What is Encaustic?

Encaustic, an artistic medium using beeswax as a vehicle for colored pigment. is one of the oldest easel painting mediums and dates back to the 4th Century B.C. The Greek word enkaustikos translates to “Burn-in.”

The 20th Century renaissance of encaustic painting began with Jasper Johns (“American Flag” paintings) and Diego Rivera, the famed Mexican muralist. Today, artists worldwide use encaustic in applications from painting to fiber art to sculpture.

The encaustic medium (wax plus resin, which both hardens the wax and increases its melting point) is laid down and heated layer-by-layer creating visible dimension in the painting. As well, due to wax’s natural translucency, encrustic readily lends itself to mixed media applications

TS (Theodore Schuyler) Loomis is a Vietnam Veteran (US Air Force) holding degrees from Michigan State University with post-graduate work at the University of and George Washington University.

He began his career as a professional photographer over fifty years ago. Loomis has worked as a graphic designer and art director, copywriter and creative director (as well as an industrial cleaner, civil engineer, salesman, marketing director, construction laborer, and deck hand). Loomis retired from The Boeing Company as a Senior Versatile Technologist.

His artwork is collected internationally and includes mixed-media paintings (encaustic, acrylic, or photographic based), In Media Res© commissioned portraits, fine art photography, and sculpture. Loomis’ work has been shown in one-man shows, museums, and numerous juried group shows.

Loomis and his spouse and muse, Megan Somerville-Loomis, live in Cave Creek, Arizona where they pursue their mutual passion: creativity. For more information, please visit casa35creative.com.

As a designer, writer, and artist, I produce work reflective of my appreciation and need for mystery and discovery, beauty, a strong narrative component, and humor.

Fresh perspectives, literal, symbolic, and metaphorical, provide the raw material for creativity. Artistic outputs—creativity expressed—can (and should!) generate ongoing insights far beyond initial exposure and interpretation.

With few exceptions, my work results from the intersection of intention and intervention: I begin a project only to have it interrupted by an accident, a mistake, or a bright, shining object 😉 That unplanned input is accommodated—embraced or grudgingly accepted—altering my path and yielding a synergistic outcome.

Therefore, problem-solving is a critical skill in the my creative armamentarium. As is patience, allowing time to discover the appropriate response/solution.

TS Loomis, Cave Creek, Arizona
December 2017

Encaustic Painting I

Monday, August 13 – Tuesday, August 14
10 am – 4 pm

This is an introduction to the medium, designed to acquaint you with the its history, basic painting techniques, as well an understanding of safety, technical, and conservation issues. Plus you’ll create two encaustic paintings.

Encaustic Painting II

Monday, August 20 – Tuesday, August 21
10 am – 4 pm

Intermediate Encaustic Painting & Open Studio Projects expands student’s familiarity with the medium. Will also acquaint you with several intermediate techniques (collage, photo transfer, and incising), as well as an understanding of safety, technical, and conservation issues.



Encaustic Painting I

DATE/TIMES:  August 13 – August 14,  10 am – 4 pm
COST: Member $225/non-member $250(a $50 materials fee is included in this cost)

Encaustic Painting II

DATE/TIMES:  August 20 – August 21, 10 am – 4 pm                                                                                                            COST: Member $225/non-member $250(a $50 materials fee is included in this cost)

Both Encaustic Painting I & II

COST: $400(a $50 materials fee is included in this cost)

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