My Workshop Schedule

Crystal Neubauer, Artist
Current and Past Workshop Schedule

From obtaining gallery representation, to writing my own book and DVD series about collage (The Art of Expressive Collage: Techniques for Creating with Paper and Glue; North Light Books), to teaching workshops nationwide, and opening my studio, learning to tune in to the voice within has led me on a journey of learning “I can”. Join me for an “I can” experience of your own in one of my workshops this year, as you learn to tune in to the creative flow while identifying the negative messages and fears that stop you. *Click on workshop title for images and registration.



Encaustic Techniques in Printmaking

16th Street Studios
Racine, Wisconsin
December 10 & 11, 2016

Artist Crystal Neubauer teams up with Samira Gdisis of The Black Eyed Press to explore traditional printmaking techniques in relationship to the non-traditional use of encaustic medium. Participants will have a unique opportunity to explore printmaking techniques, including collagraph, relief, and etching, by applying encaustic medium to a Plexiglas plate for use in a professional printmaking studio.

In addition, students will have an opportunity to explore encaustic monoprinting and receive instruction in translating certain techniques to a home studio application when a printing press is not available.

Discussions and demonstrations will include safe studio practices, product selection, the exploration of building plate texture with wax, creating and incising a smooth surface for etching, using objects to create design, registration for single and multiple color passes, rendering abstract and realistic art prints, and suggestions for mounting and displaying the encaustic plates as a work of art unto itself alongside the printed works.

The workshop is designed for those with no experience in either medium, as well as those with a foundation in either encaustic painting or printmaking techniques who wish to further explore this combination.



Workshop includes the majority of supplies, studio time and materials, with only a short supply list required of each student. Students will be asked to bring the following:

  • Plexiglas cut to 6” x 8” - at least (2) pieces with edges to be finished before class per instruction received on registration
  • Arches Cover 92lb. – at least (2) sheets of 22” x 30” white or cream
  • (1) Encaustic quality brush
  • Fitted heat resistant work gloves (Either construction or kitchen variety will work)
  • Lino cutting kit
  • Inspiration photos or illustrations

Options are available at registration for boxed lunch by the acclaimed Chez Bob and Sunday morning Yoga in the Gallery on 16th.





Workshop Fee




*Kind regards and acknowledgment to Strathmore, R&F Paints, and Enkaustikos.  




2015 and Previous Workshops


Encaustic Wax and Plexi Combinations - Sold Out
Feb. 28 - Mar 1 2015
The Healing House Art Studio - Gages Lake, IL
Plexiglas as a foundation for encaustic wax offers options that cannot be achieved with a traditional canvas. For beginner to experienced artist, this encaustic how-to workshop provides an excellent overview for combining encaustic wax with the mixed-media collage look you love while achieving a beautiful light filtering luminosity.

Using clear acrylic Plexiglas as the foundation through which the finished piece will be viewed, the class will build the collage from the front, back, or both sides of the “canvas”, learning important information on the basics of encaustic wax and collage practices, along with techniques that are friendly to the encaustic medium, including image transfers, incising and mark-making, simple monoprint transfers, and more!

Most supplies are included with this workshop. A list of supplies students should bring will be provided before workshop date.


Collage and the Canvas
April 18,19 2015
Shake Rag Alley, Mineral Point, WI
The interplay between paint and ephemera are as familiar to mixed-media as a marriage between old friends; a staple in many an artist’s studio, as comfortable as your childhood school supplies. Yet this class will dare you to step out of the realm of the expected and allow your intuitive voice to have its say. The collaboration of materials begins with several collage and mark-making exercises on paper designed to help you loosen up and let go of controlling the outcome, while still creating a very satisfying work of art. With confidence bolstered, the main project begins with a collage as the focal point and then takes it to the canvas with paint, pastel and more. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged. 

San Antonio Retreat: The Art of Mark Making and Expressive Collage
May 2, 3 2015
San Antonio, Texas
Join artist and author, Crystal Neubauer for this 2-day private retreat in the stunning Northwest outskirts of San Antonio, appropriately known as The Hill Country. 

Anticipate being pampered by our gracious host, who will provide daily munchies and home-cooked lunches, and settle in to the intimacy of a small class size, with plenty of time and attention to help you explore the art of expressive mark-making and collage.

We will begin the workshop crafting our own mark-making tools from found and natural materials gathered on location. Papers will be prepared with expressive mark-making and painting exercises, expressive play will be the name of the first day. 
Return on day two ready to use your personal ephemera and prepared papers in several collage exercises designed to loosen you up and break down barriers to creativity. Further mark-making techniques will be covered to enhance the finished collage and pull it all together. 

