Marilyn Derwenskus     June 20 – 26, 2004
New and Old: Exploring Contemporary Ideas with Encaustic and Egg Tempura

The ancient technique of egg tempera involves mixing egg yolk with dry pigments and applying many transparent layers of color over an ink drawing on wood panels. It is a beautiful process of painting that everyone will enjoy. In addition to the glowing, rich surfaces produces by pre-Renaissance artists, Derwenskus will also share her investigations in contemporary methods of using tempera.

Encaustic (hot wax painting) involves melting pigmented wax bars --- available from R & F Encaustic --- on a pancake griddle, applying colored wax to masonite and fusing each layer with a heat gun. Like egg tempera, this method of painting is very seductive. Once you begin to paint with wax, it is hard to stop.

You will become addicted to the exciting painting possibilities of these mediums. The course will begin with technical explorations of tempera and hot wax that lead to a focus on personal ideas. You will be asked to think about your heritage and recall a tradition that your family observed. We will discuss ways to present your distinctive tradition: narratively, metaphorically, symbolically. We will seek uniquely personal mages drawn from your life experiences. Visual information may be drawn from photographs, magazines, and newspapers, Wihile learning the techniques of egg tempera and encaustic will be the goal of this workshop, we will not overlook the most significant issue in the work of art --- the development of ideas. Frequent slide presentations of historical and contemporary images will heighten the importance of both idea and technique.

Marilynn Derwenskus, Professor of Art at Ball State University, has taught painting for more than 40 years. She has a MFA from the University of Chicago and an MA and BFA from Wayne State University. She received 20 grants and fellowships including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, 2 grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, a Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artist Grant, and a Lilly Faculty Open Fellowship. The Lilly Fellowship permitted Derwenskus to spend one year visiting artists throughout America in their studios to explore the origins of creative ideas for visual artists. These findings now fuel her teaching. She received 70 awards for painting and has had 23 solo shows. Derwenskus loves teaching others what she loves to do --- paint.

Studio: Something for all levels.
Marilyn offers a free tuition scholarship.
Fee: $815.00 + tax.
Day Student Fee: $430.50 + tax.
Class Fees Explained
Workshop Itinerary

Arizona, Panel 3, 1998, Encaustic, 24" x 50"  
Arizona, Panel 2, 1998, Encaustic, 24" x 50"  

Workshop’s itinerary
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception
6:00 Dinner

Monday – Friday
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

6:00 Dinner

4:00 Farewell Champagne Toast

Depart after breakfast (check-out time is 10:00)

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class for breakfasts and dinners (additional fee).

PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $300, includes accommodations. Costs for breakfasts, dinners and receptions are additional.

Box lunches are available at Dillman’s for an additional fee.


Sunset at Dillman's