Workshops

Painting With Fire (PWF) 2024/25

This is a great collection of videos from 27 encaustic artists teaching the way they work and the methods they've invented working with encaustic paint. And you get two videos from each artist! But if you purchase the set from me, it helps me out and you'll still get access to all the other artist. Artist's videos will be added once the program begins with the new 2024/25 season. If interested follow link below. Oh, and you can view the videos as often as you like.

Price $298.00

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4 day workshop in San Miguel Mexico!

September 30 through October 3, 2024.

(this is a good one people)

Working with encaustic paint, digital imagery, and mixed media, this workshop will cover a lot of options while incorporating photographic images with materials such as India ink, powdered charcoal, graphite, acrylic paint, colored pencil, Japanese papers, stained paper, hand generated marks & patterns, as well as typical collage materials, drawings, letters, etc., and more. And by using a collage approach we will assemble, reconfigure, distress, decompose, rearrange and create one of a kind pieces, while encompassing your own digital images. I will print your image files on Japanese papers before the workshop, and bring them with me to Mexico for you to work with. I will also include working on glass with encaustic (as well as without encaustic). This workshop will take place at Studio E in San Miguel. The cost for four days is $900.00, not including lodging, but lunches will be provided during the class. $250.00 to reserve your spot (space limited). For more information contact me at kingwaynes@aol.com or to sign up contact Tessa at https://www.tessamckim.com/workshops.

San Miguel de Allende is a magical place to be. Studio E is located within walking distance from the center of town, or you can take an easy bus ride from the studio to the main square. (I've done both without speaking any Spanish). But in addition to the workshop I will be offering, there is always something of interest going on in town. It is a very colorful place! Oh, and if you know my wife Laura from her R&F days, she is also teaching the week before me at the same studio. You can take both workshops back to back if you want! If you don't know what I offer, or need a reminder view the short video below-

The studio at Tessa's is an amazing place to work, and even if you don't want to take the workshop from me, you can rent the space In San Miguel for yourself at a very, very reasonable price. You can have your own private art getaway. (I will do that myself sometime). Private access, private studio, private apartment. Be on your own in San Miguel! For rental costs; Contact Tessa McKim for more info.


Woodstock School of Art. July 6&7. Also December 7&8.

Students will work with their own digital image files that will be printed by the instructor on Japanese papers before the workshop. The specific papers that we will use are excellent for absorbing wax. We will explore options for recomposing images, altering images, and adding effects using a variety of materials; India ink, acrylic paint, watercolor, stained paper, encaustic paint, (as well as other mark making tools), while incorporating other college appropriate materials; letters, prints, wall paper, old book pages, maps, drawings, etc. 

Students will each have two sheets of digitally printed images. The print area for each sheet is 22”x 36” maximum. Any combination of images (up to six images per sheet) to be determined by the students and submitted for printing before the class begins.

Students will need to bring a few panels coated with encaustic gesso or a similar appropriate surface for encaustic paint. Participants will be contacted by the instructor with image preparation instructions before the workshop. Digital files will need to be submitted several weeks before the workshop.

For more information, or to sign up for the class, please contact the Woodstock School of Art. $322.00 https://woodstockschoolofart.org/course/photo-encaustic-and-mixed-media/


Miami Florida October 18, 19, & 20.

Take part in a three day photo-encaustic/ mixed media workshop in Miami, Florida, October 18 thru October 20, 2024. Working with your own photographic images, create artworks that push the boundaries of a photograph into a unique one of a kind piece. Your digital image files will be printed before the workshop on various Japanese papers. These papers are specific to this process, and allow for overlapping effects, while combining other media, incorporating acrylic paint, pencil, charcoal, crayon, markers, collage, encaustic paint, gold leaf, etc., (and more). 

This workshop will take place in the Miami Florida studio of Joan Miller, and the class will be taught by Wayne Montecalvo. Joan is a Photographer who has traveled extensively photographing a variety of cultures and capturing their customs through photo documentation, often in very remote locations. Wayne's approach for the workshop will offer his unique methods combining mixed media with photography. The class will use encaustic medium (supplied by the workshop) as the main ingredient, but will allow for students to incorporate their own media, ideas, and passions as well. If you are familiar with encaustic paint, this class will open up ways to incorporate photographs into the mix. If you are new to encaustic, this is a great way to learn what all the fuss is about.

