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

Painting with Cold Wax
Saturday, February 23, 2019 (2 spots left)
All levels welcome

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



Making Encaustic Medium & Paint
Sunday, March 3, 2019 (3 spots left)
All levels welcome

**I only teach this a few times a year so don't miss it**

Here's the easiest way to save money on encaustic painting: Make your own encaustic medium! In this class we'll cook up a big batch of medium (beeswax and resin) and discuss you how to use that as a base to make encaustic paint using different materials for color. Everyone will make/take home 3 tins of encaustic paint and some encaustic medium. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Introduction to Encaustic & Collage
Sunday, March 10, 2019 (3 spots left)
Saturday, May 11, 2019
All levels welcome

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


Wax Weekend: Luminous Landscapes
Sat/Sun, March 30-31, 2019 (3 spots left)
All levels welcome

Join me for a 2-day intensive workshop focused on creating Lumious Landscapes using encaustic with a wide variety of materials.

We'll use whatever media we need to create your vision, and working in small groups in my studio makes that possible. We might use pastels, graphite, ink, wax crayons or pigment sticks to achieve a certain look, so we'll discuss whatever methods and media that make sense for your painting. All levels welcome.
Learn more and register here


Beeswax Eco Wrap
Saturday, March 2, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
Sun, April 28, 2019
All levels welcome

Skip the baggies and plastic wrap and use beeswax eco-wrap instead! Great for the planet, it's an easy way to keep your food fresh with these reusable wax infused fabrics. Eco wraps can be expensive to purchase but I'll show you a quick and easy way to make them yourself. Plus they're perfect for holiday gifts! Learn more and register here


Introduction to Encaustic Painting
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Sunday, June 2, 2019. 1 - 4 pm, $100
All levels welcome

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
Saturday, March 16, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, April 13, 2019
All levels welcome

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

Wax Week: Mixed Media
Sat-Wed, May 4 - 8, 2019
All levels welcome

This 5-day intensive workshop combines 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 wax with different media like collage papers, dried plants, stencils, pastels, watercolor, inks, foils, customized stamps and more. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here


Colorful Wax Scrolls
Saturday, June 1, 2019
All levels welcome

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


Spectacular Shellac
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Intermediate level class

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


Wax Week: Extreme Collage
Sat-Wed, July 13 - 17, 2019 (4 spots left)
All levels welcome

Most people think of a collage as having a flat surface, but you can do so much more -- esepcially with wax! What do you have in mind? Join me to drill, fill, pour, wrap, tie, bind, burn, scrunch, and punch our way into something that speaks to you in new ways. From the dark and mysterious to the not so serious, we will take your encaustic collage in brave new directions during this intensive 5-day workshop in my private Portland Oregon studio. Learn more and register here

Wax Week: Photo Encaustic
Oct. 26-30, 2019. 5-days: Sat - Wed
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.

All levels welcome. Learn more and register here


Encaustic Open Studio
Choose from the second and fourth 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.

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If you are looking for gift certificates for my online encaustic classes, please contact me at waxx @lindarobertsonarts.com with the name of the receipient and which classes or dollar amount you'd like to give.


Questions? Contact Linda Robertson at waxx@ lindarobertsonarts.com
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