the encaustic center

580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080

Learn to paint with wax

The Encaustic Center is a unique facility where instructors Bonny Leibowitz, Deanna Wood, Brett Dyer, and Mary Wright teach the art of painting with wax.


We offer a variety of ways to learn:

*Start out with a 1-day Introductory Beginner Workshop ($100, all materials included). In these Beginner Workshops you will be learning a variety of techniques including how to build layers, fuse, texture, work with grids, stencils, embed objects, incise, transfer, collage and much more along with a working knowledge on how to melt and mix wax, a bit about the history of wax painting, a working knowledge of supplies and how to create your own workspace! All supplies included. Most Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 to 4:00. Please see the schedule page and email for availability


*Once you've taken an introductory / beginner workshop, come for Assisted Workdays for help on your work, delving further into processes and learning techniques such as pours, texture, collage, transfers, painterly effects, monotype, 3-D, and hot tool use with step-by-step instruction ($50 for 3 hours). Most Fridays and Saturdays. Please see the Assisted Workday page and email for availability



*Once you've taken an introductory / beginner workshop, come back for Independent Workdays to create without any formal instruction using all of our equipment and supplies ($10.00 per hour - the charge for a workday starts at the time you schedule in for).

Monday: noon to 3:00 or 7:00 to 10:00 pm

Wednesday: 10:00 to 1:00 or 7:00 to 10:00 pm

Friday: 10:00 to 4:00 or choose your hours

Saturday: 10:00 to 4:00 or choose a 3 hour increment


Please email for availability


* The Encaustic Center also offers 3-day guest artist workshops, specialty workshops, and mini workshops. Please join the mailing list for monthly announcements:


Workshop Supplies

All supplies are included but you might like to bring special papers, leaves, Xerox and inkjet prints, drawings, unglazed ceramic pieces, stencils, stamps, threads, etc. We supply plywood boards and have cradled boards for sale. Check our schedule to find a class that works for you. We also sell encaustic supplies and painting panels.




The Encaustic Center PROUDLY Announces Guest Artist / Instructor

Ellen Koment for a 3-day Workshop



The workshop is currently full, but email Bonny to be added to the waiting list.


Friday, April 1st, Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day

$575.00; Most supplies included...details below!



The Master Class will combine the expertise of a mature artist both with hands on demos and ample time for students to work, as well as portfolio reviews for individual participants, and advice related to professional development. It will share techniques and work one on one with each student either in creative coaching, a professional development session or a portfolio review. It is open to artists at all levels.

For more experienced encaustic painters, this will be an opportunity to enhance your work with a variety of new techniques, and to begin to develop a consistent series of paintings. Individual instruction and criticism will help you move your encaustic painting to a new level.

The workshop will cover all the basics, including information about how to make paint, about the commercial paints and their applications, about supports, grounds and techniques: paint application, fusing, glazing, and inscribing. Learn some new techniques: Introducing working with oil bar, pigment, creating lines and texture. Adding pouring on panel to what you do. We will emphasize how these techniques can be developed to create a unique encaustic language for each student. We will talk (and demo) how to create glaze layers, (A little about color theory), as well as some special techniques like inscribing and using dry pigment to create line. This workshop will address all aspects of approaching a painting, from the planning and drawing stages, through preparation of the surface; understanding temperature control and how it facilitates your work, handling color and glazing, as well as special effects, and finishing.



Provided Supplies:

Encaustic medium, encaustic paint, several flat 6x8 to 8x8 birch and luan boards, one flat Ampersand encausticbord (likely 12x12) and five cradled 12x12x3/4 boards, brushes, Stonehenge paper, rubber gloves, mark making tools to share, a few pigment sticks but the full line of R&F pigment sticks for purchase.


Student Materials list:

A short list of optional and suggested materials will be sent to workshop attendees to enhance their individual experience. Students may bring additional cradled boards up to 16"x16".



Ellen Koment was awarded the 2013 International Encaustic Artists’ LaVendeeme award for Excellence in Encaustic Education. She has been working with, teaching and exhibiting encaustic for twenty years. She is a graduate of the Cooper Union Art School, with a Masters degree in Painting from UC Berkeley. She had been exhibiting widely in CA, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, before she ever discovered Encaustic. So she brings a real knowledge of painting in general to her work with wax. She is featured in numerous publications and books, including “EncausticWorks2012”, “Contemporary Art of the Southwest” and the upcoming “Encaustic” by Ashley Rooney. Her workshops are reknown for the attention she gives her students, and the expertise she brings to her teaching.


"You have been very encouraging to me and I appreciate you sharing your knowledge so generously. You are still the best teacher around and I continue to recommend you to all. It has been important for me to take what you taught and spend time in my studio to find my unique expression and to make it my own." Martha Rea Baker, artist, workshop participant.



