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Photo Encaustic Play Day

1-Day Class
Saturday, May 20, 2023: 10 AM–4 PM


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This workshop is for beginners who are interested in experimenting with encaustic waxes and pigments over photographs or other forms of two-dimensional artwork.

Photographer Jessica Somers will demonstrate her method of applying encaustics to photographs by way of play and happenstance. The results from work created in this workshop will be serendipitous and without much regard for precision or specific encaustic technique. The hope is to free the maker from any preconceived notions of what the end result should be in order to create work from the gut rather than from the brain.

Participants are asked to bring a selection of images of approximately 8×10 or smaller. These should ideally be printed on a cotton rag paper. You may opt for us to print them in advance for you. Please consult this page for print pricing.

A large portion of this workshop will be held outside, under cover. This is a rain or shine event, but please dress appropriately.

Non-members: $195
Members (PhotoSynthesis & Burnside Darkroom Collective): $175
Course Enrollment: 4–6
Instructor: Jessica Somers (

Jessica Somers is a photographer specializing in historic photographic techniques and self-portraiture.

Jessica has been in love with photography for most of her life. She was exposed to the act of picture making through her grandfather, an avid amateur photographer, and in the family bathroom-turned-darkroom after sunset. Here, she witnessed actual magic standing over the chemical trays watching an image appear where only a simple white sheet of paper was before. As a kid she received a Kodak disc camera and fell in love with the act of expressing her individual view of the world from the 4 foot high perspective of a seven year old. Her height has since increased but her love affair with photography continues.

Jessica’s work has been exhibited nationally and has been published in various periodicals. Her research on alternative processes and select photographs are published in the 3rd edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James.  Jessica is a 2020 Connecticut Office of the Arts Fellowship Award recipient. She currently teaches photography throughout Connecticut and at Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA.

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