2017 Winter Classes & Workshops

Posted December 23, 2016

To register for a class or workshop send us an e-mail and let us know the class you are interested in as well as a check to our mailing address, or use the PayPal interface below.

As a bonus incentive, NW Encaustic offers great discounts on early enrollments. Payments received at least 1 calendar week prior to the class will receive a 10% discount on the listed price of the class! Please also read our Cancellation & Refund Policy at the bottom of the page.

Please note that all classes are designed for adults, anyone interested in signing up under 18 years of age needs to get prior approval.

Visit the Studio page if you're interested in learning more about the space and our rental program, or View the Studio Calendar for current and upcoming class listings and studio rental opportunities.

8 Weeks of Wax

This eight-week encaustic class is suitable for new and experienced encaustic artists. You will be introduced to the basics of encaustic painting with demonstrations of new techniques each week. You will explore traditional encaustic techniques as well as stenciling, collage, solvent transfers, working with glue and shellac, and encaustic on paper and cloth.

Shaun Doll
Prerequisite: None
Fridays, 2/3/17 - 3/24/17
Number of sessions: 8
$430.00   (10% early discount)

Monotypes in Encaustic

Create one-of-a-kind prints layering with pigmented beeswax and powdered pigments. Exploit the natural translucency that occurs with the saturation of the beeswax into the paper. Explore the drawn line, the painterly mark and the unpredictability of the printmaking process. Develop techniques working with heat and the relationship to surface and texture. Make a series of related prints in this two-day workshop. This process does not require a press.

Daniel Santjer
Prerequisite: None
Sat-Sun, 2/11/17 - 2/12/17
Number of sessions: 2
$185.00   (10% early discount)

Encaustic Collage

In this workshop you will build collages and mixed media works on panels and on paper. Collage with encaustic wax is a fast, reversible and simple alternative to working with glues. You will explore collage with a variety of papers and cloth. There will be examples of altering materials and surface, stenciling as well as transfer techniques. Collage materials will be fused to the surface working with an iron, heat gun or a torch.

Larry Calkins
Prerequisite: None
Sat-Sun, 3/4/17 - 3/5/17
Number of sessions: 2
$220.00   (10% early discount)

Beginning Encaustic

This 2 day encaustic class is suitable for students new to this exciting medium. You will be introduced to the basics of encaustic painting with demonstrations of traditional and contemporary techniques. You will explore stenciling, collage, solvent transfers, working with glue and shellac. A brief history of the medium as well as basic instruction on safety. Bring your sense of adventure and go home with some art.

Kirsten Wilhelm
Prerequisite: None
Sat-Sun, 3/11/17 - 3/12/17
10am – 6pm
Number of sessions: 2
$220.00   (10% early discount)

Encaustic on Clay Workshop

This workshop is for the clay artist who is interested in exploring wax as a surface. Some simple clay forms will be available, but students are encouraged to bring their own bisque fired clay works to finish in wax. A variety of techniques will be demonstrated, including applying and fusing the wax, burnishing in paper, incising, adding fabric, and exploring both opacity and transparency.

Stephanie Hargrave
Prerequisite: None
Sat-Sun, 3/25/17 - 3/26/17
Number of sessions: 2
$220.00   (10% early discount)

NWE Cancellation & Refund Policy

Withdrawals and refunds – If Northwest encaustic cancels a class students will receive a full refund. Students who withdraw two weeks or more prior to the first day of class will receive a full refund minus a $15.00 drop fee and a $10.00 processing fee. Students who withdraw fewer than two weeks prior to a class will not receive a refund.

Missed Classes – There are no discounts or refunds for missed classes.

Drop Fee – A $15.00 fee is applied to each class that is dropped after registration. This fee does not apply to students who add a class within the same quarter.

Class Cancellation – All classes not meeting the minimum enrollment one week prior to the start date may be cancelled. Northwest Encaustic will contact students in affected class and offer refunds or placement in an additional class.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the above policies prior to registering for a class. E-mails can be sent to