Encaustic Painting Workshops | Photo Encaustic Workshops | Encaustic Collage Workshops

On Demand Video Courses:

Basics of Encaustic Painting

Encaustic Mixed Media and Collage

Photo Encaustic Class

In Person Classes in Encaustic Painting:

9/13-11/8 (no class 9/27) 8 weeks

Encaustic Mixed Media: marks and patterns Class Workshop -class is full

La Grange Art League

In this class we explore working with encaustic paints, pigment (oil) sticks, collage applications, and other forms of mixed media with encaustic. Taking cues from the natural world around us, we will draw inspiration from patterns appearing from everything from leaves to rust.

Each class will build upon the skills from the prior week – so students should be prepared to work on paintings over multiple sessions. We will have one class making our own rusted and dyed papers to include in our works. Each class will include an informal group critique, as well as one on one time to talk about layout, composition, and color.

A $45 supply fee will be due at the first class to cover shared materials, tools, and paints, students will need to supply their own medium and substrates. See supply list for details.


In Person Workshops in Encaustic Painting and Photo Encaustic:

September 27th - 30th, 2021

Photo + Encaustic: Layers, Surface, and Substrate - 1 spot open

Peninsula School of Art

Fish Creek, WI

This workshop is designed for both painters and photographers interested in gaining new skills and pushing the boundaries of their studio practice through the combination of encaustic and photography. Explore a range of subject matter, as well as a variety of surfaces on which to create work. Demonstrations introduce you to the basics of encaustic painting and digital printing, while ample working time and one-on-one conversations with Sarah provide hands-on practice and time to discuss thematic and aesthetic concepts. Learn how to set up your workspace and use the materials and equipment safely, as well as explore painting techniques and fusing methods.

November 11th to 14th, 2021

Photo Encaustic: Advanced Image Alterations

LaGrange Art League

LaGrange, IL

This workshop will explore ways to further alter our photographic images to include in our paintings. The first day will start with a series of exercises on sample images and papers to explore methods of image alterations such as painting with water media, inks, image deconstruction, even stitching and collage. After we explore these alterations, Sarah will consult with students individually on the images they want to work with and we will the print on site with a variety of paper types. The remainder of the workshop will be a combination of demonstrations of ways to work with encaustic and student work time. Throughout the workshop we will focus on working with monochromatic or black and white photos in order to explore various other materials and methods to add in controlled color and tones. Building layer upon layer to create rich and tactile surfaces that will push final works into a true sense of the term mixed media.

Experi­ence with encaustic is not needed for this class, however, prior art marking experience will be helpful.

We will be limiting registration to 5 students to give everyone a safe distance to work.

March 11th to 13th, 2022

Encaustic Collage and Image Transfers

Tubac School of Art, Tubac, AZ

Encaustic and paper are an incredibly versatile match and, with the addition of

pigment sticks and other materials, we will create works with an optical depth,

luminosity, and a painterly quality. Paper will be the foundation of our pieces which will serve as rich backgrounds for transferring photographic images on the surface. 

Basics of studio safety, substrate options,

painting techniques, and archival work methods will be covered. All base

mediums and paints as well as eco-dye supplies will be provided, but students

will be encouraged to bring a variety of found papers and other materials to use.

No prior experience with encaustic painting required, but general art-making

experience is helpful.

Save the Date on these 2022 workshops (registration opening soon!)

April 22-23 2022

Intro to Encaustic Painting

Fine Line, St Charles, IL

June 17-18, 2022

Intro To Encaustic Painting

Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI

September 26-29, 2022

Wax, Paper, Scissors: Encaustic Collage and Mixed Media

Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI