Friday, September 3, 2010

Encaustic Painting Workshop

The Missouri Art Therapy Association
Michelle Itczak, ATR, LPC

Encaustic Painting:
Experiential and Exploration

October 16, 2010
9:30 am — 3:00 pm

2720 Cherokee Street
2nd Floor,
St. Louis MO 63118

About the Process:
Encaustic, literally “burning in,” painting is an ancient Greek technique that is one of the world’s earliest easel painting methods. Encaustic painting was nearly a “lost art” during the medieval and Renaissance times. An encaustic revival ensued during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and artists today continue to employ the encaustic methods of the ancient times and keep the medium alive.

In encaustic painting, the artist uses a melted and liquefied wax combined with pigments , this mixture is then applied to a rigid surface.

The materials, process, and products of encaustic painting techniques, when properly handled and introduced, can all lend therapeutic experiences to those seeking healing through art.

About the Presenter:
Michelle Itczak is a registered art therapist and licensed professional counselor. She graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in 2008. Michelle has worked in an outpatient mental health center with children and adolescents. Currently, she is establishing the first art therapy program at Riley Hospital for Children as the founding art therapist. Additionally, she works as an adjunct faculty member in the Masters of Art Therapy program at St. Mary of the Woods College, Indiana.

Michelle Itczak has a strong artistic background and her expertise includes drawing, painting, and ceramics. She has presented in a variety of settings on topics such as art therapy, pediatric medical art therapy and encaustic painting. In addition to her professional excellence, throughout the years Michelle has been involved with many charitable events and continues to create art for herself and for others.

About the Workshop:
9:30am — Registration and Welcome
10am - 12pm — Introduction of Encaustic Painting / Demonstration
12 - 1pm — Lunch on your own
1 - 3pm — Experiential / Advantages, Display, Application to Art Therapy

Goals of the Workshop:
  1. Participants will be able to describe and utilize the process and materials for the encaustic painting process.
  2. Workshop attendees will partake in and learn basic encaustic techniques that they will be able to apply in their own art-making process.
  3. Participants will explore how the encaustic process relates to the Expressive Therapies Continuum.
  4. Workshop attendees will gain a better understanding of applications and uses of encaustic painting for therapeutic purposes with their clientele.
MATA member: $25
Student: $15
Non-MATA Member: $45
CEU: $10 

How to Register:
Download the registration brochure here. Registration deadline is October 8.

For more information contact Katy Bockelman-Sanders or Fabia D’Amore-Krug.

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