Amazing encaustic art for two people



During the workshop you will learn the techniques of encaustic wax painting. Phil will demonstrate and show you how to use this fantastic medium and you will produce several wax paintings which are yours to keep.

By the end of the day you will be able to use the tools of encaustic wax painting to produce your own work. Fantasy castles, unbelievable abstracts, fabulous flowers, landscapes, cityscapes even figurative work - all this and much more awaits. Phil provides a fun and informative workshop but be warned this form of art is highly addictive.

The course will take place in my art studio overlooking my garden which is in the pretty village of Wilstone near the Grand Union canal and the Wilstone reservoirs nature reserve, Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire border. Easy, free parking available.

My cottage is two doors away from a picturesque pub which serves excellent affordable fayre.

Phil Madley is a specialist encaustic wax artist and not only teaches but does demonstrations and talks to art groups and societies throughout Southern England. He successfully exhibits his work mainly in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. Phil has a City & Guilds certificate in teaching adults and has experience teaching in colleges, art groups and working with individuals. He has taught at Missenden Abbey - Summer schools and evening classes. Phil is a very creative and enthusiastic teacher and not only will you learn a great deal but it will be a fun and informative day. Prepare to be amazed.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

- A brief introduction to encaustic art over a coffee.
- Use of all encaustic art tools, specialist iron, hot stylus, hot air gun, hot plate scriber, coloured waxes and encaustic card all included.
- 2.5 hours of tuition, break for lunch followed by a further 2 hours of tuition.
- All artwork you produce is yours to keep.
- Free tea/coffee all day.

Alternatively there is a shorter 2 hour taster session course for individuals or maximum of two people. Details can be found by clicking on 'more courses run at this centre' below


Phil Madley at Phil Madley

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50 Tring Road
HP23 4PD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel


5 hours (10:30am to 4:30pm)

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Jo and Lara - - #35534

What a brilliant day. My 12 year old daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our day and were amazed at what we could achieve in the day. Phil is an excellent teacher and made us feel very welcome. We enjoyed the art form so much that we have bought the starter kit and we can't wait to have another go at home. We will definitely be back for another training session so that we can expand our knowledge. Thanks Phil.

Response from Phil Madley:

Thank you. Thank you. Look forward to taking you on the next steps of your encaustic journey. You probably don’t realise but this review has taken me to Platinum level. Also big Thankyou to all the people that reviewed my course x

Zahra wahab - - #35293

This was a thoroughly enjoyable course. Phil was a great teacher, very encouraging. We made some excellent pieces of work which I am looking forward to framing. I hope to try some more advanced techniques in the future.

Response from Phil Madley:

Thank you so much Zahra, glad you enjoyed yourselves.

Julie - - #35010

Highly recommend. Had a great day learning to create wonderful pictures.

Response from Phil Madley:

Ah thanks Julie glad you enjoyed it. Cheers Phil

Karen - - #34792

Bought the introdution to encaustic wax art for my friend for her birthday, great morning out - both complete beginners Phil was very patient and knowledgeable and above all else made us laugh and had a great sense of humour (considering we turned up an hour early!!) All in all a really fun class, learnt loads and have already siged up for the starter pack which means I'll be back!! Thanks Phil

Response from Phil Madley:

Thanks Karen for your kind review.
So glad you both enjoyed yourselves and learnt so much in a short space of time. Looking forward to seeing you again, will be in touch. Hadn't noticed you were an hour early...wondered who on earth was knocking on my door, certainly woke me up ; )
Cheers Phil

Angela Reid-Richards - - #34781

Phil is full of beans and extremely enthusiastic... he is very good at encouraging you and teaches all different ways to use an iron! Brilliant :) I learnt a lot and am excited about breaking open my starter kit! I would definitely recommend this course for anyone that wants to learn to use wax in art.

Response from Phil Madley:

Hi Min
Thanks for the review, much appreciated.
Glad you enjoyed it. Hope to see you again.
Cheers Phil

Michèle Petri - - #31373

Phil came to our Art club to give a demo Re Encaustic Art. It was so informative and inspiring... 100% enjoyed by all.....I couldn’t wait to go to one of his workshops. .... which I did with my sister -in -law who was a complete art novice.
What a brilliant day.... we learnt such a lot and it was so entertaining with Phil. Tea or coffee flowed and time passed all too quickly .... Phil had hardly any time for lunch as we were keen to keep absorbing his knowledge and expertise!

