Drip, Drag and Pour: Textile Thinking in Encaustic Paint

Instructor: Helene Farrar

Supplies/Materials Fee: $50

Enrollment limit: 12 FULL Waitlist Only

Level: All levels welcome

Investigate the art of encaustic painting in this very hands-on workshop using pigmented wax, a heated palette and a strong sensitivity to both textile design and interlacement. Explore a rich variety of marks and surfaces while approaching fiborous papers in both two and three dimensional forms,varying found and collected fiber pieces, and rigid supports. Whilst playing with line and pattern, students will experiment with stitching, image transfer, etching, and collaging in this seductive medium. Class time will be divided between demonstrations, individual work time, and discussion about historical and contemporary practices. We will also touch on proper studio ventilation, wax safety, and how to “finish” artworks in terms of framing and care. Students will leave with multiple finished pieces and the understanding of proper studio set-up. Let’s drip, pour, drag, layer, heat, and incise!

The In-betweens: Tree Variations, 30″ x 22″, encaustic on panel and What We Carry: Rain Lady 22″ x 30″, encaustic on panel

Helene Farrar has taught and worked in the visual arts for twenty years while actively exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit and university galleries in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Italy, and England. Farrar has a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maine and a Masters of Fine Art Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont. Hélène currently owns and operates her own private art school in Manchester, Maine out of her ‘Farmhouse’ studio. Farrar was most recently featured in a solo exhibition What We Carry at the University of Maine at Farmington’s Emery Art Center. Farrar is represented by the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta, Archipelago Fine Arts in Rockland, and the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner . Her teaching practice has lead her to non-profits across the state, as well as, workshops on Monhegan and in Tuscany. She has been on the faculties at both the University of Maine and Thomas College. Most recently, she taught encaustic painting at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.