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

Texture & Pigment Sticks
Saturday, November 17, 2018 (1 spot left)
Intermediate level class

You can build up texture by painting through different materials onto your wax, using brush techniques to build up sections of your surface and specialty tools to remove others. By incorporating pigment sticks with texture, you can add depth to your encaustic paintings not possible with wax alone. Intermediate level class. Learn more and register here



Beeswax Eco Wrap
Saturday, December 1, 2018 (2 spots left)
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 (4 spots left)
Sunday, January 6, 2019
All levels welcome

Skip the baggies and plastic wrap and use beeswax eco-wrap instead! Great for the planet, it's an easy way to keep your food fresh with these reusable wax infused fabrics. Eco wraps can be expensive to purchase but I'll show you a quick and easy way to make them yourself. Plus they're perfect for holiday gifts! Learn more and register here


Introduction to Encaustic Painting
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
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

Festive Waxed Ornaments
Sunday December 9, 2018
All levels welcome

Join me to create unique holiday photo ornaments to decorate your own home or to give as gifts. These are easy to make and will also give you a nice introduction to working with wax. Bring your favorite photographs and drawings to personalize your projects. Learn more and register here

Mixing Media with Watercolor, Ink and Pigment Sticks
Saturday, January 12, 2019 (3 spots left)
All levels welcome

In this workshop we'll combine several types of media both above and below the wax including watercolor, pigment sticks and inks using both traditional and non-traditional tools. Come with an open mind and ready to make experimental work in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Learn more and register here


Introduction to Encaustic & Collage
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Sunday, March 10, 2019
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


Encaustic Monotypes and Paper Lanterns
Sunday, January 27, 2019
All levels welcome

In this easy process you paint directly on the hot palette and press paper onto your painting to pick up a unique print.

These wax prints are made quickly and reward the spontaneous child in all of us. They make great gifts, cards and lanterns. Learn more and register here



Waxing Nostalgic: Hand Colored Photos
Sunday, February 10, 2019
All levels welcome

Hand coloring is a fun way to revitalize vintage photos or make new ones look older. The look you achieve depends on your color choices so you can make your images look very contemporary too.

For this technique we'll use pigment sticks and pastels to add color to your black and white photographs that have been encased in wax. The best part? If you don't like the color you can easily remove it until the end when we set it with heat! Learn more and register here



Encaustic Open Studio
Choose from the second and fourth Tuesdays on 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 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 available for my studio classes! Choose an option below and I'll email you a beautiful gift certificate that you can print out or email to 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.

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Questions? Contact Linda Robertson at waxx@ lindarobertsonarts.com
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