We can’t wait to go again although I think Phil might need plenty of warning!What a charming chap with a great sense of humour. We can’t recommend Phil s workshops enough both at his lovely cottage or at an Art club. ...... we re hooked !

Response from Phil Madley:

Thank you for such a great review.
I am so pleased that you both enjoyed it so much.
It is very rewarding when people enjoy the day, and also come away with a feeling of achievement and learning.
It’s a win, win situation especially when we laughed so much…hopefully you can fit in another visit some time.

Peter Russell - - #31345

I had to wait awhile for this course due to lockdown but well worth the waiting for. Phil is a great teacher and so enthusiastic about
His art you cant help but have a good time. I learned a lot and framed some my pictures.The hours flashed by and i want to do another day. Its on my Christmas list.

Response from Phil Madley:

Thanks Peter, I am glad it was worth the wait. Look forward to seeing you in 2021 hopefully without the restrictions. So much more to do creatively and maybe without my visor. Cheers Phil.

Jane Crabb - - #29691

Had a fabulous time learning about encaustic wax at the taster session. It was a great gift and something different from the usual flowers/perfume. Phil gave clear and relaxed guidance of the basic techniques. As a result, I enjoyed practising the basic techniques and even had some samples to take home.
Thank you Phil for a lovely morning.

Response from Phil Madley:

Thank you for the kind review and so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Hopefully see you both again sometime. Cheers and Best Wishes Phil.

Emma - - #27339

I recently attended Phil's taster course with some girls from work and it was brilliant fun! You don't even need to be particularly artistic to get stuck in and get some great professional looking results. The course covered some very simple but highly effective techniques and certainly left us wanting to come back and explore the medium further with some different ideas and methods.

Pub a few doors up was excellent too and the locals were all lovely & friendly. Can't wait to come back and try it again...The 2 hours just flies by, so go for the longer one if you are able!
Thanks again for a brilliant time and for being such a great teacher who explained everything really well and had time to really work one to one with us all...

Response from Phil Madley:

Wow Thanks Emma, you were a fun trio. As you know I don't normally teach three but you talked me into it. Look forward to seeing you all again.
If you come for the day make sure you book the pub for lunch, it can get quite busy, unless you come in the summer when there are extra tables in the garden...unless of course it's raining.

Linda Pullan - - #24289

I enrolled onto the two hour taster course for Encaustic Wax Art with Phil on a one to one basis as I had no previous experience of using hot wax.

I was absolutely delighted with the course.

Phil is an excellent teacher. He gave clear instructions on how to go through each step and was on hand to give extra help and feedback. He made the course fun and really interesting.

During the course I was able to learn all about how to use the wax and 5 different techniques. The examples that I worked on I was able to take away with me which will be very useful for when I practice what I have learned.

I found using the hot wax wonderfully relaxing and there is so much more to learn.

I will definitely return for further tuition once I have got some practice in and I would not hesitate to recommend this course to others.

Thank you Phil for a great course.

Response from Phil Madley:

Thank you Lin. We certainly achieved a lot in only a couple of hours. Time does fly especially when learning is fun. See how you get on with your tools but if there is anything you want don't hesitate to contact me. Next time you come bring your iron etc so I can test it out. Cheers Phil.

Christine Harvey - - #24293

I had a full day with Phil learning techniques and producing artworks I didn't think possible. He is an excellent teacher and the examples of his own work on view are inspiring. I enjoyed every minute of it and have already booked another day. I cannot recommend the course more highly (I'm off to have a play with my starter kit).

Response from Phil Madley:

Thank you Christine. So glad you enjoyed yourself and you did some great work in a relatively short space of time. I look forward to seeing your creations when we next meet. Hope you enjoy the painting you bought it is nice to know it has gone to a good home. Cheers Phil.

Julia - - #23841

My 11 year old son and I had the most amazing day this week with Phil on his Encaustic Wax day. We loved the whole day and came away so inspired and energised from all we had learnt. Phil led us through all the different techniques and then we created lots of our own pictures. It was wonderful to learn something completely new - something that we had never heard of before. We couldn't resist buying a starter pack! We spent most of yesterday making our own creations at home and we're thrilled with our results. We plan to make lots of our pictures into cards and I don't think I will ever need to buy a card again! As my 11 year old said, 'I have now found a new hobby.' Thank you Phil!

