Guest Instructor: Catherine Nash, MFA
Date: Wed, June 14 – Sun, June 18, 2017
Time: 9:30-4:30pm
Location: Studio Joy!, 608 E 30th St, Kansas City MO
Cost: $810 (includes a $60 materials fee)

Level: intermediate to advanced artists with encaustic experience


In this workshop, we will experiment with varied ways of combining the media of encaustic and paper as we simultaneously investigate and explore personal ideas and content. Create unique waxed based sculptural, assemblage and mixed media works that dovetail with your own personal artistic vision. Work through your ideas quickly as we learn to paint and monoprint on oriental papers using pigmented molten encaustic. Specifically, learn how to carefully glue Japanese mulberry paper to lashed wooden armatures and make them as tight as a drum. Encaustic can be used to lightly stain and strengthen the structure or it can completely envelop and encase the paper, creating a unique three dimensional forms. Learn how to fuse onto both convex and concave surfaces as we create structures that range in form from the organic to architectural. Stain, paint, embed, layer, stitch, crumple, fold, form and dip: Complete a series of small studio constructions that will inspire and ignite diverse sculptural ideas.

This is a deeper investigation than just technique….what is it you truly want to express? Through a series of journaling, writing, and encaustic work on/with paper, find your authentic voice and vision so that you can make work that expresses your deepest self. Whether you’ve been an artist for many years or just starting to find your own voice, this is an opportunity to deeply excavate to personally meaningful content. Learn how to develop an expressive body of work that is thematically focused and aesthetically consistent in presentation. Lots of individual attention. You will leave with individualized assignments, new work from which to springboard and a sketchbook that acts as a personal reference for the future. A rich fusing indeed!


Participants List of what to bring…compiled as a kit ahead of time:

Art Supplies:

  • apron/painting clothes
  • basic encaustic artists “tool box”:
    *metal tweezers
    *small pair of scissors
    *box knife or exacto knife
    *2 or 3 natural bristle brushes (such as hake or hardware store “chip”), variety of sizes (1/2”, 1”, 2”)
    *2 bamboo barens small or large
    *a few of your favorite tools that you love to use
    *2-3 “encausticboards” 12×12 or smaller! or the like (untempered masonite/enc. gesso fine!)
  •  Journal:  Sketchbook that you love to write and draw in…if you have one already, wonderful. If you don’t please get one! Any kind is fine, but personally I love the spiral bound, black covered ones like this: Canson or Cachet brand… at least 9”X12”
  • acid free glue stick
  • great writing pen(s), preferably waterproof
  • some of your favorite black/white and color media for working on paper: colored pencils, travel watercolors, brushes for water-media, …pastels?
  • a small jar of matte medium (to use as a glue) and a glue brush (1/4” bristle or the like)
  • Any elements that you know you love to use in general, please bring…fabrics, thin twines, natural elements, small objects, but don’t bring more than a small bag/box full!
  • bring branches! I will arrange to have an armload full, so don’t worry about it…but if you live nearby and have some special wood that you’d like, bring 6-8 branches. We will use them for making small armatures. They do not have to be able to bend like for basketry, but those would work wonderfully too. They must be dry.


  • photos/images of 5-10 pieces of recent work that you feel represents your direction. You can print them out or have them on an i-pad. These works can be in any media…they do not have to just be encaustic.
  • a small pouch that holds a variety of papers, for collage, etc. Your supply fee will give you a beautiful range of papers and would be enough on it’s own, but you might want to bring a selection from home that might inspire. Think about unique collage materials: recycled paper elements, old book pages, photographs, vintage letters and envelopes, magazine imagery, and small 3D objects such as natural elements (we can discuss during first class)…
  • old watercolor (not acrylic) paintings on paper (only if you have them) that you don’t mind ripping up.
  • photocopies or photographs of imagery that inspires you. Do a web search or thumb through your favorite books. (for journaling exercises and photo transfer…)

In addition, your Materials fee will give you:

  • all encaustic paint and medium
  • a beautiful, generous and varied packet of Western and Japanese papers
  • class supplies to share

Two weeks before the workshop, Catherine will send you some journaling exercises to do that will greatly enhance your personal explorations! Please do them!!

Feel free to contact Catherine Nash,, or Amanda Jolley,, for information.

: 12:30-1:30 each day
Fabulous restaurants are within walking distance, or a short drive or bring a sack lunch. Refrigerator available.



