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Instructor: Elise Wagner

June 12 – 14,  2022, 10AM – 4PM

Sunday – Tuesday, 3-day workshop

Class size 4-6, All Levels

$525 Members, $575 Non-members

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This workshop is a thorough walkthrough of the encaustic collagraph method that Wagner herself pioneered. Participants will get the chance to break all the rules of encaustic; using significantly less wax, minimal fusing, layering with textiles and different line types; etched, dry point and relief. Wagner Encaustic Collagraph White Wax will be used to build the surface and Akua Intaglio inks to print monoprints. The plates created can be reused and printed again and again, allowing the ability to work in limited editions, multiples, or series. Plates can be added to or scraped away at any point in the process making the options limitless.


Image Credit: Elise Wagner


ELISE WAGNER has been a working in the encaustic medium for over 25 years. She relocated to Oregon from Jersey City, NJ and studied at Portland State University. She is a 2015-16 recipient of The Pollock- Krasner Foundation Grant. She has presented dozens of solo exhibitions and been featured in several group and museum exhibitions. Her work is among private and corporate collections throughout the United States. Wagner exhibits her paintings and prints at Frederick Holmes in Seattle, Warnock Fine Arts in Palm Springs, Calloway Fine Art & Consulting Washington, D.C., and Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston. Her work has been published in several books, blogs and catalogues including, Encaustic Art in the 21st Century, Schiffer Publishing.

Through experimentation, Wagner innovated Encaustic Collagraph, a printmaking, a method that merges specific techniques and tools of encaustic painting with those of intaglio collagraph printmaking. She also specially formulates and hand makes a collagraph printmaking encaustic wax ‘Wagner Encaustic Collagraph White’ that she sells online.

Elise presented Encaustic Collagraph Printmaking at the Southern Graphics International Conference (SGCI) in 2016 and at the International Encaustic Conference in 2013. She is currently among the instructors of the Painting With Fire Masterclass and teaches in person and live stream Zoom encaustic collagraph printmaking and encaustic painting workshops at her home studio in Portland, Oregon. Over the past ten hears, she has taught at Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT, Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, OR, Robert Blackburn Workshop at the Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts, New York City, R&F Handmade Paints and The Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY. In 2023, Elise will be teaching a week long printmaking and encaustic workshop at the Essence of Mulranny in Ireland.

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  • Rives BFK printmaking paper (3 sheets provided) (for purchase at CCP)
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Portfolio to carry work
  • Tacking iron and or wax writer if you have one.
  • Metal tipped tools – anything to carve into the wax with
  • etching needle
  • textured fabrics or paper for embossing into the wax, these can be: templates, stencils, netting, string, anything with texture to try.
  • (lace or fiberglass drywall tape are great examples of what textures to bring.)
  • Rubber tipped “Colour Shapers” for mark making on background monotype plates.
  • Brushes for Akua inks–I recommend stencil brushes which work better than softer brushes for intaglio inking and printing.