Painting with molten beeswax, damar resin and pigments is just SO satisfying. Spend a day with Lyn Kirkland in her Studio on the beautiful Isle of Portland in Dorset. This unusual and dramatic coastal location offers so much inspiration for my work, and I hope will inspire you too. I will share my knowledge and skills developed over several years experience of working with this ancient Egyptian painting medium. Still relatively unknown in the UK and across Europe, and yet so mesmerising.
Working on a wood panel, I will give you personalised tuition. We will discuss your ideas so I can get a feel for your creative journey and understand what type of art gives you most pleasure, (equally, if you have no pre-conceived ideas, we can explore together!). I will help you to produce a piece of work that is individual to you.
I take a maximum of two students (who book together) due to space restrictions in my studio. I follow all the guidance on Covid safety, to ensure that we all feel safe and can relax into our creativity.
Each session covers the basics of working with hot beeswax in a textural, layered way. The day normally starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm, but if you prefer an earlier start, then I am happy to accommodate this.
During the session you will work on a cradled birch ply panel. You will learn about the tools, materials and methods of creating your encaustic wax painting in a safe environment. I am extremely fortunate to be supported by US manufacturer R&F Handmade paints for my workshops.
The day will begin with a short introduction to R&F paints, followed by a demonstration of building up layers of the wax medium, and fusing the wax with a heat gun.
I will discuss various techniques for example, photo-encaustic, mixed media collaging, wax casting, use of stencils (manmade and ‘found’) and a wide variety of mark-making into the wax. I encourage you to bring along your ideas, photographs, anything that inspires you. You will have ample time to experiment and will leave with a finished panel and, I hope, lots of enthusiasm to take it further.
This session is ideal for experienced Artists who are looking at ways of integrating encaustic wax into their current medium, or novices who are intrigued by this relatively unique medium in the UK. I have an Enhanced DBS certificate allowing me to work with Students under 18 years. Please get in touch if you have a requirement for your School or College.
Why not make a weekend of it and include a Photo-Encaustic workshop?
I can offer suggestions on local accommodation recommended by previous students.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Birch ply panel (approximately 12ins X 12ins).
All encaustic paints (R&F), heat tools and hotplate are available to use.
Selection of mixed media materials.
Teas and coffee and home baked cake. (Please bring a snack/ sandwich for lunch. Plenty of places locally to purchase)
If you are travelling a distance I can recommend local places to stay. This is based upon excellent reviews from previous Students, I am not affiliated with any accommodation or receiving any financial benefits from promoting them.
1 day (flexible times to suit)
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As an art teacher and practicing artist, I found Lyn’s patient and knowledgable sharing of skills and techniques very generous, helpful and rewarding.
I have recently spent a wonderful day learning about encaustic art with Lyn Kirkland. I wanted help trying to decide what media I wanted to pursue for my final year Art A level and I now know that Encaustic is the way forward, it has allowed me to be more free and abstract with my final pieces.
Lynn showed me various different techniques and styles and was so helpful and encouraging. Her workshop was hands on and gave me real confidence to move forward and create pieces of art myself.
A perfect environment to learn new techniques, thank you Lyn for a wonderful day of Encaustic Art.
It was lovely to meet you today and thank you for your calm instruction and guidance throughout the workshop. You were very generous with your knowledge.
I love that you gave me choices and advice while we were working. I learned a lot too. It’s alchemy. I love my finished work, it’s definitely going on the wall and not in the loo!
Wishing to take my photography in a new direction I hit upon encaustic art as a possible new medium and knew this was something I could really engage with. I booked two days tuition with Lyn having found her details online. How lucky was I. Lyn is a wonderful teacher, enthusiastic, creative and an Encyclopedia of knowledge and experience. Everything we did was tailor made to my needs, every twist and turn of the process was overseen by Lyn as she guided me through the myriad of possibilities and techniques. The two days flew by and I didn’t want to leave the enviable studio that she generously let me loose in. I came away with two pieces of work - one created by painting with pigment and wax, and the other a photographic collage as well as a vision of how I want to progress with this exciting random medium. Thank you Lyn for your patience, kindness and generosity. I am so excited for my future encaustic artwork.
Booking for two people with no encaustic experience and to maximise learning, we booked a workshop over two consecutive days. Lyn worked with us from the outset to understand what we were looking for. The course was very well planned and took us from the tools required, through the basic skills, into using creative options with alternative media and special art papers.
