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Helen DeRamus 
Painting Workshops/Private Instruction 

Open Studio for  Working Artists
Tuesdays
 Email to sign up
10:30am to 1:30pm 
$280.00 for four weeks (Full payment at registration)
The sessions do not have to be consecutive as long as scheduled 
All media: with guidance and critiques
Encaustic tools provided, bring your own supplies for the media you want to work with supplemental supplies included.

​Private Instruction 

This one-on-one opportunity is scheduled for painting instruction in oil, encaustic, mixed media or work on paper. Fees vary with type of instruction. Email me for programs and times available. 
Minimum of four hours per month.

$85.00 per hour for critique sessions, call for appointment to arrange hours and dates. Thanks!

Advanced Mixed Media Encaustic
 Saturday - Sunday, August 25 - 26, 2018
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Enjoy the marvelous method of painting with the medium of beeswax and resin known as encaustic. The workshop allows each artist to learn the essentials to create beautiful and permanent paintings following proven techniques. But be assured this workshop will also allow for experimentation and your personal creative input. The workshop focuses on individual vision and developing your own personal style.


We will work on wood panels, Plexiglas and paper. Demonstrations, a safe way to make paint, studio tips, materials recommendations, equipment info and lots of painting time included. This will truly be an experimental journey.

Fee per session: $450, $100 deposit 

What to bring: 8 -10 wood panels up to 16 x 20 inches, primed with encaustic gesso. Squares, rectangles, your choice. You may also bring previous encaustic paintings.

Collage items or photographs: Xerox or laser printed copies on plain paper. Thumbdrive with photos that may be printed in the studio, or you can email your photos before or during the workshop. If you have an IPhone you can also Air Drop images to the computer.

Supplied are: all mediums and encaustic paint, Plexiglas panel, all tools and equipment. Including a Hotbox for monotypes (encaustic prints on paper).

Oil Painting: The Nature of Abstraction
Saturday and Sunday: August 11 & 12, 2018
​10:00AM to 4:00PM each day
Fee: $325, with $100 deposit​

Participants will make paintings by building layers and texture using tube paint, cold wax medium, impasto mediums, powdered pigments, papers, photographs, marble dust and so much more. We will be working with non-traditional tools, as well as brushes, to apply the paint. Oil painting experience is helpful but not required. Our investigation will center on personal style and finding sources for the abstract image using color, line and texture. You may work on stretched or unstretched canvas as well as wood panels. For best results with cold wax medium, please bring wood panels. I will supply TerraSkin paper for experimenting.

What to bring: 
Gambin Galkyd Gel 
Dorland's Cold Wax medium or Gambin Cold Wax Medium 
wood panels (8x10 to 11x14 inches) 
canvas prepared with gesso.
Oil paper, suggested is Arches Oil Paper 
At least five tubes of oil paint, including white and black. Georgian Oils are an economical brand of oil paint in large tubes or bring any brand you normally use.