Encaustic Painting Class: Make Your Mark

Carve your way into this Walnut Creek workshop.



4 hours Class size 1 to 8

label $175 - $480 ($175 for 4-hour class per person, $225 for 5-hour class per person, $300 for 6-hour class per person, $480 for 8-hour class per person)

Learn how to cut, slash, scratch, and stipple hot wax, and make your mark on an encaustic masterpiece of your own. This satisfying art activity adds a whole new technique to your repertoire and is good for beginners.

Your art class will begin with an introduction to encaustic painting and how to heat, move and mix hot wax to create mesmerizing and uniquely layered paintings. Then you will learn how to carve using a variety of tools, from awls to zippers and beyond! You will create your own patterns and designs using sgraffito techniques - carving that reveals layers beneath the surface. Be inspired by the marks in your paintings and create a finished piece to be proud of.

Guided by a local friendly artist, Melissa, you will learn all about the fascinating history of encaustic art as well as all the best tips and tricks. Students must be 18+ years old.

Wondering what to do in the Bay Area? Melissa can help! This encaustic art workshop is perfect for your team-building events, birthday parties, or fun weekend plans when you want to do something different.

Please note:
The length of time for these classes may be customized to your needs. We offer four to eight-hour sessions, and every class comes with all of the art supplies, tools, and knowledgeable guidance from your teacher. Longer classes can take place over two days or in one day with a 45-minute lunch break (when applicable.)


Knowledge required
Beginner-friendly. Must be 18+ years.
 
What you'll get
All of the materials needed will be provided for you, and you will go home with your stunning pieces of art.
 
What to bring
An open mind and affinity for fun!
 
Suitable for
This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for birthday parties, team-building activities, fun with friends, or a holiday gift experience.

Melissa Stephens is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

See additional precautions taken   

Students with proof of vaccination are welcome to remain unmasked in my studio. Mask requirements may differ per class via vaccination status and student requests.
Location

Walnut Creek, CA

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher can also travel within 30 miles of Walnut Creek for private classes

Your teacher
Melissa Stephens
Melissa Stephens

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Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, I received my BA from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and continue my arts education though workshops and specialized instruction. Currently living in Walnut Creek, CA, I am an encaustic painting instructor, working artist and advocate for the arts. In 2020, I co-developed a virtual gallery and developed a YouTube channel called The Encaustic Edge. I also started a business coaching artists, at all levels in their careers. I serve on several art boards, volunteer at galleries in the San Francisco Bay area, and host live and virtual encaustic demonstrations.

Encaustic is an ancient artform that originates with the Greeks and Egyptians. Layers of molten beeswax and a blow torch are my idea of a good time!

Through the years, I have discovered how fulfilling it is to teach the art I love to make. It is my pleasure to feed people’s creative appetites, give them new knowledge and share ideas. My artwork has been exhibited in Turkey, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Washington, New York, and California, and I have collectors around the globe.

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Eveline Saur Dec 2021


I gifted this class to my mom and couldn't be happier! Melissa did a wonderful job meeting her student where they're at and teaching new techniques. She's a kind and encouraging teacher. Her studio setup is awesome, too! I highly recommend this class!

Encaustic Painting Class: Make Your Mark review by Eveline Saur Sydney

Sandra Nov 2021


Melissa had everything set up and ready for us to learn. She explained the history of encaustic painting and then demonstrated the technique. She didn't tell us what to do but helped us to be brave in trying new things. We had a great afternoon and ended up with some cool artwork!
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