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Wax Week: From the Ground Up

July 20 - 24, 2015, Mon - Fri, $770 (SOLD OUT)

July 31 - Aug. 4, 2015, Fri - Tues, $770 (SOLD OUT)

Sorry, both of these classes are full. Contact me to get on the wait list.

This 5-day intensive workshop combines some of my most popular classes with some brand new techniques that will keep you creating new work for years to come. 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.

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

By taking all 5 days students will save almost 15% off the full price of the classes. If you need to split the class fee into more than one payment, contact me using the information at the bottom of this page to work out the details.

Here's what we'll cover: During the last part of the week each student will have the option for a 30 minute private consultation with me to review work, clarify techniques or ask your burning questions. It's your time with me so you decide how we'll spend it.

Most supplies will be provided including wax, paint, brushes, paper, boards, and basic encaustic tools. Students will be asked to bring 2-3 panels of their choice no larger than about 11 x 14. You will will receive detailed information on these as well as a list of optional items upon registration. Space is limited to 6 students and classes fill quickly.

Traveling to join us? If you're not from Portland here's a list of hotels, transportation options and sightseeing.

Beautiful Backgrounds

Try several intuitive painting techniques including layering gesso and paint for a rustic, weathered look as well as flinging your favorite inks and paints to get a spontaneous start! You can also use some types of gesso to add texture and create patterns on your panel before waxing. Not every type of paint is appropriate, but I'll introduce several for you to try. Please note: You will not paint with wax in this class because the gesso will need to dry first, but your panels will be ready for you to work on the next day as we continue our week.

Secrets of Creating Depth

When I ask students what first attracted them to working with encaustic, most tell me it was the depth and luminosity of wax paintings. I agree; that's what drew me in too. There are some tried and true methods to creating depth in your paintings and that depth allows light to enter the layers of paint and reflect back to the surface, creating that luminous glow. I'll take you through these methods as we layer paint, paper, and other materials for differing effects. We'll talk about the importance of paint types, layering "recipes" and my favorite ways to trick the eye into perceiving more layers than there really are.

Encaustic & Shellac

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.

Pouring Wax

Pouring wax is quick and easy but you need to know a few technical tricks to make sure your work lasts. This class will be dedicated to the variety of ways you can pour wax to achieve beautiful results with and without imagery. I'll show you several different ways to approach pouring wax and we'll apply them in many ways to incorporate photography, collage, drips, stencils and anything else we conjure up as a creative group.

Personal Projects + Individual Consultations

This is where it all comes together and you can combine all the techniques introduced during the week to create work unique to your vision. We'll start off the day with a short presentation on Taking Your Paintings from Start to Finish (finishing, framing, signing and shipping your work), then you'll work on whatever projects you prefer.

Consider this a directed open studio, where I'll work with each of you individually to answer questions you might have about techniques we've covered, how to set up your studio at home, etc. Use this time to complete projects from earlier in the week or start new ones to continue after you return home full of new ideas!

Hotels and Transportation

If you're not from Portland here's a list of hotels, transportation options and sightseeing.

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.

(Sorry, both of these classe are sold out. Contact me to be put on the wait list.)

Here's why you should come visit me in Portland!

Cancellation and Liability Policies

  • Cancellation 30 days before the class date = full refund (minus $25 cancellation fee) or may change to another class.
  • Cancellation less than 30 days before the class date = full refund minus a $100 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 travel and lodging expenses. Travel insurance is encouraged.
If the workshop is canceled by the instructor, you will receive a full refund of class fees. 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 Studio.

Instructor Linda Robertson

Creating Depth

Pouring Wax

Beautiful Backgrounds

Creating Depth

Encaustic & Shellac

Pouring Wax

Beautiful Backgrounds

Encaustic & Shellac

Personal Projects

Lunch Under the Trees

Fun with New Friends

Not sure what to expect? View blog entries to see photos from my classes. My private studio is located in NE Portland, Oregon. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Questions? Contact Linda Robertson at waxx@
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