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Photo Encaustic Workshop

By Francesca Azzara and Nancy Ori

Join us for a fun two-days of learning how to work in this creative and forgiving medium. Students are invited to layer their photographs with exciting and simple mixed media techniques to create new work with incredible diversity from your current portfolio. At our first session, there will be a presentation demonstrating several key techniques, a discussion of the photo encaustic process with examples from contemporary photo artists, and a look at how abstraction, composition, design and wax can create amazing new pieces with your photographs. We will also take time to look at some of your images and make suggestions on how to print your photos for the encaustic process & what additional collage materials you may want to collect to compliment your images. There will be a demonstration of the process and time for hands-on to practice the technique. We will develop a plan for each photographer so they are fully prepared for the full day hands-on session on day two.

During session two, there will be plenty of room for lots of creating with opportunity for one-on-one time with two master artists to walk you through the process. Expect to leave with an inspired imagination, some finished work, & the beginnings of others. All necessary wax, colors, equipment, & tools will be supplied along with one board to get you started. A comprehensive materials list & handout will be supplied to follow. No previous art experience is necessary. This workshop is for any level of encaustic artist with emphasis on beginners.

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, uses heated beeswax to which colored pigments have been added. An ancient medium that pre-dates oil painting, encaustic enjoys new popularity today amongst contemporary artists. This process allows the artist to work in layers, adding photographs & collage materials into the wax as you build your piece. A variety of techniques like marking into the wax and filling the marks with color are used to create unique and varied surfaces that cannot be duplicated with any other medium.

New Jersey Media Center LLC is a provider of Professional Development Certification credit hours for New Jersey teachers and will issue a certificate at the completion of a class, workshop or lecture for qualified applicants upon request.

Francesca Azzara is a leading encaustic painter in New Jersey and the recipient of several grants and numerous awards for her work. She has extensively studied the techniques of encaustic painting and now teaches, lectures and exhibits her work throughout the metropolitan area. Francesca works out of her studio in Westfield, NJ. She teaches at the New Jersey Arts Guild in Rahway and at the Newark Museum in Newark.

Nancy Ori has been respected for over three decades as a corporate photographer and video producer for New Jersey Media Center LLC in Berkeley Heights, NJ. She also enjoys teaching at photography classes and workshops at many art centers and museums in the US and Europe as well as tutoring privately throughout the year. She also exhibits her work throughout the metropolitan area.

• FEE: $260 for tuition, plus $35 for materials fee, enrollment is limited
• INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: 908-790-8820 or email Nancy Ori at nancyori@comcast.net , directions and more info will be sent upon registration
• PAYMENT TO: Fran Azzara and send to 124 Diamond Hill Road, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 07922

CANCELLATION: A 50% refund will be issued for cancellations on or before 14 days before your workshop. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after that. If a workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment, all registered participants will be informed immediately and you will receive your full payment back. Classes fill early, so this is not expected to be an issue.