Classes & Workshops

Saturday September 10th IMG_9547
10:00am – 3:00pm
Open to those who are taking or have taken classes with us in the past.
Open studio fosters connection and learning with others taking our encaustic classes
as well, Open studio allows for in-depth/ additional time to work on your encaustic work.
Potluck… the tea and coffee will be on
Call the studio at 604.940.8303 to register

An introduction to encaustic processoriginalphoto-484874600-347633
September 16th & 17th
10:00am – 4:00pm
I love the versatility of the medium and the possibilities it offers – collage, paint, carve, scrape, glaze, rub. Seemingly unlimited ways to create images and surfaces. The allure of the results is captivating – simple and complex at the same time.
In this two day Encaustic workshop you will be introduced to the encaustic process and the myriad of possibilities it holds, explore some of my favorite techniques and learn ways to incorporate these Encaustic techniques into your work. You will be shown how to incorporate found and personal images into your work through collage and how to enhance your work with image transfer . Creating sumptuous surfaces and texture, exploring mark making techniques, wax application, incising and inlaying. Encaustics will open up new avenues for exploring and developing new approaches to your work. Explore color and creating depth through use of pigmented wax, glazing techniques, tar paint and metallics and leaf.
We will also discuss ways that you can begin to incorporate Encaustics into your work and studio. During the workshop we will discuss studio set up, tools of the trade and studio safety.
The possibilities are endless. Participants are encouraged to bring ephemera, old and handmade papers, and copies of photos, old and new to personalize their work. Suggestion list will be sent upon registration including recommendations of additional items you may want to have on hand for the class.
Basic supplies included….

BIRCH TREES birch trees
Saturday, September 23rd & 24th
In this 2 day workshop, you will guided through the process of creating a one of a kind birch tree encaustic painting. We will begin the first day working directly on our boards and then begin the process of building up layers of wax and pigmented wax to create depth and texture. on the second day will will continue to work in wax and then fine-tune our design and create further detail. some of the techniques we will be covering include, glazing, painting and colour mixing, sgraffito, accretion, working with oil paints and pigment sticks


Saturday, October 14th & 15thMegan MacDonaldPhoto Encaustic
10:00am – 3:00pm

Photo Encaustic with a twist.
A two day encaustic workshop exploring personal imagery and the possiblities with wax. Learn ways to create luminous images through the encaustic process. Some of the processses we will investigate… Photographs and wax, image transfer, image on watercolour, watercolours and wax, printed image, image and fabric, handtinted photos, drawn image and wax. Ways to further enhance and develop images and drawing. Expanding ideas and ways to incorporate your own hand made marks.
Suitable for those new to the encaustic process or those with encaustic experience.
$275.00 plus $25 kit fee

Encaustic Collage
Saturday, October 21 & 22nd

10:00am- 3:00pm
Using collage, beeswax, whimsy and fun we will transform an image of a man’s beast friend, the king of the beasts or the average gal  into an encaustic iconic image. What kind of icon? A mythical goddess? What ever works for you…. fido floating through space, helmet et al from a verse of “Space man” or “Life on Mars”. Maybe a elk gussied up like a woodland fairy? A Zebra with a halo? Why not.
Not too sure where to start? No problem. We will go over design and ideas in class. We will have some images on hand too.
Some of the techniques covered, working larger, creating atmospheric background through colour mixing, glazing, collage, imbedding images, image transfer, incising, working with a stylus, metallics, enhancing colour with the use of pigment sticks, pan pastel, tar paint and oil paint.
Come to workshop with board primed if you would like to do this in the studio, sign up for an open studio prior to the weekend workshop.
Basic studio supplies included…supply list sent upon registration


please contact the studio for class availability

Weekly Acrylic ClassesArt, swap, delta show
September – June
9:30am- Noon   or
1:00pm – 3:30pm

Weekly Encaustic Classes

September – June
11:00am – 2:00pm
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Encaustic workshop,


September – June
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Thursday Session
September – June
11:00am – 2:00pm

Encaustic Exploration is an ongoing weekly class that allows students to work at their own pace and build on techniques and styles that interest them. Each class will begin with a demo or two and then will allow for studio time for students to explore the techniques introduced in the class and explore how to incorporate the technique into their work and create projects based Encausticon these concepts. This class is perfect for those curious about the encaustic process and suitable for all levels.
In this weekly encaustic class, participants will explore and develop techniques in this wonderful, waxy medium. Surface preparation, studio set up and various applications will be covered. Some of the techniques we will cover : embedding & attaching, Image transfer, mixed media, painting.
As students gain knowledge and experience expands, students may wish to incorporate their own, additional, items and colours. Students will be responsible for additional boards they may choose to use and are encouraged to bring their own supplies as they begin to collect them. Further information and supply list available upon registration. Basics are supplied but students will want to begin to add their own pigment sticks, ephemera and other treasures to their creations and supply stash.

Contact us to be notified when our next dates are for the following workshops:

HEART OF MY HEART …. img_2484-1IMG_1527

Create a sweet encaustic heart themed panel using beeswax medium, pigment sticks and panpastels.
participants will explore a variety of encaustic techniques to create a unique personalized panel. Once the encaustic medium is applied to the board, colour will be deepened by by adding additional layers to create depth and interest. Panel will be incised and enhanced and finished with pigment stick and metallic powders. Sound overwhelming? don’t fret we will walk you through it step by step. Suitable for all levels from beginners to exprienced artists.
All supplies included

Encaustic Burn Exploration – IMG_3631IMG_3630

10:00am – 3:00pm
Burn, baby burn…
In this encaustic workshop we will be exploring a variety encaustic burn techniques. On the first day we will explore several techniques on smaller boards and on the second day, we will create a larger piece using techinques covered on the first day.
Burns can be the main focus of a piece or they can be an exciting element in your art work. Burns can be used to create significant drama in your work.
Some of the techniques we will be covering includes: Use of shellacs, various ways of pigmenting shellac, wet and dry burns.
Wood burns, wood glue burns. Encaustic accretion and shellac techniques.