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, July 22, 2017 (only 1 spot 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


Wax Week: Textured Landscapes
Wed-Sun, August 2 - 6, 2017 (3 spots left)
All levels welcome

Single day passes available:
  • W, 8/2: Textured Gesso
  • Th, 8/3: Secrets of Creating Depth
  • F, 8/4: Mixing Media
  • S, 8/5: Photo Transfers
  • Su, 8/6: Start to Finish/Personal Projects
One of the most exciting things about working with encaustic is the unusual textures you can add to your paintings. In this 5-day intensive workshop we'll focus on creating Textured Landscapes using encaustic with a wide variety of materials including textured gesso, watercolor, pigment sticks, and photo transfers. We'll use whatever media we need to create your vision, and working in small groups in my studio makes that possible. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here



Beautiful Backgrounds
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 (only 3 spots left!)
All levels welcome

It's tough to start a great painting from a blank panel, so why not give yourself a head start? In this class you'll work with intuitive painting techniques including layering gesso and paint for a rustic, weathered look as well as flinging your favorite inks and paints to get a spontaneous start! Learn more and register here


Secrets of Creating Depth
Thursday, August 3, 2017 (3 spots left!)
All levels welcome


There are some tried and true methods to creating depth in your paintings and that depth allows light to enter the layers of paint and reflect back to the surface, creating that luminous glow. I'll take you through these methods as we layer paint, paper, and other materials for differing effects. Intermediate level class. Learn more and register here


Mixing Media with Watercolor, Ink and Pigment Sticks
Friday, August 4, 2017 (3 spots left!)
All levels welcome

In this workshop we'll combine several types of media both above and below the wax including watercolor, pigment sticks 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


Wax Transfers: Photos, Drawings and Rubbings
Sunday, August 5, 2017 (3 spots left!)
All levels welcome


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


Introduction to Encaustic Painting
Sunday, August 13, 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


Introduction to Painting with Cold Wax
Sunday, August 27, 2017 (4 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


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 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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