Use molten wax to blur the boundary between Painting and Photography.

Sep 16, 2024 - Sep 20, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $1695
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 8

Guided by Diane Bowie Zaitlin, this class will introduce you to the basics of Encaustic painting and show you a number of ways to combine wax with photography. Encaustic is an intriguing and versatile medium that combines molten beeswax with damar resin.  When added to photographs, it adds depth, texture, and intrigue to the image.  Layers of wax and imagery reflect light for a uniquely luminous and sensuous surface.

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Companions by Diane Bowie Zaitlin – mixed media encaustic, 8×8
Stories by Diane Bowie Zaitlin_encaustic collage_10x8
Stories by Diane Bowie Zaitlin – encaustic collage, 10×8

Whether your approach to the class is that of a photographer or painter, you are sure to discover new ways to challenge yourself and enlarge your practice. You will find a diverse and dynamic atmosphere with varying focus and viewpoints among students.  There are no special skills required and photo images can be of professional quality, from your cell phone or acquired from books or other printed materials.

Encaustic Painting with Photographic Imagery with Diane Bowie Zaitlin - Workshop Image 3

Encaustic Painting with Photographic Imagery with Diane Bowie Zaitlin - Workshop Image 2

Encaustic Painting with Photographic Imagery with Diane Bowie Zaitlin - Workshop Image

We will work directly on photographs with multiple layers of wax, paint, and images. Other techniques to be explored are image transfer onto wax, collage, incising and scraping the wax, and mixed media.  Students will have the freedom to apply the techniques to their personal vision and are encouraged to push their imagery in response to the wax.

What to bring

Students should bring at least 5 printed images with them. Maine Media will provide up to 10 images on 8.5×11″ papers. Students should bring photo files to the workshop on a thumb drive.

Through the Trees by Diane Bowie Zaitlin_mixed media encaustic_10x8
Through the Trees by Diane Bowie Zaitlin – mixed media encaustic, 10×8

All images copyright Diane Bowie Zaitlin.

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Instructor: Diane Bowie Zaitlin

Diane Bowie Zaitlin received a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut and also studied art at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  She has continued her studies over the years with many workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, R & F Paints, Kingston, N.Y., and Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Diane was an artist-in-residence at museums and schools throughout the state with the Maine Touring Artist Program of the Maine Arts Commission for over twenty years.  She has taught workshops for the Maine Art Education Association as well as various community programs.  For the past fifteen years she has offered private art workshops at her studio in Saco, Maine. Diane has exhibited her artwork throughout the country and in many solo shows in Maine and New Hampshire.