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SOLD OUT! The Basics of Encaustic Workshop with Elise Rugolo

Learn basic techniques such as applying and building up layers of wax; fusing processes using heat guns, torches, irons; and scraping and wax removal techniques. Become familiar with encaustic terminology, materials, and studio safety and build upon these skills to explore translucent/opaque effects and additive/subtractive techniques in your own work created in this wonderful workshop! 

Two 6x6” wood panels are provided per student, which they will take home with them as either completed paintings or works in progress. Some people work fast, others take their time, so there is no pressure to complete anything…the focus is on becoming comfortable with the basic skills and techniques. This basic skill set provides artists with everything they need to know to get started in their own studios, or to continue on to take Elise’s more advanced workshops: Encaustic and Collage, Mixed-Media Encaustic, and Encaustic and Linear Effects.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of and hands-on experience with drawing, painting, and color mixing. 

Materials: All encaustic materials/tools will be provided. Bring a work shirt and something to tie your hair back with if you have long hair. If you like to work with vinyl gloves, please bring your own. Wear comfortable shoes, but be prepared for some wax to get on them!

Saturday, April 16, 10 AM to 5 PM at Orr Street Studios

$150 (includes all materials and tools)   

Lunch will not be provided. Either bring a bag lunch or grab a nutritious meal from Range Free, just a few steps away from Orr Street Studios.

Spaces are limited, so don't wait to enroll! 



Elise Rugolo is a mixed-media painter who celebrates the physicality of her artwork through an exploration of various media and layering of imagery. Her paintings are usually abstract, with references to natural and man-made structures. Her rhythmic and calligraphic style is suggestive of dance or motion borne out of a sense of urgency. She often explores the interaction of geometric and organic forms in her work. Influenced at an early age by Fauvism, German Expressionism, and Abstract Expressionism, her color palette and mark-making is vivid and expressive.

Elise was born and raised in Columbia. She was fortunate to have an art professor father (Lawrence Rugolo), who encouraged and nurtured her creative spirit in her formative years. She left to go to college and from there lived in a variety of places, most recently Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She just moved back to town in the fall of 2015 and is enjoying settling into Columbia life with her husband, dog, and two cats. 

Elise received her BFA (Painting) from the University of Iowa and her MFA (Painting and Drawing) from Arizona State University. She has shown her work extensively in galleries and juried exhibitions. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin, and currently focuses her teaching on workshops and private instruction. She began working in encaustic in 2010, and has developed a distinct style that combines her signature mark-making and collage and mixed-media techniques. 

She is represented by Concept Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

View her encaustic paintings and other artwork at

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