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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When can I begin the class?
A: You can begin when you like because our classes are ongoing and we always have a rolling registration.
Q: How many weeks do the classes run for?
A: This depends on the hours. If you take 3 hours a week, the classes run for 8 weeks, and if you take 4 hours a week the classes run for 6 weeks.
Q: Are supplies included?
A: Supplies are included when students are working on a teacher guided demonstration. Other than that students are expected to purchase their own paint, mediums and brushes.
Q: Can I purchase supplies at the studio?
A: Yes, we sell everything we teach with. Prices are comparable to Opus and De Serres, and we appreciate your support of The ArtWay.
Q: What if I have to miss a class, can I make it up at a later date?
A: No. You are responsible for attending your classes within the specified time frame (e.g. 8 weeks, 6 weeks) that you sign up for.
Q: Do I need art experience to take the class?
A: Absolutely not, 75% of our students are beginners, an open mind and a passion for creativity is all you need to do this class.
Q: Is there parking?
A: Yes, there is 2 hour parking on East 15th; however, you do risk a ticket; therefore it is best to pass the studio and park on Kingsway or around Robson Park.
Q: Can I sign up for more than 1 term?
A: Yes, 80% of our students sign up again, which makes for a wonderful support group of practicing artists.
Q: Can I order custom sized panels?
A: Yes, we do custom sizes; it takes a week for them to come in.
Health and Safety For Ecaustic and acrylic painting
The ArtWay studio is the only studio in Vancouver that offers specialized art instruction on encaustic mono-type print-making and encaustic painting.
Your health and safety is our first priority at the ArtWay. Therefore, we have put together a list of encaustic safety guidelines.
In the studio we use top quality pharmaceutical grade white beeswax.
Beeswax melts at 145F, with damar resin added, 155F. Maximum work temp for wax is 220F. Beeswax combusts at 468F. Prepared encaustic is safe to hold in your hands; gloves are not necessary. If wax goes over 250F, it smokes and is very toxic. Therefore, it is very important that the temperature of the wax does not exceed 200F as to ensure maximum safety for everyone in the studio.
The studio is equipped with an HVAC ventilation system witch circulates the air at all times. The front and back door are often open to add extra air circulation. We also have 2 fans set up to take air away from working areas. Fresh air in the studio is of top priority.
THE HOTBOX: The surface of the hotbox rarely reaches 220F, whereas griddles can reach dangerous wax temperatures. Keep an temperature gauge on the box, optimal working temperature is 150F to 175F.
Make sure to turn of the box and clean surface when finished.
Heat gun: to be used for fusing the wax, temperatures do not exceed 220 with the heat gun, torches are not recommended, and are not allowed in the studio, as they can exceed 220F. Metal tip of the heat gun is very hot, please use with caution.
In the studio we use water-based paints, such as watercolor and acrylic paints. These products are perfectly safe, and the added air circulation can set you mind at ease.
After you sign up and during your classes, I am always reviewing and monitoring safety in the studio.
Studio Code of Conduct
It is the goal of The ArtWay for everyone in the studio to feel comfortable and welcome. The ArtWay strives to make everyone who walks through our doors to feel at home. The teachers always treat their students with respect and compassion.
We have a zero tolerance policy for rude, disrespectful, racist, and aggressive behaviour in the studio. Any student who is in violation of this code of conduct will be asked to leave the course with no refund. It is up to the student to act accordingly while at The ArtWay.
The ArtWay Art Studios
649 East 15th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V5T 2R6