Introduction to Encaustic Painting



Introduction to Encaustic Painting with Helene Farrar

April 4 – 5, 2024 | Thursday & Friday

Thurs: 10 am – 5 pm | Fri: 9 am – 4 pm

  • Medium: Encaustic Painting.
  • Experience Level: All levels of experience are welcome.
  • Registration: Each student must register individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Materials List: Click the Materials List tab above for a list of materials/supplies students need to bring to the workshop.
  • Materials Fee: $30 paid directly to instructor for some supplies on the first day.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio.

Drip, pour, drag, layer, heat, and incise! Investigate the ancient medium 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. This introductory workshop will guide you through the basics of fusing, paint application and its possibilities, collage, stencils and going beneath the surface with line work and scraping.  Class time will be divided between demonstrations and individual work time.  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. This class is suitable for ALL levels!

$30 additional fee paid to the instructor on the first day for materials she provides.  See more information about materials students need to bring to the workshop by clicking the Materials List tab above.

Helene is teaching a follow-up 3-day workshop after this one called Encaustic Painting: Beyond Basics, April 6 – 8, 2024. If you would like to take both workshops, click here to register for the bundle and receive a $25 discount on the total paid.

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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.

  1. A $30 additional fee paid to the instructor for materials she provides.  I will provide all encaustic medium, starter panels (sizes under 8 X 8 inches), access to additional encaustic colors, oil paint sticks, tools and such.Students need to bring with them: 
    1. RF Paint Starter Kit – purchase here from Amazon.
    2. Wooden Artist Panels (Bigger than 8 X 8 inches) UNPRIMED, Natural – plan on 2 panels per day.  If you have a particular piece in mind, then get those that suit your interest.

    Email Helene with any questions about supplies:

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 March 4, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after March 4, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Note: If traveling to Sedona, we strongly urge students to purchase refundable airline tickets or travel insurance in case of workshop cancellation due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen changes. Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for non-refundable ticket purchases or lodging fees.

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.