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.


Encaustic Workshops in Portland, Oregon

Introduction to Encaustic & Collage
Sunday, April 30, 2017 (only 1 spot left!)
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


Introduction to Encaustic Painting
Sat, May 13, 2017
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 carve into your wax layers.

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


Wax Weekend: Photo Encaustic
Fri - Sun, May 19 - 21, 2017 (Only 2 spots left!)
All levels welcome

In this class we'll focus on several exciting ways to combine encaustic and photography. You'll learn my favorite techniques for hand coloring photographs, layering images and natural materials together using encaustic collage, creating image transfers from your personal photographs and discovering your own unique look for this creative process.

Learn more and register here


Making Encaustic Medium & Paint
Sunday, June 4, 2017. 1 - 4 pm
All levels welcome

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


Carving Encaustic Scratchboards
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Intermediate level class.

Traditional scratchboards are created on white panels covered with a black surface so that when you scratch through the top layer you a left with a white line on a dark background. Imagine adding wax into the mix! In this class we'll use some of those traditional ideas, but I'll expand on that method to help you create scratchboards with vibrant color, incorporating wax and other unusual materials. It's a really exciting way to work! Learn more and register here

Wax Weekend: Luminous Landscapes
Sat/Sun, June 24 - 25, 2017 (Only 1 spot left!)
All levels welcome

Join me for a 2-day intensive workshop focused on creating Lumious Landscapes using encaustic with a wide variety of materials.

We'll use whatever media we need to create your vision, and working in small groups in my studio makes that possible. We might use pastels, graphite, ink, wax crayons or pigment sticks to achieve a certain look, so we'll discuss whatever methods and media that make sense for your painting. All levels welcome.
Learn more and register here




Wax Weekend: Secret Messages
Fri-Sun, July 7 - 9, 2017
All levels welcome

Including secret messages in your work can be exciting and mysterious! What will yours be? I'll show you several of my favorite ways to include overt or obscured text, symbols and more as part of your encaustic paintings.

Join me for this 2+ day intensive workshop combining some of my most popular techniques. We'll be working with encaustic and ink, altered papers, foil, customized stamps, transfer papers, oil paint. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here




Colorful Wax Scrolls (last scrolls class in 2017)
Saturday, July 15, 2017
All levels welcome

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 we'll also add a simple hanger so your scroll ready to hang when you get home. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Spectacular Shellac (offered only once a year)
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Intermediate level class

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. Learn more and register here


Wax Week: Textured Landscapes
Wed-Sun, August 2 - 6, 2017
All levels welcome

One of the most exciting things about working with encaustic is the unusual textures you can add to your paintings. In this 5-day intensive workshop we'll focus on creating Textured Landscapes using encaustic with a wide variety of materials including textured gesso, watercolor, pigment sticks, and photo transfers. We'll use whatever media we need to create your vision, and working in small groups in my studio makes that possible. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here




Encaustic Paint Party/Open Studio
Two afternoons a month/Tues. from 1 - 4 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.



Questions? Contact Linda Robertson at waxx@ lindarobertsonarts.com
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