Jodi Reeb: Introduction to Encaustic Painting: Working with Wax | April 26-28, 2019

Jodi Reeb: Introduction to Encaustic Painting: Working with Wax | April 26-28, 2019

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Join Jodi Reeb for an exciting weekend of encaustic painting at Wild Rice Retreat! During this workshop you’ll learn beginning Encaustic techniques that include fusing and paint application. This workshop is for all levels.

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Check In: Friday, April 26th, 2019 | Check Out: Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Tuition: $375 per person
Tuition + Meals: $500 per person
With Shared Lodging Package: $750 per person
With Private Lodging Package: $960 per person

A 5.5% tax on tuition/meals and 12% tax on lodging packages will be added to any full payments made online. Deposits will not include tax and will be applied to overall retreat registration. Communication shall follow all online deposits showing applicable remaining fees, including taxes.

Companion Rates are available for one companion over the age of 18 and one per registered retreat participant.

$35 supply fee due to instructor upon arrival.


In this weekend retreat, you will learn beginning Encaustic techniques. A brief history and description of Encaustic painting will be discussed as well as basic supplies and tools, safety, preparation of supports including application of grounds, fusing technique and paint application. An overview of a variety of techniques will be demonstrated such as wax image transfers, mixing your own paint, creating texture and working with masks and stencils. There will also be lots of studio time and one-on-one instruction. This class could also be used as studio time if you have taken a class with me before.


  • Apron or big shirt

  • Scissors

  • Sketchbook

  • Images to paint from

  • Materials for collaging. Examples: old or new photos, pressed flowers or leaves rice paper or specialty papers, old dress patterns, color copies, gold leaf, buttons, etc.

  • Any tools for carving into the wax

  • Pencils, nails, ceramic or dental tools for incising

  • Metal objects to embed into the wax

  • Oil pigment sticks, watercolor paints, oil pastels or charcoal

  • Floor covering to protect from wax spills.

  • Any items used in normal studio practice that might be used with wax

Each student will also need to supply several painting substrates such as Ampersand brand or Encaustibord, or raw birch panels with or without cradled edges.  No acrylic gesso. Panels sized between 12"x12" to 18x18"

*$35 supply fee due to instructor upon arrival

Suggested Reading:

  • Encaustic Art: The complete guide to creating fine art with wax by Lissa Rankin

  • The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Waxby Joanne Mattera

  • Encaustic Workshop Artistic Techniques for Working with Waxby Patricia Seggebruch

  • Encaustic Mixed Media Innovative Techniques and Surfaces working with Wax byPatricia Seggebruch.


Jodi Reeb lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been creating art for over 25 years since childhood.  Her artwork has been shown nationally receiving numerous awards and is in many private and corporate collections nationally.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she instructed printmaking in the Continuing Studies program for over 9 years. Currently, she is teaching encaustic painting monthly in her studio. Jodi creates her mixed media paintings from her studio at the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art in Minneapolis, but travels to the countryside to receive her inspiration, combining contrasting landscapes and environments in her work.

Artist’s Statement

By painting abstracted landscapes using Encaustic paint (molten beeswax), I like to explore the horizon line.  It is the most basic of the elements of art and design. By simply dividing the painting with a flowing motion, I can create shapes, textures, and patterns that speak to landscape.  It can act as a visual language of foreground and sky, permitting a visual imitation of reality. But to me, painting a horizon line is both the most real and an illusion at once.  This is most representative when looking at the horizon line. It appears solid in the distance but is in fact completely ephemeral, existing only in our own perceptions.  The horizon line for me implies transition, change, and development. The landscapes I create are remembered and re-imagined landscapes that I have experienced. most basic of all ideas.

Encaustic Painting, also known as beeswax painting, involves using molten beeswax heated to 160 degrees to which colored pigments are added.  It is applied molten to a painting surface and then “fused” (melted) with a torch or heat gun to create a variety of effects with texture and transparent layers.  Encaustic/beeswax painting is very process-oriented and the methods of using molten paint allows me a wide range of tools for expression and experimentation by adding many layers to create beautiful, rich surfaces that explore the opacity and translucency. The painting is on a sustainable birch wood substrates, which allow me to support my nature-based subject matter with recycled materials. 

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Lodging and Meal Rates & Info

All lodging costs listed are per person/per night costs. Due to the format of retreats, meal plans are required of all participants to maximize time with other students and instructors, while still providing time to explore Bayfield and the surrounding community. Please reference the cancellation policy as needed.