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classes: Paint and Sip • Painting • Paper Craft and Ink
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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.
Melissa Stephens was a great teacher. She knows her craft and very willing to share to others. She's knowledgeable on a lot of artistic aspects, and I'm very much interested to attend another class of hers. Her art studio was perfect for the class, very spacious, open, and motivational. She has lots of materials/tools. The whole class made me feel like a kid again, playing with different colors and learning all kinds of tips and tricks. It was a wonderful experience.
Such a truly creative experience! I was able to let life go and just be in the moment! Our teacher was personable and made me feel comfortable! The sparkling wine and treats at the end of as a perfect way to cap the evening!
Melissa is so knowledgeable on the subject matter and a very patient instructor for someone with no experience. It was such fun to create something new on the first go.
I took the encaustic photography class with Melissa today. It was such a fun class! Melissa taught me so much. She had three of my photographs ready to paint with wax. Her studio was set up really great with so many pretty paintings hanging. I thought it was awesome that she makes her own paints! I might buy some products to make more encaustic paintings.
I definitely would recommend this class!
Melissa knows encaustic and teaches it well. She is patient, understanding, caring, and very helpful. The class is in her very clean well organized garage with artwork on the walls and multiple table stations to work. She provided all materials needed and was well prepared to give the lesson. She asked for us to send digital images ahead of time that she printed and adhered to cradled wood panels. She demonstrated how to use different mediums with the encaustic as well as went over safety measures. I came home with three artworks that I am very happy with and I look forward to taking another class with her.
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!
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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