In-person course
in Portland

Photo-encaustic 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. This session focusses on the technique of photo-encaustic. This is particularly of interest to those people who may have already attended my Contemporary Encaustic Wax Workshop (but not a pre-requisite), and who wish to progress creating photographic based encaustic artwork. The importance of creating a smooth and even surface upon which to embed imagery is vital on this one day workshop, and we will spend some time honing this skill. There are two main methods of creating a photo-encaustic painting. Transposing the printed image to the surface on paper and dampening the paper making it easier to rub away everything excluding the image. Or, printing your image on specialist papers which are fine enough to soak into the wax leaving the image on the surface. I have had limited success with the former, probably down to my impatience! But love the process of embedding the images in the wax, watching them reveal themselves is as exciting as removing a print from your etching press. Using images (supplied in advance by you) or from my resources, we will use a variety of papers to embed photographs (both mono and colour) onto the waxed birch ply surface. You will work on three panels (varying sizes - maximum A3) using three different images to create a unique finish to your photographs. Please contact me in advance to discuss what will make a successful photo-encaustic image. Please ensure that you seek permission to use photography which is not your own. This workshop is suitable for complete novices, intermediate Encaustic artists or photographers looking to create a different finish to their images. I am very fortunate to be supported by US R&F Handmade paints for my workshops. I have an Enhanced DBS certificate which means I can work with students under 18 years old, so please get in touch if you are a School or College.

What's included in the price?

All materials, hot and cold drinks in my studio and homemade cakes. Pre-workshop communication on suitable images and digital preparation of said images.


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
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Mother's Day
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Public transport
  • Pet lovers
  • Weekends
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Christmas
  • Parking provided
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Easter
  • Father's Day
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Tutor can travel
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