Advanced Encaustic Painting | January 25 + 26 | 9am - 4pm


Advanced Encaustic Painting | January 25 + 26 | 9am - 4pm


This weekend workshop offers participants a deeper understanding of encaustic painting through color mixing, translucency and layering, texturizing, paint application and mark-making techniques, as well as encaustic monotype printing. Students are encouraged develop and explore their personal ideas and visual vocabulary on multiple panels or on a larger scale. It is a prerequisite that participants have completed an introductory level class or have prior experience with encaustic painting. Students must provide a selection of cradled birch panels. All other materials are included.

Class size : 4 Students

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Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements will be canceled, typically two to four business days before the class begins. Registered students will be notified and refunded in full.

Adults 18 or older may register  workshops. Students under 18 require special permission. Amy Vander Els reserves the right to cancel courses, change course times, and limit enrollment. The student agrees to abide by any and all rules of the studio. Amy Vander Els will assume no responsibility for any loss, personal or physical. 


100% Refund: Student must withdraw at least 6 business days prior to the start of class. There will be a $25 processing fee for withdrawing.

50% Refund: Issued when a student withdraws 5 business days or less from the start of the class. There will be a $25 processing fee for withdrawing.


If Amy Vander Els cancels a course, all fees will be refunded.


Workshops are held at the Artists' Muse Studio, located at 9 Water Street (second floor-no elevator) in Amesbury, Mass. There is street parking out front and a free parking lot directly across the street.


"What a fun and informative class! Amy is a patient instructor, willing to share her knowledge, tricks of her trade, while encouraging individual creativity.  I love that I went from learning to use encaustic wax, to finished projects in 2 days—I was definitely inspired to do more!"  -Joanne

"I found encaustic painting to be a new and exciting medium to express myself!  Amy is  knowledgeable,  a great instructor, very patient and encouraging!" -Christina

"Amy is thorough and patient as she explains and demonstrates this highly skill-based art form.  As a media, encaustic is engaging. As a student, learning about its application, you’re suddenly filled with one idea after another. Imagination soars!" -Vicki

"Awesome teacher, awesome class!  Amy packs a lot of information in her workshops and is generous with her time and knowledge.  Learned a lot and had a great time doing it.  Highly recommend her class." - Doris

"I enjoyed learning about encaustic painting with Amy. Her creativeness and subject knowledge helped me to let go and explore my creative side." -Carolyn

"Amy is a wonderful teacher:  organized with her handouts and presentation; gentle and inspiring with her suggestions and ideas; and thoughtful and creative in her presentations. I am enjoying exploring a new medium and look forward to doing more." - Anne

"Taking the Encaustic Workshop with Amy has given me great new options for new artwork. Amy is an excellent teacher - always available, and thorough and patient, but giving the student freedom and encouragement to experiment.  I was really needing some inspiration, and I think Amy’s studio was a great place to find it!" - Barbara