Amanda Jolley

Reflection on pattern and abstraction of the subconscious

Melissa T. Hall: Tell Your Story

Narrative Photography with an Encaustic Finish

Strangled by Happy Thoughts

Guest Instructor: Melissa Hall
Date: Fri-Sun, June 4-6
Time: 9:30-4:30pm
Location: Studio Joy, 608 E 30th St, Kansas City MO 64109
Workshop Fee: $450
Deposit: $250 (balance due Mar 1, 2021)
Supply Fee: $45 (to be collected at the workshop)
Maximum: 12 students
Experience: All levels


In this class the student will be introduced to Melissa Hall’s entire process from photoshoot, to image processing, to the final encaustic and oil paint finishing techniques.  She will present methods and examples of how to make your photography tell a story.  We will work with a model, costumes, props, and a location for practice illustrating your ideas.  After our photography session, we will process our images either on the phone or the computer.  We will spend time preparing our photos and substrates for use with encaustic.  Finally, we will explore applying wax and oil paint to our images.

Always Planning

Day 1: Photoshoot with model and props at an offsite location.

Day 2: Review photo manipulation and photo processing, begin panel prep

Day 3: Complete panel prep and encaustic finish using Melissa’s unique approach

Student Supply List: 

  • Cradled or flat birch board substrates.  Qty: 4-6 Size options: 12×18, 12×12, or 11×14 boards
  • A prop you would like to use while shooting (other choices will be provided)
  • Camera (Either DSLR or smartphone)
  • Cord or card reader to transfer your files to a computer
  • Ceramic pottery tools for scraping and picking out brush hairs


  • Laptop with Photoshop for editing
  • Tripod

Lunch: 12:30-1:30
Fabulous restaurants are within walking distance or bring a sack lunch. A refrigerator and microwave are available.

Notice:  Janus, the studio cat, frequents Studio Joy and while she will not be joining our workshop, please bring any allergy medication if you may need it.

About Melissa:
IG: @melissathall
FB: Melissa T Hall Studios

Melissa T. Hall is an award-winning artist based in Lexington, Kentucky.  Feeling something was missing after starting a career in computer science, she returned to school in Florida to study studio art and photography.

The past few years have seen a fundamental shift in the way she approaches her imagery.  Returning to Kentucky after 10 years of living in Florida, altered not only Melissa’s environment but also her muse. Her pieces are a combination of her conceptual photography with encaustic processes and oil paint.  Melissa’s work has been exhibited nationally and can be found in private and institutional collections.

Studio Joy Policies:

Do not book travel until confirmation is received that the workshop has reached its minimum required enrollment. 

Refund Requests:
Students will receive a full refund of tuition less related transaction fees if a request to withdraw is received by Amanda Jolley, Studio Joy no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the workshop. At 15 days prior to the workshop, 50% tuition less related transaction fees will be refunded. Request to withdraw from a course less than 15 days prior to the first class session will not be eligible for refunds.

Students will receive a full refund of tuition if at 30 days prior to the workshop, the minimum required enrollment is not met.