Thursday, December 27, 2012

Try encaustic painting at the Harlow Gallery on January 13

Hallowell, Maine - On Sunday, January 13th from 9 am – 2 pm, Manchester artist Hélène Farrar is teaching a one-day workshop on encaustic painting at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. The tuition cost is $50 tuition plus a $25 materials fee. To register call the Harlow Gallery at 207-622-3813, or email

What is encaustic? How do artists use encaustic?  What is the history of encaustic? Learn the answers to these questions, plus how to layer, fuse and make a variety of marks in this seductive medium. Learn
painterly approaches plus how to etch and scrape into the surface. Take your flat collections such as your drawings, collected papers, pictures and embellish them into the wax! Leave with two small finished paintings and artistic inspiration!  We will also briefly touch on proper studio ventilation, wax safety, and how to “finish” their artworks in terms of framing and care. Class time will be divided between demonstrations, individual work time, and discussion. Encaustic medium will also be for sale.

A little more about encaustic…
Encaustic is a beeswax-based painting medium that is used in a molten state. The molten state implies that the wax is heated to a liquid form and applied quickly to a rigid support to maintain its liquid form. Artists fuse the top layer of wax to the previous with a variety of tools such as a high temperature heat gun, torch, and iron. Encaustic paint is made up of beeswax, pigment and damar resin.

About the Instructor…
Hélène Farrar has taught and worked in the visual arts for fifteen years while actively exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit and university galleries in New England and England. Farrar has a Masters of Fine Art Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont, and a Bachelors of Art from University of Maine with concentrations in painting and printmaking. Hélène operates in her studio “Hélène Farrar Art” in downtown Hallowell, Her work has been exhibited widely in Maine and has been accepted into regional and international juried exhibitions featuring her encaustics and oil works. She is currently represented by the Flat Iron Gallery in Portland, and the Three Graces Gallery in New Hampshire.

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