Encaustic Classes – I love teaching.

I love teaching, I think I was born to be a teacher. Nothing gives me a greater thrill than to share my knowledge. I typically use the analogy of the lightbulb for why I love teaching. It is thrilling to watch my students’ minds go while they are figuring out what’s going on and to see that “lightbulb” go on over their head when they finally get it.

Teaching can sometimes be difficult because there are so many different ways people learn. We, as teachers must learn to adjust our approach to be able to help those around us learn and understand in the easiest and best possible way for them. Staying calm and figuring out different approaches is how I work through all my teaching situations. It’s part of why I love teaching so much, it’s the puzzle and the challenge that helps keep me engaged. Also, teaching art is a BLAST!!!!

I have taught a variety of classes and techniques over the years and I never get tired of the inspiration that I consistently receive from my students. I love seeing others be creative and make art. Especially when they don’t think they can or have never tried a certain technique before. I was not supported for my artistic talents while I was growing up so being able to be supportive and watch people grow and develop is something that really means so much to me. It’s a very important part of life; learning new artistic techniques, growing your arsenal of abilities and changing your way of thinking about art can positively effect other areas of one’s life. Below are pictures of my students over the years and their amazing creations, I want to thank them for the joy they have brought me over the years.

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R&F Encaustic Workshop

I will be offering a free workshop at Flax Art & Design – details and link to sign up are below.

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R&F Encaustic Workshop 

Saturday, Aug 22, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm 

Join us along with artist Raven Iacono while she demonstrates the vast possibilities you can achieve with R&F Encaustic Paints and mediums. Raven will be encouraging you to not only try encaustic painting but will also show you anything goes with this ancient art form. You will have fun learning how to properly incorporate wax, paint and mixed media while also learning safe studio practices using heat. Find out how you can incorporate almost anything into wax including paper scraps, graphite, photos, fabric, and also Raven’s favorite thing to use — The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils. If you love making photo transfers her method gives some of the best results! Sign up early this class has limited attendance. Link is below:

http://flaxart.com/san-francisco-store/workshops-events?utm_source=FLAX+Master&utm_campaign=25807e4b1f-080515+Store+-+SF+Center+for+the+Book+Pop-Up&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2b67827c8d-25807e4b1f-85279441

Stock up because they’re offering all R&F products at 20% off Aug 17th – 22nd! 

Encaustic Photo Transfer & Introduction to Mixed Media Demo

I will be offering a free demo showing you the basics of photo transfer and utilizing mixed media and encaustic was. In this class we will briefly review best practices when working with Encaustic paint. We will then learn to create collages applying techniques of image transfer and layering.

All materials are included. Limited Seating so please call to reserve your space now.

Date:

August 8, 2015 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Capacity 20 Students

2550 El Camino Real, Redwood City

650-328-3500

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Encaustic Demo Love

Two of my favorite things to do are to paint and to teach. Ever since I can remember I always wanted to be a teacher. As I grew older I realized that it’s a profession that doesn’t really embrace financial stability. So I decided to go to art school – financial stability? Art? What craziness!!! Well, I believe I can do both and have stability in my life and be happy. I love art and I love to teach! The best thing for me would be to combine the two together. I have yet to become financially stable doing the two but I have to tell you, I am so glad that I am trying. I have a full time job in the art industry which is great for motivation, inspiration and pays the bills. What I am working on now is the ability to transition this life into one of teaching, doing art and fully supporting myself and my family.

I will be offering classes soon in my studio – but until I do, here are some fun pictures of artists and their art from a hands on demo at Flax Art Materials in San Francisco, CA. The first image is a piece I created a 3 from my students. Feel free to check out my website – Etsy site and share with all those you think would be interested in learning more about Encaustic!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RavensNestArt

http://www.theravensnestart.com/

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Mini Encaustic Demo and Hands on Fun

A few short weeks ago I participated in a very large outdoor art demonstration and hands on event in Santa Rosa, California. I prepped over 100 4″x4″ cradled wooded Art Alternative Panels for the event. I wanted to make it easier for the attendees to be able to get their waxy hands wet – so to speak. I was hoping this would enable more people to play with hot wax.

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I set up my table and with the help & samples from R&F Handmade Paints I was able to demo and teach a wide range of students that day.

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They ranged from sweet little enthusiastic youngsters,  beginners along with some amazing intermediate encaustic artists. It was such a fun day. I even had my table set up next to lovely flowers buzzing with bees.

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Here are some pictures of artists and their art from the day.

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By the end of my day, I was ready for an ice cream sandwich – thanks 3 Twins!

AND a BIG Thanks goes out to R&F Handmade Paints for making this awesome day possible. Your paint is the best!

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