2019 Spring Classes & Workshops

Posted March 11, 2019

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.

Drop-In Night

We have a new Drop-In Night for Northwest Encausatic Alum. If you have taken classes at Northwest Encaustic in the past and would like time to work on projects you can drop in at the studio on the 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month starting in February. From 6-10 PM we will offer an open studio for $45.00 per night, per student. We will provide the space, paint, and tools and students will bring their own panels to paint on. We will not be offering instruction during these time, just studio time. Large panels or large bodies of work will need to be negotiated with management prior to open studio night.

Studio Drop-In
Prerequisite: NWE Alum
3rd & 4th Thursday of the month

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, 3/23/19 - 3/24/19
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, 4/6/19 - 4/7/19
10am – 6pm
Number of sessions: 2
$220.00   (10% early discount)

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, 4/12/19 - 6/7/19
No class Memorial Weekend
6 – 10pm
Number of sessions: 8
$430.00   (10% early discount)

Encaustic on Clay Sculpture

In this workshop you will spend the first weekend at Stephanie Hargrave's West Seattle studio creating clay works; sculptures, slabs, vessels, or any form you'd like to paint later with wax. During the weekday interval Stephanie will fire these creations and bring them to the Northwest Encaustic studio for the 2nd weekend to paint the creations with encaustic medium.

Stephanie Hargrave
Prerequisite: Basic understanding and ability to hand build clay objects
Sat-Sun, 4/20/19 - 4/21/19
and 4/27/19 - 4/28/19
10am–6pm / Sessions: 4
$480.00 + $35 materials fee 
(10% early discount)

Finding Your Way —
how to be a more effective artist

This class is designed to guide the artist towards expanded goals and ideas, and to achieve and help clarify intent and focus. Techniques and assignments specifically crafted for each student and their work, including narratives, and or themes will be provided. The limited class size will allow for personal attention as well as group discussion and critique.

Class size is restricted to 6. Must have basic understanding of working with encaustic. Other media can be explored in combination with encaustic.

Larry Calkins
Prerequisite: None
Sat-Sun, 5/18/19 - 5/19/19
10am – 6pm
Number of sessions: 2

Photography in Encaustic

Take your art to new dimensions by learning to combine the ancient art of encaustics with modern photography and printing techniques. This course will cover paper use and selection, mounting techniques and materials, encaustic pouring and painting techniques, and use of other methods such as glazing, scraping, and photocopy transfer. Proper tools and safety procedures will be discussed. Fees will cover two giclee prints as well as mounting panels.

Daniel Santjer
Prerequisite: None
Friday 6/7/19, 10am – 5:30pm
Sat-Sun 6/8/19 - 6/9/19
10am – 6pm
Number of sessions: 3
$425.00   (10% early discount)
$35 material fee included

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