Who are these workshops suitable for? Wax workshops are great for boys, girls, men and ladies, of any age, from teenagers, through to 99 and beyond!
Do I need to be ‘arty’ to attend a class? Not necessarily. Anyone can have a go at working with wax, it is suitable for complete beginners through to the professional artist. Wax is a very tactile and satisfying medium to work with. Anyone at any artistic level can enjoy the fluidity and smooth application of wax, working on a very small scale for beginners, up to large scales for the more adventurous.
I know nothing about wax, but would like to have a go, where do you recommend I start? I would normally recommend starting with the Arts Encaustic range of products, learn how to manouvre and manipulate the wax on a smaller scale with an iron and stylus. Once you have mastered working in this style, you can scale it up working on larger sized pieces, and by using a hot air gun and hotplate. The techniques and tools you use with the Arts Encaustic range is totally transferable into the R&F wax medium, it is often a natural progression from one style to another.
I am interested in using wax in a really creative way, what do you recommend? The R&F style of wax is as limitless as your imagination, you start with a raw beeswax and pigment it yourself, which you can do in a number of different ways, with powdered pigments, oil paints, pigment sticks, coloured papers, you can build layers, scratch out, add embelishments, mixed media and photographs, pour it, drizzle it, paint it, this is an incredibly creative way of using wax and there are endless projects we could work on. Recommended for anybody who likes a bit of adventure in their art!
I would like to use the R&F style of wax, what equipment will I need? You will need a hot air gun, and a hotplate, or some form of heating your raw beeswax. You do not need the iron, or stylus, although they can be useful. Students normally share my equipment initially, whilst they work out what works best for them. A hot air gun, or fusing tool however, is essential for this style of work. There are some important health and safety considerations with this medium, and understanding of different supports and melting points, so I recommend the full two day introduction before beginning with this medium.
Why wax? I love all kinds of art, but wax to me is really special, therapeutic, and tactile. I love seeing peoples’ reactions when they use wax, and experience those sensations for the first time. I really want to share that with people. There are not many encaustic wax artists in the UK. It’s very popular in the States, Canada and Australia, and is slowly becoming more well known over here, supplies are slowly becoming more available. My aim is to help encaustic become better known over here as it is such a special medium to work with.
Why do you have different class prices, for example some of your day courses are £50 and some are £70? It depends where I hold my classes. Workshops held at my studio will have a maximum of four students, sometimes less, classes at external locations can accommodate more students, sometimes twelve or more, so this is reflected in the price.
I’d like to do a workshop with a group of friends is that possible? Yes, can we arrange a date at my studio and tailor a session according to your groups needs. Contact me for details.
Will you travel to us? Yes. It is possible for me to visit your location, contact me to discuss options and price which will be confirmed on a case by case basis depending on location, size of workshop / demo, etc.
I’d like to attend a workshop, how do I book? For workshops in my studio, e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call / text 07976 700737 to reserve your place. I will send you a booking form, which clarifies what materials are needed, experience of wax you have had and your contact details. Upon receipt of that information, I will send you an invoice including payment details. If you don’t want to pay the full course amount up front, a £20 deposit will secure your workshop place, with the remainder due by the start date. Cancellations inside 48 hours of the workshop date are non-refundable. If you need to change the date, I will gladly rearrange at no charge if given enough notice.
Workshops hosted at outside venues normally handle the bookings, please check their website for details, and ask if you have any questions.
I need to order wax products and equipment, how do I do that?
If you know what you want, e-mail me on email@example.com, or call / text 07976 700737 with details of products. You can also request an order form for the full range of products, which I will e-mail to you. Payment must be made in full for all equipment at the time of order. I hold a reasonable supply of equipment and wax at my studio, and can order additional products for you, these will not be ordered until cleared funds have been received.
I often have open days or evenings at my studio where you can drop in, say hi, and buy artwork and wax supplies direct; follow me on Facebook or Twitter, sign up for my newsletter, or keep checking my website to see when the next open days are.
What payment methods do you take? Payment can be made by cash, bank transfer, paypal or cheque.
Do you do gift vouchers? Yes. I can provide standard gift vouchers that can be used towards wax supplies, art, or workshops. I can also tailor gift vouchers; a recent voucher was created as a Mother and Daughter afternoon out, which was a really special. I have also done a Thank You voucher for a lady who wanted to treat some special friends to a creative afternoon. Contact me if you have any special requirements.
How do I sign up to your newsletter? Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting to be added, I will confirm and add you to my mailing list ready for the next letter. I only send newsletters every two – three months, or if I have a newsworthy update, do not expect frequent communication via this method.
I’m coming to a workshop, what should I wear…? Wax can be tricky to get off your clothes and shoes, so don’t wear anything new, or favourite clothes. The arts encaustic range is not a particularly messy medium, but splashes of wax do happen. You can bring an apron if you like, but not essential. The R&F style is a bit more involved depending on how we are colouring the wax. I like to wear an apron, or overalls when working in this style!
I’m coming to a workshop, how do I get to your studio?
My studio address is The Stables Studios, Pouchen End Lane, Bourne End, Near Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2SA. Coming from A41 at Bourne End, beside the Gulf garage, there is a right hand lane ‘Winkwell’ it’s a bit narrow, but there are passing places. Go over the canal, carry straight on, under the railway bridge into Pouchen End Lane, up the hill, on your second left, there is a parking area signposted. You’ll see the studios in front of you from the carpark, to through the small side gate, I am in studio 4 the upstairs barn. Any problems give me a call 07976 700737… **PLEASE NOTE I HAVE MOVED FROM MY STUDIO, MY LAST DATE HERE WAS 31ST MARCH 2017** READ HERE FOR MORE INFO.
If I’m doing an all day workshop, what do I do about lunch?! There are a number of options…
If the weather is fine, there is seating and some lovely views and animals to watch in the Stables grounds. You can bring your own packed lunch, or, we can have lunch delivered as long as pre-booked (if the weather isn’t great, we will be eating in the studio!) Alternatively, there is a lovely canal side pub The Three Horseshoes just down the road, where lunch could be arranged too. In addition, there are a number of local shops and cafes just a short drive away. (Tea, coffee, and light refreshments will be supplied throughout the day.) We can clarify lunch plans when booking.
Question not answered above? Contact me and ask! email@example.com / 07976 700737 I am not always able to reply straight away, but will answer as quickly as possible!