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

Creating Artful Sacred Spaces (NEW!)
Sat/Sun, February 15-16, 2020 (SOLD OUT)
Sat/Sun, March 14-15, 2020 (3 spots left)
Sat/Sun, August 15-16, 2020

Taught by Linda Robertson and Fred Swan
All levels welcome

What do you do with the ticket stub to the show where you met your sweetheart? Or the heart shaped stone you picked up on your birthday hike? These items hold more history than the objects suggest, and are worthy of being honored. This class, taught by Linda Robertson and Fred Swan, will introduce you to the idea of the gathering personal objects and creating sacred spaces for them as a practice of self-discovery, storytelling, and meditation. Learn more and register here


Introduction to Encaustic & Collage
Sunday, March 8, 2020 (3 spots left)
Saturday, May 23, 2020
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


Painting with Cold Wax
Saturday, March 28, 2020
All levels welcome

Traditionally cold wax, which is a soft paste of beeswax with a little solvent, is mixed with oil paint and applied to a panel with a variety of tools. It has a fascinating look all its own, and layering properties that are somewhat similar to encaustic. You can build up layers and scrape them back to reveal what's underneath, and you can even include collage and drawing transfers in these paintings.

I'll have lots of materials available for you to experiment with. Join me to expand your ideas on how to use wax in your paintings! Learn more and register here


Introduction to Encaustic Painting & Texture
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Sunday, May 31, 2020
All levels welcome

In this easy 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


Making Encaustic Medium & Paint
Saturday, April 11, 2020
All levels welcome

**I only teach this a few times a year so don't miss it**

Here's the easiest way to save money on encaustic painting: Make your own encaustic medium! In this class we'll cook up a big batch of medium (beeswax and resin) and discuss you how to use that as a base to make encaustic paint using different materials for color. Everyone will make/take home 3 tins of encaustic paint and some encaustic medium. All levels welcome. Learn more and register here

Wax Week: Photo Encaustic & Texture
Sat-Wed, May 9-13, 2020 (3 spots left)
Sat-Wed, July 4-8, 2020
All levels welcome

Give yourself dedicated time to explore your creative photography! Surrounded by other artists in a professional studio, you'll finally be able to bring together your ideas and techniques to create work unique to your vision.

We'll combine encaustic with photography while focusing on hand coloring your personal photographs with encaustic paint and other media. We'll also enhance your paintings using collage, and add depth to your work by building up texture as you discover your own unique combination of these creative processes. Learn more and register here



Wax Week: Creating Expressive Landscapes (NEW!)
Sat-Wed, June 13-17, 2020 (3 spots left)
All levels welcome

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.

We will focus on encaustic and mixed media painting but will 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. Learn more and register here



Encaustic Open Studio Paint Party
4th Tuesdays and 4th Sundays of most months
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 Open Studio Paint Party 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

Are you having trouble finding an encaustic instructor in your area? We've got you covered with video workshops in encaustic wax painting, taught Linda Robertson, the author of the Embracing Encaustic book series.

Linda has taught live workshops throughout the U.S. and Canada, and now she's bringing her unique teaching style right into your studio via the web.

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.

Gift Certificate for Studio Classes
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If you need a different amount or are looking for gift certificates for my online encaustic classes, please contact me at waxx @lindarobertsonarts.com with the name of the recipient and which classes or dollar amount you'd like to give.


Questions? Contact Linda Robertson at waxx@ lindarobertsonarts.com
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