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

Introduction to Painting with Cold Wax
Sat, April 28, 2018 (All levels, 1 spot)
Sun, April 29, 2018 (SOLD OUT)

OR TAKE BOTH DAYS:
Sat/Sun, April 28-29, 2018, 10 - 4, $385 (SOLD OUT)
Location: Portland, Oregon

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



Introduction to Encaustic & Collage
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Sunday, July 8, 2018
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 with Patterns & Stencils
Saturday, May 19, 2018. 10 am - 4 pm

Using stencils offer simple ways to develop striking forms in your wax paintings. I'll demonstrate several techniques including cutting your own patterns or using pre-cut stencils to add lines, shapes, texture and imagery to your work.

You can apply different mediums through stencils and we'll work with wax, pastels, pigment sticks and more. Intermediate level class. Learn more and register here

Introduction to Encaustic Painting
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Saturday, August 4, 2018
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


Wax Week: Photo Encaustic
June 9 - 13, 2018, 5-days: Sat - Wed, (1 spot just opened)
Sept. 19 - 23, 2018, 5-days: Wed - Sun (4 spots left)

Every year I hear from students who want to take my encaustic workshops but either live too far away to fly in for just one or two days or prefer a more immersive environment where they can learn many techniques in a short time. With this in mind. 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


Spectacular Shellac
Sunday, June 24, 2018
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


Colorful Wax Scrolls
Saturday, July 14, 2018 (3 spots left)
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

Wax Week: Mix it Up!
July 18 - 22, 2018. Wed - Sun, 10 - 4 pm (3 spots left)
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, pastels, stencils, watercolor, inks, foils, texture, stamps and much more.

All of my Wax Week workshops are easily accessible for someone with little or no experience in working with encaustic, but will also offer rich, personalized instruction for those who have more experience. Learn more and register here


Luminous Landscapes
Sat/Sun, August 11-12, 2018, 2018
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 the Encaustic Iron with Bethany
Sat/Sun, August 25-26, 2018
All levels welcome

I'm excited to offer this workshop on using the Encaustic Painting Iron with artist Bethany Handfield of Exploring Encaustic! You'll learn the basics of working with the iron through making abstract and landscape style paintings on special painting cards. This is a very different approach from my classes where we paint on panel, but these new techniques can be used on panel as well. For this class we will paint on different types of papers, plus explore easy collage and stamping techniques. Learn more and register here


Making Encaustic Medium & Paint
Sunday, September 16, 2018
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

Encaustic Open Studio
Choose from the second and fourth Tuesdays, or the first Sunday of every month.
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 available for my studio classes! Choose an option below and I'll email you a beautiful gift certificate that you can print out or email to 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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