the encaustic center

580 W. Arapaho, Richardson, Texas, 75080

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












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).

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

Tuesday: noon to 3:00

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

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

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

Sunday: noon to 3:00

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.






Featured Artist

Elise Wagner



Quantum Singularity

Elise Wagner is our Artist of the month! We are thrilled Elise will be giving her
fantastic workshop "Navigating Abstraction" this March at The Encaustic Center.
Elise was recently awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant!
You can find out more about this honor here:



Another amazing Encaustic workshop experience!

Navigating Abstraction: Scale, Composition and Layering with Elise Wagner


Friday March 6th, Saturday March 7th & Sunday March 8th, 2015

10:00 to 4:00 each day.

The cost is $425.00 (includes many supplies, more info below)

The workshop is full, but contact Bonny if you would like to be added to the waiting list.



By taking various approaches to abstraction, my work has continually evolved, imbuing a sense of place and often referring to cartography and the sublime. From a scientific standpoint, everything in reality is made up of abstraction but how can its many elements be translated into art? In this workshop, you’ll learn to approach abstraction through inspired imagery that compels you. We will manipulate its scale to form patterns through layers of color, masking off and various mark making.


Students will be required to bring various images for inspiration and embellishment. These can be anything: specific conceptual ideas or subjects, works on paper, prints, photographs, patterns, linear diagrams and specific shapes or designs. Imagery you gather should evoke meaning to you that can be translated through abstraction and will be used for your composition to scale up or down, glaze over, pattern, embed, color or mask off. Using various, not always intuitive techniques, Wagner will work with you individually to set intention, visualize and achieve your creative goals.


·       Mounting prints or works on paper onto panels

·       Drawing and hand cutting stencils using glassine paper

·       Creating multiples to compose dyptychs or tryptchs

·       Glazing, mixing and color layering

·       Applying pigment stick over texture.



The Encaustic Center will be providing one 16x16 encaustic gessoed cradled board, two 12x12 encaustic gessoed cradled boards, two encaustic gessoed flat boards, medium, paint, some pigment sticks and more but a personalized supply list for you to bring will be provided as we get closer to the date.



Learn more about Elise Wagner below


Cost and payment:

The workshop is full, but contact Bonny if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

he cost of the workshop is $425.00

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your space.

Balance due: January 16th: $325.00


Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after the January 16th payment of $325.00; $315.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. No refund for cancellations after February 20th.


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


Elise Wagner

Originally from the New York area, Elise Wagner is a nationally recognized visual artist based in Portland, Oregon for nearly 30 years. She is a 2015 recipient of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and has received numerous scholarships and awards as well as grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and Regional Arts and Culture Council that span her career.


Since 1993, Wagner has been both an oil painter and an encaustic painter. With a penchant to push the boundaries mediums,Wagner pioneered the encaustic collagraph monotype technique which has been published in Encaustic Art: Creating Fine Art With Wax, Lissa Rankin, Watson Guptill andThe Painted Surface, Jean Pederson, Northlight Books.

Wagner has twice presented at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA and has taught and demonstrated encaustic at numerous institutions throughout the country and Canada. Wagner’s work is among private and corporate collections throughout the United States and was most recently published in 100 Artists of the Northwest, Schiffer Publishing. You can see her work in person at galleries in Boston, Portland Washington D.C. and Seattle.




Upcoming Guest Artist Workshops:

Elise Wagner March 6, 7 and 8, 2015

Kim Bernard October 9, 10, and 11, 2015

Ellen Koment March 25, 26 and 27, 2016

Shawna Moore  October 21, 22 and 23, 2016

Paula Roland advanced techniques March 2017

TBA October 2017

David A. Clark March 2018



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








580 W. Arapaho, Richardson, Texas, 75080