Encaustic Retreats

Encaustic Retreats

Exploring New Boundaries in Encaustic with Photo Collage
Jodi Reeb and Bettina Egli Sennhauser in her Encaustic Studio in Basel, Switzerland

July 22-28, 2024
$1,800 USD
see below for Hotel Reservation information

Join artists and R&F Encaustic instructors Jodi Reeb & Bettina Egli Sennhauser for an intimate, deep-dive 3-day workshop in Bettina’s beautiful Encaustic Studio near Basel, Switzerland, focusing on using your photographs as collage and combining it with Encaustic.

Only 4 spots available.

We will be combining your photographs printed on tissue paper as collage with encaustic painting. The process involves inkjet or laser printing photographs on light-weight tissue paper and embedding the image with encaustic medium and paints. Image transfers will also be explored. Beautiful, translucent layers are created by adding oil pigment sticks above or below for color and depth.

In this workshop we will also discuss color theory and composition principles to strengthen your work, and there will be a lot of one-on-one studio time with both instructors to create and develop a body of work. The focus will be on creating imagery and expanding your voice with encaustic. Artists will build images layer-by-layer combining images printed on tissue paper and image transfers. You will gain confidence by pushing boundaries with individual feedback and inspiration.

We will also explore some of the many wonderful galleries and museums nearby - from over 250 and take a day trip across the border to visit Colmar, a beautiful and traditional Alsatian town in France.

The creative inspiration and fun will be all around you! It’s going to be wonderful!

This workshop is for those with some encaustic painting experience.


July 22, 2024 Individual Arrivals and Hotel Check-In
5:30 PM City Tour Basel (walking, about 1 hour)
7:00 PM Welcome Dinner in Basel

July 23, 2024 9:30 AM UBER transfer to Bettina’s studio
10:00 AM Workshop: Encaustic with Photo Collage with Jodi
1:00 PM Lunch & Drinks
5:00 PM UBER transfer to the IBIS hotel
7:00 PM Dinner in Basel

July 24, 2024 9:30 AM UBER transfer to Bettina’s studio
10:00 AM Workshop: Composition basic principles with Bettina
1:00 PM Lunch & Drinks
5:00 PM UBER transfer to the IBIS hotel
6:00 PM Museum of Fine Arts (www.kunstmuseumbasel.ch)
7.30 PM Dinner in Basel

July 25, 2024 9:30 AM UBER transfer to Bettina’s studio
10:00 AM Workshop: One on One Sessions
1:00 PM Lunch & Drinks
5:00 PM UBER transfer to the IBIS hotel
7:00 PM Dinner in Basel

FRIDAY, MUSEUM'S DAY - Excursion Day 1
July 26, 2024 10:00 AM Meeting at the IBIS hotel and transfer to
Tinguely Museum
10:30 AM Tinguely Museum (www.tinguely.ch)
12:00 PM Transfer to the Fondation Beyeler
12:30 PM Lunch at the Fondation Beyeler
2:00 PM Fondation Beyeler (www.fondationbeyeler.ch)
4:00 PM Transfer back to the IBIS hotel
7:00 PM Dinner on your own or as a group (optional)

VIVE LA FRANCE - Excursion Day 2 to Colmar
July 27, 2024 9:00 AM Meeting at the IBIS hotel
9.15 AM Train to Colmar (45 Minutes)
10:00 AMMusee unter Linden www.musee-unterlinden.com
1:00 PM Lunch
Tour of Colmar www.tourisme-colmar.com/en/
4.30 PM Train to Basel
5.30 PM Arrival in Basel
7:00 PM Farewell Dinner in Basel

July 28, 2024 Individual Departures

Fee $1,800 USD

o Workshop and Materials Fees (including two images printed on
tissue paper for use in the workshop - more additional.)
o Welcome Dinner
o Basel Card for discounted ART museum entrances
o Lunches and dinners during the Workshop
o Transportation from the hotel to the studio and back to the
hotel each workshop day.
o Two Full Day Excursions:
o Basel Museum Day. Visit of three of renowned museums in Basel
(Fondation Beyeler, Tinguely Museum, Museum of Fine Arts)
including transportation, lunch, and entry fees. (Dinner
o Vive la France. Visit of Colmar, a beautiful traditional Alsatian town and its famous Musee Unter Linden, including transportation, lunch, entry fees and Farewell Dinner.

Not included
o Hotel lodging at Ibis Basel Bahnhof
o Airfare (you can fly either into Basel or Zurich)
o Transportation to and from the airport
o Breakfast

Hotel Recommendation Ibis Basel Bahnhof

We have secured a group rate at the IBIS Basel Bahnhof Hotel and it is recommended you stay there for ease of transportation, etc. The hotel is conveniently located in the center of Basel and close to Bettina’s studio. Most places of interest are within walking distance from the hotel.

The costs for the hotel are not included in the fee. Please make a reservation directly either by phone or email at the hotel, mentioning the Code “Kunstfreiraum22072024”. The room reservation will be made on your credit card (guarantee). Your credit card will be charged upon Check-In.

Currency: CHF Swiss Francs conversion to US Dollars. I get Swiss Francs from my bank before I travel but you can convert USD at the airport. Visa credit cards are also accepted most places.

Hotel Prices:
$150 USD or CHF $125.00 room rate per day
$22 USD or CHF $19.00 breakfast rate per day per person at the hotel
$5.00 USD or CHF $4.00 Tourist Tax per Person

Contact Hotel
Phone: +41 61 201 07 07
Email: h6510@accor.com