This workshop will allow both beginner and experienced participants to develop and further skills and techniques in wax. An introduction to the history of encaustics, safety precautions, materials, tools and equipment will be given. Demonstrations include: mono printing, panel preparation, melting/fusing, colour mixing, texturing, incising,
layering, collage, image transfer application and more.
Sufficient time will be allotted for participants to experiment with demonstrated techniques and create unique monoprints, cards, small blocks and panel paintings. All materials will be provided with access to pharmaceutical grade bees wax, pigments, pan pastels, collage materials, stencils and image transfers. Upon request individual images transfers using your own personalized photos will be made for you by the instructor.
Join us as we venture into the exciting world of wax.
All supplies and materials provided/included.
ERNA dE VRIES is an artist/art educator depicting the urban industrialized landscape. A
fascination with the steel industry, a love of concrete and wax along with a respect for nature
inspired her to integrate these elements in her art.
Born in the Netherlands, Erna immigrated to Canada as a child and lives in the Hamilton area.
She received her art education at McMaster, York, Queens Universities and is a certified
Enkaustikos Instructor. Erna taught art at the secondary level, in the art education department
for two universities and has been a part time faculty associate evaluating potential art teacher
Erna has been a featured artist at McMaster Innovation Park, held a solo show in Richmond VA
and her painting technique was presented in the EncausticArts Magazine. She was the recipient
of the Reserve Best in Show Award at Vaughan City Hall and received a Jurors Award at the
John Baird Galley in Toronto. Her paintings have been exhibited in Canada, US, and The
Netherlands. Erna works and teaches out of her home studio in addition to teaching encaustic
workshops throughout Southern Ontario