Throughout the course, Lyn took time to ensure that we both understood what we were trying to achieve with new techniques and processes, and was there to assist if we needed additional help. It is hands on from the start and you immediately realise that there is simply no way that remote or You Tube learning could replace the experience of working with an excellent teacher like Lyn. She also encouraged us out of our comfort zones with patience and good humour, helping us explore new options which have sparked some fresh creative thinking. We highly recommend Lyn to anyone interested in learning more about encaustic art.
As I previously attended the Introduction to Contemporary Encaustic Wax workshop with Lyn and thoroughly enjoyed it, I wanted continue this medium by trying the Photo-encaustic Workshop.
Having previous knowledge of the initial processes it allowed me to concentrate on the different techniques used to produce a piece of artwork using photographs. Lyn contacted me a week before the workshop to go through ideas together to see what I wanted to achieve and helped with suggestions. The day was very relaxed and having the one-to-one attention it made the experience so enjoyable and I went away with the amazing knowledge supplied by Lyn and a fantastic piece of work. I would highly recommend this course and the Introduction to Contemporary Encaustic Wax to a complete beginner to an experienced artist.
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:Dear Sam, it was so lovely to meet you again, and share even more techniques using encaustic wax. I so enjoyed being able to share in your memories of Venice through your photographs, and feel that you have created a lasting memory of that time in your collaged piece. It has received so much praise on my social media accounts. Well earned.
Had a fantastic day with Lyn learning different techniques in Encaustic Wax. A full on day but Lyn kept it to my leisurely pace, but covered so much. I explained that I didn't want to create a masterpiece....today... but wanted to learn the fundamentals of this new medium to me. I took photos and kept notes throughout the day. Lyn also provided an excellent 'suggested starter kit' which I'm currently going through and cant wait to start creating. Not only was the tutoring excellent, the setting of the workshop and Lyn's hospitality with her home made cakes and endless cups of tea, have to say the best workshop I've ever been on. Thanks Lyn.
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:Dear Sam, so pleased that the day met with your expectations, it was great to meet you and share this special medium. Let me know if there is anything you are unsure about once you gather all your equipment and start your own encaustic studio!
I had a super day with Lyn, who is great at sharing her considerable knowledge and skills. Workshop was ideal, being in a quaint courtyard setting with plenty of fresh air and `Covid safe. I will definitely go back for a follow up course once had chance to practice what I’ve learnt. Cannot recommend this lady highly enough! Just wish my strict diet didn't prevent me from sampling the home made cake on offer!
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:It was lovely to meet you Linda, and share the delights of Encaustic wax. I feel sure that you will enjoy exploring this wonderful medium further, and of course are welcome back for a refresher day anytime. The cake went down very well with my family, who are always thrilled when my students are on diets!!!🤣 Enjoy the rest of your holiday
It was my first attempt at Photo Encaustic Art at the one day workshop, with the tuition of Lyn Kirkland, our talented and wonderful teacher, who made the day so relaxed and enjoyable.
It was such a unique process. I loved the idea of adding a photo and layering with wax. I loved the textures, coloured pigments and most of all the playfulness of adding your own signature to the end result. I chose a photo of my beloved elderly pet dog. My photo is now so much more interesting and feels more personal to me. My own unique piece of work. Thank you and shall be back to have some more fun!
It was so lovely meeting you and I absolutely loved the course. I am still on a high and my family could not believe the quality of my art work.
You truly are an inspirational teacher and loved your laid back, calming nature, as you made learning a joy. I loved the way you made me feel I could accomplish the tasks, as you gave me confidence in myself, so thank you so much.
You also made the most delicious sugar free fruit cake. Yummy!
Thank you for a Fabulous, Fun, two days and will look at dates tomorrow for the next course.
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:Angie, it was a pleasure to meet you and spend the day exploring all the versatile properties of encaustic wax in a safe, and socially distanced space.
I would thoroughly recommend this one day workshop with Lyn! She made me feel very welcome and it was really fascinating to learn more about this ancient art form. The course comes with an extensive list on how to set up your own encaustic studio and lots of tips from Lyn in how to manage the materials. Lyn is clearly very experienced and skilled! She broke down the process into manageable steps, but also gave me enough space to play around with the techniques independently. Her studio is bright and full of inspiration: be it from the many objects/ textures Lyn's collected, her own beautiful art work or the coastal location. I only came to learn about the process, but I was pleasantly surprised to make a painting that I would be happy to hang on the wall! Thanks so much Lyn!
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:It was a joy to share encaustic with you Faye. Enjoy your painting, and I hope that you do some more.