The cost of the workshop is $575.00

Please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your space.

Balance due: February 19th: $475.00


Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after the February 19th balance payment of $475.00; $465.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Non-payment of the $475 balance by February 22nd may result in someone form the waiting list taking the space so please be sure to watch for the balance due email announcement and please be in touch if there are any changes. Thank you!


The workshop is currently full, but email Bonny to be added to the waiting list.



The Encaustic Center Proudly announces a fantastic 3-day workshop by given by Guest Artist Lora Murphy



Friday, May 20th, Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

10:00am to 4:00pm each day




About the workshop:

Many people would like to try Portraiture and/or Figurative painting in encaustic but are unsure of where to start and how to proceed. This Workshop will take the mystery out of it .(But not the Magic!!). The step by step instruction, will show you how to approach a portrait or figure, from the initial drawing to the final highlight.


Working vertically on either canvas or panel, I will teach you how to use the hot palette to create luminous skin tones, how to accurately draw the head, how to interpret the light, halftone and shadow and how to paint the features. I will demonstrate the use of water based encaustic paint as one of the final steps in a portrait creating very expressive passages and transitions.


This is a hands on course and while the focus is on contemporary portraiture, you will get a thorough grounding in a variety of techniques. I trained at a traditional art atelier in Florence but I have been working in encaustic for over 10 years and have adapted the traditional methods to encaustic work. I am a firm believer in knowing the rules of painting and once you know them; breaking them as you wish!


With step by step instruction you will be able to make sense of the somewhat complicated territory of building a portrait in encaustic, a wonderfully expressive and creative material .

Other topics covered will include safety, history, properties of pigments and different waxes, making your own supplies, texture and mark making, embedding and transfers, fusing, supports and what you need to do to work on canvas (IF you wish to). You will get a wealth of information on what will work with encaustic.


"We could not learn to read and write unless we learned the letters of the alphabet . The same principle applies to painting; unless you have knowledge of tools, materials and their functions, you will find it difficult to express your feelings". This Workshop will give you the confidence to try ! "


Supplied materials:

a selection of pigments, oil bars, altered papers, pencils and other mark making tools for wax, pastels, metal leaf, paper, traditionally prepared canvas; hide gesso with mica, medium, microcrystalline wax to work on canvas, a set per participant of 6 long handled hake filbert brushes Lora has specially made; sizes 1-11, water based encaustic paints and canvas primed with RSG gesso with mica. Participants will receive a recipe and procedures handout.


Students Materials to bring:

Two cradled boards 12"x16" to 20"x20" and two photo references (two black and white and two color) printed out to the same size as the board size being used and a piece of raw unprimed canvas (at least 24"x24"). Participants will receive an email with links and details along with suggested optional materials to enhance the individual's experience.




About Lora:

Lora Murphy is from Ireland. She is a painter, set designer and teacher whose work has taken her all over the globe. After earning degrees in The History of European Painting  and Archaeology she went on to train as a painter at a Classical Atelier School in Florence, Italy. Lora then moved to the USA where she continued her painting studies at the Art Students League in New York. This was followed by long stints in Guatemala, Australia and Denmark.  She lived in the wilds of Montana and Alaska for the following nine years and discovered encaustic painting along the way. From her first experience with wax  her practice was transformed and she now works almost exclusively with the medium.


Lora returned to Europe eight years ago and has been painting, exhibiting and teaching as well as recently completing a Masters in Art Therapy and Jungian Psychology. She lives and works in Denmark and Ireland.


Registration and payments:

The cost of the workshop is $495.00

Please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your space.

Balance due: April 8th: $395.00


Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after the February 19th balance payment of $395.00; $385.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Non-payment of the $395 balance by February 22nd may result in someone from the waiting list taking the space so please be sure to watch for the balance due email announcement. Thank you!


Payment Options:

* via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your payment to or please request a paypal invoice from me.


* By check to The Encaustic Center, 580 W Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, TX, 75080


* By credit card; call Bonny at 214-405-5993


* By cash at The Bonny Studio or The Encaustic Center, please call or email Bonny to schedule a time: or 214-405-5993



Upcoming Guest Artist Workshops:

Shawna Moore - October 21, 22 and 23, 2016

Paula Roland - Innovation with Monotype - March 24, 25 and 26, 2017

Sarah Rehmer - October 13, 14 and 15, 2017

David A. Clark - March 2018



Contact Bonny to get on the notification list to be contacted early!








Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions

bonny at


For classes in painting with oils or acrylics with Bonny please go to


additional contacts for questions:

Deanna Wood

deanna at


Brett Dyer

brett at


Mary Wright

mary at the


The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080













580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080