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

Luminous Landscapes
Sat/Sun, July 23 - 24, 2016 (On sale for $50 off!*)
Intermediate level class
Only 2 spots left!

In this one and a half day class I'll show you how I combine encaustic paint with different materials including watercolor, wax crayons, pigment sticks and more to create luminous landscapes.

Saturday will be dedicated to creating under paintings on our panels before we start waxing. We'll use watercolor in this class, but I'll discuss other materials and methods for you to experiment with at home. On Sunday we'll continue the process by adding other media, especially encaustic paint and medium. Learn more and register here

* Due to a coding error on my web site, this class was listed as sold out when it isn't! But this might work out for you...Since it's short notice and there are still spots available, I've dropped the price of the class by $50 to reward those of you who are feeling spontaneous. Are you in?



Introduction to Encaustic Painting
Saturday, August 6, Noon - 3 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 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. Learn more and register here



Encaustic with Fabric & Fiber
Saturday, August 20, 2016, 10 am - 4 pm
Intermediate level class

In this class we'll explore many different types of fabric and fiber (and even some embellishments) as another tool in creating encaustic your paintings. You can add color, texture, and even dimensionality to your paintings just by choosing the right materials and tools. Intermediate level class. Learn more and register here


Making Your Own Encaustic Medium & Paint
Sunday, August 21, 1-4 pm

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



Texture & Pigment Sticks
Sunday, August 28, 2016, 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


Introduction to Encaustic & Collage
Sunday, September 11, 2016, 10am - 4pm
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



Wax Transfers: Photos, Drawings and Rubbings
Sunday, Sept. 25, 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: Mixing Media + Texture
Oct. 3 - 7 2016, Mon - Fri, 10 - 4 pm
All levels welcome

This 5-day intensive workshop combines 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 wax with different media like collage papers, pastels, stencils, watercolor, inks, foils, texture, stamps and much more.

All of my Wax Week workshops are easily accessible for someone with little or no experience in working with encaustic, but will also offer rich, personalized instruction for those who have more experience. Learn more and register here



Encaustic Paint Party/Open Studio
Most 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 12 - 3 pm
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




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.




Gift Certificates are now available for my studio classes! Choose an option below and I'll email you a beautiful gift certificate to print out for the lucky recipient. These gift certificates can be used for any class I teach in my private studio and all materials are included for most classes.

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If you are looking for gift certificates for my online encaustic classes, please contact me at waxx @lindarobertsonarts.com with the name of the receipient and which classes or dollar amount you'd like to give.

Questions? Contact Linda Robertson at waxx@ lindarobertsonarts.com
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