Contemporary Portraiture in Encaustic with Lora Murphy

Contemporary Portraiture in Encaustic with Lora Murphy

480.00

May 30 & 31
Tuesday & Wednesday
10am - 4pm

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May 30 & 31
Tuesday & Wednesday
10am - 4pm

An additional materials fee will be due on or before the first day of class.

Many people would like to try Portraiture and/or Figurative painting in Encaustic but are unsure of where to start and how to proceed. This Workshop will take the mystery out of it (but not the magic!). Step by step instruction will show you how to approach a portrait or figure, from the initial drawing to the final highlight. Working vertically on either canvas or panel, I will teach you how to use the hot palette to create luminous skin tones, how to accurately draw the head, how to interpret the light, halftone and shadow and how to paint the features. I will demonstrate the use of water based encaustic paint as one of the final steps in a portrait, creating very expressive passages and transitions.

This is a hands on course and while the focus is on contemporary portraiture, you will get an opportunity to try a variety of techniques. I trained at a traditional art atelier in Florence but I have been working in encaustic for over 10 years and I have adapted the traditional methods, to encaustic work. I am a firm believer in knowing the rules of painting and once you know them, breaking them as you wish!

Drawing is key and with step by step instruction you will be able to make sense of the somewhat complicated territory of building a portrait in encaustic; a wonderfully expressive and creative material.

Other topics covered will include safety, history, properties of pigments and different waxes, making your own supplies , texture and mark making, embedding and transfers, fusing, supports and what you need to do to work on canvas . You will get a wealth of information on what will work with encaustic.


Lora Murphy was born in Ireland and has been working as a full time Artist since 2008. She specializes in Encaustic and Oils, and also teaches classes in Encaustic painting throughout the Country. Lora is currently employed as a Tutor at the Art Hand Art College Bonmahon, Co.Waterford. She divides her time between Ireland and Denmark and maintain studios in both countries.