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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

Making Your Own Encaustic Medium & Paint
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 - 9 pm

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

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

Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Saturday, November 1, 1:30 - 4:30 pm or
Saturday, December 6, 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

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 Monotypes & Paper Lanterns
Saturday, November 15, 11 am - 5 pm

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. Use your favorite print to make a beautiful paper lantern, ready to be illuminated with a votive candle! All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Capture Memories with Encaustic Collage
Saturday, January 10, 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!)
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.

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