Response from Phil Madley:

Thank you for the great review, it was a pleasure teaching you but I think you are both naturals and so keen you did encaustic art the next day too...

Lynne Brown - - #23741

My daughter, grand-daughter and I had a great day with Phil at his studio in the gorgeous village of Wilstone on Saturday. We came home with about 8 samples and a finished picture that combined all of the techniques that Phil had shown us throughout the day. We were surprised how many lovely effects we could achieve without any previous experience. Phil is very generous in the way he shares his talent and is also funny and hospitable. We had a great time.

Response from Phil Madley:

Glad you all enjoyed yourselves, and it did all work out fine, with the three of you. Hope to see you again sometime. Best Wishes to you all.

Tracey Spivey - - #23496

Phil is fantastic, he explains everything really well and demonstrates what you are going to do.
He is full of inspiration and offers hands on help.
Really enjoyed the taster session and am hooked now.
Will most definitely book another course and would recommend everyone to have a go

Response from Phil Madley:

Thank you Tracey, too kind. I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves.
It means a lot to me. Cheers Phil.

Kim - - #20753

My friend and I had a most enjoyable day learning all about encaustic wax. I was surprised how much we learnt and achieved in just one day! Phil is an excellent teacher. Passionate about this art form and very encouraging. The day was great fun as well as educational. This is such an enjoyable and easy art for to do, even if you don't feel like you're the 'creative' type you will be able to produce something that's absolutely unique and beautiful. I thoroughly recommend Phil's course and my friend and I look forward to returning for more encaustic fun!

Marc and Jane Hancock - - #20194

Jane and I both enjoyed the tuition very much. A very relaxed and fun learning environment. All we have to do now is find the time to practice all those amazing techniques that Phil was good enough to let us in on.
The day went very quickly, too quickly really, so we will have to get back to Phil's for further tuition, maybe using the hot air techniques too.

You can see what the many years of Phils experience can achieve, something to work towards ha ha.


Jane & Terry - - #19924

My husband treated my dad & I to a day with Phil learning encaustic art - we had the best time! Phil is a great teacher, he is so patient and such good fun. We managed to come away with some lovely pictures- already framed and on the wall! Thank you Phil - hope you enjoyed the day as much as us!

Margaret - - #19219

My daughter-in-law wanted to try something new so she and I went on the 2 hour taster session for her birthday present; I had done some encaustic wax work with Phil in the distant past. We had a great time learning and practicing techniques and came away enthused to do more and clutching a bundle of mini works of art we had produced. A very relaxed and enjoyable session.

jenny - - #19084

Thank you for such a fun and informative day learning all about this ancient and beautiful art form.
Phil is a great teacher and gives you a lot of encouragement which means you easily learn and can put this into practice on lots of work pieces that show you technique building up to a finished masterpiece where all you learn can be put into the one picture. I was very impressed with the amount that I achieved in a day.

Marian - - #17803

Had a great day with Phil who is an excellent teacher. I especially enjoyed one to one tuition which meant the content and pace were tailored to me. The samples I produced of different techniques and the picture I created have impressed my family. Looking forward to booking another session when I'm ready to expand my skills.

Gilly - - #15725

I don't think I have enjoyed a day so much for ages. I didn't even know what encaustic art was until my friend persuaded me to join her for a day course. It was brilliant. I produced some amazing pictures which I am delighted with and this is now going to be my next hobby! Loved it, loved it, loved it!!

Sylvie Jennings - - #15723

We had a really fun day with Phil today and surprised ourselves with the artwork we produced. Phil creates a very relaxed atmosphere and is a highly skilled artist and teacher. Can’t wait to do more encaustic wax work and look forward to making a return visit.

Rosie Scott-Taggart - - #12199

What can I say that hasn't already been said. Had a great time with a patient and humorous teacher. Despite being a complete novice and not artistically gifted, I came away having done some great pictures. Really looking forward to returning for more. The only downside is that Phil doesn't live in my village. I'd have a lesson every week!

