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 and Deanna Wood 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


For pics of the many techniques you'll be learning, click here.


*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 ($12.00 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.





Proudly announcing

Elizabeth Schowachert's one day

Ink, Brush, Paper Encaustic workshop


Sunday, November 13th, 9am to 5pm

$200. All Supplies Included! And there are MANY wonderful supplies!


In this course, Elizabeth will teach a number of specific techniques that combine encaustic medium with ink and or collage.



We will use traditional Asian Calligraphy tools, such as:

 - Black ink

 - Asian Calligraphy Brush (1 provided)

 - Sumi-E Scroll Paper 13X55 (5 Sheets)



With these tools we will paint on paper to create 13 X 55 inch scrolls and smaller works on paper using Asian Black ink (Sumi-E ink) and Walnut ink.

We will also learn various collage applications using ink paintings, printed/Joss paper and encaustic medium using a hot iron. These will be adhered to a panel.



Provided Supplies

1. 1 12x24 panel

2. 2 12X12 panels

3. 1 10 inch Asian Calligraphy Brush

4. Red Scroll Paper 6.5 X 55

5. Joss Paper to share

6. Black Liquid Ink

7. Walnut Ink to Share

8. Sumi-E Scroll Paper 13 X 55 (5 Sheets)


Elizabeth will be bringing special brushes and papers from Taiwan for sale at the workshop!


Elizabeth Schowachert

Born and raised in Northern California, I have always had a deep appreciation and affinity with the sea and the natural beauty of the Northern California coastline. My paintings reflect my bond with nature and deep love of nature and organic forms. For me, discovery and creative exploration are an essential part of making art. My work is as much about the process of discovery, as it is about the articulation of an idea, a feeling or a place. Creating art is an essential part of who I am and my hope is that my work reflects the deep passion and joy I feel when I am painting. I have been working with encaustic medium for a number of years and love the versatility of the medium.


More recently I have incorporated collage, ink on paper and wax resist techniques into my work. This expansion of my creative process has been heavily influence by my life experiences. I have been traveling to Asia for 16 years and over time, and feel a strong pull towards Asia’s rich culture and beautiful and sophisticated art. When I am there, I often find myself immersed in everyday places, markets, temples, neighborhoods and each leaves a mark that eventually finds its way into my work. I also find the tools (Asian brushes, inks and papers) compelling and beautiful each in their own way. I have been traveling to Asia for 16 years and over time have developed a strong affinity with Asian culture, and thier beautiful/sophisticated art forms and practices.


Due to the space requirements, we can only have 12 people in this workshop. Spaces fill quickly! Please confirm availability and send your payment to secure your space.


Cost and payment:

The cost of the workshop is $200.00 Choose the option to pay in full or:

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your space.

Please register asap; these spaces fill up quickly!

Balance due: September 23, 2016: $100.00


Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after September 23rd, 2016, $90 will be refunded only if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Non-payment of the $100.00 balance on or before September 23rd could result in the loss of your space. A reminder will be sent for your payment.


Payment Options:

- PayPal to bonny at  or request a paypal invoice.


$100 Deposit - Click Pay Now to make a $100 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot:

$200 Payment in Full - Click Pay Now to pay $200 (payment in full):


- Check to The Encaustic Center, 580 W Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, TX, 7508

- Credit card by calling Bonny at 214.405.5993

- Cash at The Bonny Studio or The Encaustic Center



The Encaustic Center PROUDLY Announces Guest Artist / Instructor

Shawna Moore for a 3-day Workshop

Beyond Surface

Transparency, Mark Making and Depth...

Allowing the luminous surface of your encaustic painting to be a passage to what lies beneath...

Friday, October 21st, Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

10:00am to 4:00pm each day

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



By examining the inherent properties of encaustic paint, colors, and visual layering, we will develop unique sequences and processes to reveal each artist's inner work.


One of the most frustrating parts of using encaustic paint is that it has the tendency to build up in "milky" layers and obscure all the beautiful marks and passages we have created. We will look at this characteristic of wax paint, and learn to work around it and in fact to use this semi-opacity for developing depth.


Students should have a basic working knowledge of encaustic painting as this is a more intermediate to advanced workshop. We will be working with encaustic medium, encaustic paints, oil paint, and pigment sticks to build up sophisticated and mysterious paintings. Expect to learn a whole new way of working with wax and taking home some techniques which will bring the appearance of your work to a whole new level!




Provided Supplies:  Encaustic medium, encaustic paint, several iwatani torches to share, several Hangar 9 sealing irons to share but Shawna will be bringing larger irons for sale which are best suited for these processes, four flat 6x6 to 8x8 boards and 3 flat 10x10 to 12x12 1/2 inch plyboards, brushes, rubber gloves, mark making tools to share and a few pigment sticks but the full line of R&F pigment sticks for purchase.


Student Materials list: Students may bring additional flat or cradled boards up to 12"x12" (links will be forwarded to participants), pigment sticks or purchase here, iwatani torch if you have (please let me know if you have one you will be bringing), any encaustic paint color you are fond of but do keep in mind, we do have the full line of Enkaustikos Hot Sticks here for sale as well.


Shawna Moore lives and works in Whitefish, Montana and is a recent recipient of her second Montana Arts Council "Strategic Development Grant," the Catto Scholarship at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and a scholarship invitation to the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, Mass. In 2014 she was nominated for the La Vendeenne Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement and practice of encaustic art by the International Encaustic Artists. She has exhibited in solo exhibitions at Circa Gallery in Minneapolis, Darnell Fine Art in Santa Fe, and most recently, Park City's Gallery MAR in July of 2015. Her numerous group exhibition include inclusion in the last two Montana Triennials and the Northwest Encaustic Invitational, both at the Missoula Art Museum. The Northwest Museum of Art and Culture represents her paintings in their Art/Work programs and she has exhibited in group and themed shows at NWMAC. Corporate collections include the M.D. Anderson Cancer Treatment Center in Houston and the Zane Ray Group in Whitefish. She is currently working directly with designers and architects to create site specific artworks in commercial and residential locations. Her background in architecture (University of Oregon, 1983-89) and her continual exploration into the role of art and painting in purpose and place have helped create a unique vision in her life and studio.


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: September 2nd: $475.00


Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after the September 2nd 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 September 2nd 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!


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: or 214-405-5993





Upcoming Guest Artist Workshops:

Shawna Moore - October 21, 22 and 23, 2016


Elizabeth Schowachert - Ink, Brush, Paper Encaustic workshop


Kayla Barker - January 22, 2017 - photography and encaustic


Paula Roland - March 24, 25 and 26, 2017 - Mark Making On And Off the HOTboxtm


Susan Stover - May 19, 20 and 21, 2017 - Encaustic with fabric and paper


Sarah Rehmer - October 13, 14 and 15, 2017 - Encaustic Mixed Media


David A. Clark - March 23, 24 and 25, 2018 - Encaustic Printmaking


Jerry McLaughlin - May 18, 19 and 20, 2018 - Cold Wax


Brenda Zappitell - March 1, 2, and 3 2019 - Building An Abstract Series - Acrylic


Jean Pederson - November 1, 2 and 3, 2019 - Acrylic Mixed Media



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








Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions

bonny at



additional contact for questions:

Deanna Wood

deanna at



The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080













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