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Enjoy my SUMMER SALE through June 23, 2019 on any class I teach before August 31, 2019. All half-day and one-day classes are eligible excluding open studio, private sessions, and standby options. No other discounts may be applied to this offer. A cancellation by your buddy may result in price changes for the rest of your group.

Encaustic Workshops

Encaustic is the art of painting with molten beeswax mixed with colored pigments and resin. The results are like no other medium—mysterious, deep, and translucent, with a glow that seems to emanate from within.

I offer a wide variety of beginning and intermediate workshops throughout the year in my private studio in Portland, Oregon.

Encaustic Workshops in Portland, Oregon

Spectacular Shellac
Sunday, June 23, 2019* (only 2 spots left)
Intermediate level class
* Eligible for my SUMMER SALE!

In this class we'll use a shellac based resist to paint on to warm wax then super heat until it cracks, leaving an elegant organic finish that would be impossible to paint by hand. This requires the use of a torch so if you aren't familiar with how to use one you'll learn that too, while I emphasize both creativity and safety. I have mixtures in a variety of colors and will show you several easy ways to make your own custom colors at home. Learn more and register here

Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Saturday, July 6, 2019*
Saturday, August 3, 2019* (just a few spots left)
All levels welcome
* Eligible for my SUMMER SALE!

In this easy introduction to working with wax, you'll learn how to lay down the wax without air bubbles and get a smooth finish, as well as how to carve into your wax layers.

I'll have lots of materials available for you to play with, and you can work in any style of painting you choose. Learn more and register here

Photo Encaustic: Hand Coloring
Sunday, July 7, 2019* (just a few spots left)
All levels welcome
* Eligible for my SUMMER SALE!

Hand coloring is a fun way to revitalize vintage photos or make new ones look older. The look you achieve depends on your color choices so you can make your images look very contemporary too.

For this technique we'll use pigment sticks and pastels to add color to your black and white photographs that have been encased in wax. The best part? If you don't like the color you can easily remove it until the end when we set it with heat! Learn more and register here

Beautiful Backgrounds
Saturday, July 13, 2019*
All levels welcome
* Eligible for my SUMMER SALE!

It's tough to start a great painting from a blank panel, so why not give yourself a head start? In this class you'll have the opportunity to try several intuitive painting techniques including layering gesso and paint for a rustic, weathered look as well as flinging your favorite inks and paints to get a spontaneous start!

You can also use some types of gesso to add texture and create patterns on your panel before waxing. Learn more and register here

Wax Transfers: Photos, Drawings and Rubbings
Saturday, July 20, 2019* (SOLD OUT)
Intermediate level class
* Eligible for my SUMMER SALE!

Transferring images and drawings onto wax gives crisp magical look or a beautifully rustic effect depending on a few simple choices. I'll also show you how to transfer drawings and tracings directly onto your wax with some of my favorite materials including graphite, pastels and colored transfer papers. We'll use a torch to fuse these so if you're not familiar with using one you'll learn that too. Learn more and register here

Colorful Wax Scrolls
Saturday, August 10, 2019 (just a few spots left)
All levels welcome
* Eligible for my SUMMER SALE!

Join me to create multiple panels of paper and wax that are thin enough for natural light to penetrate, filling your space with energy and movement.

We'll add color with a variety of materials both before and after we wax, and we'll also add a simple hanger so your scroll ready to hang when you get home. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Introduction to Encaustic & Collage
Sunday, August 18, 2019* (just a few spots left)
All levels welcome
* Eligible for my SUMMER SALE!

No painting or drawing experience is necessary for this one day beginning encaustic painting & collage class. You can collage with wax instead of glue to incorporate thin papers, pastels and dried plants once you get used to working with the wax. We will use techniques involving collage, painting, and layering using wax in an assortment of vivid colors. Learn more and register here

Painting with Cold Wax
Saturday, August 24, 2019*
All levels welcome
* Eligible for my SUMMER SALE!

Traditionally cold wax, which is a soft paste of beeswax with a little solvent, is mixed with oil paint and applied to a panel with a variety of tools. It has a fascinating look all its own, and layering properties that are somewhat similar to encaustic. You can build up layers and scrape them back to reveal what's underneath, and you can even include collage and drawing transfers in these paintings.

I'll have lots of materials available for you to experiment with. Join me to expand your ideas on how to use wax in your paintings! Learn more and register here

Wax Week: Photo Encaustic
Sat - Wed, Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2019. (Just added!)
Sat - Wed, Oct. 26-30, 2019. (SOLD OUT)
All levels welcome

I offer 5-day intensive workshops that combine some of my most popular classes with some brand new techniques that will keep you creating new work for years to come.

In this class we'll focus on combining encaustic with photography while focusing on hand coloring with pastels, pigment sticks and artists crayons, layering photos with encaustic collage, adding depth to your work, pouring wax over your photographs and finding your own unique look for these creative processes. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Wax Week: Finding Focus
Sun-Thurs, October 13-17, 2019 (just a few spots left)
Advanced level class

This is a class for experienced encaustic painters who want to work on a personal series or better prepare for showing and selling your work. This class is perfect for artists who are already on the path to finding their voice but need some direction and encouragement from their peers. This is a rare opportunity to work with a group of like-minded artists who will help you leap ahead in presenting your vision to the world. Advanced level class. Learn more and register here

Encaustic Open Studio
Held on the 2nd Tuesdays on most months.
Intermediate level class

Do you ever feel isolated while creating work in your home studio? Or maybe you have such limited space to work that sometimes it doesn't seem worth it to even set it all up? I know this feeling because my first "studio" was my dining room table. My Open Studio sessions address these issues while giving you a fun community of artists to work with on a regular basis. This is an intermediate level class for artists who have taken at least 2 classes with me. Learn more and register here

Special Standby Studio for Returning Students

Many artists have limited space to set up for encaustic painting at home so now you can come paint with me through my Standby Studio option. With Standby Studio you can join any class you have already taken for half price, and either participate in the class or use it as an open studio day to work on your own. Another option is to join one of my Paint Party sessions.

Private Consulting & Painting Sessions

Do you need help planning a project or fixing a specific technical problem that's not covered by one of my classes? I now offer private consultations and assisted painting sessions a few days a month to fit your schedule. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Encaustic Workshops Online

Are you having trouble finding an encaustic instructor in your area? We've got you covered with video workshops in encaustic wax painting, taught Linda Robertson, the author of the Embracing Encaustic book series.

Linda has taught live workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada, and now she's bringing her unique teaching style right into your studio via the web.

You can view our online class listings to see preview videos for each class.

Gift Certificates are now available for my studio classes! Choose an option below and I'll email you a beautiful gift certificate to print out for the lucky recipient. These gift certificates can be used for any class I teach in my private studio and all materials are included for most classes.

Gift Certificate for Studio Classes
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