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Encaustic Intensive Courses

Encaustic Courses are offered in three levels of instruction throughout the year. 

Please choose the course to best fit your experience with Encaustic Art.

Essential Encaustic:
How to Paint with Wax

In this class, we will touch on the history of encaustic while making our own 6”x6” masterpieces (more than one!) with encaustic medium and paints. We’ll explore various ways to prep boards, adjusting the opacity of the wax, making a smooth surface, making a textured surface, stencils, digging in to reveal or to fill, fusing techniques and so much more. You will have a few things to bring — you either already have most or can easily gather — and then we will get busy melting and painting. No experience is necessary, other than a willingness to learn and get waxy.


Extended Encaustic:
Continued Exploration

This class is designed for those who need a refresher or are ready for more! However, if you haven’t taken any encaustic classes, please come anyway. If you are willing to jump in and catch up, this will still be a great experience. We will touch on the basics and then move into a few more advanced techniques such as image transfers, incorporating other paint media, embedding, and more! I will provide plenty of 6”x6” boards, but if you’d like to work larger, you may bring your own cradle boards or panels up to 10”x10” (or any rectangle-size of 100 square inches or less).

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Expressive Encaustic:
Go further! Dig deeper!

Building on previous encaustic experience, we will work larger and with more intention. This will be a smaller class (limited to four students) encouraging more dialogue and more one-on-one instruction. For this class you will bring your own cradle boards (no larger than 24” in either direction) to work on. I will provide everything else including a few 6”x6” boards to get us started and to refresh your art muscles. We will go over techniques and tools and then dive in to honing in on your intent and imagination. Note: YOU MUST have taken an encaustic class prior to this class.


Essential Encaustic
Course Dates

Tuesday & Wednesday

April 2 & 3, 2024

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Course Cost

$280 for the course

$50 materials fee*

*Non-Refundable $50 payment

must be made to hold your place.

Extended Encaustic
Course Dates

Friday & Saturday

August 2 & 3, 2024

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Course Cost

$280 for the course

$50 materials fee*

*Non-Refundable $50 payment must be made to hold your place.

Expressive Encaustic
Course Dates

Coming Soon!

Course Cost

$350 for the course

$60 materials fee*

*Non-Refundable $60 payment must be made to hold your place.

Guest Instructor

Michele Messenger


Michele is an enthusiastic encaustic artist, eager to share all she knows (and doesn’t know) about this most flexible art practice. She fell in love with encaustic after meeting Victoria Eubanks at an art show, taking her classes, then volunteering as her assistant (and open studio room mother) when Victoria taught at Art Students League of Denver. Michele has been producing and selling her graphic and whimsical artwork since 2015. She says her favorite part of working with wax is the endless directions it can go and how satisfying and forgiving the entire process is. Michele is a freelance graphic designer and finds painting with wax to be a perfect complement to her design work and
vice versa! She is represented at two galleries in the Denver area, participates in summer art shows, and is giddy about teaching at Outside the Box Studio.

Michele Messenger is an R&F Certified Instructor

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