I'll be teaching an encaustic paint, digital images, mixed media extravaganza at Tessa McKim's Studio E in San Miguel de Allende.

Some of the materials we will combine with digital photographs will be, powdered charcoal, acrylic paint, India ink, coffe stained paper, mark making, stamping, charcoal drawing transfer, foil transfer, gold leaf, colored pencil, shellac, and working with encaustic medium and encaustic paint on glass.

Come alive during Day of The Dead! The whole town celebrates, face painting, parades, food, cemeteries, festivities, and lots of skeletons. We will partake in the activities when we are not making art, and we will also be photographing subject matter to incorporate into your own artwork. Some of your own images will be printed by me beforehand, and some will be printed during the workshop. I like to use Japanese papers with my process and so, I'll print three sheets (22"x 36" print area) for each student, and have them ready to go for our first day (please limit 6 or less images to each sheet), more about image prep when you sign up.

Cost for this 6 day workshop is $990.00, $900.00, a $400.00 deposit will hold your spot, but San Miguel hotels fill up quick that time of year so, start planning now. You can learn more details and/ or leave a deposit on Tessa's website;

Or you can also leave a deposit for tessa below with the buy now button.

If you have questions, please visit the contact page and send me a message.

Photo Encaustic - Day of Dead

Encaustic, Photo, Mixed Media Workshop. July 28 & 29, R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY. (This workshop filled)

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Join me for a 2 day workshop at R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, NY.

This class is not an official R&F scheduled class, but an artist initiated workshop that I will be offering in the R&F workshop space. So, access to the full line of R&F encaustic paint and Pigment Sticks will be included in the workshop. AND, I will print your digital images on Japanese paper before we meet, and have them ready for you on the first day. I will show students the methods I have been perfecting to push a digital image into a unique work of art combining layering, image manipulation, collage technique, mixed media, mark making, while incorporating other materials; (India ink, powdered graphite, water color, colored pencil, acrylic paint, transfer foil, and more). I will also show participants methods I've used to work with encaustic on glass.

Students will be required to bring a few panels to work on, treated with encaustic gesso beforehand if needed. And also send image files for the photos to work with by July 10 (or sooner if possible). I will print images on three sheets of Japanese washi, print area is 22"x 36", any combination of prints that will fit within those dimensions, up to six images per sheet.

Since this is not a class on the R&F calendar, students will also be required to provide their own lunch both days.

The cost for the workshop is $425.00, PayPal or check, and includes three printed sheets on Japanese papers. Typical studio materials that will also be on hand; scissors, paint brushes, tape, scrapers, burnishers, tacking irons, torches, heat guns, etc.

I will send a list of lodging options for those who will need it. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me directly at

Above and Below

February 4,5,&6, 2023

Leah Macdonald & Wayne Montecalvo

Working with photography and layering using encaustic and mixed media

Location: R&F Paint Studio and DRAW Studio (Kingston, NY)

Workshop Schedule: 

  • Saturday at R&F Paint Studio: 10 AM-5 pm
  • Sunday Photo Session (live model shoot), and Editing at DRAW Studio: 10 AM-5pm
  • Monday at R&F Paint Studio: 10 AM-5 pm

(No snow date. Full refund for extreme weather cancellation)



All paint for the workshop will be included by R&F.

Students may purchase R&F products at a discounted workshop rate.

About Wayne

Wayne’s current techniques using wax and digital imagery are a culmination of experimenting with materials for art making. Combining a variety of media has always been part of his approach to creating and expanding an idea into a new direction. His focus on portraits incorporates ways to go beyond the person, beyond the face, and to transform the image into something other than a “mug shot” or “head shot”. Rather than use a face simply to identify, Wayne’s approach is to offer possible options, possible directions that change the expected, or even the familiar into something else. The methods applied in his work challenge the restrictions of a digital photograph by turning the image into something unique or one of a kind, and to use a digital file to create a “non-digital” art object.

About Leah

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.

About the Workshop

This workshop will address ways to work with images printed on Japanese papers, Hahnemuhle paper and how to combine those images with wax, graphite, acrylic paint, encaustic paint, mark making tools, and a bunch of other stuff. Each student will send images to be printed on 2 sheets of paper prior to the workshop, and one sheet will be printed on Tengucho after the Sunday photo shoot, to use during the Monday class.

Deadline for images to Leah is Friday, January 20.

Each participant can connect and discuss print preparation with Leah before the files are due to print. Images from the Sunday photo shoot will be printed by Wayne on Sunday evening.

*Leah will print 1 - sheet 11 x 17 Hahnemuhle photo rag 188gsm, 1 - sheet of 13 x 19 Hahnemuhle rice paper *Wayne will print 1- sheet Tengucho print area 22 x 36

*Students should bring a laptop with photo editing software and plan to edit images Sunday for printing.

Exploring methods to layer above and below, and ways to reveal and obscure, while working with your own images, will be part of the focus for the workshop. We will also have a unique opportunity to photograph on Sunday and work with scenery, architecture, nature, and a model for other possible photographic elements to add to your layers. This workshop will be cohesive with time in the studio and time to reflect on both painting and photography.


Contact Leah at $100 deposit required to hold your space Full payment due on first day of workshop

Workshop limited to 8 students

General questions about the class

Contact Wayne at, or Leah at

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