January 20 -21, 2023
9am - 4pm
August 7-11, 2023
9am - 5pm
in the Laurel Highlands near Pittsburgh
October 18 - 21, 2023
10am - 4pm
The word Encaustic, from the Greek language, means "to heat" or "to burn in" which refers to the process of fusing the beeswax-based paint after each layer of application. The paint is heated on a hot palette and applied with natural bristle brushes. Layering, scraping, 3-D and many other options are possible with this incredible medium.
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November 11 - 13, 2022
10am - 4pm
in the high desert of Northern Arizona
January 24 -29, 2023
Bennington College Campus
in the foothills of the Green Mountains of Vermont
February 23-25, 2023
in the heart of downtown
June 23-24, 2023
My home studio doubles as a comfortable and safely equipped workshop for private lessons and small group instruction (4 students max.). A full day for 2 = $250 each, for example, and includes most supplies. Private lessons are slightly higher. Please contact me for scheduling.
"This workshop was far superior to any art training experience I have had. Can't say enough about Julie Snidle's teaching skill and hospitality. Perfect studio venue.
Best birthday I've had in years!!" -Beth H.
"Julie was informative, relaxed, and gave us ample time to experiment. Fun!" - Dianne G.
"It was very fun and really gave the opportunity to be creative. Julie was great. I would like to take more classes from her." - Amy R.
"Julie was well prepared, knowledgeable, and fun.
I liked the exercises and demos." -T.B.
"The class was great! Very well presented." -Kristine G.
"Julie was wonderful! I loved this class!" -Pat C.
"It was so excellent! Bring Julie back please!" -Lisa H.
"It was very well organized." -Andrea J.
"Now I feel like I know what encaustic painting really is!" -Anne B.
"Excellent instruction! Great teacher!" -Stacy B.
"Julie was great! The pace of the class was just right." -Sheila M.
"The workshop definitely made me want to continue painting with encaustic." -A.W.
In my introductory workshops l provide students with a thorough foundation for painting with encaustic and plenty of studio time for experimenting with a wide range of techniques that can be used to manipulate the wax surface. We'll cover safety, tools & materials, painting & fusing, layering, incising, collage, image and line transfer, glazing, Pan Pastel, compatibility with oils, and more.
I don't expect beginners to bring anything other than wood panels to paint on. These should be raw, unprimed wood panels or Encausticbords in sizes ranging from 5"x5" to 8"x8". Figure about 4-6 panels per workshop day. Depending on the venue, most other supplies are included.
My advanced encaustic workshops are for students with some previous encaustic experience. This is where we can explore even further. Learn a variety of ways in which encaustic can be used with paper. Create texture with unconventional materials. We'll also discuss working on larger substrates. Developing your visual ideas through encaustic will be encouraged.
Advanced students should bring panels to paint on(no larger than 12" x 12" please)
as well as desired collage papers, favorite tools, imagery to transfer, nitrile gloves, etc.
A supply list will be provided by the hosting venue.
These workshops offers students an opportunity to break free from tradition and discover oil painting without brushes and smelly solvents. With R&F Pigment Sticks as our primary oil paint and Gamblin's cold wax medium, we will build up layers using a variety of methods and discover new tools and ways of working to create rich and authentic small works on paper and Ampersand's Gessobord.
Discover the freedom that comes from painting with a limited palette. Working with fewer colors guarantees harmony in our paintings and creates a more sophisticated look overall. Although this is not technically a color theory workshop, students will learn about hue, value, and intensity by working hands-on with the materials. We will be using R&F's Pigment Sticks (compressed oil paints) to create a series of small paintings on oil paper. A variety of triads will be available for you to 'test-drive' so that you can decide which limited palette suits you best!
How does one begin an abstract painting? Where do the ideas come from? What do you do when you get stuck along the way? How do you know when a painting is finished? The answers to these questions are as varied and as unique as you are, but I do have some tips and suggestions that will help you navigate through the painting process with confidence as you express your authentic self. We will be working with R&F Pigment Sticks (compressed oil paint) and cold wax medium.
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