In this class you will be able to combine the indulgence of handmade paper, the lure of wax and your favorite mixed media materials while creating a painting that is rich in texture and translucency. Michelle Belto, will share with you her signature techniques for creating the perfect encaustic canvas and painting on these amazing forms with layers of luminous wax.
You will also learn Michelle’s very innovative methods and techniques for creating your own dimensional canvas and wrap it with a variety of papers. Using wax medium and pigmented oil, you will see how these simple materials can create luminous works of art. You will learn various encaustic techniques including wax and oil glazes, dry brush accretions, photo transfer and mark making. Michelle will incorporate information on finding inexpensive tools and equipment, studio set up and working with encaustic painting safely.
Hobbyists and professionals artists will enjoy this workshop as it covers topics relating to artwork issues that Michelle has successfully solved with her special applications and processes. If you are new to encaustic painting, this will be a thorough, but easy to do introduction with fewer specialized materials to purchase.
Students that have taken her live classes remark that, “Michelle is a generous and organized teacher and gives you way more than you would expect and challenges you to use her techniques but create your own work.”
I have been interested in art and education all of my life. My background in theater schooled me in many artistic disciplines: designer, choreographer, director, actress, but after twenty years and more than seventy productions, I ran out of theater steam somewhere around 1984. I entered graduate school to do my own artist work and found myself stepping back into theater with Hildegarde of Bingen, a one-woman show I wrote and performed internationally. The rest of my career has been varied– from performing for such groups as the National Conference for Immigrant and Refugee Rights to showing my encaustic paintings in Sydney, Australia. I’ve transformed a nineteenth century opera house into a dinner theater and created a center for spirituality and art in a renovated barn.
For the last fifteen years, though, I’ve been primarily a paper maker and exhibiting visual artist and an educator. It was a chance meeting that introduced me to wax. With the addition of encaustic on my handmade paper canvases, I knew that I had discovered a media and a direction that will take me the rest of my life to explore. Today I live in San Antonio and work full time as a visual artist and encaustic instructor. An instructional book, Wax and Paper Workshop, Techniques for Handmade Paper and Encaustic Painting, published by North Light Press, an article in Cloth, Paper, Scissors and two new videos on the process of working with wax and paper have been instrumental in creating a very full national and international teaching schedule for 2016 and 2017. Artful Gathering adds a new dimension to my work as both an artist and educator. I am excited to be a part of this exciting and growing community.