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Encaustic Workshops:
& Intermediate

Beginning Encaustic Workshop. Learn the basics of encaustic painting in this  2 hour workshop taught by Leah Svendsen. There is a maximum of 4 students per workshop. You'll be introduced to the tools and techniques of encaustic painting, adding texture and pigment as you build up layers of wax and resin. Due to the use of hot wax and heat guns, this class is for people age 12 and above. You'll leave the workshop with two small paintings of your own creation and a good understanding of the encaustic painting process. All materials are included in the workshop cost, which is $150 for the 2 hour evening class and includes complimentary adult beverages for those 21 and over. Book by clicking the button below, stop by the shop or give us a call at 541-432-1911.

Intermediate Encaustic Workshop. Already taken my Beginning course? Explore other techniques while working larger. In this two hour workshop, you'll complete an 11x14 painting on cradled birch panel, with the option for more pieces if time allows. We'll use the skills you learned in the first class and add to that, learning pan pastel application and the use of india inks and pigment sticks. Students are welcome to bring some collage elements to experiment with (one-sided thin papers are best, no bigger than about 2" x 2"). With a maximum of two students in this class, you'll have more one on one time to help bring your idea to fruition. All materials are included, as well as complimentary adult beverages. This course is $250. To book the Intermediate workshop, contact Leah by emailing, chatting, calling, or stop by the store. Dates are flexible.

What is Encaustic Painting?

Origins of Encaustic Painting

The word "encaustic" comes from the Latin "encaustikos" which means to burn in. This is part of the process of painting with the encaustic medium of beeswax and tree resin. Each layer added must be fused to the underlayer or "burned in". 

In the 5th century B.C., the Greeks used a similar method to seal their wooden boats, leading to other artists using the process in various works. The Egyptians used wax and resin to paint funeral portraits starting in the 4th century B.C. These would be attached to the mummy as a way of helping the spirits of the passed individual locate their body for the afterlife.

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