Immerse yourself in encaustic; explore your inner self

Forget your inhibitions and immerse yourself in the creative process in a studio custom-built for encaustic painting in Portland, Oregon. Play with fire, make a mess, and enjoy the spontaneity and unpredictability of painting with encaustic, an ancient art form using beeswax, resin and pigment (and torches!). Expand on your visual vocabulary and technique skill sets to break new ground in your artistic process.

Students are met where they’re at as far as interest, technique, and skill set. Workshops are group-based, one-on-one, or customized for your private group.

In this supportive environment, you can discover a deeply metaphorical process and explore your own internal landscapes to find your unique artistic voice. 

Fall Workshops

There are several workshops coming up with limited space available. Sign up for a one or two day encaustic painting workshop, These workshops are appropriate for both beginners and experienced painters as we cover a wide range of techniques. I will cover the basic encaustic painting process and expand on these techniques and art concepts to find your personal voice and explore the versatility of this ancient medium. Instruction will cover a wide range of techniques, explore many approaches and follow the flow of students’ individual interests as well as foundational art concepts.

PORTLAND OPEN STUDIO REGISTRATION SPECIAL!! Up to 20% off all workshops if you register during Portland Open Studio Tour!

Fall Painting Workshops

Encaustic Workshops: 5 hour encaustic workshops cover both the basics and move quickly into the advanced techniques based on the students interests. Great for both beginners and experienced painters. Discount for multiple workshop registration. $225, all supplies included

October 26th, Saturday, 11-4

November 3rd, Sunday, 11-4

November 17th, Sunday, 11-4 (Photo + Encaustic students may add this workshop as a second day for $90)

Photo + Encaustic Workshops: In this brand-new workshop, elevate your photography by using encaustic and other media; bring your work to a new level of interest and mystery. Encaustic is an unexpected way to add vibrant color and texture to black and white images. We’ll explore new frontiers, working specifically to elevate your photographs to finished compositions, with a discussion on content and intention.

November 16th, Saturday, 11-4

Weekend Intensives

November 9-10th, Saturday & Sunday, 11-4. Two day exploration in Encaustic - an opportunity to delve deeper into advanced techniques, discuss content, artists voice and strategies to problem solve to resolution unfinished work. $320

Oil & Cold Wax Workshops

December 7th and 8th, Saturday & Sunday, 11-4. Two day exploration of OIL AND COLD WAX- another layering and dynamic medium you are guaranteed to fall in love with! Suggested supplies will be listed in confirmation email. $320

Sundays, 2-5pm. I offer a rotating 3 hour Encaustic Painting Classes where I cover technique basics, do demos and answer any questions about the process while you have access to explore materials and experiment. $150, all materials included. Contact Kelly for availability.

Open Studio Sessions

Times available Tuesday, Wednesday, and most Sundays. Contact me for times, details and restrictions. Multiple mediums offered. Come work independently or book instruction time in encaustic, cold wax and oil, acrylic, figure drawing or a combination of multiple media combinations.

How to register

Click to register by paying either the deposit or class fee in full, noting which session you wish to reserve. Directions and other details will be emailed the week of the class, but feel free to contact Kelly with any questions.

Independent scheduling is available. Contact Kelly to discuss days, times, and pricing. Discounts given for multiple workshops.

Private Therapeutic Sessions

Do you want to go deeper and find a visual expression around personal issues and process? Let Kelly guide you as you discover your visual vocabulary to express your personal narrative. A great adjunct to deeper personal work and therapy. 

Book your appointment today by using the Private Session option. $60 hr. 2hr minimum, 4hr maximumo8/.

Custom Classes

The studio schedule is very flexible and customizable for private and group sessions. Custom class possibilities are endless: past custom workshop focuses have included parent/child bonding, team building, and simply friends getting together for a new self-care experience. Customizable time is also available for private technique instruction or assistance in project completion. Contact Kelly with scheduling inquiries.

Gift a Workshop

A unique experience makes memories that last a lifetime. If you’d like to give a workshop as a gift, please purchase via one of the options. Note in the purchase that it is a gift and leave the contact information of the recipient so they will receive detailed class instructions and information. Contact Kelly with questions.


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Photo Encaustic Workshop
190.00 225.00
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Encaustic Essentials: 3 Hours
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Encaustic: 5 Hour Expanded Workshop
190.00 225.00
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Weekend Oil and Coldwax Medium Exploration
270.00 320.00
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