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Class/Making Faces


  • Wax Works West 133 Hames Rd Watsonville, CA, 95076 United States (map)

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Dating back to the Fayum portraits, faces have looked out at us from the wax. Its translucency and texture 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.

Bring photographs or images of faces you want to work with.

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

Earlier Event: January 24
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