Eloise Shelton-Mayo and Michelle Barnes brought their combined experience to teach encaustic to art therapists at a VATA sponsored workshop on April 11th. This workshop was both informative and inspirational. The instructors started off by immediately engaging participants through encouraging them to touch the beautiful encaustic pieces that they brought with them as examples, a rare treat with artwork in general and especially for artwork of such a textural nature.
While Michelle Barnes and Eloise Shelton-Mayo provided helpful information on the history of encaustic art and needed information regarding safety issues, they focused on demonstrating techniques and encouraging creativity with texture and layers. With this foundation, students were then able to experiment and create up to 5 encaustic pieces of their own, with the instructors available for support and suggestions.
Keep an eye out for future VATA workshops and join in the creative making and learning!