This will be a small group, limited to seven students. The cost for the three days, (not including lodging) is $900.00, and a $400.00 deposit will hold your spot. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The schedule will be 9am until 4pm each day, with additional work time for those who want to focus on their own after the class. 

Feel free to contact Joan Miller at joanohc@gmail.com for questions about payment, lodging, Miami location, etc. or feel free to contact Wayne Montecalvo at kingwaynes@aol.com for questions about the workshop, materials, etc.



Digital image files will be needed for printing before the class. Wayne will contact everyone well before the workshop so that images can be printed and ready for the class. Students will also need to provide a few panels to work on. The printable area is 22”x 36”, up to six images per sheet. Each student will have three sheets of images printed for this workshop.


2024 Ongoing Workshops, Saugerties, NY

Dates; June 28, 29, 30. July 26, 27, 28. August 30, 31, & September 1.

This summer, Chestnut Hill Farm in Saugerties, NY, will be opening its barn doors for creative workshops and retreats. The studio will also accommodate encaustic painting workshops. The 53 acre farm is set beside a picturesque creek and the property includes a lovely pond, hiking trails, glamping camp sites, an 1840's farm house, and creative arts studios in the barn. The address is 269 Wilhelm Road, Saugerties, NY 12477.

I am excited to offer my unique approach to combining digital images with encaustic paint and mixed media in this bucolic setting. I will print your digital images on Japanese papers prior to the workshop for use during the class. The workshop will include encaustic medium, and all tools for encaustic painting will be provided. You will have the opportunity to sign up for one, two or three days of each workshop. These workshops are open to all levels and will meet from 10am to 4pm each day.

The cost for one day; $375.00, two days; $700.00, and three days; $950.00.

Refreshments and a delicious healthy lunch will be included, as well as experiencing the full amenities of the farm; swimming in the creek, hiking the trails, and relaxing on the swings hammock or farmhouse porch. Accommodations are available in the farmhouse and the glamp sites on the property. For more information you can contact me at kingwaynes@aol.com, for information about the farm and reservations contact Norma Hill at 516-659-2297.

Or, use the links below to select the workshop that meets your needs;

1-day workshop

2-day workshop

3-day workshop

If you've worked with encaustic paint, (even if you haven't), these workshops will offer a new way to include imagery. If you are a photographer, this is a great way to push your photographic images in a new direction. The class will incorporate a mixed media approach. Some of the other materials we will work with include encaustic paint, acrylic paint, India ink, powdered charcoal, water color and more.

During the class days, students enrolled in these workshops will also be eligible for the student discount offered through R&F Handmade Paints located in nearby Kingston, NY. And if you haven't visited R&F, it is worth the trip.


APRIL 19-21, 2024 | PHILADELPHIA

ABOVE & BELOW - PART II

Class Full

To be on the wait list contact Leah Macdonald

Instructors: Leah Macdonald and Wayne Montecalvo 

Saturday & Sunday from 11am-6pm: Two full studio days of instruction in Leah’s studio with Photo Session & Model & Studio time.

(Studio open Saturday & Sunday until 9pm for independent work)Working with photography and layering using encaustic and mixed media.

Instructors: Leah Macdonald and Wayne Montecalvo 

Meet & Greet Friday 4-7pm

Workshop Includes: prints, wax supplies, encaustic paint, tools for painting and gluing, paint and lots of art supplies.

Materials Needed: laptop, camera, wood panels or alternative substrates.

Register: Leahwax1@gmail.com

Cost: $1200 (50% deposit to reserve your spot — payment in full due by March 15)

This workshop will address ways to work with digital images printed on Japanese papers, as well as Hahnemuhle paper that combine images with wax, graphite, acrylic paint, encaustic paint, monoprints, geliplates, mark-making, pigment sticks, and a bunch of other techniques!

Leah and Wayne each have a unique way of approaching photographic images. Embracing the use of hand-made elements and including them in the mix by incorporating wax, mark-making, and mixed media. This workshop will allow students to go beyond the capture of a camera. Both artists stress the importance of applying ways to physically alter images while working with methods that normally embrace repetition, stability, and predetermined results.

Each student will have their own images printed by Wayne on Japanese papers before the workshop. In addition, we will have a live model to photograph and a single image for each student from that shoot will be printed by Leah on Hahnemuhle papers.

