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Wax Week: Creating Expressive Landscapes

June 13-17, 2020. Sat-Wed, 10-4 pm, $950 (4 spots left)

When thinking of a special place, it's not just the visual landscape I remember, but also the colors, textures, scents, and stories attached to that memory. In this intensive 5-day workshop we'll paint landscapes that are special to us while exploring how to better capture the sense of the place, rather than just what it may look like.

This workshop will focus on encaustic and mixed media painting but we'll also incorporate travel sketching, stream of consciousness writing, and some exciting collaborative exercises with your fellow artists to create expressive landscapes that represent much more than an idealized postcard version of a place.

We'll use a variety of media to create your vision and focus on whatever makes sense for your individual paintings. We may choose to use pastels, ink, graphite, fine art crayons, or pigment sticks, so each session will be a little different. Working in a very small group makes this possible. I hope you'll join us!

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

I keep my class sizes small, a maximum of 6 students, so everyone can learn at their own pace. This allows me to help introduce beginners to this new medium and still challenge more experienced artists with advanced tips and techniques.

Most supplies will be provided including encaustic medium, encaustic paint, brushes, paper, boards, and basic encaustic tools.

You will be asked to bring 1-2 panels of your choice and several reference photos for inspiration, just to give you a starting point. Realism isn't our primary goal, but you are welcome to work in any style you choose.

After you register, you will receive detailed information about the class as well as a list of optional items to bring. Space is limited to 6 students and classes tend to fill very quickly.

Hotels and Transportation

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How To Register

Confirmation, directions to my studio and additional information will be emailed to each student upon registration. Space is limited to 6 students so classes fill quickly.

Register for Wax Week: Photo Encaustic

Can't pay the full registration fee right now?

If you don't want to miss this class but can't pay the full registration fee right now you can pay a $275 deposit to hold your spot and pay the rest in 3 equal payments of $225. When I receive your deposit I'll contact you to arrange a payment schedule. Full payment is due at least 60 days before the class begins.
Wax Week Deposit:

If you have trouble registering online please contact me at (503) 348-9139 or waxx@ Classes must be paid for in full by cash, check or credit card prior to the class to confirm your spot. When your payment is received you will be emailed a confirmation notice, additional information about the classes and a map to my studio in NE Portland.

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Cancellation and Liability Policies

  • Cancellation at least 60 days before the class date = full refund minus $150 cancellation fee or you may change to another class.
  • Cancellation less than 60 days before the class date = full refund minus a $200 cancellation fee only if the space is filled by another paying student.
  • No show = no refund.
  • By registering for this class you agree to assume all responsibility for non-refundable expenses including but not limited to travel and lodging. Travel insurance is encouraged.
If the workshop is canceled by the instructor, you will receive a full refund. If another instructor must be substituted for Linda Robertson due to illness or emergency you will have the option to attend the class with the substitute instructor or cancel/reschedule without penalty.

Should any injuries occur during or as a result of participation in any class or workshop, the registered student agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Linda Robertson and all employees, instructors and volunteers connected with Linda Robertson Arts.

Questions? Contact Linda Robertson at waxx@
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