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with Heidi Beal
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
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 workshop, you will learn lots of
encaustic techniques as well as her unique approach to the art of
painting with beeswax! Heidi will encourage students to learn & experiment with
a vast variety of encaustic techniques, creating sample boards as well as
completed art which they will take home for future reference.
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See below for a full description of all her workshops.
For more information or to be put on Heidi's email list, call Heidi Beal at
805-712-0612 or email Heidi
SIGN UP INFO HERE
UPCOMING 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 encaustic
January 30 Ė Feb 9, 2014 I will offer just this kind of residential
experience for my comprehensive encaustic workshop series at my home
studio in downtown Bakersfield.
In a relaxing and community environment, students will have the
opportunity to take encaustic workshops with me while sharing meals, lodging, and
extended studio time onsite.
My 108 year old home will be your home for
nurturing those creative juices and the brick carriage house out back will
be your studio.
The costs for this workshop series is priced out
separately for the workshop, lodging, and food.
THIS WORKSHOP SERIES IS LIMITED TO 5 STUDENTS!
FIRST PRIORITY BEFORE DEC 1st IS GIVEN TO THOSE WHO SIGN UP FOR AT
LEAST 6 CONSECUTIVE DAYS.
On Dec 1st, if there is availability, students can sign up for fewer
Read on for all the details!
|Afternoon Welcome & Dinner
Gather at Heidi's home in the afternoon as
we get to know each other. The dinner bell will ring around 6ish.
2 DAYS WITH AN EMPHASIS IN PAINTING, CARVING, & TEXTURE
||Fri & Sat
||Jan 31-Feb 1
||9am - 4pm
In this workshop we will focus
our attention on building rich texture, and carving deep into the wax
surface. Techniques taught will include the use of rubber
stamps, scraping patina-like texture, using a variety of stencils, and
diverse brush work. This workshop is perfect for both beginning
and experienced encaustic students. For beginning and experienced students.
Mixed Media & Project Day
||9am - 4pm
|Mix it up In this workshop where we will introduce other materials such as oil sticks,
shellac, wall board compound, graphite, carbon, pastels, tea crystals,
gold leaf foil, and more! *Prerequisite: completion of a 2 day
Encaustic Photo & Collage
||Mon & Tues
||Feb 3 -4
||9am - 4pm
In this workshop, we will focus our attention on integrating existing imagery into the hot
molten wax. 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.
Advanced Photo & Collage
||9am - 4pm
For those students interested in taking
their photography and encaustic work to the next level, this one's for
you! Heidi will share her unique techniques for transferring
photographic images onto fabric which can then be illuminated from behind
the fabric! Additional advanced photographic techniques will also be
taught such as embedding tissue paper prints and advanced pours. This
workshop also offers students more studio time to practice what they have
learned. *Prerequisite: completion of Heidi's Two-Day Photo &
Collage Encaustic Workshop.
OPEN REST DAY
||Activity options to include napping, massage, hikes, pedicures, and more TBA
Encaustic Monotype Printing
|Fri & Sat
||Feb 7 & 8
||9am - 4pm
This workshop focuses our attention on printing on paper with
pigmented beeswax. One of a kind prints are created using simple mark
making with 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. For beginning and experienced students.
Mixed Media Monotype Printing
||9am - 4pm
This Monotype workshop introduces mixed media elements and different type of drawing
implements. This is also an opportunity to work on projects,
hone in your skills, and perhaps work a little larger. Prerequisite:
completion of a 2 day monotype workshop
Tuition prices above reflect workshop and materials. Lodging & Food
SIGN UP INFO HERE
is given for students who are signing up for at least 6 days of the series,
if there is room after Dec 1st, one may opt to only take part of the series. Workshops are
limited to an intimate size of 5 students. As a result, Heidi is able to meet the needs of both absolute beginners as well as challenge
more experienced students to reach new levels.
If you are local, you are welcome to take the workshop and 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 as well.
with all lodging at Heidi Bealís home:
-Pick up & Drop off
from Bakersfield Airport (Meadows Field) or Train/Bus station in downtown
-Extended studio time
in early morning and late evenings (very valuable if you have the energy!)
towel, washcloth, basic toiletries such as quality shampoo & soap
-Wi-fi throughout the
house and studio
-Evening gatherings for movies
and popcorn as well as support critiques
-A bag of fresh
oranges from Heidiís tree to take home (priceless!)
Orchid NestĒ Guest Suite
This 2 room suite is
a separate apartment inside the house with a private bath, queen size bed,
heating/AC, original hardwood floors, its own private entrance, and
appointed with eclectic antiques and Heidiís artwork. The Orchid Nest can
be rented as a private suite for one or it can be shared with a friend.
Two guests can share the queen bed or the second person can take the twin
bed in the 2nd room.
Shared by 2 students $80 per night, per person
(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 would share a bathroom and two bedrooms.
No, you donít have to bring your own bedding as we have beds to choose
from. Guests to the slumber party are limited to 4. This
lodging option would be more or less private depending upon how many of
our 5 students per workshop choose to stay in residence.
$50 per night, per person
talk FOOD! A healthy and
quality meal package is also offered ($25 per day) so you donít have to
cook or eat out. Are you a vegetarian? Vegan? Need low-glycemic
options? Or are you a snack food addict? We gotcha covered! We are happy to cater
our menus around your special needs.
|Note: 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 anything you might need and can run out
for an errand in Heidiís car as needed.
SIGN UP INFO HERE
Encaustic Workshop is a 9 day course, divided into sections which
may be taken separately or all together. 2 day technique workshops are
usually followed by mixed media studio days.
Attendance is limited
for plenty of individualized attention & work space. All students will
work with a personal hot plate so they don't have to share pigment
Students may bring personal materials however they
will only supplement supplies that will already be provided.
has written a detailed Encaustic handbook which is included in
the 2 day workshop. It contains technical info, thorough supplier and
material lists, safety precautions, procedures, and a "sticker
approach" to note taking which she developed. This handbook enables
the student to focus on painting and having fun, instead of taking
notes! 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 coffee, tea and post workshop phone/email
support as students begin working independently in their own studios
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!