The encaustic art technique is of growing interest to both budding and experienced artists. Whether you want to introduce encaustic into your current art genre or broaden your existing knowledge of encaustic techniques, attending a workshop with Susan will significantly enhance your encaustic skills.

Susan’s Educational Qualifications:

Susan has been teaching encaustic workshops since 1999. She has a post-graduate diploma in Art Education and is a Qualified Encaustic Instructor for R&F Handmade Paints as well as Haliburton School of the Arts. In addition to her encaustic courses, Susan has taught classes in painting and sculpture in Alberta and Ontario.

Susan conducts private sessions upon request as well as workshops. (see below)

Susan’s workshops fill up quickly. Be notified of upcoming dates as soon as they are scheduled. Sign up for our newsletter to receive workshop notifications or contact Susan to request a workshop.

Workshop Information

Description of Workshop Sessions2022-01-24T18:38:25+00:00
  • Small groups (no larger than 4 ) so everyone gets individual attention.
  • All encaustic materials (ie. paints and medium) are supplied.
  • All encaustic tools and equipment are supplied
  • Encaustic materials and equipment available for purchase during the workshop period.
  • Lunch is provided.
  • Slides and examples of encaustic works and discussion period introduces many inspirational ideas for the beginning encaustic painter.
What you can expect:2022-01-24T18:43:29+00:00
  • A solid working knowledge of the unique techniques of layering, image transfer, mixed media and texturing inherent with encaustic painting.
  • How to set up a safe and healthy studio for encaustics, how to work safely with encaustics.
  • At least 5 finished works.
You are required to bring supports adequate for encaustics such as:2022-01-24T18:38:03+00:00
  • wood panels or blocks (eg. birch veneer panel)
  • Masonite
  • 300lb. watercolour paper, unglazed ceramic (eg. tiles or even sculpture pieces)

Plus materials for collage work:

  • graphite drawings, laser jet copied photo images
  • rice paper, handmade paper, organic lightweight textiles (eg. silk, cotton or lace)
  • dried lightweight leaves or other organic materials


Painting with Encaustic - Susan Fisher

Upcoming Workshops

Encaustic Workshop October 15/16, 2022


Wilkins Art & Creative
188 Hunter Street W.
Peterborough On K9H 2L2
(705) 957-2330

Contact: Susan Fisher   705-740-7760

Times: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $300.00 for both days or $200 for Saturday only


This workshop will introduce the participants to basic techniques and safe practice of Beeswax encaustic. They will learn how to prep their substrates and then how to paint with encaustic colours with several techniques. Photo transfer will also be one exciting addition. Depending on how the class progresses, collage may also be introduced.

Participants may expect to complete at least 2 works during the Saturday class and more if they are going for the 2 days.
details to download here.

Note: this is an introductory workshop so participants are encouraged to explore and “play” with the various techniques.

All encaustic equipment and materials as well as panels (or substrates) will be provided, you simply need to bring your inspiration and energy!


A payment of $50 is required upon booking your spot – refundable until October 10, nonrefundable afterwards.

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Private Workshops

An in-depth, individualized 1 day workshop is available by arrangement for those who cannot fit a longer session into their schedule. Susan can focus on specific areas of interest to you, technically assist you with your encaustic project and enable you to begin to integrate encaustic methods into your own studio.

Private Workshops: 9:30 am – 4 pm  ~  $350 per day ~ Lunch provided

Susan Fisher encausticFor private workshops in excess of 100km outside of Peterborough & Kawarthas, please request a quote.

Although these can be used as an introduction to encaustic painting, please note that you will receive a highly concentrated amount of new information in a short period of time.

All workshop prices include the encaustic materials you will be using during the workshop as well as the use of encaustic tools.  When you sign up for a workshop, we will send a list of suggested painting surfaces for you to use as well as other materials you can “play” with.

Do you wish to discuss possible dates or other details before booking a private workshop? Click here to contact Susan.

Past Participants

Here are a few reviews from past class participants.

I am loving this medium so much! Thank you Susan for introducing it to me…it has changed my artistic life forever.

M.E. Chapman, Art Teach & Exhibiting Artist

Thank you for a wonderful week! You have taught us a complex technique with great enthusiasm and joy!

Irene F.

Thank you!! And thank you again!! I’m back in my groove -& that’s why I came back for these two weeks.

Excellent class! I will be considering a new medium. Thank you Susan.

Merci une semaine tres stimulant [sic].

Thanks for the inspiration Susan. I think I’m a convert!

Thanks for all the great teachings. You are the BEST!

Many thanks for your inspiration and knowledge.

Thanks again for filling me with at least a hundred ideas to pursue.

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