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Class/Making Faces

Wax Works West
Santa Cruz, CA

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Don't let the title scare you off! Dating back to the Fayum portraits, faces have looked out at us from the wax. As elemental as our bodies, wax offers translucency and texture that can bring a particular presence to portraiture. Painting with wax, however, poses a variety of challenges, how to work up subtle shading, paint fine details, keep the texture and details where you want them and preventing it from going all "cattywampus" when fusing. 

In this two-day class, you will learn and practice a variety of techniques to control the wax and paint details, build subtle renderings of skin-like textures and shading, and talk about color. We will employ different fusing techniques, scraping, carving, sculpting, drawing, printing and layering to render faces in ways you can apply to your particular style of painting. All materials included. 

If you've never painted a "face" not to worry! Students can bury photographs in the wax and learn all of the techniques that Charlie teaches without the intimidation of having to "draw" a nose or lips! All materials are included. 

Prerequisite: Encaustic Basics I or equivalent skills 
Price: $270.00 
Hours: 10-4 
Dates: see schedule


Combine with other classes!

Sep 20–21  //  Sat-Sun    
Making Faces: Encaustic Portraits with guest artist Charlie Levin      

Sep 27–28  //  Sat-Sun    
Perplexiglass: Making Painting Clear with guest artist Charlie Levin