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Encaustic Collagraph Printmaking with RF Pigment Sticks©

October 13 - 18, 2024

Caryl St. Ama  ·  website

Workshop Overview

In this exciting mixed media workshop, students will combine traditional techniques and approaches in encaustic paint with the explorative, experimental process of collagraph printmaking. The traditional approach in collagraph is constructing a plate to be inked and printed using a variety of textured materials and sometimes objects to create unique patterns and surfaces. However in this workshop, students will use encaustic wax as the main substrate to compose plates, which can then utilize a variety of applications such as inlaid line, accretion, embedded objects, etc. A flat, even wax surface can also be used successfully with drypoint techniques for students who are interested in using controlled mark making methods. Students will have the option to make their plates on reusable surfaces such as plastic, acrylic or metal or they can be made directly on an absorbent panel such as wood or encaustic board. Pigment sticks will be used as an alternative to printmaking inks, dramatically expanding the color options for printing.


  • Encaustic collagraph: making printing plates with encaustic wax on panels or mat board
  • Explore the many properties of encaustic paint and pigment sticks©


  • Hot plate/palette
  • Heat gun and/or torch for encaustic
  • RF Pigment sticks and encaustic medium©
  • Soy wax for clean up
  • Different substrates for their plate
  • A variety of brushes and tools for mark making


  • A working knowledge of encaustic painting
  • Printing on an etching press
  • Pulling prints and ghost printing
  • Painting with pigment sticks
  • Working with collage on encaustic paintings



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Caryl St. Ama is a contemporary artist and educator who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Caryl’s expertise focuses on abstract and representational painting in diverse media, with special attention to encaustic. Caryl also has a long career in arts education. She was Professor of Studio Art at Glendale Community College for 27 years, where she was department chair and director of the art gallery. She recently retired but continues to collaborate with R & F Handmade Paints which she has done since 2013, offering encaustic workshops and pigment stick demonstrations to working artists throughout Southern California. Caryl is a founding member of the artist collective, Hana Kark, which produces complex visual projects through collaborative art making. Hana Kark, under Caryl’s co-direction, completed a residency and exhibition at The Art Gallery of GCC in Summer 2019, which travelled to Collapse Gallery, Wenatchee, Washington and Bunny Gunner in Claremont, California in Fall 2019. Caryl is also a founding member of the International Encaustic Artist Los Angeles chapter, Lax Wax Art. Caryl earned her MFA from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California where she was awarded a teaching associateship with Roland Reiss. Following graduate school, Caryl worked on several public, collaborative and individual installations in non-traditional spaces such as the Lincoln Heights jail, the abandoned LA Zoo and the LA River.

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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