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.

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Encaustic Workshops in Portland, Oregon

NEW TO ENCAUSTIC? START HERE. All levels welcome!

Encaustic & Collage
Sunday, September 20, 11 am - 5 pm
Saturday, November 14, 11 am - 5 pm
Saturday, January 9, 11 am - 5 pm

No painting or drawing experience is necessary for this one day beginning encaustic painting & collage class. We'll also explore different ways to add color to black and white photographs.

Feel free to bring photographs, rubbings, drawings and ephemera to layer into paintings to preserve your memories in wax. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Sunday, September 13, 2 - 5 pm (full)
Saturday, November 7, 2 - 5 pm
Sunday, February 21, 2 - 5 pm

In this basic 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 add some texture.

I'll have lots of materials available for you to play with, and you can work in any style of painting you choose. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Paper Lanterns with Encaustic Monotypes (new!)
Sunday, November 8, 11 am - 5 pm
Saturday, December 5, 11 am - 5 pm

Create paper lanterns featuring your own designs using encaustic wax and paper, a perfect way to brighten up your space on dimmer days. These one-of-a-kind wax prints are made quickly and reward spontaneity.

In this easy process you paint directly on the hot palette and press paper onto your painting to pick up a unique print. They make great gifts! Most students leave class with 2 finished lanterns and lot of extra prints. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Encaustic Story Boxes (new!)
Saturday, September 26, 11 am - 5 pm
Saturday, November 14, 11 am - 5 pm

Everyone has a story to tell. These little boxes are prefect to create a home for your momentos of a special trip or one that you have yet to enjoy, as well as special people or pets in your life.

We'll use a variety of encaustic techniques including collage, brushing, fusing and pouring wax to fill your boxes with personal objects such as photographs, natural materials, found object and more. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Wax Week: Mixing Media
Oct. 5 - 9, 2015, Mon - Fri (SOLD OUT)
Oct. 19 - 23, 2015, Mon - Fri, (1 spot left!)

In this 5-day intensive workshop we'll focus on combining wax with different media like collage papers, photographs, pastels, inks, pigment sticks, stamps and much more.

BONUS: The timing on this class is perfect to also attend Portland Open Studios on Oct. 10 - 11 and 17 - 18. You can choose from almost 100 art studios to visit including some of my favorite Portland painters who work in encaustic. Don't miss this!

Subjects include mixing different media within one painting, creating transfers with photographs, drawings and rubbings, texture and embossing, secrets of creating depth and taking your painting from start to finish. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here


Wax Week: Encaustic & Photography
May 16 - 20, 2016, Mon - Fri (New!)

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


INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASSES

Wax Transfers: Photos, Drawings and Rubbings
Saturday, September 19, 11 am - 5 pm

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. Intermediate level class. Learn more and register here


Encaustic Paint Party/Open Studio
Sunday, September 27, from 2 - 5 pm
Sunday, October 25, from 2 - 5 pm
Sunday, November 15th, from 2 - 5 pm

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 & Assisted 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.



Gift Certificates are now available for my studio classes! Choose an option below and I'll prepare and 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 they never expire. All materials are included for most classes.
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How To Register

For workshops in my Portland studio, please click the link above for the class you are interested in and use the "Buy Now" button for online registration.

To register for online workshops visit robertsonworkshops.com



Questions? Contact Linda Robertson at waxx@ lindarobertsonarts.com
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