WORKSHOPS
All of our workshops can be done as a private or group lesson.
  An encaustic workshop designed specifically for your group in our incredible space is an experience truly like no other!
Time and content can be tailored to your group.
Please let us know if you would like to bring a workshop to your space, we are available to teach out of a variety of creative and community spaces throughout Ontario.

Email the artist to request your personal encaustic workshop.

If you are an instructor looking for a workshop space, contact us to arrange your own workshop in our studio space.
Art by Kim Kool
Upcoming Workshop List
Workshops are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
Please contact Karen or Kim directly for all inquiries.
Karen - [email protected]
Kim - [email protected]      519-497-7646


4 Day Intensive Encaustic Painting Class with Kim Kool
May 25,26,27,28

This class will be a mixture of encaustic techniques and artistic process. There will be group and personal exercises designed to help elevate your painting process and ample time to explore this wonderful medium in a fun and supportive environment. Attention will be given to each individual as you develop your own personal style and relationship to the wax.
This workshop is perfect for anyone new to encaustics and experienced painters alike. No experience necessary.

$530 for 4 days To register email [email protected] or call 519-497-7646

Etched Copper Cuff Bracelet Workshop with Kate
Thursday April 30th   6:30-8:30pm     $65


Join us in the Hive encaustic studio for a soothing, satisfying and stylish art workshop.

Make a beautiful etched copper cuff bracelet!

Explore drawing, etching, 'patinaing', and metal forming.

You’ll be the designer from start to finish, and will create your own pattern to be used as a resist which will be etched into the surface of the copper. Once etched, you will form your copper into a comfortable one-of-a-kind bracelet.

Give it a Whirl
Come and try your hand at Encaustic Art!   30 minutes for $25.
You will experiment with layering the wax, fusing with heat, and how to build colour and depth through embedding and mark making techniques. No experience necessary.
No need to book ahead. Check our Calendar for available dates.
Simply buzz into The Hive Encaustic Studio (Studio 201) and Give it a Whirl.
Open Studio
 An Open Studio is intended to foster creativity and encourage experimentation in an atmosphere of cultural exchange, conversation, encouragement, and freedom of expression.

No instruction is given, previous encaustic experience required.  Bring your own substrates.
$20 per person  per hour, after that  $5  every 15 minutes. First come, first served or email artist in studio to reserve your spot. 

All About the Basics - 3Hr - Karen Brown
This Hands-on comprehensive 3 hour workshop will cover basic encaustic safety and general information.
Learn to mix your own medium and paint pallet.
Participants will be able to experiment with techniques such as glazing, sculpting, fusing, photo encaustic, photo transfers, collage, stenciling,  stamping.


All participants will take home a Introduction to Encaustic Painting Booklet and multiple practice boards.
All electrical equipment,wax and supplies are provided.    NO previous painting experience necessary.

PRICES AND REGISTRATION HERE
Introduction to Encaustic - 5 hr- Kim Kool
This workshop will cover basic safety and general information needed to begin exploring encaustics.  Participants will learn and play with layering and fusing together beautifully pigmented natural beeswax, how to create texture and depth through gouging, mark making, and imprinting techniques, how to embed materials, basic photo transfers, and use of the hot stylus tool.  You will then go on to explore the endless possibilities of stenciling, pan pastels, and india ink.  You will finish one 6x6 birch panel as well as several practice pieces.  

All supplies included.  No experience necessary.  150.00
'Register online at www.edgeofgrey.ca or email [email protected] or call 519-497-7646'

Photo Encaustics- Karen Brown

Explore the luminous, versatile and limitless possibilities of encaustic in combination with photography and mixed media.
The  workshop is a basic course covering mixed media collage using your own precious photo printed on handmade paper, applying melted beeswax and resin, and exploring techniques in colour and texture to enhance your photo.

Participants will take home a finished 8x10 mixed media piece.


All electrical equipment,wax and supplies are provided. NO previous painting experience necessary.

PRICES AND REGISTRATION HERE
Encaustic Art Cards  - Kim Kool
This a great workshop for anyone looking for a taste of this wonderful medium, or for anyone who wants to explore the fun of working in miniature!   This 2.5 hour workshop covers basic safety and general information.  Participants will learn how to layer and fuse the wax, gouging and mark making techniques, how to embed materials, basic photo transfers, and use of the hot stylus tool.  Each participant will leave with 4-6 of their own original encaustic 'mini' pieces, mounted on 5x7 backing.  All supplies and equipment included.  No previous experience required.   $75

'Register online at www.edgeofgrey.ca or email [email protected] or call 519-497-7646'

