Artist to present workshop at King’s Fork

Published 8:44 pm Saturday, November 1, 2014

Carrollton artist Karen Eide will present an Encaustic Painting and Mixed Media Lab this week.

Carrollton artist Karen Eide will present an Encaustic Painting and Mixed Media Lab this week.

The Suffolk Art League will sponsor a Visiting Artist Workshop at King’s Fork High School on Nov. 6.

Carrollton artist Karen Eide will present Encaustic Painting and Mixed Media Lab for students from King’s Fork, Lakeland and Nansemond River high schools and Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. The students to attend have been selected by their art teachers.

Encaustic painting is an ancient process that dates back to the fifth century B.C. Pigmented beeswax is heated on a griddle and applied to rigid panels with brushes. The results yield luminous, richly layered work that has its own unique character.

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Students will learn classic encaustic painting techniques and explore how to combine them with contemporary processes such as surface embellishment, image transfer, incising, collaging, and creating marks and images with oil paint, pastels, markers and inks.

It is an ideal complement or stand-alone process for oil painters, printmakers, collagists, sculptors, watercolorists and other artists. So that students can continue their exploration of this versatile medium on their own, this lab provides information on supply sources, setting up a studio for encaustic work, safety guidelines, framing and exhibition considerations.

Karen Eide is a full-time professional artist and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.

This workshop is made possible through the Virginia Museum Statewide Partnership program and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund. Suffolk Art League’s school-based education programs are also supported by a grant from the Suffolk Foundation.

For more information about this and other programs presented by the Suffolk Art League, visit or call 925-0448.