Thank you Lyn for a most informative and enjoyable day. Considering my friend and I were absolute beginners, I was delighted to end up with such an accomplished finished product.
Lyn is patient and flexible whilst covering all the basics, and her enthusiasm shines though it all. She has inspired me to have a try at home. I thoroughly recommend trying one of Lyn's courses.
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:Dear Kate and Mel,
I have a background in geology, the marine environment and am now a potter. I dabble in acrylic paint and mixed media but I have always been intrigued by the concept of encaustic wax. So when I saw Lyn's work and course details I knew I had to treat myself to one of her whole day courses - and what an excellent experience it has been.
Lyn's communication throughout the process has been excellent and her introduction to a subject that could possibly be quite daunting was undertaken in a thorough, unambiguous and yet exciting manner as to options and variations available in the subject matter.
We worked on preparation of the surfaces, what surfaces result in different effects, alternatives to the normal materials and the suppliers of those materials. We discussed what techniques may lend itself to the influences for the designs. I am very abstract in my approach (can't draw - won't draw) and this technique suits those "real life artistically challenged" amongst us perfectly.
I was very pleasantly surprised by the range of effects that are possible with just small variations in materials and through quite a limited palette one could produce a vast array of finishes - including pigmented wax but also found objects, textured paper, images, scratching away at surfaces and different brush techniques. Saying that, Lyn literally has a workshop full of materials - if you can't find what you need, it probably isn't worth trying!
It was a really enjoyable day run by a true professional with a passion for her subject matter; it really comes across and her eagerness to get the best results for you.
And of course onto the most important thing - the carrot cake - best ever!!
I thoroughly recommend you do this course and stay on the Isle of Portland and explore this intriguing landscape which will inspire you in your creativity! It's given me a lot of food for thought as to how I could move my existing practices onwards.
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:Chris, that is a most generous review of today.
I've just spent the most amazing day with Lyn (and my friend Beki!). Painting with hot wax is such good fun and Lyn spent a lot of time showing us the basics and then building up to more advanced processes as the day went on. Texturing, moulding, adding highlights with different materials. She is a great teacher and very giving with her time. 10/10!
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:Dear Emma & Beki, it was a pleasure to spend the day with you. I do hope that you use what you have learned in your studies Emma, and please get in touch if you fancy trying photo-Encaustic!
“I had a great day with Lyn in her studio on a one to one photo encaustic workshop. I learnt about encaustic history and tested a variety of encaustic techniques which has given me a great insight into how I may use this in the future in my work. It was a really interesting day, Lyn’s a great teacher, and it was a lot of fun too”
"I have just spent a wonderful morning with Lyn in her studio on Portland. Lyn's studio is in a great location and the welcome she gave was so warm and motivating.There was an impressive and unlimited collection of pigments and materials at my disposal. Added to which, Lyn's enthusiasm for encaustic art and her willingness to share her skills, made for a really worthwhile experience. Lyn was intuitive about when I needed her at my side to demonstrate and make suggestions, and when I needed to test out the waxes on my own. Now I have tried encaustic art for the first time, I shall definitely return for another session. Highly recommended!"
While visiting the UK from New Zealand in June, I enjoyed a two day
encaustic workshop with Lyn and it was amazing. Lyn was fabulous at sharing
her knowledge and techniques to create an encaustic artwork. I am a
mixed media artist, but had not worked with encaustic wax before. I am now a
convert and can not wait to return to my studio and further develop these
skills. Lyn made the experience so much fun and we had a lot of laughs along
the way. I love her work and she was very happy to teach me many of the
techniques she uses. Thanks so much Lyn, for a very special two days in your
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:Hi Mel, we did have fun, and learnt a lot too.
Had a fabulous time and loved working with you!!! Your enthusiasm for encaustic has rubbed off and I can’t wait to get my “studio” up and running. Thanks for sharing all your tips and tricks with me.
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:Great to meet you Suzanne, I hope you set up your Studio and get fusing soon!!
My daughter and I have recently spent a most enjoyable day with Lyn Kirkland at her Portland workshop learning the technique of inserting photographs, which we supplied, into wax which resulted in fantastic 3d images. Lyn copied our pictures onto special ‘paper’, provided us with three different sized wooden boards and all the wax.
Lyn, a lovely, incredibly talented lady, is patient, kind and fun to be with, and as a bonus coffee or tea were served all day. She also makes the most delicious cakes which she shared with us. If you haven’t already tried encaustic work I can thoroughly recommend that you have a go.
