Encaustic Painting with Clarissa
  • Philadelphia, United States
  • 16 hours over 4 days

Encaustic Painting with Clarissa

Learn encaustic, an ancient method of painting with molten colored wax and resin in the quaint Historic Garden District of Philadelphia with Clarissa.


One Guest
USD $835
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $430
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Meet the Artist

Clarissa is a synesthete and an encaustic artist - a method of painting with molten tinted wax and resin. She studied at one of the oldest art schools in the country, and her work appears in both private and public collections. You may have seen Clarissa’s work before without even realizing it. She has been a scenic artist with over 40 credits in film and television, including creating Lee Krasner paintings in the film Pollock. Over the years, she created sets varying from burned out buildings to gilded ballrooms, reproductions of master paintings for films to original artwork for film characters. She brings her love of narrative imagery into her paintings, with a fusion of historical portraiture, film and pop culture influences. Clarissa spends her time working with arts organizations, in her studio painting, at historic or music events, at any of Philly’s museums or historic sites. She’s an avid film lover, history buff, and lately, accordion student. If you visit her in October, chances are good you’ll wind up on some Halloween cemetery tours with her!

VAWAA Includes:

  • Gain an overview of the ancient method of painting with molten colored wax, a supple, tactile and versatile material to work with.
  • Introduction to coloring the wax, using different heat methods of fusing, incising, collaging, and image transfer.
  • Discover many uses of mixed media with encaustic - bring your own collage materials and ephemera.
  • Inspiring studio environment with tools, books, paintings and other artists in the building.
  • Studio time to discover your own way of working. Professional support, guidance and encouragement in finding your vision.
  • Immersion into Clarissa's diverse world of creating and daily encounters inside and outside the studio with her groups of artist friends.
  • Visit to The Philadelphia Museum of Art and visit Jasper Johns’ encaustic work.
  • Or sightseeing in historic Philadelphia, or a tour in historic cemetery!
  • Enjoy the beautiful historic garden district, meeting other creatives, and/ or enjoying the culture, food and flavor of local life.
  • Your unique original painting.
  • Tools and materials.

Explore Philadelphia

Philadelphia surely is a city steeped in historical sites and context, with lively art and music scenes, and of course, incredible food! From the Independence Hall, where the United States Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed, to the largest collection of impressionist art in North America at The Barnes Foundation, or the Laurel Hill Cemetery, the nation’s second-oldest arboretum cemetery, you’ll have a rich cultural experience with plenty to discover.

Additional Details

This VAWAA is available for a longer duration. Please ask when you send your booking request.