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Abstract Encaustic Diptychs


NOVEMBER 22, 23, 24 - 2018


Discover the versatile and ancient medium of encaustic painting with this 3-day workshop. 

Dania will discuss the properties of various types of wax and the materials that can be used as painting surfaces. You will also receive an overview on the specialized tools and supplies used for painting with wax. 

Once students have a grasp on the basics, students will focus on applying these skills to create two panels of abstract art -- an encaustic diptych. You will learn how to merge two separate paintings into one cohesive diptych through experimentation, color balance, and textural harmony. 

DATES: November 22, 23, 24 (three full days)

TIME: 10am - 4pm

INVESTMENT: $675 Canadian (+ tax)

*Includes lunch each day and two 12x12 cradled birch panels

STUDENT EXPERIENCE LEVEL: beginner - advanced


Dania Al Obaidi is an artist living and teaching art in Mississauga, Ontario. Born and raised in Iraq, her work is heavily influenced by the richness and beauty of both old and new world flare.

She studied Fine Arts at Baghdad University and has continued further training in Canada at Humber and Sheridan College alongside extensive exhibitions in Canada and the Middle East.

Her most favourable passion is abstract painting.  She uses intense combination of materials and colours in her work. Dania Al-Obaidi believes that an artists work should come within a person through a lifetime of acquired skills and the wonders of experiences.  Only then can an art speak for itself.  

She prefers using the properties of encaustic painting as the choice of expression on wood and different mediums. She flirts with mixed media on canvas, wood, and handmade paper from time to time. Her goal is to make an emotional and inspirational connection with her work.

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Abstract Encaustic Diptychs

(+ tax)

November 22 - 24, 2018

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