Wax and Wine, Encaustic Painting in Walla Walla Wine Country

Spend a weekend in the highly-acclaimed Walla Walla wine country while learning the techniques of encaustic art.

Join Encaustic Artist Colleen Monette in Walla Walla for a weekend of wax and wine.

Arrive Thursday late afternoon and check in to your B&B. Thursday night is open to explore Walla Walla’s downtown with its terrific restaurants and wine bars.

Friday morning, meet at the workshop venue for a full day of encaustic art instruction by accomplished designer and artist, Colleen Monette.

The day-long encaustic class starts at 10am with a brief history of encaustic painting and basic instruction on safety.

You will be introduced to the basics of painting with pigmented wax, including fusing, incising and layering. Delve into the myriad of ways to manipulate the wax through collage, stenciling and imbedding, as well as learning solvent and photo transfers.

After lunch (provided), you will be able to take everything you have learned and create your own piece of art.

You will end the day with a finished piece or two to take home. We’ll wrap up the day with a wine reception with your fellow artists from 5:00-6:30 PM.

Friday evening and Saturday day are open to explore the more than 80 tasting rooms in the Walla Walla Valley or spend the day shopping in Walla Walla’s award-winning historic downtown and/or trips to neighboring Waitsburg, Dayton or Pendleton.

Saturday night, you will enjoy a four course dinner prepared for the class participants by local Chef Rich Koby and hosted by Colleen.

Price includes Lodging, Meals (as outlined below), Encaustic Art Workshop and supplies.

Single Occupancy: starts at $725 per person

Double Occupancy: starts at $550 per person

Lodging Partners: (Single or Double Occupancy ~ based on availability at time of reservation) This is a special rate, please contact the B&B directly to secure your accommodations.

Girasol Vineyard & Inn: $165 for King Suite per night. Wine & Cheese Tray on arrival.

Fat Duck Inn: $165 for King Suite, $155 for Queen Suite per night.

Inn at Blackberry Creek: $165 for King Suites per night.

A Room with a View: starting at $125 per night.

The Maxwell House: starting at $160 per night.

Not included: Sales and lodging tax as applicable, transportation

Weekend Workshop (without lodging package): $350 per person

What is included: All wax medium and substrates, all tools, assorted collage materials provided for creating, experimenting and adding to your art.
•Friday workshop lunch and snacks
•Friday afternoon wine reception
•Saturday night catered dinner

To Reserve Workshop: Please call Colleen Monette at 206.241.9084. Space is limited to 20 participants.

What to bring: Smock or comfortable old shirt, shoes. Any old bits of ephemera – old paper, lace, cloth, ribbon, small treasures to incorporate into your artwork. Also bring photocopies of favorite photos (inkjet, toner copies) in black and white or color.

About Colleen Monette:

Colleen loves the smell and feel of the wax. In mixing the beeswax, dumar and pigment with antique ephemera, vintage bits and pan pastel, she has found a way to combine the wax and collage materials in rich earth tones that inspire her love of nature and home.

Getting to Walla Walla:

Walla Walla is approximately 4. 1/2 hours from Seattle and just over 4 hours from Portland. The Walla Walla airport is serviced by two flights daily (arriving mid-afternoon and evening) by Alaska Airlines from Seattle. Portland is serviced through Pasco, a 50 minute drive.


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