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, August 24, 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


Wax Transfers: Photos, Drawings and Rubbings
Sunday, August 25, 2019 (1 spot left)
Intermediate level class

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


Wax Week: Photo Encaustic
Sat-Wed, Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2019. (2 spots left*)
Sat-Wed, Oct. 26-30, 2019. (1 spot just opened)
All levels welcome

* Single Day Passes are now available for some individual Wax Week sessions.

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



Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019
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

Luminous Landscapes
Sat/Sun, October 19/20, 2019
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.


Introduction to Encaustic & Collage
Sunday, November 10, 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


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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