Dietlind Vander SchaafLayers and Translucency: An Encaustic Retreat with Dietlind Vander Schaaf

July 31 - August 4, 2022 Go back
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Layers + Translucency takes students beyond the basics involved in working with encaustic, offering participants a deeper understanding of how to create paintings that suggest luminosity, depth, and dimension.

Check In: Sunday, July 31, 2022
Check Out: Thursday, August 4, 2022

Tuition + Meals: $1,110
With RicePod Lodging Package: $2,246
With Nest Lodging Package: $2,506
With TreeHaus Lodging Package: $1,906

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Class description

Layers + Translucency takes students beyond the basics involved in working with encaustic,offering participants a deeper understanding of how to create paintings that suggest luminosity,depth, and dimension.

We will work with a range of opaque and translucent paint, using both medium and color to push some elements back and bring others to the foreground. Emphasis will be placed on creating a sense of radiant light, on the balance and weight of composition,and on expressing meaning through an exploration of accumulating marks and drawings at varying levels. Writing and drawing exercises will help students explore and develop their own visual vocabulary.

Yoga will offer a chance to recharge and reconnect to our bodies. Walks in nature will serve as inspiration for line drawings and color studies. Each student will have dedicated 1:1 time with the instructor.


  • Deeper understanding of control with fusing and application of paint to create luminous, layered work.
  • An exploration of what their work is about and will take home multiple completed paintings.
  • Renewed sense of inspiration for series-based work.


Dietlind Vander Schaaf holds anMFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from theUniversity of Southern Maine. Her work has been described as the transformation of “disparate objects into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace” ( Artscope ).

Vander Schaaf has exhibited at the Cape CodMuseum of Art, Conrad Wilde Gallery, The Fuller CraftMuseum, Kolman &Pryor, and On Center Gallery, among others, and been featured in Maine Home + Design , Decor Maine , Downeast Magazine , UPPERCASE , and Artscope .

Vander Schaaf is a Core Instructor for R&F Handmade Paints, an AmpersandAmbassador, and the former president of New England Wax. She is an annual presenter at the International EncausticConference and the recipient of grants from the Maine Arts Commission and International EncausticArtists, as well as aTending Space Artist Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation.

Vander Schaaf teaches workshops throughout the country, including Haystack, Maine Collegeof Art, Penland, Arrowmont, Castle Hill Center for the Arts, SnowFarm, RhodeIsland School of Design,and internationally at Zijdelings in The Netherlands. She is represented by Portland Art Gallery andArtemis Gallery in Maine, and SalonDesign in Boston.

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Supply List

A $50 supply fee is included in retreat tuition

Students should bring the following items.

  • A variety of natural bristle brushes including several hake brushes - At least one of the hake brushes should be a 4” brush
  • A potter’s needle for mark making
  • A loop tool for trimming
  • A roll of blue painter’s tape
  • Assorted unprimed wood panels or Ampersand Encausticbord panels (nothing larger than 14” x 14”)
  • A notebook and pen for writing exercises
  • A variety of drawing materials including graphite, charcoal, oil pastel, pencil, fine-tipped pens, etc
  • A pad of paper for mark making and drawing exercises
  • A roll of wax paper

Instructor will provide the following items.

  • A 16” x 16” heated palette
  • R&F heat gun
  • R&F encaustic paint, R&F Pigment Sticks, R&F Blending Medium, and R&F encaustic gesso
  • 25 palette cups for melting paint and encaustic medium
  • One Ampersand Encausticbord panel per student and some for me to demo on
  • My own brushes
  • 8 - 10 Iwatani Butane Torch tips for student use
  • 10 cans of butane gas
  • Assorted drawing materials (charcoal, graphite, craypas, etc.)
  • Tracing paper for transferring drawings
  • Deco Foil for mark making exercises
  • India ink and brushes for drawing

Wild Rice will provide the following items.

  • 4 dedicated workstations (tables, chairs, etc.)
  • 4 heated palettes for students to share
  • Fans for ventilation
  • Extension cords for each workstation