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

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Introduction to Encaustic Painting
Saturday, January 7, 2017. 12:30 - 3:30 pm
All levels welcome

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 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 Encaustic & Collage
Sunday, January 15, 2017. 10 am - 4 pm
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


Making Encaustic Medium & Paint
Saturday, January 21, 2017. 1 - 4 pm
All levels welcome

Here's the easiest way to save money on encaustic paiting: Make your own encaustic medium! In this class we'll cook up a big batch of encaustic medium (beeswax and resin) and discuss you how to use that as a base to make encaustic paint using different materials for color. 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

Encaustic Paint Party/Open Studio
Most 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 1 - 4 pm
Most 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 6 - 9 pm (NEW!)
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


Texture & Pigment Sticks
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 10 am - 4 pm
Intermediate level class

You can build up texture by painting through different materials onto your wax, using brush techniques to build up sections of your surface and specialty tools to remove others. By incorporating pigment sticks with texture, you can add depth to your encaustic paintings not possible with wax alone. Intermediate level class. Learn more and register here


Waxing Nostalgic: Hand Colored Photos
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 10 - 4 pm
All levels welcome

Hand coloring is a fun way to revitalize vintage photos or make new ones look older. The look you achieve depends on your color choices so you can make your images look very contemporary too. For this technique we'll use pigment sticks and pastels to add color to your black and white photographs that have been encased in wax. The best part? If you don't like the color you can easily remove it until the end when we set it with heat! Learn more and register here



Mixing Media with Watercolor, Ink and Custom Stamps
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 10 am - 4 pm
Intermediate level class

In this workshop we'll combine several types of media both above and below the wax including watercolor, custom stamps 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, March 19, 10 am - 4 pm
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. Intermediate level class. Learn more and register here


Wax Week: Photo Encaustic
May 20 - 24, 2017, Sat - Wed., $850

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


Wax Week: Luminous Landscapes
June 24 - 28, 2017, Sat. - Wed., $850

Join me for a 5-day intensive workshop focused on creating Lumious Landscapes using encaustic with a wide variety of materials. We'll use whatever media we need to create your vision, and working in small groups in my studio makes that possible. We might need pastels, graphite, wax crayons or pigment sticks to achieve a certain look, so we'll discuss whatever methods and media that make sense for your painting. All levels welcome. 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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