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

NEW TO ENCAUSTIC? START HERE. All levels welcome!

Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Saturday, July 18, 2 - 5 pm
Sunday, September 13, 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

Colorful Wax Scrolls (offered only in Summer)
Sunday, July 26, 11 - 5 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 with 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. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Encaustic & Collage
Saturday, August 22, 11 - 5 pm
Sunday, September 20, 11 - 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

Wax Week: From the Ground Up
Mon - Fri, July 20 - 24, 2015 (SOLD OUT)
Fri - Tues, July 31 - Aug 4, 2015 (SOLD OUT)

In this session we'll focus on creating a great base even before you turn to wax, starting with textured gesso and various non-wax based paints. We'll continue with a wax fest that includes different media like collage papers, photographs, pastels, stamps and much more.

Subjects include creating beautiful backgrounds before you wax, working creatively and safely with shellac, mixing different media within one painting, secrets of creating depth, pouring wax for an ultra smooth finish, and taking your painting from start to finish. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Wax Week: Mixing Media
Mon - Fri, Oct. 5 - 9, 2015 (SOLD OUT)
Mon - Fri, Oct. 19 - 23, 2015 (Just added)

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. 10 - 11 and 17 - 18. You can choose from almost 100 art studios to visit including some of my favorite Portland painters who 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


Encaustic & Shellac (offered only in Summer)
Saturday, August 8, 11 am - 5 pm

In this class we'll use a shellac based resist to paint on to warm wax then super heat until it cracks, leaving an elegant organic finish that would be impossible to paint by hand. This requires the use of a torch so if you aren't familiar with how to use one you'll learn that too, while I emphasize both creativity and safety. I have mixtures in a variety of colors and will show you several easy ways to make your own custom colors at home. Intermediate level class. 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 Paint Party/Open Studio
Wednesday, July 8, 1 - 4
Sunday, August 9, 2 - 5

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

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 prepare and 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 they never expire. All materials are included for most classes.
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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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Questions? Contact Linda Robertson at waxx@ lindarobertsonarts.com
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