Photography with a Painter’s Touch

with Jill Skupin Burkholder

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Course Description

Every photograph has within it the seeds of creative transformation, whether that’s explored on the iPhone, through darkroom practices, or—as is the case in this workshop—within the limitless world of painting. 

Here, over four online sessions, Jill Skupin Burkholder shares methods, tips, and inspiration for using cold wax medium and oil paint to change your photographic prints, by a little or a lot. Applying cold wax is a simple process that involves mixing small amounts of the creamy medium with traditional oil paint. No heat is necessary, and a tabletop work area is perfect. 

We begin with simple, playful techniques, and participants move toward developing their own styles and approaches. Hands-on participation is a delightful way to explore possibilities, and each session features presentations, demonstrations, and time for painting. A few art supplies are needed for the first session, and by our second meeting you are already printing and sharing your images. 

As you continue to experiment and express your creativity, you’re encouraged to find new ways to craft your images by combining classic art materials with a contemporary twist. All along the way, Jill guides you toward developing a painter’s mindset, seeing color and texture with a fresh pair of eyes.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of your laptop computer. A few art supplies are needed for full participation in the workshop: a small can of cold wax medium, oil paint, and some Arches Oil paper. Details will be sent before the first class.


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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Alternative Process, Creative Vision, Fine Art, One-of-a-Kind
Jill Skupin Burkholder

Jill Skupin Burkholder is a photographer and artist whose work includes handcrafted techniques such as encaustic, which employs beeswax and resin, and bromoil printing, an alternative photography process using brushes and lithography ink to create an image. Jill’s prints have been exhibited at SohoPhoto in New York; R&F Handmade Paints Gallery in Kingston, New York; the Texas Photographic Society’s traveling Alternative Processes exhibition; and in various publications. Her work is in private collections and the permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, and the Harry Ransom Center at University of Texas, Austin.


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