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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

Colorful Wax Scrolls
Saturday, September 27, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

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

Wax Week: Mixing Media
Mon - Fri, Oct. 6 - 10, 11 am - 5 pm (only 2 spots 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. 11 - 12. You can choose from 96 art studios to visit including some of my favorite Portland painters like Karl Kaiser and Kindra Crick who both 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

Secrets of Creating Depth
Tuesday, October 7, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (2 spots left!)

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

Wax Transfers: Photos, Drawings and Rubbings
Wednesday, October 8, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm (2 spots left!)

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

Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Sunday, October 12, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm or
Saturday, November 1, 1:30 - 4:30 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

Special Effects with Dry Pigments (NEW!)
Saturday, October 25, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This exciting class will show you how to use dry pigments to brilliant effect with several different methods including brushing, rubbing and painting.

We'll use several types of pure artist pigments to add unique effects to your paintings. I'll also show you how to mix custom paint colors with these pigments, allowing you to be more spontaneous as you paint. Intermediate level class. Learn more and register here

Surface Design with Stencils
Saturday, November 8, 11:00 am - 5:00 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

Encaustic Paint Party/Open Studio (NEW!)
Most Sundays, 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

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.

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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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