Wendy Lavalle

Stouffville Studio Tour artist Wendy  recently did an Introduction to Encaustic Workshop for the Grade 11 Art Students at Stouffville High.  This included a brief history, explanation of the material, importance of working safely....then they did the hands on part....She taught them to prep the boards, their palettes, colour mixing and basic techniques - brushing, fusing, incising, collaging, etc.  Each workshop was 3 hours long.  

Wendy ran 3 intro workshops and 2 advanced ones for the Grade 12s.  A total of 60 students participated. 

In the advanced workshops for the Grade 12s they worked on a special project piece that will be hung in the school.  It was 2 triptychs - so 6 pieces that are based on the theme of how moderation - both industrial and technical is hurting our earth and natural resources. Young people are very interested in environmental issues concerning our earth, resources and future. The artistic approach was graffiti art and the students researched graffiti artist like Pascal Paquette, a Canadian artist; and Banksy, and internally known artist; prior to developing their own idea.
The workshops were very successful - and many pieces including the 2 triptychs will be displayed at the Latcham Gallery's Images show on Dec 8th.

Wendy started conducing Encaustic Workshops at High Schools for senior art students about 3 years ago.....initially to introduce the students to this unique medium...and give them a chance to develop a piece that can be used in a portfolio application for Art School. 

She also conducts private workshops in her home studio for small groups of 2-4.  These workshops are typically 4 hours long - are designed to teach artists the medium, techniques and provide access to high quality studio space, equipment and material so they can experiment, create and produce several pieces of work.  All in the beautiful setting of her home studio on 25 acres of natural hardwood forest - endless inspiration!   A catered lunch and creativity exercises can also be arranged to expand the workshop into a day long art retreat. 

For more information about workshops please email her at wendy@greenartsgallery.com. To view Wendy's work please visit