Nancy’s life, her relationships, her service as a teacher and coach, her expressions as an artist, writer and public speaker. For three decades her energies have been focused on the creative process – exploring its depth and mystery – in her own life and work, and in helping others to foster their own creative voice enjoying lives of greater meaning, purpose and joy.

While Nancy enjoys working in a variety of art media, her primary areas of focus for the past several years have been encaustic painting, drawing, calligraphy and photography and the exciting possibilities that exist when you bring those worlds together.

To learn more about Nancy and her work please visit her at or visit her blog at

Advanced Encaustic Painting Adventure!

Creating a unified and engaging body of work represents the most important creative journey an artist takes – it is also the most challenging.  This workshop will present some innovative and exciting encaustic techniques, along with exploring critical strategies for developing an idea visually – approaches for creating a small series of unified works. Each person should come to the program with a couple of ideas or concepts that they are interested in developing over the course of the workshop.

This intermediate/advanced program is ideal for those who are familiar with encaustic painting and fusing techniques and are interested in learning some new approaches to painting with the medium along with considering ways to build a personal series in encaustics. Some of the topics and materials that will be explored include:

  • Layering and building up your wax surface using a variety of coloured media including pan pastels, inks, graphite and oil paint
  • Tissue paper and tissue transfers
  • Drawing media and wax
  • Plaster/dry wall mud
  • Adding metallic finishes including leaf, foil and powders
  • Strategies for building an idea
  • Choice and your concept
  • Approaches for creating visual unity

Your tuition and materials fee includes the use of hot plates/grills and heat guns, along with other studio equipment and supplies including encaustic medium, pigmented wax, brushes, pan pastels, oil paint, plaster, assorted graphite, metal leaf, foil, metallic powders and more. A small supply list covers a few items that each participant is expected to bring to the program.