Combining a variety of media has always been part of Wayne’s approach to expand an idea into a new direction. Wayne’s current techniques push his portrait works to go beyond the person, beyond the face, and to transform the image into something other than a headshot. Rather than use a face simply to identify, Wayne’s approach is to offer options, or directions that change the expected into something else. The methods applied in his work challenge the restrictions of a digital photograph by turning the image into something unique and one-of-a-kind.

Leah’s current techniques include digital photography, collage and painting. Combining beautiful papers of various weights and opacity Leah alters the original subject matter to create a fantasy or dream image. Her art tells stories using visual elements like flower stencils, found letters and mark-making. The layers are used to cover and veil the subject and control what is seen and imagined in the art. Leah is inspired by alternative photographic techniques and the alchemy of the darkroom so her work is organic and shows the intensity of her handling the surface with heavy equipment like a razor blade and a torch. 

Friday Evening, 4-7pm:

  • Meet & Greet (Wayne and Leah do a little demo) show some art and have some snacks

Saturday, 11am-6pm:

  • Photograph model in Leah’s studio
  • Edit and print photos to glue on panels
  • Demonstrate alternative ways to make art on thinner papers. Gelli plate prints, monoprints, ink spills, splatters and use of drawing and painting methods to create lightweight textures to use as overlays in the wax on Sunday. Leah will print two 11x17 prints for students (rice paper, store bought lightweight paper, Tengucho, party napkins, etc.).

Sunday, 11am-6pm:

  • Wayne’s demo: layering papers with encaustic wax and embedding textures over imagery to create double exposures.
  •  Leah’s demo: embedding thin paper over wax and painting with encaustic and pigment sticks 
  • Work time in studio Sunday afternoon.
  • (The studio is open until 9pm Saturday & Sunday for independent work after workshop instruction.) 

So if you are interetsed, you can sign up with Leah and contact her on her site; https://www.wax-flowers.com/workshops or if you want to send me a check for the $600.00 deposit to hold your spot, you can contact me at kingwaynes@aol.com.


17th International Encaustic Conference

"Unlikely Alternatives" workshop June 3&4 2024.

I will be teaching a two day workshop in Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA, at Truro Center for the Arts. The workshop will include images (your images) printed on Japanese paper, combining encaustic, acrylic paint, mono prints, Idia ink, stained paper, mixed media, etc. Image files from participants will be requested and printed before the workshop to be used during the class. This workshop is in conjunction with the 17th international Encaustic Conference where I will also be presenting a demo for that event. For more information on the workshop please visit https://www.castlehill.org/prepost-2024/post/montecalvo


Small Group/ Two Day Workshop at R&F

Wednesday & Thursday, December, 27 & 28, 2023. 9am-5pm. Limit 4 people.

Class full

This will be the last workshop I will be teaching at R&F Handmade paints (the workshop program will be ending early in 2024). If you haven't had a chance to visit the factory in Kingston, NY, and work in their amazing workshop room, now is the time. This workshop will not be announced on the R&F web site. So, lunch and accommodations are not included, but all R&F paints are included, and tools will be available for use during the class. You just need to bring any panels you plan to work on. The workshop will take place at the R&F Handmade Paints factory in Kingston, NY.

The workshop will teach the methods I use combining digital images with wax, and incorporating mixed media; India ink, stained paper, pencil, powdered graphite, monoprint, acrylic paint, etc. We will be working on Japanese papers, and I will print your images before we meet for the workshop. (So you'll need to get them to me before December 13). Cost for the two days is $450.00, check or paypal.

Feel free to contact me for more info.


Small Group/ One Day Workshop at R&F

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 (workshop filled)

This will be one of the last workshops I will be teaching at R&F Handmade paints (the workshop program will be ending early in 2024. If you haven' had a chance to visit the factory in Kingston, NY, and work in their amazing workshop room, now is the time. I will teach one other (2 day workshop) in the month of December, also limited to four students. This workshop will not be announced on the R&F web site. So, lunch and accommodations are not included, but all R&F paints are included, and tools will be available for use during the class. You just need to bring any panels you plan to work on. The workshop will take place at the R&F Handmade Paints factory in Kingston, NY.

The workshop will teach the methods I use combining digital images with wax, and incorporating mixed media; India ink, stained paper, pencil, powdered graphite, monoprint, acrylic paint, etc. We will be working on Japanese papers, and I will print your images before we meet for the workshop. (So you'll need to get them to me before November 15). Cost for the day is $275.00, check or paypal.

Feel free to contact me for more info.


Workshop in Mexico (FILLED)