Mixed-Media Painting

Old master techniques and materials have been the main inspiration and drive in Hamid Zavareei’s pursuit of art education.

Through decades of independent research and scholarship he has built up a body of knowledge and experience accessible through investigation and research into the available resources in the vast field of conservation as well as historical documents and transcripts passed down from ancient periods to middle ages and renaissance and baroque period.

The focus of his research has been centered on materials and techniques of early renaissance through Baroque era through extensive study and reconstruction of details of master pieces based on documented research within the conservation institutions throughout Europe and the United States.

Hamid Zavareei

The scope of his research encompasses various materials including oil, watercolor, encaustic, egg tempera, acrylic and more recently fresco, within different historical contexts following the evolution of techniques throughout the last two thousand years.

Hamid is self taught and has drawn and painted since childhood by studying the old masters, from early Renaissance to Baroque and he has taught the old master’s techniques for more than a decade. He extends the knowledge of the old techniques and materials to contemporary application to create work that brings the old and the new together in a unique format.

Hamid has shown his work through various venues throughout the United States and abroad including residency, awards and reviews.

Saturday, Sunday
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
Please note that there is a $25 partial materials fee payable to the instructor (by check or cash) which includes: Wax (2 pounds).

You have the option to provide this yourself and pay no material fee

Optional: Additional blocks of wax

Wax can be purchased from instructor upon request


  • Stockmar beeswax blocks, 16 colors or 8 colors (available online) reasonably priced; http://www.amazon.com/Stockmar-Beeswax-Block-Crayons-Set/dp/B000M02MNG/ref=wl_it_dp_o_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=3ARHSCQW6T51Q&coliid=I11NS1QTKR9UN
    Or http://www.dickblick.com/products/caran-dache-neocolor-i-wax-pastels/
    Or http://www.dickblick.com/products/faber-castel-jumbo-beeswax-crayon-sets/

Please have a set on the 1st session

Medium: Dammar Resin/crystals; please have this on the 1st session



  • A large flat bristle* utility brush, 2-3 inches wide, Hake brush or a chip brush from hardware store
  • Bristle* filberts: 1/4” 1/2”, 3/4”, a couple of each
  • Assorted utility cheap bristle* brushes
  • *Hog bristles are best

Painting surfaces: Several panels or cut plywood (not canvas boards or canvases) approximately 12×9”, preferably coated with encaustic compatible gesso or absorbent gesso

Please have these ready to go for the first class.


  • Ceramic Kemper tool for scraping, example; 30328-1105 – Kemper Ceramic Loop Tools – BLICK art materials
  • One loaf pan (thrift stores or dollar stores are the best place for these and muffin tins)
  • Paper towels
  • Popsicle sticks/chop sticks/tongue depressor or similar for stirring wax
  • Stencils

Please bring these to the first class. The stencils can be an exception. We will talk about it in class.

Other tools will be discussed in class too. If you have questions please contact me: zavareei@msn.com

Extend your painting arsenal to encompass and incorporate non-traditional media and techniques. You are encouraged to use a variety of non-conventional means and materials to create work that goes beyond the traditional parameters of painting, while still adhering to principles that pertain to all works of art. Screen reader support enabled.