Beyond the Brush with Fanne Fernow and Deborah Winiarski

Wednesday & Thursday, June 1 & 2
2 sessions


This workshop will explore the sculptural possibilities of wax and encaustic on plaster forms.  Rigid and absorbent when dry, plaster cloth makes a wonderful support for dimensional encaustic work.  In this workshop, participants will work with this versatile material to create 3D forms and reliefs that can stand alone or be incorporated into encaustic panel paintings.  When wet, plaster cloth is easily wrapped, folded, draped or molded over armatures, wire mesh or any solid surface.  Once dry, the forms will readily accept encaustic paint. Days 2 and 3 will focus on the use of various non-brush paint applications including electric tjanting tool, hot-wax stylus, hot-wax pen, and more.  Come explore what can happen when your work comes into the room and goes beyond the brush!

Fanne Fernow:  After doing what was expected of her, Fanne Fernow moved to Santa Cruz, California, to un-invent herself and pursue a life as a painter.  She has studied art at Hamilton and Mount Holyoke colleges and San Francisco Art Institute.  She has shown her work all over the United States and has been published in numerous publications.

Deborah Winiarski teaches a mixed-media class and the encaustic workshops at The Art Students League of New York in Manhattan.  In 2015, Ms. Winiarski curated the exhibition, CASTING SHADOWS – Work in Dimension and Relief, at Julie Heller East Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, as part of Conference 9’s Curatorial Program.  Deborah Winiarski is Featured Artworks Editor for ‘ProWax Journal,’ a quarterly online publication for professional artists working in the medium of encaustic.  She also moderates ‘ProWax Forum,’ an online discussion group where questions regarding encaustic materials, technique, and vision are answered.  Her work is currently represented by Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York City, Broadhurst Gallery, Pinehurst, North Carolina, and Elizabeth Clement Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts, and New York City.