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

Wax Week: Photo Encaustic
Sat-Wed, Oct. 26-30, 2019. (SOLD OUT)*
All levels welcome

* I'll be adding Wax Week dates for 2020 soon! Contact me if you'd like to be on the list for early notification.

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



Luminous Landscapes
Sat/Sun, November 2-3, 2019 (3 spots left)
Intermediate level class

In this one and a half day class I'll show you how I combine encaustic paint with different materials including watercolor, wax crayons, pigment sticks and more to create luminous landscapes.

Saturday will be dedicated to creating under paintings on our panels before we start waxing. We'll use watercolor in this class, but I'll discuss other materials and methods for you to experiment with at home. On Sunday we'll continue the process by adding other media, especially encaustic paint and medium. Learn more and register here.


Beeswax Eco Wrap
Saturday, November 9, 2019
All levels welcome

Great for holiday gifts! 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. Learn more and register here


Annual Holiday Party & Demo
Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 1 - 6 pm
* Free Encaustic Demonstration at 2 pm *

I'll be showing my latest encaustic paintings plus smaller originals, framed prints and note cards that make perfect gifts. You'll also be able to register for my studio classes and buy gift cards for your friends and family. I'll be doing an encaustic painting demo at 2 pm, so if you've always wanted to work with wax, this will be a fun introduction. And of course we'll also celebrate the 13th (!!!) birthday of my Studio dog Jack. (#LoveThatJackDog)Learn more here



Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Saturday, April 4, 2020
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


Festive Photo Ornaments
Sunday, December 8, 2019
All levels welcome

Join me to create unique holiday photo ornaments to decorate your own home or to give as gifts. These are easy to make and will also give you a nice introduction to working with wax. Bring your favorite photographs and drawings to personalize your projects. Learn more and register here


Introduction to Encaustic & Collage
Sunday, November 10, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, January 11, 2020
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


Mixing Media: Pigment Sticks, Watercolor, and Inks
Saturday, January 25, 2020
All levels welcome

In this workshop we'll combine several types of media both above and below the wax including pigment sticks, watercolor, custom stamps, and inks using both traditional and non-traditional tools. Come with an open mind and ready to make experimental work in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Learn more and register here

The UN-Superbowl Party
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Intermediate level class

A few years ago I accidentally booked an open studio session on Superbowl Sunday, but everyone loved it so it has become a tradition! Let's trade football for encaustic paint and we'll all bring snacks and drinks to share. Who's in? I look forward to NOT watching football with you! Learn more and register here

Photo Encaustic: Hand Coloring
Saturday, February 8, 2020
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

Encaustic Open Studio
Held on the 4th Tuesdays of 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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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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