teaching

I now offer four workshops, each with a different content, in my studio or your organization’s venue.


Beginning Encaustic Techniques: One or two-day workshop includes information on the materials needed for this art medium including wax, heat, pigment, brushes and other applicators. Also covered will be history and safety, substrates and grounds, surface techniques, and sources. Each student will complete one or two sample boards, followed by a friendly critique and “debriefing.”

Intermediate Encaustic Techniques: One or two-day workshop includes the recipes and techniques for making your own encaustic medium and encaustic paints, continuing with more advanced surface and texture techniques including transferring, stenciling, and stamping; combining other materials with encaustic for mixed media and collage; and relief or 3-D applications. Each student will complete one or two sample boards, followed by a friendly critique and “debriefing.”

Advanced Encaustic Techniques: This one or two-day workshop continues the exploration into more advanced and less-used techniques for encaustic including rolling-on medium; embedding printed Japanese silk and Japanese silk tissue; experimenting with shellac, glue, and spray paint burns; enhancing encaustic medium; and using pigment sticks, graphite, and oil paint. A sizable time segment will be spent learning techniques of encaustic monotype. Finally, we will talk about adding hardware to finished pieces, packing and shipping, and professional presentation. As always, we will conclude with a friendly critique. Each student will have the chance to complete at least one sample board and several monoprints on paper.

Encaustic Transfer Processes: Some characteristics of encaustic medium lend themselves well to receiving transferred images. These techniques enhance the ability of the artist to represent ideas using layering, perspective, and graphics. I use transferred images extensively in my work, and have experimented with a large variety of materials and methods. In the one day workshop, you will have a chance to play with and rate your photo transfers on sample boards using at least 7 different types of printed surfaces, 3 methods of transferring, and 7 ways of “sealing in” your transfer. We will also spend time learning how to correctly do a pour, and an alternative non-poured panel preparation.

Sherrie will also demonstrate transferring other media besides photos, such as oil pastels, metallic foil, and charcoal pencils, transferred onto smooth and textured, clear and colored surfaces.

The two day workshop will also include embedding (rather than transferring) images printed on silk, silk tissue, and sumi paper. You will have time to test each technique on sample boards, as well as spend time composing at least one finished piece.

Workshop in your venue (for up to 12 students):
  • Fees: $350/day total teaching fee, plus $20 per student (one-day) or $30 per student (two-day) for most materials. Please contact Sherrie to discuss details.
Workshop in Sherrie’s Tucson, Arizona, studio (minimum 3/maximum 5 students):
  • Fees: $120/day per student, plus $20 per student (one-day) or $30 per student (two-day) for most materials. Please contact Sherrie regarding your interest and to select mutually convenient dates.
Private or Semi-Private Lessons in Sherrie’s Tucson, Arizona, studio:
  • Fees: $50/hour for private lessons and $40/hour for semi-private lessons, plus materials fee based on individual situation. Please contact Sherrie regarding your interest and to select mutually convenient dates.



“I consider myself very fortunate to have studied encaustic art under Sherrie Posternak. She is organized, thorough and generous with her knowledge. Sherrie has a very hands-on approach to teaching and makes learning new techniques fearless and fun. I look forward to taking more classes from her in the future.” -Michele Govig


“I am new to encaustic painting. It seems like a very spontaneous medium… I am in a place that needs spontaneity and a new interest.

Most of my work comes from my photographs and I have quite a bit of experience with Polaroind Image Transfers; so, photo transfers onto encaustic medium seemed perfect.

I was introduced to Sherrie through a mutual friend; she suggested I take Sherrie’s workshop.

Sherrie’s instructions were thorough, careful, very informative and fun. She would demonstrate a process, then I would do the same process. It is much better to be involved in the doing and not just watching. The worksheets she provides are equally informative. They answer many questions after you get back to your studio. With the photo transfers, we did several different papers and methods, using inkjet and laser images. It will make it easier to find the method that works best for me.

She is much more organized than myself, it was good to see how she has her studio setup and all the tools and equipment from various sources that she uses.

I was very excited for the opportunity to work with Sherrie, I had seen her website and liked her work very much. It seemed we photographed similar subjects. I was even more excited when we finished.

She is a natural teacher. -Sally G. Miller, Racine WI

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