Encaustics Workshop | Encaustic Photography Workshop | The Image Flow
Photo © Margot Hartford

Introduction to Encaustics

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“Encaustics is so forgiving for beginners! It’s sooooo fun!! As a photographer, I love the way it allows me to play with my photo images in a more tactile, topographical way.”

— Micki K.

Margot Hartford’s encaustic workshops at The Image Flow are a wonderful dive into the extensive possibilities of the encaustic medium; at the core of all encaustic art is the wax itself, which can be treated with pigments for encaustic painting, used to layer in collage elements, and much, much more.

This hands-on, one-day beginning encaustics workshop is a great introduction if you have never worked with encaustic wax art or learned encaustic art techniques before. The workshop will examine approaches to using photographs, magazine tears, tissue papers, and other objects that can be embedded into the wax. Even photographic elements can be combined with the medium to produce unique encaustic photography mixed media works. We will address heating, fusing, and manipulating wax, as well as discuss colors, brushes, and where to find materials.

Encaustics Workshop | Encaustic Photography Workshop | The Image Flow
Photo © Margot Hartford

Encaustic wax and some other encaustic supplies will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own additional materials to incorporate into their artwork.

Participants will be supplied with two 1-inch thick 5 x 7” or 6 x 6” wood panels to work on during this beginning encaustics class and will take home at least two completed works of encaustic art. Margot will have additional panels for sale at $10 apiece, should students desire more materials to work on as they perfect the encaustic technique.

Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and studio rentals.


Instructor Bio

Margot Hartford
Margot Hartford

Margot Hartford is a Bay Area lifestyle photographer, working with families, children, and various commercial clients. While serving as a docent at SFMOMA, she discovered encaustic painting through the work of Jasper Johns. Inspired, she created a small studio in her home and experimented using wax to produce pieces of art incorporating her photography. Now she teaches various Encaustics workshops at The Image Flow, and elsewhere, and continues to use photography in her pieces. Margot has a studio at the ICB in Sausalito.

  • The Image Flow Photography Center
    401 Miller Avenue, Suite A, Mill Valley, CA
    Located in Marin County CA, just north of San Francisco.

Who Should Take This Workshop

Pertinent Details

  • Maximum twelve (12) students
  • Ages 16 and older
  • No previous encaustics experience required

Workshop Fee Includes

Required Materials

  • Bring your own photographs, prints, papers, and other collage materials to experiment (optional)