private lessons, mentoring, one-on-one sessions, and small group workshops also available. Please email for more information.
intro to painting with encaustic 2-day workshop
september 9-10, 2017, 10:00-4:00 EACH DAY

Encaustic painting is the process of painting with hot pigmented wax. The technique is ancient, but is becoming increasingly popular with artists today. The medium is fascinating and the possibilities are limitless. This comprehensive class will give students all the basics of getting started with painting with encaustic. Topics include safety, studio setup, surfaces and grounds, mixing medium and paint, and fusing. Some of the techniques covered are layering, scraping, incising, collage, and mixed media. All materials are supplied. $350 + $35 materials.

working together – open studio time for students in my graton studio!

Studio time for those students who want to work independently in a community atmosphere exploring their own direction. I will be there working also and available to answer questions but no formal instruction will be given. Provided in the studio: encaustic paint, griddles, heat guns and torches, irons, some pigment sticks, tins and brushes. Students should bring: panels or other substrates (no larger than 11″ x 14″ or with approval), encaustic medium (I suggest in pellet form) and own medium brush, optional if using: collage materials, pan pastels, other items you wish to incorporate into your work. Limited to 8 participants maximum and sign up is required. Studio will be open from 11:00 to 4:00. Come for 4 hours for $80 or 5 hours for $95. Dates: August 5, 6 – September 22, 23 – October 6, 7 – November 3, 4. Email me to get on the list.

 concept, passion, MATERIALITY and craft
with susan stover and Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch
october 16-20, 2017, 10:00-4:00 EACH DAY

Whether you work intuitively or with fully formed ideas, this workshop will explore the threads that run through our work, what drives us to create, what draws us to work with certain materials, and how we can hone our skills to complete our best work. Join artists Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch and Susan Stover for this in depth intensive in the northern California wine country. They will share their explorations into materials, ideas and what inspires their practices and help to further your own individual direction. Participants can expect demonstrations, studio time, exercises, short presentations and individual feedback to round out 5 days of deep exploration in encaustic and mixed media. Topics to include: developing your color palette, finding your passion, expanding your ideas, technique refinement, design fundamentals, the language of materials, and pitfalls of mediums. $795 + $50 materials fee. Payment in half or full. Final payments due September 1, 2017.

Half payment $422.50

Full payment $845.00

2018 workshops
 expanding your vision with oil and cold wax
Guest Instructor – Lisa Pressman
February 16-19, 2018

The focus of this workshop will be on expanding your personal vocabulary, on content, how to see, and moving your work forward.  We will be exploring cold wax and other media to create  expressive, richly surfaced paintings. Materials such as: R&F pigment sticks; graphite, pastels and oil paint will be introduced. Demonstrations include;  layering, excavating, mono printing  glazing along with, texture, mark making and editing. Students will be encouraged to work in a series, while revisiting the painting process. Activities will include exercises, informal group discussion, individual support, power points and more.  Some art background preferred. Workshop is for beginners to-professionals. Fee: $695.00 + $35.00 materials. Payment in half or full. Final payments due January 15, 2018.

Half payment $365.00

Full payment $730.00

concept, passion, MATERIALITY and craft: east
with susan stover and Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch
March 7-11, 2018, lexington, ky

An intensive exploration of materiality using wax, tar and rust. Details soon, get on the list here.

exploring lands(cape) with pattern and encaustic: a wine country retreat
with susan stover and lorraine glessner
april 16-20, 2018, 10:00-4:00 EACH DAY

The mark of nature combined with encaustic painting creates timeless works which reference memory, change and time. Whether inspired by patterns and textures of distant lands or the immediate environment, we will utilize the natural luminosity, textural and layering possibilities of encaustic in combination with pattern and repetition on fabric and paper. Participants will experiment with innovative materials, drawing and marks to depict the spirit and essence of the land as each chooses to define it. This workshop focuses on the creation of intricate patterns, expressive personal surfaces and complex, multi-layered pieces utilizing and in combination with encaustic painting techniques such as patterned collage, stencils, candy molds, tjaps, and pyrography (creating marks with heated metal and wood burning tools). Considerations such as using pattern and repetition to support and/or strengthen content as well as presentations by both instructors on their inspirations and how it relates to the subject of lands/landscape will also be discussed. Daily walks exploring the area’s vineyards, orchards, redwood forests and the Pacific coast are led by Susan and Lorraine and will provide the inspiration for which to develop ideas while also developing your personal artistic voice through listening, mapping, touching, collecting and communing with nature through all of the senses. Optional individual critiques with both instructors will be offered to all participants.

**Please note that participants should be prepared to spend time outside as well as in the studio. In the event that participants are unable to participate in the workshop walks, participants are welcome to opt out and alternative outdoor creative exercises will be provided.

Full description and registration here.