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August 19-23, 2024

Instructor: Tremain Smith


Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill

10 Meetinghouse Rd

Truro, MA 02666

tel: 508 349-7511                   


This class will cover the foundational practices of encaustic and engage exploratory techniques in a hands-on process of discovery and experimentation. We’ll start with the basics of making encaustic medium and paint, fusing, substrates, equipment, safety, and move to techniques of transparency and opacity, surface manipulation, building and removing layers, collaging, branding, incising, glazing, and dry brushing. I’ll demonstrate my technique of working with a template as a reference point for drawing, layering with transparent wax, and adding color with oil glaze and collage.


Tremain Smith has work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Her solo exhibitions include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Scottsdale, Maine, Delaware, Florida and Hawaii. Her work is in Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century by Schiffer Publishing and The Art of Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera. She presented on “The Roots of Contemporary Encaustic” at the Eighth International Encaustic Conference. She has taught encaustic at Truro Center for the Arts, Penland School of Crafts and R&F Paints.


Images of participants at work, 2023 workshop:



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