JUNE 25-28, 2019


Leah will teach you techniques and tips for working with a model. Students will gain experience photographing in the studio and out in nature using the texture and colors of the natural surroundings for inspiration. Flowers and leaves are art materials, too! Students will learn to observe their surroundings for good photo compositions. We will then learn techniques for editing our photographs and creating black and white images that are specifically suited for encaustic paintings. We will discuss the best types of ink jet papers for printing photographs on your home printer. We will experiment with collage and encaustic painting on a variety of materials including wood panel substrates to create beautiful, textural, works of art.

This workshop will teach you the basics on how to blend modern digital photography practices with the ancient art of encaustic painting. Leah has spent her career as an artist and professional photographer perfecting the balance of these two art forms for many years and has a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on to the beginner or experienced artist.

DATES: June 25-28 (4 full days)

INVESTMENT: $1,200 Canadian (+ tax) - Includes lunch each day

*Please note: CA dollar is about 25% less than US dollar

STUDENT EXPERIENCE LEVEL: beginner - advanced

ABOUT leah

My work is a dialogue between my imagination, my curiosity, my imperfections and my desires. I express the tales of womanhood, sharing stories through form, color and texture.

I am a portrait artist. I primarily photograph women and embellish the photographs with layers of beeswax, colored wax, painting and drawing. Adding wax for texture and color for mood changes the black and white photographs. Wax embellishes and veils my subjects and I draw to decorate and control the image. The ability to layer mediums and constantly change appearance and texture allows me to stray from reality and reach the playground of imagination. I am interested in images from nature and designs that have floral and intricate forms.

I have enjoyed a varied career path within the arts. I shoot digital commercial photography and I own a small company that designs handmade art books and wedding albums. I taught photography for 7 years at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. I am currently the Education Curriculum Director at the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center. In 2017 I was selected as the recipient of the NewCourtland Fellowship by The Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Now, over twenty years into my career as an artist and art educator, I have taught and exhibited all over the world — from being invited to do a live encaustic painting demonstration on the Martha Stewart show to working in the theater as the scenic director of In My Body: The Musical.

My passion is sharing my art and creativity with others. I have taught workshops as large as thirty-five students and as small as one-on-one private sessions -- from private workshop retreats in France to teaching groups of elementary students in my backyard studio. I have grown to appreciate teaching all age groups for their unique needs and perspectives.

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Pay in Full: Photo Encaustics Workshop

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June 25 - 28, 2019

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* Refund Policy: Refunds (minus $60 processing fee) will be provided for cancellations made 30 days prior to the first day of class. Cancellations under 30 days notice will receive a credit for a future workshop.


Enhance your art retreat experience with a Ki Essence Bodywork session. Relax and rejuvenate with aromatic massage, energy medicine, Reiki treatments, and angel card readings. Contact Hilary Laidlaw for prices and to schedule your session. Email: hilary@sandham.ca  | Phone: 416-402-8605


Please contact Heather at bigdramaticquestions@gmail.com for information regarding lodging, in and around the retreat centre.