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Encaustic Collage
with Betsy Schairer

Beginners are welcome in this introductory class where we learn hands on about creating with the

fascinating medium of encaustic beeswax. Encaustic is the art of painting by burning in the colors. The

oldest surviving encaustic paintings are the Egyptian Fayum mummy portraits created almost 2,000

years ago. We will be using color and collage techniques to explore the beautiful layering capabilities of

this special medium that still captures the hearts and minds of artists today.

Saturday March 16th 10:00am - 5:00pm

$200 + $40 material fee

Class if now full - watch our website for more workshops from Betsy soon!

Encaustic Beeswax Collage by Betsy Schairer
Encaustic Collage with Betsy Schairer at Black Barn Fine Art Studio in Kingston Washington
Encaustic Beeswax at Black Barn Fine Art Studio Betsy Schairer
Encaustics with Betsy Schairer at Black Barn Fine Art Studio

What you'll get from your workshop with Betsy

With your $40 material fee, Betsy will provide all the materials you'll need for this workshops, but there may be some items she'll encourage you to bring to add to the experience.​

You'll watch a detailed demonstration and have lots of time to play with instructor support in the studio as you practice panel preparation, learn about encaustic compatible collage materials, brush techniques for applying wax, Fusing with heat and fire, and surface design techniques to create your own beautifully textured compositions.

Learning Outcomes & Activities:

Demo & Presentation on the materials used in Encaustics

Panel prep

Material choices


Applying wax – Temperatures and Brush technique


Proper layering technique


Surface techniques: Carving, Dusting, Drawing with wax stylus

Brush care

Packaging work


Betsy Schairer is a Pacific Northwest artist and craftsperson based in Poulsbo, Washington. She studied Fiber Arts and Art Education at Western Washington University. Her work focuses on personal narrative using illustrative layered mixed media processes that often incorporate vintage textiles and ephemera. Her work is candid, expressive, and instinctive using vibrant colors and bold patterning.

Betsy Schairer Encaustics Workshop at Black Barn Fine Art Studio
Betsy Schairer - Encaustic Collage at Black Barn Fine Art Studio
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