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
Saturday, August 19, 2017 (2 spots left)
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


Making Encaustic Medium & Paint
Saturday, August 26, 2017
All levels welcome

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


Introduction to Painting with Cold Wax
Sunday, August 27, 2017 (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



Wax Weekend: Working Larger
Sept. 9-10 & Sept.17, 2017
Intermediate level class

If you're excited (or nervous!) about scaling up your encaustic paintings then this is the perfect class for you. During this workshop you'll work on paintings big enough to push your comfort zone while we discuss the challenges and opportunities of working larger. We will talk about finding inspiration, subject matter, composition, tools, and display options including multi-panel pieces and working on flexible materials for easier storage/shipping. And keep in mind that everyone's definition of "larger" will be different, so that could mean a 12 inch panel for one person and a 12 foot panel for someone else. Learn more and register here


Texture & Pigment Sticks
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Intermediate level class

You can build up texture by painting through different materials onto your wax, using brush techniques to build up sections of your surface and specialty tools to remove others. By incorporating pigment sticks with texture, you can add depth to your encaustic paintings not possible with wax alone. Intermediate level class. Learn more and register here


Introduction to Encaustic & Collage
Saturday, Sept 23, 2017
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


Encaustic Fix It Clinic
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Intermediate level class

How many times have you wondered what's wrong with that painting? It may be a technical problem or a place where all of your colors turn to mud. In this class you'll share a problem painting with the class and we'll discuss options for fixing it, then you'll have the rest of the class to do just that, with help readily available of course! Learn more and register here

Paper Lanterns with Encaustic Monotypes
Saturday, October 21, 2017
All levels welcome

In this quick and easy process you paint directly on the hot palette and press paper onto the painting to pick up a unique print. What you end up with is a painting on paper with a very thin layer of wax and a very different look from anything you would paint directly onto paper or panel.

You'll make lots of little prints that can be used as finished art, original cards or to warm up to work on larger paintings. Use your favorite prints to make beautiful paper lanterns, ready to be illuminated with a votive candle! All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Introduction to Encaustic Painting
Sunday, October 29, 2017
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


Encaustic Paint Party/Open Studio
Two afternoons a month/Tues. from 1 - 4 pm
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 Paint Party 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
Don't live near Oregon? Check out my new online encaustic classes at RobertsonWorkshops.com.

  • Learn online through a series of videos

  • One year of access starting the moment you purchase the class

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



Questions? Contact Linda Robertson at waxx@ lindarobertsonarts.com
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