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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 in my private studio in NE Portland throughout the year.

Encaustic Workshops in Portland, Oregon

Making Your Own Encaustic Medium & Paint
Saturday, April 12, 1 - 4 pm, $90

Here's the easiest way to save money on encaustic paiting: Make your own medium. In this class we will make a big batch of encaustic medium (beeswax and resin) and then I'll show you how to use that as a base to make encaustic paint using three types of coloring. Then you try it! Every student will take home 3 tins of paint and one cake of encaustic medium. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Sunday, April 13, 1 - 4 pm, $90
Saturday, June 14, 1 - 4 pm, $90
Sunday, August 10, 1 - 4 pm, $90

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

Secrets of Creating Depth
Saturday, April 19, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175
Saturday, May 10, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175

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

Encaustic Monotypes Without a Press
Sunday, May 11 (Mother's Day), 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, $90

This is a great gift -- you and Mom spending the afternoon making art together! In this quick and easy process you paint directly on the hot palette and press paper onto the painting to pick up a unique print. What you end up with is a painting on paper with a very thin layer of wax and a very different look from anything you would paint directly onto paper or panel. You'll make lots of little prints that can be used as finished art, original cards or to warm up to work on larger paintings. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Encaustic Painting & Collage
Saturday, May 17, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175
Sunday, July 6, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175
Saturday, September 6, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175

No painting or drawing experience is necessary for this one day beginning encaustic painting & collage class. Feel free to bring photographs, drawings and ephemera to layer into paintings to preserve your memories in wax. Encaustic is one of the oldest forms of painting, with paint made from pure pigment mixed with wax and resin. The mixture is applied hot, then reheated to fuse the layers together. We'll start fusing using a heat gun, but use of a small torch will also be covered. You'll be amazed at how simple it is to collage with wax to incorporate photographs, drawings, dried plants and even small objects. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

* Note: Combine the May class with a Wax Transfers class listed below to create an Encaustic & Photography weekend. *

Wax Transfers: Photos, Drawings and Rubbings
Sunday, May 18, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175

Transferring images and drawings onto wax gives crisp magical look or a beautifully rustic effect depending on which method you use. We'll do both! 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

* Note: Combine this class with the May Photo Collage class listed above to create an Encaustic & Photography weekend. *

Encaustic with a Crackle Finish (offered only in Summer)
Sunday, June 15, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175
Saturday, July 26, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175

Crackle finish is a resist you paint onto warm wax then super heat until it cracks, leaving an elegant organic finish that would be impossible to paint by hand. I have crackle in a variety of colors and will help you make your own custom color to take home. I'll also demonstrate several different ways to use this simple mixture emphasizing both creativity and safety. Intermediate level class. Learn more and register here

Colorful Wax Scrolls (offered only in Summer)
Saturday, June 21, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175
Saturday, August 2, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175

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 in a variety of materials both before and after we wax and add a wodden dowel so it's ready to hang when you get home. I'll demonstrate how to cut out parts of your panels for a layered effect and how to reattached what you've removed for added texture and shadow. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Beautiful Backgrounds (offered only in Summer)
Saturday, June 28, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175
Saturday, August 9, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175

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 have the opportunity to try several 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! You can also use some types of gesso to add texture and create patterns on your panel before waxing. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Wax Week: Photo Encaustic & Mixed Media
Thurs - Mon, July 17 - 21 (five days) $750

This 5-day intensive workshop, offered only once this year, combines some of my most popular classes with some brand new techniques that will keep you creating new work for years to come. We'll focus on combining wax with different media like photographs, pastels, inks, pigments, stamps, stencils and much more. Subjects include photo encaustic, creating image transfers, adding texture, designing with stencils, and creating depth. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

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

Open Studio Options: Standby Studio

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.

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

  • Six months of access starting the moment you purchase the class

  • Classes include an online forum where you can chat with the instructor and other students and share photos of your work

  • Instructor answers forum questions daily for the first week of each month
You can view our online class listings to see preview videos for each class.

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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.

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