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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

Quick Crackle/Shellac (offered only in Summer)
Saturday, July 26, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, $90

Crackle/shellac finish is a resist you paint onto warm wax then super heat until it cracks, leaving an elegant organic finish that would be impossible to paint by hand.

I have crackle in a variety of colors and will explain how you can make your own custom colors at home. Intermediate level class. Learn more and register here

Colorful Wax Scrolls
Saturday, August 2, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175

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

Beautiful Backgrounds (offered only in Summer)
Saturday, August 9, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175

It's tough to start a great painting from a blank panel, so why not give yourself a head start? In this class you'll have the opportunity to try several intuitive painting techniques including layering gesso and paint for a rustic, weathered look as well as flinging your favorite inks and paints to get a spontaneous start!

You can also use some types of gesso to add texture and create patterns on your panel before waxing. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Sunday, August 10, 1 - 4 pm, $90

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

Encaustic Painting & Collage
Saturday, September 6, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175

No painting or drawing experience is necessary for this one day beginning encaustic painting & collage class. You'll be amazed at how simple it is to collage with wax to incorporate photographs, drawings, dried plants and even small objects.

We'll start fusing using a heat gun, but use of a small torch will also be covered. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Secrets of Creating Depth
Saturday, September 20, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175

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
Saturday, October 4, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, $175

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

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

Open Studio Options: Standby Studio

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.

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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