Mark-Making and The Painted Collage
June 6, 7 2015
Studio Joy, Kansas City, MO
From the first exercise designed to loosen you up and silence the inner-critic, to the mark-making finishing touches, this two-day workshop will give you plenty of opportunities to tap in to your intuition and find your creative voice! 

A variety of papers will be prepared with expressive mark-making and painting exercises and then utilized to create a focal collage. Once satisfied with the composition, You'll learn how to attach it to the canvas and enhance it with more paint. Whether you choose to completely cover over your collage, or simply paint the edges of the canvas to match, you will leave the workshop with new found confidence in your abilities and a work of art worthy of display! 

EncaustiCamp US - (registration opens soon)
July 20 - July 25 2015
Dumas Bay Retreat Center, Federal Way, WA
The Only all-inclusive, all-encaustic retreat meant to spark the creative light in everyone - Four days spent in open studio with Michelle Belto, Crystal Neubauer, Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch and Susan Stover. All their techniques and tools in studio, your own innovation, exploration and furthering of style and direction taking the helm in this opportunity to dive deeper into your encaustic practice.

Collage and the Canvas 

Aug. 9 2015
Art Unraveled, Phoenix, AZ
The interplay between paint and ephemera are as familiar to mixed-media as a marriage between old friends; a staple to many an artists studio, as comfortable as your childhood school supplies. Yet this class will dare you to step out of the realm of the expected and allow your intuitive voice to have its say. 

The collaboration of materials begins with several collage and mark-making exercises on paper designed to help the student to loosen up and let go of controlling the outcome, while still creating a very satisfying work of art. With confidence bolstered, the main project begins with a collage as the focal point and then takes it to the canvas with paint, pastel and more. All skill levels are welcome in this class. 


Painted Papers and Collage 
Aug. 10 2015
Art Unraveled, Phoenix, AZ
The use of paint in collage and mixed media can be both exciting and intimidating. Fear of making a muddy mess on the canvas can prevent the free and spontaneous play essential to a vibrant work of art. Release your creative voice in this no pressure evening painting papers with layers of delicious marks for your own colorful stash of collage fodder. This stockpile will be large enough to use in other workshops at AU, including my full day Exploring Collage Combinations, but we will also end the evening with several quick collage exercises to give each student the confidence to use their new collection of painted materials at home on their own.

Exploring Collage Combinations
Aug. 11 2015
Art Unraveled, Phoenix, AZ
Mixed-media as an art medium has grown to encompass such a variety of materials it is hard to know exactly where to begin. Whether you are an experienced collage artist, or a novice, come spend a fun and creative day with artist, and author of The Art of Expressive Collage; Techniques for Creating with Paper and Glue (North Light Books), Crystal Neubauer, exploring the potential of collage combinations.

The workshop will begin with an overview of the intuitive collage and mark-making processes to get students loosened up and ready to explore combinations of texture, embellishments, photography, and paint. Students will walk away with a series of 3 personal works on panel, and more importantly the confidence of knowing how to achieve a sophisticated result from their efforts.



Oct 1,2,3 2015
Make Art In LA, Los Angeles, CA - The Loft at Liz's Antique Hardware
Join us for this three day intensive in the art of mark-making and collage in the beautiful Magnificent Mile area of LA. Delight in the unique flavor of the neighborhood, as we set off to gather found and natural objects to help us develop our own hand-crafted mark-making tools, while keeping a watchful eye out for treasures to incorporate in our collage art.

Mark-making will be the name of the game on day one. We will utilize our one-of-a-kind newly crafted tools in a series of expressive exercises to assist the student in tapping in to their own intuitive voice, while creating interesting marks on papers to be used in our final project. Tools and supplies will also be provided to create marks out of found textures, both as rubbing techniques and stamping techniques. We will round out the day by experimenting with rusting paper and fabric to add to our stash of collaging material.

Day two will focus on painting, staining, solarfast printing and dying paper and fabric for collage fodder. The day will wind down with a series of quick collage exercises designed to loosen the student up and release inhibitions that prevent the creative flow. 

With the stash of material we have prepared, and the students own collected items and ephemera, we will turn our focus to putting it all together on day three. You get to decide what size you are comfortable working in (up to 24" x 36" as space allows), and whether you want to work all on one surface or a small series. I will demonstrate additional mark-making techniques and finishes and advise students as needed throughout the day, including talking about how to hang and display your work. 

There will be a small supply list for students to bring and many materials and supplies will be provided.


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