Encaustic Workshops with Heidi Beal

Join Heidi Beal in a fun, inspiring, and supportive environment for one of her awesome workshops! Whether you are a painter or work in photography, collage, or sculpture, you will love to add the unique Encaustic magic to your work! No experience is needed. You only need to bring your creative self!  Once the ancient medium of the Greeks 2500 years ago, Encaustic Painting has experienced huge popularity in the contemporary art community. Hot molten beeswax, pigments, and tree resin make up your palette as you create luminous texture with an infinite number of techniques!

In Heidi's encaustic workshops, you will experience a comprehensive approach to encaustic painting, giving you everything you need to begin your encaustic journey. Heidi will encourage students to learn & experiment with a vast variety of encaustic techniques, creating sample panels as well as completed art which they will take home for future reference.

Integrated within all of her offered workshops, Heidi will encourage students to find their unique voices, help them to identify directions for cohesive bodies of work, and assist them in removing creative blocks.  This is done in a group setting, and private consults for returning students as time permits.

Heidi is known for her power-packed workshops, filled with tons of demos of generous information!  Come and be a part of it ALL!

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Encaustic Workshops at Heidi's home Studio in Bakersfield, California
Over my many years of teaching, I have come to understand the value of learning and networking that happens during an art workshop.  Lifelong friendships are built, amazing new perspectives on oneself are expanded, new goals are set, the professional bar of excellence is raised, and the context of oneself within their art community is better understood.  Although much can be had in the studio, often, these rich experiences happen over lunch with your teacher, sharing a hotel room with another student, or taking a meditative walk during a break.   I also know that food and lodging costs can take their toll on investing in oneís art practice.  As a result, many of my out of town students seek out more affordable options to expensive and lonely hotel rooms.  These needs of my students have shaped my lifelong dream to provide a residential learning environment for my workshops.

My comprehensive encaustic workshops at my home studio in Bakersfield offers just this kind of experience.  In a relaxing and community environment, students have the opportunity to take encaustic workshops with me while sharing meals, lodging, and extended studio time onsite.  My 110 year old home will be your home for nurturing those creative juices and the ole brick carriage house out back will be your studio.
                                                                                    -Heidi Beal

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Encaustic Painting with an Emphasis in
Photography & Collage

Oct 8-11, 2015

Cost: $450  
including all materials

Perfect for both beginning & experienced students!

Group studio & demo time is from 9pm - 4pm.  Onsite residential students are welcome to take advantage of extended studio hours too!

SPACE AVAILABLE

Gather at Heidi's home Thursday afternoon, anytime after 3pm. Dinner will be served at 6pm as we get acquainted. After dinner, beginning students will receive a 3 hour encaustic orientation, giving them a jump start in the studio Friday morning.  Experienced students can sit in as a valuable review or use it as free time.

On Friday, experienced students will prepare for projects while beginning students begin to learn the basics. Techniques taught will include collage, photo underlays, photo transfers, and jas paper transfers. Students may bring photography or other found images or they may use visual materials that are provided.  This workshop is perfect for both beginning and experienced students.

On Sunday, we will take it to the next level! Additional advanced photographic techniques will be taught such as embedding tissue paper prints. Heidi will share her unique techniques for transferring photographic images onto fabric.  This is also a good time to work on a project and put to practice some of the techniques you have just learned.

 
Encaustic Painting with an Emphasis in
Monotype Printing
Oct 22-25, 2015
Thursday - Sunday

Cost: $450  
including all materials

Usually best for experienced students however beginning encaustic students are welcome too!

Group studio & demo time is from 9pm - 4pm.  Onsite residential students are welcome to take advantage of extended studio hours too!

SPACE AVAILABLE

Gather at Heidi's home Thursday afternoon after 3pm. Dinner will be served at 5pm as we get acquainted. After dinner, beginning students will receive a 3 hour encaustic orientation, giving them a jump start in the studio Friday morning.  Experienced students can sit in as a valuable review or use it as free time.

On Friday & Saturday, we will focuses our attention on printing on paper with pigmented beeswax. One of a kind prints are created by painting directly onto the hot plate, using pigment bars, brushes, silicone subtractive tools, wooden print blocks, and stencils.  Prints can be single-pass images which leave areas of the paper open, or they may be overprinted many times creating layered depth of color. Clear or lightly pigmented wax makes thinner paper translucent, allowing for light to come through. We will explore working with different temperatures, different types and sizes of paper, full bleed prints, and clean plate prints.

On Sunday, we will introduce mixed media elements and different types of mark making implements.  This is also an opportunity to work on projects, hone in your skills, and work a little larger.

 

For the Experienced Artist
Delve Deeper Workshop

Find a deeper personal voice in your art.
Identify new directions for creating bodies of work.
Punch through barriers that might be blocking your creative efforts.
Refresh your creative energy.
Take home a game plan for your art practice.


Öall within the safe fold of Heidiís home studio in Bakersfield.

November 6-8, 2015
Friday-Sunday

Cost: $295  including all materials

For experienced students

Group studio & demo time is from 9pm - 4pm.  Onsite residential students are welcome to take advantage of extended studio hours too!

This workshop is designed for those who have already taken at least one workshop with Heidi and would like additional private and group coaching.  The encaustic studio will be active as we delve deeper into why we do what we do.  However, instead of being technique oriented, this workshop is content driven. 

