the encaustic center

580 W. Arapaho, 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).

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

Lisa Pressman



Inside Memory


12" x 12"


My work explores the place of not knowing. The process is one of constant discovery, an intuitive dialogue between the random and the deliberate that allows a relationship to develop between intent and accident. Each piece evolves over time: as I play translucent and opaque layers of paint against each other, draw, layer, cover up, sand and scrape, the paintings take on a life of their own, revealing elements that provoke a visceral response.


See more of Lisa's work on her website:





The Encaustic Center was a finalist for the 2014 La Vendéenne Award in Excellence in Education!


In 2011 the La Vendéenne [la vahn day en] Awards were created in honour of the fourth century AD female encaustic artist, Laia, whose remains were found, along with the tools of her art, in La Vendée [la vahn day] region of France. The Awards are intended to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement and practice of encaustic art.








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












580 W. Arapaho, Richardson, Texas, 75080