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Essential Encaustic Intensive Course

Essential Encaustic: How to Paint with Wax

In this class, we will touch on the history of encaustic while making our own 6”x6” masterpieces (more than one!) with encaustic medium and paints. We’ll explore various ways to prep boards, adjusting the opacity of the wax, adding texture, digging in to reveal or to fill, adding on, fusing techniques and so much more. You will have a few things to bring — you either already have most or can easily gather — and then we will get busy melting and painting. No experience is necessary, other than a willingness to learn and get waxy.

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Course Dates

Monday & Tuesday

October 30 & 31, 2023

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Outside the Box Studio

Littleton, CO

Course Cost

$280 for the course

$50 materials fee*

*Non-Refundable $50 payment must be made to hold your place.

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Guest Instructor

Michele Messenger


Michele is an enthusiastic encaustic artist, eager to share all she knows (and doesn’t know) about this most flexible art practice. She fell in love with encaustic after meeting Victoria Eubanks at an art show, taking her classes, then volunteering as her assistant (and open studio room mother) when Victoria taught at Art Students League of Denver. Michele has been producing and selling her graphic and whimsical artwork since 2015. She says her favorite part of working with wax is the endless directions it can go and how satisfying and forgiving the entire process is. Michele is a freelance graphic designer and finds painting with wax to be a perfect complement to her design work and
vice versa! She is represented at two galleries in the Denver area, participates in summer art shows, and is giddy about teaching at Outside the Box Studio.

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