Pam Wilson - - #12177

My friend and I have just done our second all day course with Phil and are already planning for the third! Laughter and fantastic creative art all day! Phil is an excellent teacher whose enthusiasm for his art form sweeps you along to achieve so much more than you thought you could, and encourages you to learn more ways to develop your encaustic art.

sarah clark - - #12149

I surprised myself with what was achieved in a 2 hour taster session. Phil's teaching is superb and it is great value for money. I can't wait to go back and learn more

Jan Pimblett - - #12087

I had a very enlightening and creative workshop day with Phil on Friday 8 December. I am an absolute beginner with encaustic painting but gained in confidence through excellent teaching and lots of enthusiasm from both of us! It was an exciting workshop and I left wanting to do more and explore ideas further. I will be going back for a more advanced class in the New Year which I am greatly looking forward to. I would recommend Phil's workshop to anyone wanting to try out encaustic techniques. It's a great way in to the possibilities of working in this way and excellent value for money.

Karine D. - - #11400

Phil is a great tutor putting you at ease learning the different techniques. I didn't expect to come out of a 2-hour session with such a selection of encaustic wax pieces made by me! Highly recommend it.

Mike - - #11268

Learnt a new skill and inspired me to actually get up a do some art. Great fun. Will no doubt go back for a second session to see what else I can create

Elly van den Heuvel - - #10734

We had a wonderful day yesterday with Phil. We had never tried encaustic wax before but with Phil's expert advice we were able to produce lots of lovely picture straight away. Phil's patience, encouragement and good humour made this day the ideal birthday treat. The only problem is we can't wait to do so more!!

Reg Wilson - - #8604

I recently spent a day with Phil, and although I had dabbled with the basics before, I learned so many more techniques with the various tools and hot air method. Phil made the day entertaining with his good humour, copious amounts of coffee and his
knowledg of the medium. I managed to produce a few creditable images, and really enjoyed my just didn't seem long enough. Thanks Phil.....I'll be back!

Sally Steele - - #8578

I had a great day on Phil's course and learnt lots of new techniques. Phil is an enthusiastic and encouraging tutor and has a great sense of humour. He made the creative experience fun and set the level of challenge just right. I'm hope to return to develop my skills further and use some of the more complex tools.

Aimee Kirkham - - #6726

I have just booked onto my forth workshop with Phil, which should be a testament itself to how truly amazing he is as a tutor and how enjoyable he makes wax encaustic art!

Phil took me through the basics in the first couple of sessions, enabling me to create a beautiful landscape image and then we went through some experimental techniques with a heat gun, which is so much fun. He is ever so patient, explains things excellently (through demonstration and verbally) and has great wit, which makes him very easy company and his own encaustic art is unbelievable - he has a real talent.

If you're anything like me, you won't just want the one session, it's such an addictive art form that I'll be continuing my sessions with Phil for as long as the bank balance allows! I 100% recommend this course for anyone who wants to try a art form that's a bit different and likes experimenting.

Ameeta - - #6104

Wow! What a course! This was my first class in encaustic wax and I was blown away! Phil has a great way of teaching - always humorous and encouraging, and his work is an inspiration! I was amazed at how quickly he taught me to do my first (fairly impressive) wax painting. I enjoyed the day so much that I've already booked my next course!

Nikki Acton - - #5817

I bit the bullet and booked a full day with Phil. I had never done encaustic before but by the end of the day was confident about the medium, the basic techniques and the versatility of the product. Phil explains very well with a little humour thrown in. The great thing about this was the personal nature of the tuition... Phil adapts to his clients needs and is encouraging and supportive. The day was enjoyable, fun and educational - doesn't get better than that! Even had coffee and ginger biscuits too :)

Celia - - #5751

I have been trying to book a course for about 2 years but work kept getting in the way .... Finally last Friday I made it - and it was worth the wait . A great day and Phil is patient and has a great teaching style - I had produced something I was proud of in the first hour and given that I do not consider myself artistic in any way - the running joke is I can't even draw the curtains

Yvonne - - #5719

Had a super day - Phil made the day interesting. Its amazing what pictures you can create with wax and an iron.

jessica benstead - - #5025

Spent the day with Phil, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, I've never done anything like this before and he was really encouraging and explained things well. He has a great sense of humour and in a really lovely village.