We will start with a phone consult and email dialog weeks before the workshop begins.  Together we will focus on your unique goals and customize our activities. The workshop will include plenty of individual studio time, creative exercises, critique, and private coaching.

This workshop is packaged as a 2 day workshop however you are welcome to enrich your experience further by staying longer into the following week.  Talk with Heidi about adding days!

Gather at Heidi's home Friday afternoon, anytime after 3pm. Dinner will be served at 6ish as we get reacquainted.

 

Encaustic Painting with an Emphasis in
Texture, Carving
& Mixed Media Mark Making

TBA in 2016
Thurs-Sun

Cost: $450  including all materials

Perfect for both beginning & experienced students!

Group studio & demo time is from 9pm - 4pm.  Onsite residential students are welcome to take advantage of extended studio hours too!

Gather at Heidi's home Thursday afternoon, anytime after 3pm. Dinner will be served at 6pm as we get acquainted. After dinner, beginning students will receive an encaustic orientation, giving them a jump start in the studio Friday morning.  Experienced students can sit in as a valuable review or use it as free time.

On Friday, experienced students will prepare for projects while beginning students begin to learn the basics. We will focus our attention on building rich texture, and carving deep into the wax surface.  Techniques taught will include scraping patina-like texture, the use of rubber stamps, using a variety of stencils, and diverse brush work.

By Sunday, we will be mixing it up a bit, introducing other materials such as oil sticks, shellac burns, wall board compound substrates, graphite, carbon, pastels, tea crystals, and gold leaf foil.  This is also a good time to work on a project and put to practice some of the techniques you have just learned.

 

Included with
All Workshops:
 

Evening activities decided by the group such as...
movies in the living room, support critiques,




Urban Campfires

Extended studio time in early morning and late evenings
(very valuable if you have the energy!)

 River swims, sunrise meditations, hikes


Thursday night gathering dinner



Nights out on the town

A detailed Encaustic handbook which Heidi has written, containing technical info, thorough supplier and material lists, safety precautions, procedures, and a "sticker approach" to note taking which she developed. This handbook enables students to focus on painting and having fun, instead of taking notes!

Pick up and Drop off from Bakersfield Airport (Meadows Field) or Train/Bus station in downtown Bakersfield.
If you are flying in or taking other public transportation directly to Bakersfield, there is NO need to rent a car during the workshop.  We are within easy walking distance to downtown and can run out for an errand in Heidiís car as needed.

Costs are priced out separately for the workshop, lodging, and food.  Workshops are limited to 6 students and fill fast!
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ONSITE LODGING OPTIONS

If you are local and attending the workshop you will probably want to sleep in your own bed at home.
Folks may also opt to stay at any of the large number of standard hotels in the area.
(The Padre Hotel is just a few blocks away)
However, if you are from out of town, it is recommend that you stay onsite, taking advantage of all that it has to offer.
 

 

ďMrs Bealís Orchid NestĒ Guest Suite
This 2 room suite is a separate apartment inside the house with a private bath and its own private entrance and side yard.  Amenities include a queen size bed, heating/AC, original hardwood floors, linens, towels, basic toiletries, high speed Wi-fi, and is appointed with eclectic antiques and Heidiís artwork. The Orchid Nest can be rented as a private suite during private workshop times.

Cost: Private $150 per night, per person
OR Shared by 2 students $80 per night, per person
 


Dormitory Style (AKA You are invited to a Slumber Party!)
If you donít mind less privacy, want to get to know other students better, and want to save money over a hotel room, consider bunking in and around our home.  The guests at the slumber party share Mrs. Beal's Guest Suite and the house bathrooms. Amenities include an actual bed, linens, towels, heating/AC, original hardwood floors, basic toiletries, and high speed Wi-fi.  You'll find the house appointed with eclectic antiques and Heidiís artwork. Guests to the slumber party are limited to 4.  This lodging option is more or less private depending upon how many students choose to stay in residence.

Cost: $50 per night, per person (most students opt for this accommodation)
 

Let's talk FOOD! A healthy and quality meal package is offered so you donít have to eat out. Breakfast is self-serve with a variety of teas, coffee, hardy cereals, fruit, & toast.  Lunches & Dinners are promised to be nutritious and ohhhhhh so yummy!

Cost: $40 per day for those who want maximum pampering and are Divas in training!
OR $25 per day if you would like to help out a wee bit with KP duty.
(most students opt for this)

Are you a vegetarian? Vegan? Want low-carb options?  Or are you a snack food addict? We gotcha covered!  We are happy to cater the menus around your special needs.
 

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more details:
Attendance is limited to 6 for plenty of individualized attention & work space. All students will work with a personal hot plate so they don't have to share pigment palettes.

Students may bring personal materials however they will only supplement supplies that will already be provided.

As well as completing numerous pieces of art and sample panels, students will walk away with all the knowledge needed to embark on their encaustic journey! Content will include the history of Encaustic painting, a review of basic materials, Encaustic safety for people and art, lots of technique demos and studio time.

Workshops also include post workshop phone/email support as students begin working independently in their own studios at home.

Heidi's studio is well ventilated, well lit, and has both sitting and standing work stations available to students.  Student safty and comfort is paramount!

 

 

 

Not Sure which workshops are best for you?

Give Heidi a call at 805-712-0612
so you can chat about your goals
and choose the perfect workshop for you!
 

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