Eastport Arts Center’s Summer Workshop Series concludes Tuesday, August 17, 1:30-3:30 pm, with Joan Lowden’s Encaustic Art workshop. Using provided photographs or digital images, printed with an ink jet printer and mounted on board, participants will use encaustic paint, pan pastels and metallics to add color and luster. To create texture, attendees will try techniques such as incising, stencils and dry brush. As time permits, participants may have an opportunity to experiment with other techniques and discuss ways to incorporate encaustic into other projects.

My main artistic passion is music—jazz bass in particular,” notes instructor Joan Lowden, “but I had explored visual arts in my youth and developed a renewed interest when I discovered encaustic painting several years ago.  Encaustic (from the Greek, “to burn”) painting combines hot beeswax with colored pigments and dates back thousands of years. I am particularly enticed by the textural quality of encaustic painting, and the way that I can merge this ancient art with modern technology, such as digital photography, to create unique works of art.” 

“Encaustic painting is quite similar to jazz because it is very improvisational—you might start with a plan, but the hot wax has a plan of its own, so the art comes from letting the materials ultimately guide the journey.”

This triptych by Joan Lowden shows ways that photographs may be manipulated by the addition of encaustic.

The workshop is for ages 12 and up. Spaces are limited; participants must register with Alison Brennan at alison@eastportartscenter.org. The $15 fee includes all materials. Support for this workshop has been provided by Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.  A sliding fee scale is available by request. More information about the educational offerings of Eastport Arts Center, where creativity and community meet, may be found at eastportartscenter.org/education.