Kim was first introduced to encaustic art while facilitating arts based programming for federally sentenced women. She instantly fell in love with the freedom and experiential creative process of painting with beeswax and heat.
The spontaneous nature of this unique medium allows participants to let go of any intentions and really sink into the moment; and more importantly, to play! Kim see's encaustic painting as a strong catalyst to support community engagement, and a powerful way to bring people together through a shared, creative experience.
Kim has been creating and teaching encaustics for many years and has run workshops with federally sentenced women, at risk youth, adults with developmental disabilities, individuals living with addictions and mental health considerations, and many others in the community looking to explore and engage with their creative side.
She holds a BA in Criminology and English, with a minor in Psychology, as well as a Certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation, and a Certificate in Trauma Counselling for Front-Line Workers.
Her own work is inspired greatly by the rural Ontario landscape and often incorporates repurposed materials and natural plants and fibres harvested straight from a local farm, garden, or forest.
Kim regularly teaches encaustic workshops at The Hive Encaustic Studio, but also travels throughout Ontario to teach and bring this amazing medium to as many people as she can!
Classes & Workshops
Encaustic Art Cards - Thursday October 25th, 1-3:30pm
In this 2.5 hour workshop, participants will learn how to paint with beeswax by layering and fusing the wax, using a variety of heat sources, gouging and mark making techniqes, how to embed materials between the layers, basic photo transfers, and the use of the hot stylus tool. Each participant will leave with 4-6 of their own original encaustic 'mini' pieces, mounted on 5x7 backing.
Encaustic Art Cards is a great workshop for anyone looking for a taste of this wonderful mediyum, or for anyone who wants to explore the fun of working in miniature. All supplies indluded. No previous experience required.
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Introduction to Encaustics - Saturday November 10th,
In this 5 hour workhsop, participants will learn how to layer and fuse the wax using a variety of heat sources, hwo to create texture through gouging and mark making techniques, how to embed materials between the layers, basic photo transfers, and use of the hot stylus tool. We will then go deeper and explore adding even more colour adn imagery with pan pastels, stencils, and india ink. All supplies and equipment included. Participants will leave with several practice pieces as well as a 6x6 on birch.
Absolutely no previous artistic experience required.
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Private Workshops Available
Customizable for your group
1.5 hours - $60
3 hours - $90
5 hours - $150
Prices may vary if group is less than 4. Perfect for bridal parties, special occasions, girls' day out, or for anyone looking for a truly remarkable artistic experience.