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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 throughout the year in my private studio in Portland, Oregon.

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Encaustic Workshops in Portland, Oregon

Capture Memories with Encaustic Collage
Saturday, January 10, 11 am - 5 pm
Saturday, March 21, 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

Encaustic Paint Party/Open Studio (NEW!)
Every other Sunday, 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


Wax Transfers: Photos, Drawings and Rubbings
Saturday, January 17, 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 Fix It Clinic
Saturday, January 24, 11 - 5 pm, $175

How many times have you wondered what's wrong with that painting? It may be a technical problem or a place where all of your colors turn to mud. In this class you'll share a problem painting with the class and we'll discuss options for fixing it, then you'll have the rest of the class to do just that, with help readily available of course! Learn more and register here

Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Sunday, February 1, 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

Mixing Media: Inks, Pastels and Stamps
Saturday, February 21, 11 - 5 pm, $175

We'll combine several types of media with your wax including pastels, 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. Intermediate level class. Learn more and register here

Surface Design with Stencils
Saturday, February 28, 11 am - 5 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 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

Pouring Wax
Saturday, March 14, 11 am - 5 pm

Pouring wax is quick and easy but you need to know a few technical tricks to make sure your work lasts. This class will be dedicated to the variety of ways you can pour wax to achieve beautiful results with and without imagery. Intermediate level class. Learn more and register here

Mind's Eye to Masterpiece
Fri - Sun, March 27 - 29 (3 days)

How does a painting go from conception to completion? That process can seem mysterious and there are many ways to approach it, but in this class I'll help you create a painting from start to finish. Come with a plan for 1 - 2 works you expect to create over the three days, but also have an open mind to the possibility of changes to your plan based on spontaneity and inspiration! Intermediate level class. 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

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.


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.




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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