Drip, Drag, Scrape: Introduction to Encaustic Painting



Drip, Drag, Scrape: Introduction to Encaustic Painting with Helene Farrar

March 11 – 14, 2023 | Saturday – Tuesday

Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm | Sun, Mon, Tues: 9 am – 4 pm

Drip, pour, drag, layer, heat, and incise!  This extended workshop will allow participants to dip deep into the medium to develop their own voice. Encaustic is an evocative medium that lends itself into varying approaches and topics. Investigate the art of encaustic painting in this very hands-on workshop using pigmented wax, and a heated palette!  Explore a rich variety of marks and surfaces while doing image transfer, etching, and collaging in this seductive medium.  Take your flat collections of drawings, collected papers, pictures, and incorporate found objects.  Class time will be divided between demonstrations, individual work time, and discussion about historical and contemporary practices.  We will also touch on proper studio ventilation, wax safety, and how to “finish” artworks in terms of framing and care.  Students will leave with multiple finished pieces and the understanding of proper studio set-up.

All Levels of experience are welcome!

$150 additional fee paid to the instructor purchases all materials necessary for this workshop.  See more information about optional materials by clicking the Materials List tab above.

In-Person Classes

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • Masks inside our buildings are optional until further notice.

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Helene Farrar

Helene Farrar

Hélène Farrar has taught and worked in the visual arts for twenty years while actively exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit and university galleries in New England, New York City, Pennsylvania, Italy, and England. Farrar has a BA in Studio Art from the University of Maine and a Masters of Fine Art Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont. Hélène currently owns and operates her own private art school in Maine out of her “Farmhouse” studio, where she holds varied workshops and classes. Her paintings have most recently been accepted into curated exhibits at the Cape Cod Community College, Fuller Craft Museum, the Saco Museum, the University of New England Art Gallery, and Twiggs Gallery in New Hampshire. Farrar is represented by Archipelago Fine Arts in Rockland, Betts Gallery of Belfast, Cynthia Winings Gallery of Blue Hill, and the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner. Her work as an educator has brought her across the state of Maine including the Haystack Mountain School or Crafts, and she will be teaching at the 2019 International Encaustics Conference.

Students will pay $150 directly to Helene for a supply kit that will have everything needed, and extra materials will go home with you.  Email Helene with any questions about supplies: helene@helenefarrar.com.

Optional supplies:

You might want to bring these things to make your experience feel more comfortable:

  • parchment paper
  • scissors
  • personal drawings and / or flat paper collections for collage applications
  • tape
  • paper towel roll
  • preferred drawing materials
  • wooden artist panels bigger than 8 X 10 inches (only if you feel ambitious or have something particular in mind)
  • set of oil pastels (no preference on brand)

Again, these materials are OPTIONAL. You will have everything supplied in the purchased kit to participate in this class.

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before February 11, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after February 11, 2023.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.