Artistic expression often takes on many forms; stunning sculptures, vibrant paintings or hedges trimmed to represent the struggle of plant versus zombie. It remains true though, that the best artists, like the best (mad) scientists, possess a willingness to experiment and ditch clichés and pay R150 for a four-hour Encaustic Art Starter Class at Encaustic Art South Africa.
While finger-painting and splattering the kitchen table with interpretive ketchup-blobs is alright when you’re a child, a class with Encaustic Art gives you the chance to recapture that creatively messy feeling and let your inner budding-artist out into the daylight, without needing to stock up on condiments. A brand of molten wax colours and heated tools, Encaustic is an easy way for anyone to broaden their artistic horizons, no matter their skill with 2D renditions of fruit-bowls on canvas.
Though exploring creativity with molten wax might sound like a complicated endeavour involving scented candles, it can be used by anyone for everything from simple relaxation all the way through to fine-art. The class, which explores the use of the iron and stylus, makes it easy to learn the techniques and though you might start off awed by the way the wax makes colourful blobs, you’ll end the class with your very own landscape, mounted for you to stick on your wall or fridge. Even if you decide half-way through that you don’t like the look of your artwork, the wax can be changed at any time.Circular Fact: An ancient Egyptian scroll on display in the Natural Museum of Art details the correct, algebraic method for drawing a perfect circle. Unfortunately, the scroll is written in hieroglyphs, so there are few artists who can harness the power of the perfect circle.