Your Magical Lens
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have experience in encaustic painting?
Basic encaustic painting experience is necessary to get the most out of this community, but you don't need to be an expert. If you can paint on your own then you should be at the right level for this class, and you should have access to a basic encaustic set up (see below for details). The lessons will offer rich, personalized instruction that will challenge painters with some encaustic experience to consider advanced ideas and techniques.
Do I have to use encaustic with my photography?
Yes and no. The classes are taught assuming that you're using encaustic, but you can experiment other mediums instead of wax for interesting results. Some of the sessions won't focus on wax at all, but rather subjects such as creating great photographs, finding inspiration, working with mixed media, or finding fresh ways to approach your art making.
What supplies do I need?
When you register, you receive a detailed supply list. The basic encaustic set up includes a pancake griddle or heated palette, encaustic paint and medium, a heat gun or torch, brushes, a few scraping tools, and panels. Optional materials might include watercolor, pastel, oil sticks or pigment sticks, collage materials, and other exciting materials that I'll discuss as we go along.
This video on basic encaustic painting materials will help you get started.
Do I need a printer?
You'll have more freedom to experiment if you have your own printer, but you can also upload your images to be printed elsewhere. After registration, your welcome email will include more information about this as well as other resources like suggested paper choices, inexpensive photo editing software, and links to copyright free images.
How does this course work?
Your subscription begins as soon as you sign up. You'll receive an invitation to our private Facebook group and other resources, as well as a link to the next Saturday session. Unless you cancel it, your subscription will automatically renew each month on the same date you signed up.
There will be new activities each week including unique photography challenges, technique demonstrations, community calls for sharing your work, and intuitive painting exercises where we all create together in real-time! I'll also share my sources of creative inspiration along the way to keep you motivated.
All assignments, tips, techniques, and inspirations are provided through a combination of real-time meetings via Zoom, videos, emails, and our private Facebook group.
When are the live sessions and what should I expect?
We will meet live via Zoom on most Saturdays, with the sessions running from 4:00 - 4:50 p.m. PST. Each session will include a new activity or demonstration along with an assignment or challenge for the week. Once a month we'll have a community call where you'll get a chance to share your work with the group and ask me your burning questions.
What happens if I miss a live session?
If you can't make it to a live session, you can view the Zoom recording after the class. Access continues for as long as you are a paid subscriber to the program. A link to the recording is sent one day after the live event. All events will be held PST.
Does each week build on the previous and if I miss one, will I be lost?
Not at all! Each lesson is a standalone, but the teachings do build on each other and collectively help you evolve as an artist.
I just signed up...what now?
After enrolling you receive a welcome email along with the suggested and optional class materials. This email also includes an invitation to our private Facebook group and a link for the first Zoom session occurring after your sign-up date.
Do I need special software to participate?
All live classes will be conducted online using Zoom. This requires a quick and easy download, but you don't need a special Zoom account to participate (you receive instructions on how to use Zoom when you register for the class). Using a device (i.e.: phone, laptop, tablet) with a high-quality camera is recommended. Email is required since important class information and links to the Zoom calls are sent via email.
Click here to download the free ZOOM app in advance.
Do I need high speed internet for the course?
Yes, you will need a reliable internet connection to effectively participate in the live Zoom calls. If your device can play the materials video listed above it should be fine for this class.
Can I ask questions about my work and get feedback from Linda?
Questions and photos of your work can be posted on the group's Facebook page. The monthly Community Call is also an opportunity share your work and ask questions during a Zoom call. I may not have time to answer every question, so if you need individualized help consider working with her as a mentor.
How can I share my work and see what other students are creating?
We'll have a private Facebook Group that will be our playground. This is where you'll be able to share your work and see what others are creating. It's also a place for discussion with other artists who are part of the Your Magical Lens community.
Do I have to use Facebook?
The private Facebook group is not required but it's a great way to interact with other artists in our community and share your experiences. And even if you don't feel like posting your work, you can still engage in conversation, or just browse what others are doing. That's a great way to get inspired!!
Do I have to commit to a certain number of months?
Nope! But if you're really serious about stretching your artistic expression, I highly encourage you to make a commitment to yourself to stick with this for at least 3 months.
What is the cancellation policy?
You can cancel any time without being charged for the following month, but I don't offer refunds for partial months used. If during the first week you believe the course is not a good fit, please contact me and I'll provide a full refund.
Can I pause or change my subscription? If so, how?
If you need to take a break you can cancel your subscription. When you're ready to start again just sign up for a new one. You can manage your subscriptions through your PayPal account under Settings > Payments > Manage automatic payments.
Is my subscription transferable?
No. Your subscription is just for you, and only one person per subscription is permitted to have access to the course offerings.
Do I have to pay with PayPal?
Paying through PayPal allows you to automate your subscription so you don't have to worry about making payments every month, but if you don't have an account please contact me to discuss other options.
I prefer one-on-one instruction. Do you offer this online?
Yep! I also offer individualized mentoring sessions.
I hope that helps clear up your questions. Please join us!
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.