When we first begin to explore the art of encaustic painting, the wax flows in beautiful and often unpredictable ways. This class will look at the subtle ways in which the wax moves and the relationship between heat and outcome. We will build on the techniques learned in Introduction to Encaustics and introduce new ways to create imagery, texture, and effect; such as filling lines with wax and oil, oil sticks, masking off areas, and a variety of stylus tips. We will also get creative with eco-friendly stenciling and gold leaf. We will spend some time mastering the encaustic iron, and take a few risks along the way.
Prerequisite - Introduction to Encaustics, 2-Day Intensive Introduction to Encaustics, or 4-Day Immersive Introduction to Encaustics with Kim 

$150 plus hst due at time of registration. Panels not included. 
Book online at www.edgeofgrey.ca or email  [email protected] or call 519-497-7646 Space is limited to 6 participants.

Encaustic Keepsake Box Workshop - Karen Brown

Create a one of a kind Keepsake box.  A wonderful gift idea or a special treat for yourself.

During this  workshop I will be demonstrating different ways you can play with paints, wax, inks, 
stencils, collage and much more!!

Participants will take home a finished mixed media keepsake box.
All electrical equipment,wax and supplies are provided. NO previous painting experience necessary.

PRICES AND REGISTRATION HERE
Level II Encaustic - Embracing the Subtleties- Kim Kool
Creative Flow Class  - Kim Kool
When we enter into a state of 'flow', we enter a state of simultaneous deep relaxation and heightened focus and awareness.  Time becomes inconsequential and our mind makes creative connections as our sense of self-doubt evaporates.  Creating art is a wonderful way to enter into this meditative state of 'flow'. 
We will begin each class with exercises designed to help us tap into our creative spirit, followed by several hours of encaustic painting in a shared, supportive and creative environment. 
The focus of this class is on process rather than technique and is open to those who have taken a workshop with myself, Karen Brown, or at The Hive in the past, or for those who are experienced encaustic painters.  All supplies and equipment included, but please bring your own substrates(maximum size of 16x20).
"Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things".  Edgar Degas   10am-4pm    $120


'Register online at www.edgeofgrey.ca or email [email protected] or call 519-497-7646'
Advanced Encaustics - All about Texture- Karen Brown
This advanced All About Texture workshop is for encaustic students to refine their work,
learn new techniques and apply to a home or studio practice.

Students will learn to create texture by some of the following techniques : masking off areas, stencils, water on wax, dry brush (accretion), incising, collage items to create texture, iron as a gouging tool, heating tools to create texture.

Previous encaustic experience necessary.  All electrical equipment,wax and supplies are provided. Student may bring their own works in progress or substrates to work on if desired.
PRICES AND REGISTRATION HERE
Encaustic Painting for Adults with Disabilities   - Kim Kool
In this 3 hour workshop we will discover the joy of painting with beeswax by first learning how to build up layers of wax with a number of painting techniques, and how to fuse together each layer with a variety of heat sources.  We will explore a number of painting techniques, such as dripping and splattering the wax, how to make smooth and textured surfaces, how to embed objects in the wax, and how to add texture through a variety of gouging and imprinting techniques.  We will then go on to play with mixed media and encaustics.  
This workshop does require some dexterity in order to safely handle hot equipment.  Chairs are available, but some standing is also necessary.
Space is limited to 6 participants.  Support workers are welcome.  

The Hive, Wednesday February 13th, 1-4pm       $75      *Passport friendly.
Some subsidies available.  Please let me know if there is interest in making this an ongoing workshop.  This workshop can also be tailored and run specifically for your group.  Rates for non-profit organizations available.


'Register online at www.edgeofgrey.ca or email [email protected] or call 519-497-7646'
Advanced Encaustics - All about the Burn- Karen Brown
Join this advanced All About the Burn workshop for encaustic students to refine their work,
learn new techniques and apply to a home or studio practice.

Students will learn techniques using fire as a tool!!!  Some of the following techniques will be covered: dry and wet shellac burn, pyrography, water on wax, using items to scorch substrates, using the torch as a blending tool.

Previous encaustic experience necessary.  All electrical equipment,wax and supplies are provided. Student may bring their own works in progress or substrates to work on if desired.
PRICES AND REGISTRATION HERE
Beeswax Wraps - Make and Create - Karen Brown
Beeswax wraps are a natural eco-friendly alternative to plastic and tin foil for wrapping food, covering bowls and jars. They keep food fresh, are naturally anti-bacterial, can be reused and refreshed.
 
Karen will guide you step-by-step through mixing ingredients, application, setting, finishing and maintenance. By the end of the workshop you’ll be making wraps like a pro.
It’s learning in a social, fun and relaxing way with like-minded people.

Come join our workshop and make 3 wraps to take home with you.
They make great eco gifts too!       $55
PRICES AND REGISTRATION HERE