Teaching: Introduction to Encaustic, June 18-August 6, 2011

Starting June 18, I will be teaching an 8-week Introduction to Encaustic class at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. Below please find the class description and syllabus.

Introduction to Encaustic

St. Louis Artists’ Guild & Galleries
Instructor: Lisa Sisley-Blinn, MFA Artist: Painting/Printmaking

Move I

Move I

Class Description

This 8-week class will focus on exploring current encaustic methods and materials. After a brief history and survey of artists currently working in the medium, we will explore studio safety, tools and materials, supports, heat sources, encaustic paints and medium, mark making, transfers, direct and indirect drawing, embedding, collage and mixed media techniques. This class is well suited for both beginner and intermediate level students.


Meets every week through Sat Aug 06 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011 – 10:00am – 12:30pm

Saturday, June 25, 2011 – 10:00am – 12:30pm

Saturday, July 2, 2011 – 10:00am – 12:30pm

Saturday, July 9, 2011 – 10:00am – 12:30pm

Saturday, July 16, 2011 – 10:00am – 12:30pm

Saturday, July 23, 2011 – 10:00am – 12:30pm

Saturday, July 30, 2011 – 10:00am – 12:30pm

Jumble Ice II

Jumble Ice II

Saturday, August 6, 2011 – 10:00am – 12:30pm


Member: $120 Non-Member: $150 • Ages 18+


St. Louis Artists’ Guild





 Materials List

Provided (stays in class):

Griddles, heat guns, paper towels, painter’s low tack tape, encaustic medium, some collage materials and copier images, texture and mark making tools, metal tins to hold paints, initial paper substrates, tracing paper, and buffing cloth.

Bring to Class (students to bring):

Several sizes of natural bristle brushes (inexpensive, not synthetic or synthetic blends), encaustic paints, substrates to paint on (paper and/or boards) *Note: materials can be purchased from ArtMart at class discount. Some encaustic paint colors, brushes, boards and paper can be purchased in class from the instructor.

Optional for You to Bring (to personalize work):

Thin and/or absorbent collage materials (fabrics, decorative papers, threads, rub-on transfers, natural materials such as dried plants), substrates (paper, boards), copier or printed images from laser or Xerox-style toner copiers (in general, water-based ink jet images can be used for embedding, but not for making transfers), texture and mark making tools, burnishing tool, drawings on tracing paper, photographs for embedding (not on resin coated paper), stencils.

Introduction to Encaustic will cover  (approximate schedule, may change due to skills and needs of the class):

June 18

  • introductions, brief history and survey of current artists

    Fury II

    Fury II

  • setting up a work area
  • equipment and safety
  • tools, materials, heat surfaces
  • paper substrates
  • encaustic paints and medium
  • hot/cool direct painting techniques, and fusing
  • handouts: terms, safety, temperature chart, list of artist blogs/websites online, recommended book list

June 25

  • boards and alternative substrates
  • surface preparations, protecting edges
  • making encaustic medium and encaustic paint colors
  • glazing, layering and creating visual depth
  • creating a smooth or textured surface with encaustic paint
  • handouts: sources, encaustic suppliers, professional organizations

July 2

  • direct and indirect drawing techniques
  • mark making, scraping, incising
  • encaustic oil sticks
  • image transfers, photo copier or printer images
  • handout: tips and tricks

July 9

  • embedding, collage and mixed media techniques
  • adding additional textural elements
  • handout: recommended inclusions and collage materials

    Berries I

    Berries I

      July 16

  • 3D/dimensional substrates
  • stencils and masks
  • low relief with encaustic medium
  • creating recessed shapes in the surface
  • handout: list of alternative substrates

     July 23

  • poured encaustic medium
  • dipping, folding and layering
  • monoprinting on paper
  • handout: online videos

    July 30

  • surface treatments, and additions
  • buffing
  • repairing damaged work

August 6

  • documenting your work
  • protecting your work, framing
  • mailing/shipping and transporting
  • handout: example documentation sheet, making a shipping box

For questions regarding the class, contact the St. Louis Artists’ Guild: 314-727-6266