As a photographer, I wanted to learn more about embedding my images in wax and exploring ways to create texture. Lyn planned her day course with me meticulously - she was in touch prior to find out exactly what I wanted to learn and made some very helpful suggestions to maximise our time together. On arrival, she had prepared various birch panels for our experimentations and also printed my images on to a variety of papers so I could see what difference that would make in the final piece. We managed to complete four pieces, but it never felt rushed or overwhelming. In fact, Lyn made sure I had all the information as printouts and she spoilt with lunchtime nibbles, which was a lovely bonus! I look forward to future courses with Lyn - she’s a wonderful teacher with a warm, generous personality. Highly recommended.
I had the most fantastic day with Lyn a couple of weeks ago learning as a complete art beginner. Lyn is not only incredibly talented but a wonderfully fun teacher. We explored many different techniques whilst focusing on my core interest of the sea. The tips & tricks and money saving hacks that Lyn provided has made this an exciting but also realistic medium to continue. I would highly recommend this to all. Thank you so much!!!
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:Georgina it was lovely meeting you. I do hope that you continue with encaustic wax, it is so exciting to work with. Keep in touch. All the best
I wanted inspiration and insight into this art/craft and a day with Lyn Kirkland gives you exactly that. Open to sharing her knowledge and skills freely, I had a fabulous day learning the techniques associated with this art form under Lyn's patient and inspirational guidance. You will not be disappointed by choosing this intriguing course. Go away with your created project, inspired to explore this craft further and a list of items to set you on your path. Free tea and coffee and scrumptious homemade cake together with Lyn's friendly, warm personality and charm will leave you hungry for more and a yearning to return again. Thank you Lyn. It was a great day!!
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:Mandy, thank you so much for your review of the day. I am so pleased that you enjoyed it. Hope you give it a go! Thanks
I have had the most amazing day with Lyn, she has so much knowledge she kindly shares with you and great teaching skills. It is one of the most exciting mediums I have ever used, having the unexpected wow factor. Lyn's passion truly shines through and it becomes contagious. I love lyn's sense of humour, truly had a good old chuckle with her. I think every one should have a go and don't not be scared as Lyn puts you at ease.
I shall proudly put my piece of encaustic work on my wall as a memory of our day, unlocking myself. Also the foraging cake was lush. A huge thank to you Lyn. Good luck for tonight and tomorrow. Jackie x
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:Thank you so much for your review of the day. I feel we achieved a great deal and I hope that you will go on to explore more techniques with encaustic wax. Lovely to meet you.
Lyn is a very generous with her knowledge on ALL things encaustic.
Having spent the day working with her in her lovely little studio finding
out about different ways you can use wax as a medium. I am now full of
ideas I can;t wait to try out for myself. She is very patience
and caters for your artistic vision whilst gently encouraging you explore
the medium through her demonstrations.
Even though I have used encaustic before it was good to get sound advice on
technique and products to use in encaustic to improve upon my own work and
give me the confidence to further pursue encaustic painting for myself.
I highly recommend Lyn’s workshops to all levels from beginners to
well establish artists, there is something for everyone. She also makes nice
tea and cakes!
“Have spent an inspiring 2 days with Lyn, have learnt so much and had lots of fun. Her knowledge of her craft is huge and she shares it with enthusiasm. Cakes were great too😁.”
We recently spent a wonderful day with the lovely, talented Lyn at her Encaustic Workshop. The method was entirely different to the Encaustic work that was familiar to us but Lyn talked us through the processes patiently sharing thoughts and ideas. Consequently we came home with two pieces of art work that we were so pleased to have produced. Don’t hesitate have a go you won’t regret it but beware Lyn’s cakes are so scrummy - make sure you leave room for a slice or two.
Response from Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop:Hilary, it was a pleasure to have both your company for the day, I do hope that you continue to explore encaustic.
While away on a holiday in the Pacific Northwest I stumbled across Encaustic Art and once I returned to Jersey I started searching for a workshop to help me get started. After combing the internet I found Lyn Kirkland who was available for a private two day workshop in Portland, Dorset.
Once I made my way there, I had a wonderful time with Lyn learning so many techniques I would have been guessing at if I didn’t have this “hands on” experience. There is so much to know about encaustic painting and Lyn is inspirational and generous with her knowledge and her art supplies.
