On Saturday 17th October 2015, I conducted my first ever public demonstration in basic Encaustic techniques. It was held at Petrie Terrace Gallery, 162 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane where my artwork in the exhibition "Just Below the Surface" is being showcased. The exhibition continues until Saturday 24th October 2015.
I gave all attendees an information sheet with much information such as what books and DVD's to buy, safety information for working with encaustic, names and links to some art stores and other places to buy encaustic art supplies and other equipment. I made a list of equipment needed to practice encaustic art that cannot be purchased in Art Supply stores, such as electric griddles, heat guns etc and where they could be purchased - particularly in Australia, and also links to Art Supply Stores that R&F oil pigments sticks and other art supplies can be purchased.
I told them how I make my substrates and where they can buy commercially made ones. I talked briefly about making their own encaustic medium and what they needed to have to make it, told them where they can buy commercial medium, and also offered to sell the medium that I personally make.
I only had a couple of hours for the demonstration, which is very limited time to teach a lot of techniques, so I concentrated on only demonstrating the very basics.
I demonstrated applying and fusing a smooth layer, how to achieve texture, how to add colour, and incising into the encaustic surface. They all had fun having a go at applying some colour onto one of the substrates that I had already prepared, and also practiced laying a smooth layer and fusing. I wanted to demonstrate how to include collage and other found objects but there was not enough time. But I did tell them how they could do it and where they could find information through books or DVD's or uTube videos on the web. They all said that they really enjoyed the demonstration and that they were feeling inspired to have a go.
Now that I have broken the ice and had my first demonstration, I feel a lot more confident that I can conduct future demonstrations and teach the basics. For enquires please contact me through my contact link in this website. I look forward to any feedback and future enquiries.
Below are some photos taken by some of the attendees.
Demonstrating applying encaustic medium to substrate on the left, and some examples of practice pieces when learning techniques.
Some encaustic tools and encaustic medium
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