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
You will become addicted to the exciting painting possibilities of these
mediums. The course will begin with technical explorations of tempera and hot
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
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
one year visiting artists throughout America in their studios to explore
the origins of creative ideas for visual artists. These findings now fuel
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
|Arizona, Panel 3, 1998, Encaustic, 24" x 50"
|Arizona, Panel 2, 1998, Encaustic, 24" x 50"
Check-In to your unit
(check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session
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
Box lunches are available at Dillman’s for an additional fee.