In the end, I came home with two pieces I will treasure forever. Thank you so much for your patience and guiding me through a multitude of steps with your relaxed expertise. And, for putting me in touch with Pam DuVal so I could stay in her cosy Little Bee Cottage. Honestly, between the homemade cakes and and warm comraderie, I would love to come back and spend more time learning this way of artistic expression. I would highly recommend this course to anyone. Barbara Chomos - St. Brelade, Jersey
“My mum and I simply had the most fun and creative day doing our wax workshop with Lyn. We both got totally hooked on the joy of encaustic wax and are really looking forward to doing it again - Lyn was so helpful and lovely to spend the day with too.”
I have just completed Day@The Studio with Lyn and must say it has been fantastic experience. I wish I'd known it before... Lyn is very generous in explaining the secrets of encaustics (so hard to find) and she makes the best chocolate brownies ever!!!
I strongly recommend this class, you will learn a lot plus you will be in a great company of passionate and patient artist Lyn!!
PS Portland was a great discovery
Dear Lyn, thank you for inspirational moments at your Atelier! I enjoyed every second and have learned so much!! Highly recommended!!!
I had a great time learning all things encaustic. Thank you for sharing your marvellous tips n tricks with me ! So generous of you , I only wish we had had more time to play ! MY colleagues were very impressed and want to also learn the technique too! So, again many thanks for such a welcoming and thoroughly enjoyable day ….you are fab!
I want to thank you for the truly inspiring encaustic workshop.Not only did I go away knowing some wonderful techniques and a sound basis of encaustic painting but your sharing of ideas was so generous and encouraging.I felt that you understood the approach I have to painting and you helped me to realise this in a new medium.It certainly suits my style and I can't wait to set up my own encaustic equipment.Your helpful information as to where to obtain the equipment economically is a godsend.
I loved the medium of wax and pigment,the pace and smell of it all and the magic of it!
I was so pleased with my final painting and can recall exactly how each part of it was achieved,a useful reference indeed.I took it to my art class the next day along with your leaflets and everyone was so interested and intrigued.
I will spread the word.Thank you,Lyn,for a truly memorable and creative day.
I had a wonderful day with Lyn and came away inspired to continue with the technique. Lyn is very giving with ideas to try whilst at the same time being sensitive to each person's individual approach and their desires for the type of work they would like to achieve. She gave lots of tips about equipment and how to use everyday objects to minimise costs as well as supplying a comprehensive hand out of suppliers. Focused work in a relaxed atmosphere. Great.
It has all been really exciting, and I learned a lot, both about wax processes, and about putting the colours and additions together so that they work. It has been a real worthwhile experience, and I can't wait to do it again!
I have just spent a wonderful day with Lyn Kirkland being taught the delightful alchemy of encaustic art. Lyn is an excellent teacher, inspiring and keen to share all the possibilities of the medium, whilst sensitive enough to step back to give plenty of room for her students' own ideas to take form. I would heartily recommend Lyn if you are curious about this fascinating medium.
Thank you so much for today Lyn, I had a fantastic time!
Had an amazing time at Lyn's encaustic wax workshop on Monday. It was
a fun day, lots of laughs, lovely home cooked food and a great bright
studio. Lyn is really patient so a very relaxed environment in which to
learn. Thanks Lyn
I enjoyed an informative and interesting day with Lyn, learning techniques
completely new to me. I came away with a lot of information,
enthusiasm, an experimental panel of artwork that has been much admired -
and one of her delicious chocolate brownies:) Must try the collagraph
next. Thank you, Lyn, for a great day.
We Flew over from Spain to do two days workshop with Lyn. We learned loads and cannot recommend Lyn enough. Lyn is very welcoming and has an excellent approach to teaching and sharing information. Also Lyn does not 'skimp' on equipment and materials. Nothing was too much trouble and hopefully next time we are in UK we will incorporate another workshop. A very big thanks for such an enjoyable and informative couple of days Lyn. Mal Wylde and Susan Weatherstone
I took part in one of Lyn's encaustic art workshops more than 8 weeks ago and fell in love with using wax as an art medium. Lyn teaches in a patient and encouraging way and makes every session interesting and enjoyable. Encaustic art is a new technique for me. It is relatively simple yet every session has been different in an inspiring way. I highly recommend Lyn's workshops and shall be continuing to attend them, as well as carrying on my new found passion at home. Many Thanks to Lyn and to the Purbeck Workshop for hosting them.
I have just enjoyed a Workshop day with Lyn today. It was very informative and extremely enjoyable. Lyn is a friendly and very talented teacher and was equipped to help me produce a beautiful piece of encaustic artwork. Even more importantly she has inspired me to continue in this media. Very exciting and rewarding. Thank you Lyn.