Saturday, October 12, 2013

Encaustic Workshops

Upcoming Events

Free Demonstration

Judith Barrie and Norman Soskel will provide a FREE demonstration of encaustic painting. This will consist of painting with encaustic paints on wooden panels as well as encaustic monotypes.
Experience the wonderful world of the ancient technique of encaustic painting using modern materials for FREE. The demonstration will be held this Sunday, October 13, 2013 and December 1, 2013,  between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM at the Kimbrough Woods Clubhouse (see address and map below). A few of their pieces of art will be available for purchase.

The address is 2221 Kimbrough Woods Place.  

Encaustic Workshops

Norman Soskel will teach encaustic painting workshops at the Germantown Hobby Lobby (on Exeter) beginning in October.
The first workshop will be a basic workshop teaching the history, safety, materials and methods. The curriculum is designed for those who have not had prior experience with encaustic or who want to learn the proper use of the medium. It will be a 6 hour workshop from 12:30 PM until 6:30 PM starting October 25. Attendees will produce between 3 and 5 pieces of art during the day. After the initial workshop, basic workshops will be at the same time and location on the second Friday of each month.
Starting November 22, extended encaustic workshops will be held at the same time and place on the 4th Friday of each month. This will provide additional techniques not covered in the basic workshop. The basic workshop is a prerequisite for the extended workshop.
These workshops are for adults only.
In addition, Norman teaches private lessons, to be arranged individually, in his studio.
For additional information contact Norman at 901 230 8083 or  send an e-mail to him at
To visualize some of the encaustic paintings Norman has produced, go to his web site: Two examples are included below. These pieces demonstrate the incredible vibrancy of color and luminosity that can be achieved with encaustic painting.
No prior experience in using encaustic paints is necessary for the basic workshop. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Romare Bearden

Yesterday Judith and I visited the Brooks Museum in Memphis, TN specifically to see the Bearden exhibit which was recommended by our colleague/friend/artist, Annabelle Meacham. The exhibit was far more interesting than I had expected. There was a video with Bearden explaining a number of his techniques and ideas. Frequently during the video we see him cutting out shapes with a scissors and pasting them into a collage, quickly and effortlessly. Incredible!

I've decided to copy the brochure and place it in the blog. I've not taken time to photograph professionally but with my iPhone so the images are often not squared or light balanced.

This quotation was in the exhibit but not in the brochure.
Cover of brochure