In-person course
in Portland

Contemporary encaustic wax introductory workshop



2022 could be your year to learn a new, old painting technique. 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 working with encaustic paint in a safe environment, how to use R&F paints and pigment sticks, 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.

What's included in the price?

Birch ply painting 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)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Hi, I am passionate about encaustic wax as I hope you can tell from the reviews by previous students. Being able to pass on my knowledge and little tricks of the trade is a real pleasure. I have been painting all my life, but ‘found’ encaustic whilst studying as a mature student at Art College. I was hooked! I am a member of Artwey CIC, a South Dorset Community Art group, and a prize winner for my encaustic work. My workshops are always fun. We pack a lot in, but the time just flies!


Unit 5, St George’s Studios, Reforne, Portland, Dorset, DT5 2AN

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Christmas
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Easter
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Public transport
  • UK Holiday
  • Weekends
  • Parking provided
  • Tutor can travel
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
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