I was amazed how many techniques and styles can come out of an iron and wax and I am really impressed with everything I created, I loved that if you did something wrong you could start again so easily or go over it and do something else. He let me be creative we went down the route of things I liked the look of and he showed me some fantastic techniques to try another time.

Would highly recommend as something fun to do, I didn't get messy and I didn't burn myself!

I will be back for more without a doubt!

Alex and Harry - - #2977

My son and I went for an introduction lesson in encaustic wax with Phil. My son is the artist, looking at this technique and media in support of his Art GSCE; I was a rather reluctant taxi Dad. Phil was delightful, enthusiastic and I caught the bug from him. He taught us techniques and we were quickly producing interesting and exciting pictures. Phil not only helped greatly with my son, but he unleashed an inner artist in me. We loved our time and went away with a starter kit and material. We will definitely be heading back for more instruction and guidance. A delight and I would recommend Phil to anyone who wishes to learn or like me find a new hobby/interest.

Helen Smith - - #2178

I chose this course as it has a five star rating by other folk who have been on Phil's course and I was not disappointed. I went with my 13 year old daughter for a fun, creative day out and we had a fantastic time. Everything the blurb says is true! It is quick, easy and the results are amazing. Phil is so patient and the beauty of just being the 2 of us is that you can go at your own speed. We travelled down from Lincolnshire and the course was worth every penny. I would highly recommend Phil to anyone. His years of experience in both the encaustic wax and teaching really show and made it a brilliant day. Thanks Phil.

SSs - - #1555

I did a 1-2-1 taster class with Phil and had an very enjoyable day. He has a very fun teaching style and fitted lots into the day. I left having learnt many techniques and had plenty of time to practice under his excellent supervision! I will definitely be returning to do more classes. Thank you Phil, you are a true inspiration.

Barbara Bryant - - #1449

A thoroughly entertaining 2 hour session each time I go.
encaustics is an amazing technique with always pleasing results........Not too hard for beginners and lots to learn for the more advanced. Phil is fun to be with and a brilliant tutor. Location is lovely!

Pat Culley - - #1447

Just back from my third encaustic wax session with Phil finding the time spent to be exciting and creative in a different sort of way. Phil is an excellent and patient tutor with a good sense of humour. I'm learning new techniques every time we visit, coming away with pleasing results each time.
Thanks Phil!

Sylvia Dodds - - #1436

I've been having lessons with Phil for the last few months, having never tried encaustic art before. I have found Phil to be a very involving and innovative instructor who can always find new ways to inspire and instruct a novice to create pieces of art. My sessions with him have enabled me to produce some works that have been admired by many. His sense of humour is infectious and makes the time spent learning with him a pleasure. I would highly recommend Phil's courses to anyone wishing to learn more about this absorbing art medium.

Vicky White - - #1116

Did the 4 hour session. Had an excellent time, for me learning a new art form in a very friendly, relaxed atmosphere. I learnt lots & produced work that has been admired by family. Phil is an excellent teacher & very encouraging. I enjoyed all the techniques shown.Would highly recommend & I would go back for additional sessions.

Richard Mussett - - #595

My wife and I did this together. Excellent value and Phil is so encouraging, patient and an excellent teacher. For two complete novices to be able to each do and take home pictures of such quality using the techniques that we were shown was truly amazing. I have never enjoyed doing art as much before in my life. We lost all track of time and we are getting Phil’s starter kit and will definitely be having more sessions with Phil. It was a shame the session had to end; we both switched off and became absorbed in this art form. Thanks again for a great time Phil. ...
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Ann Clark - - #520

Have been going to Phil for encaustic wax sessions for about two years. Wax painting/designing is so creative and Phil comes up with new techniques all the time. What excites me is the creativity it produces. I love all the techniques. Phil is a great exponent and an excellent teacher.

Ray Cobley - - #518

Did the 2 hour (+!) taster course with Phil followed by a morning and afternoon top-up. Really excellent value, learning from an expert in a relaxed friendly, easy going environment. Learned a lot and produced work which was much admired by the drawing/painting class I attend and more importantly, by my wife! Wholeheartedly recommend Phil to you. (And the pub next door serves a really good pint!)

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