About Catherine:

Profile pic Catherine Nash

A long time resident of Tucson, Arizona, Catherine Nash is a visual artist who freely mixes media in her work to express her ideas. Specializing in Japanese and Western hand papermaking, encaustic painting and mixed media drawing, Nash is an artist who balances her studio work with teaching. She has lectured and taught advanced workshops in sculptural artist books, Western and Japanese sheetforming and sculptural paper across the United States, as well as in professional paper studios in eight European countries, Australia and Japan. Her love of travel and different cultures has inspired her to live, exhibit, research and teach on four continents.

Nash received a B.F.A. in Printmaking and Drawing from the University of New Hampshire in 1980, spent a year and a half creating prints and drawings in Europe and in 1987, graduated from the University of Arizona with a Masters of Fine Arts in Mixed Media. Two independent research trips to Japan enabled Nash to study the techniques of Japanese woodblock printing and papermaking in depth. She is on the faculty of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute as well as R&F Handmade Paints.

Having published four educational DVDs on the art of papermaking, Nash completed the writing of an e-book entitled Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic. In 2015, she exhibited a retrospective of artist books at the Durango Center for the Arts in Colorado and her work was invited into the International Biennial for Paper & Fibre Art which is currently traveling from the U.K to France and Taiwan and back to Switzerland through the end of 2016. Nash is greatly honored by having received the peer nominated and juried Lumies Artist 2015 award for Southern Arizona by the Tucson/Pima Arts Council and by having her work included in Encaustic in the Twenty-First Century (Schiffer Publishing, 2015).

With a life long dedication and consistency in her studio practice, Nash creates mixed media images and sculptures that respond to nature and reflect a spiritual and philosophical relationship with the environment: the poetics of landscape. The terrain, aesthetics and cultures of Japan, her experiences with Native American friends and explorations of the southwestern desert wilderness influence and inform her artwork.


Student Cancellation Policy:

Students will receive a refund of tuition less 5% if a request to withdraw is received by Amanda Jolley, Studio Joy no later than 14 days prior to the first day of the workshop. Request to withdraw from a course less than 14 days prior to the first class session will not be eligible for refunds.



Feedback from prior students:
“You are a terrific teacher and artist. The “Finding Your Authentic Voice” class was fabulous beyond the most descriptive of words. We had such a great group of people and your ideas and suggestions will be useful for years to come!”
“Thanks so much Catherine for your vote of confidence in the process which is what I really needed to hear…Friday was a pivotal moment for me…I took some time to just ponder what’s going on as the earth shifts under my feet and made a huge leap of faith by deciding to rent an art studio.”
“Thanks again for being such a wonderful mentor, teacher, leader, planner, orchestrator, slave driver, etc.”
“Thank you so much for your thoughtful assignments. I will take them seriously…..know that your class and your approach to creating has set me on a path of intense  xploration/assessment. The sketchbook has been a great stimulus, as have your assignments. I find they uncannily zero in on the target.”
“Catherine, I loved this class! Your goal for us in this class was that “when we leave, we will have a body of [consistent] work that comes from the heart!” And I think I actually do. Not only that, I have some new ‘art friends’, a priceless acquisition at any time. When all is said and done, however, your enthusiasm, energy and open heart is really what made this class work  for me. Thank you.”


“Right now I have so much inspiration that, finding a balance, and enough time and energy to manifest all the ideas that are coming are the issues….but I’m okay with it because I know  that I’m learning about technique at every step of the way, and I’m very happy with the progress that’s happening. “
“…thank you for an excellent journey to discovery of the authentic voice. Your class ranks with one of the very best I’ve taken. You had thought long and hard about the subject and your tact and skill in directing and critiquing our work will be long appreciated. The sketchbook I kept during your class has already proved itself to be a source to return to for direction”
“I had an exceptional experience at Catherine’s workshop. It is always great to have the opportunity refine and build skills but I also appreciate the opportunity to observe how another artist teaches. Catherine’s relaxed but focused manner creates a wonderful learning environment. Her ability to cater to the vast array of personalities, experience and individual goals is another aspect that makes her a great instructor. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to take another class with Catherine again in the future.” (college level tenured art professor)
“I am an experienced workshop presenter and artist who, before this workshop, had never experienced encaustics and was very curious about the technique. I did not dream I would be as fortunate as I was to be a student of Catherine Nash. She must be the best in the nation. She “top-loaded” us with for the first several days with more techniques, professionally presented, than I could imagine, all the time being noticeably personable, enthusiastic, and supportive in every way. She never forgot to mention the nature of art itself, and the necessity to listen carefully to one’s inner voice. She spoke with the knowledge and passion of the artist she is. My artist’ s world has changed for the better because of Catherine Nash. Thank you for making her available for me. (professor emeritus – university art dept.)