Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Meet Judy Wise: The Many Faces of EncaustiCamp!

Today I am launching a new series intended to share with you the many faces of one of my favorite places to teach, EncaustiCamp. Held each summer in the Seattle area, this extraordinary retreat not only has captured many a student and teacher's heart, but also become the subject of a soon-to-be-released book featuring each of the instructors and a few of the camp VIPs. I hope to bounce around between teachers, vendors and former students (or "lifers" as they become affectionately known), throughout the series to give you a taste of the goodness from many perspectives. 

To kick the series off, I'm pleased to introduce you to the amazing Judy Wise - or Wise Judy, as I like to call her, for the very clever wit and wisdom she is known to impart to students and fellow teachers alike. Just like in my previous series, I've had each participant answer a few simple questions to give you just a glimpse. Read on to find out more about what Judy does at EncaustiCamp and then check out her bio below. 

Judy Wise teaches Encaustic Printing at EncaustiCamp

Welcome Judy!
What are you teaching at EncaustiCamp this year?
I'm teaching 2 printmaking techniques using wax;  collographs and monoprints.

What is the number one thing you hope to impart to the students who take your class at EC?
I want them so see that wax is wonderfully versatile and useful across an entire range of disciplines. Equally, I want them to see how gorgeous wax is as a medium for printmaking. Everyone who tries it is entirely seduced.

What will students get from your class at EncaustiCamp that they can't get from other classes you teach?
They'll get the entire camp experience and the support of all the other teachers and campers. Friendships, new inspiration and ideas for your work, a total recharge for ones artistic spirit. 

What is your most memorable moment at EncaustiCamp?
Talking quietly with individual students about their work; sharing in their discoveries and laughing, so much laughter with each other as we progressed through our days together. It's never about one moment but more about a long, reassuring measure of days that lifts us all higher.

Judy Wise Demonstrates in Encaustic Printmaking at EncaustiCamp
JUDY WISE is an Oregon painter, writer and teacher whose work has been published over several decades in books and periodicals, on greeting cards, textiles, educational materials, calendars and in the gift industry. She is prolific and inventive, keeping daily journals of her writing and art since childhood. Through F&W Media, Judy co-authored the book, Plaster Studio: Mixed Media Techniques for Painting, Casting and Sculpting and has published a series of eBooks on Hot Wax, Cold Wax, Mixed Media Journaling, Plaster and Painting Faces. In 2012 she was an artist in residence at Can Serrat near Barcelona, Spain and has taught in workshops across the U. S. and in Australia and Mexico.
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  1. WONDERFUL ..WONDER-FILLED post, thank you Crystal!

  2. Great class, I fell in love with encaustic monoprinting all because of a wonderful teacher!!

  3. This workshop looks amazing!