Experience the magic of this ancient art form!

Every class provides students with hands-on instruction, demonstrations and plenty of time to explore new ideas. Encaustic painting classes are perfect for a group gathering, date night, team building or individual adventure. Classes take place at Castlehill Studio in Walnut Creek or at Arts Benicia in Benicia, CA.

All measures are taken to maintain a clean and sanitized workspace. Face masks are required in my studio

4-Hour Class
5-Hour Workshop
6-Hour Workshop
8-Hour Workshop

* Workshops 8+ hours may be scheduled as a two day event. Inquire for pricing for 10 -12 hour workshops.

Beginner Encaustic  Class or previous experience required before taking some courses

All students must be mature 18+ years old

All materials included, with additional cradle boards available for purchase

Payment due by date of class using cash, credit card, PayPal or ApplePay


Beginning Encaustic Painting

Come experience the freedom of painting with encaustic wax. This medium’s luminous qualities will have you hooked in no time. Students will learn about studio and propane torch safety, and are introduced to supplies and history of the encaustic medium. Demonstrations and instruction of various brush, fusing techniques and texture building, followed with time for you to create your own artwork. No experience necessary.


Best Box

Learn the basics of painting layers and melding colors. Similar to Beginning Encaustic Painting, students will learn about studio and popane torch safety, and are introduced to the history of this medium. The main focus will be to build and move layers of paint. Substrates include practice boards, and the final project is a wooden box. No experience necessary.


Clear Cut Design

Fill up your carved designs with color and texture. Students will paint using alternative methods in this class. Akin to drawing and coloring, you will learn how to fill your designs using a hot stylus, a painterly style and batik tjanters. Beginning Encaustic Painting, or other encaustic experience necessary.

In Sync with Ink

Pigment based inks are safe and fun to use with the encaustic medium. In this class, students will learn techniques with inks as a base and within the confines of their layers. There will be plenty of time to explore how the ink can be manipulated through dilution, with painting tools, or by scraping and fusing. Beginning Encaustic Painting, or other encaustic experience necessary.


Luminous Layers

Learn how to reveal embeded papers, photographs and other collage materials through layers of clear encaustic medium. Create depth and rich visual layers that cohesively fit together into one painting. Instruction includes painting instruction, paper manipulation and layering. Learn how to incorporate oil sticks and pan pastels to enhance the surfaces of your paintings. I encourage you to bring your own papers, photos and collage materials. Beginning Encaustic Painting, or other encaustic experience necessary.


Make Your Mark

Get ready to scratch, slash and stipple using a multitude of tools from Awls to Zippers! Students will learn how to formulate designs using mark making tools and draw inspiration from lines found within their paintings. Paint and fuse encaustic layers while adding unique marks using sgraffito - the art of carved lines. No previous experience necessary.


Metallic Shine!  

In this class all that glistens is gold! Get your bling on and learn how to apply and manipulate metallic media with encaustic paint - such as gold leaf, leafing pens, metallic encaustic paint, transfer foil, metallic paste, powdered pigments and oil pastels. Your instructor will teach and demonstrate layering, stamping, scraping and revealing embedded metallic imagery. Beginning Encaustic Painting, or other encaustic experience necessary.


Mini Series 

Good things come in small packages, and it's true! In this class, students will create a series of works on 3x3, 4x4 or 5x5 inch boards. Each painting will relate by color, texture, line or theme. You decide, you are the artist! A series could be as few as 3 paintings, or as many as 12. Students will learn brush techniques, color theory and texture tools, and there will be plenty of time to experiment. No previous experience necesary.

Photo Transfer & Mirrored Images

A picture is worth a thousand words... So, learn how to prepare various surfaces to receive black & white imagery or text using a photocopier, charcoal, carbon papers and typewriter tape. Students will also explore the process of adding color to their images using oil sticks and pastels. Beginning Encaustic Painting, or other encaustic experience necessary.


Photo Encaustic Painting

Picture this - You, adding luscious layers of encaustic paint to your next photography project. This class won't make you a movie star, but you will artistically build on a great image to create a new masterpiece. Light up your original photographs while adding a 3-dimensional aspect that draws your viewer in with amazement. Students will learn the basics of encaustic painting and the unique style of painting on photographs. No previous experience necesary.


Print and Pattern

Stamping in encaustic paint shows off depth and structure. It also creates beautiful patterns that accentuate the features of your painting. In this class, students will learn how to use metal, wood and linoleum stamps, as well as how to create layers of patters with a gel plate. Beginning Encaustic Painting, or other encaustic experience necessary.


Ring of Fire
I think Johnny Cash knew what he was talking about when he compared love to a ring of fire, because you will LOVE this “hot” class! Students will explore wood burning & stamping, burned embedded imagery and how to create texture with burned surfaces. Beginning Encaustic Painting, or other encaustic experience necessary.


Shellac 101

Let's set stuff on fire! Burning shellac on encaustic paint creates a beautiful webbed pattern. It adds visual interest, shine and definition to encaustic art. Instruction is given on how to apply shellac colors, safely set the shellac on fire and fuse the shellac in a thoughtful way. Experiment using design basics with this versatile medium. Beginning Encaustic Painting, or other encaustic experience necessary.


Shellac – Beyond Basics

This class is for students who have basic experience with shellac burns and are ready to explore new techniques and improve their skills in mastering the manipulation of this medium. Students will learn how to mix Shellac colors, write or draw with shellac and alter results by addling other media to these surfaces. There will be a focus on layering shellac in a way that enhances the overall painting. Beginning Encaustic Painting, or other encaustic experience necessary.


Studio Session

Studio Sessions are a benefit for experienced students only; Beginning Encaustic is a prerequisite. Studio hours are offered monthly, and may be used for students who want to brush up on their skills or to play with paint and relax - creating art that you love. Melissa is available to answer questions, but no new techniques are taught during studio hours. Stay as little or as long as the session allows. Bring your projects, or buy boards from the studio. Studio costs $25/hour. Boards are extra. Beginning Encaustic Painting, or other encaustic experience necessary.


Water Ways

Surf's up in this class where students learn encaustic painting basics, and then dive into making waves. In this course students are taught specific techniques to build layers, create translucent splash marks and 

Wax On, Wax Off

You don't have to watch Cobra Kai to embrace your inner Karate Kid. Sign up for my new encaustic monotype class. In this course you will learn how to apply color and create special effects using blocks of color on an R&F hot plate. The encaustic plate is used to create beautiful monotypes - a mirror vision, one-of-a-kine print. Students will experiment with different papers, and explore texture tools. No experience necessary.

Happy students = satisfied teacher
Taught my Ring of Fire class last week
Playing with everyday items as design el
Students hard at work on Making Their Ma
This weekend, one of the photo transfer