Encaustic Exploration from a Contemplative Platform

Instructor: Amanda Jolley
Date: Sun, Mar 25, 2018
Time: 9:00-4:00pm
Location: Studio Joy, 608 E 30th St, Kansas City MO 64109
Cost: $100
Maximum: 10 students ** FULL **
Basic encaustic painting experience required

by Amanda Jolley

This workshop is an intertwining of a practice in contemplation and intuitive painting in encaustic. To set a contemplative state, we will begin by exploring writing of Rainer Maria Rilke utilizing the four movements of Lectio Divina: listening, savoring, hearing and resting. While this inspiration is percolating in our spirits, we will explore basic encaustic painting techniques and delve into abstract expressionism with our paintings. The day will encompass a response, expressed in encaustic form, to the revelation from the morning’s reading.

The instruction will also delve into pushing past the ‘ugly’ painting, or sense of negative judgment about one’s work. No matter your style of painting, learn to better attune to your inner language and release from attachments and perfectionism that inhibit your painting process. If you frequently find yourself stuck, questioning the value of your work, struggling with your inner critic, or procrastinating getting into the studio, the process taught will be a pivotal part of growth in your creative process.

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Students with little encaustic painting experience will benefit from the natural discovery of the properties of encaustic in the intuitive painting process, but know this is not an introductory course. Some experience with encaustic is required. Those students with greater encaustic experience will be challenged further artistically via use of symbolism and intuitive mark-making in and on the paint.


Supplies Needed for Class 

  • 5-7 flat or cradled birch panels or Ampersand Encausticbord no larger than 10×10

Optional items

  • Carving & scraping tools (pottery tools work wonderfully as do any other metal tipped tools)
  • Your own favorite pen and paper for taking notes and doodling
All other supplies and materials will be provided.


Lunch: 12:00-1:00
Fabulous restaurants are within walking distance, or bring a sack lunch. A refrigerator and microwave are available.


  • 72 hour cancellation notice required for a refund.
  • Must be at least 14 years old.

Notice: I do have a studio cat. Please let me know if you have cat allergies.