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

Sunday July 28- Creative Flow - Kim Kool
Saturday August 10- Photo Encaustics - Karen Brown
Sunday August 18 - Encaustic Art Cards - Kim Kool
Sunday August 25- Creative Flow - Kim Kool
Mon. August 26-Tues.August 27- 2 day Intensive Intro to Encaustics- Kim Kool
Sunday September 8 - Intro to Encaustics - Kim Kool

Saturday October 19 - Intro to Encaustics - Kim Kool

2 Day Intensive Introduction to Encaustics    - Kim Kool

Monday August 26 & Tuesday August 27  - 11-4 both days
This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to explore the beauty and freedom of encaustic painting, for anyone looking to set up their own home encaustic studio, or for anyone looking to expand their artistic practice.
Over the course of 2 days we will cover safety and general information about encaustic painting, learn how to mix an encaustic palette, how to layer and fuse the wax, and how to embed objects between layers.  We will make marks and create texture through a number of techniques such as incising, imprinting, and scraping back layers.  We will cover basic photo transfers, the hot stylus tool, including the brush tip, pan pastels and india ink.  We will explore a variety of stenciling techniques such as using stencils with pan pastels, stenciling with wax, and how to use natural leaves to create a beautiful stencil as well as ghost images.  Oil sticks and using oil paint, including how to fill lines will also be covered.
 Material List - Wood panels - variety of sizes with a maximum size of 12x16.  We will be working on several pieces at once.
Optional - Pan Pastels, oil paint, oil sticks, stencils, laser print outs of black and white photo's.  These items will all be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have specific supplies you would like to use. 
$265 (no tax) for 2 days
REGISTER HERE - [email protected]   or call 519-497-7646
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.  Check our Calendar for available dates.

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 the wax, creating texture through gouging and mark making techniques, how to embed materials, basic photo transfers, and use of the hot stylus tool.  5 Hour Encaustic further explores the techniques in Introduction to Encaustic, as well as stencilling, pan pastels, and india ink.
Each participant will leave with their own finished 6x6  birch panel as well as several mat board practice pieces.
  All supplies included.  No previous experience required.   5 hours $150
 
REGISTER HERE - [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.   $70 

REGISTER HERE - [email protected] or Call 519-497-7646
Encaustics for Youth  - Kim Kool
This 2 hour workshop for youth ages 12-17, will explore the creative process through a variety of encaustic and mixed media techniques.  Suitable for all levels. 
No artistic experience required.  All supplies included.    $60

REGISTER HERE - [email protected] or Call 519-497-7646
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
Intuitive Encaustics- Karen Brown

We are all born to Create!!
Imagine what it feels like to just play with paint and colour.
Letting go of preconceived ideas and expectations. Being open to what emerges! Bringing balance back into your life!  Then let the wax and paint guide your creations!  That is where the MAGIC is!


During this  workshop I will be demonstrating different ways you can play with paints, wax, inks, 
stencils, collage and much more!!  We will use found items to intuitively 'make marks'!

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
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 HERE - [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 HERE - [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
Artfully Balanced  - Kim Kool & Karen Brown
An ongoing monthly workshop series that explores the forces that drive our creativity, in art and in life, as well as our ever-shifting balance both within ourselves, and in relation to the world around us.  The passing of a talking piece, combined with the spontaneous and fluid nature of encaustic painting will allow us to tap into our collective wisdom in ways that will delight, surprise, and enlighten us.  Each month we will explore a different theme paired with an encaustic technique designed to ignite our creative spirit and bring balance to our minds and bodies.
No artistic experience required.  All supplies included.   
Third Wednesday of every month  6:00- 9:00   $65

REGISTER HERE - [email protected] or Call 519-497-7646
Beeswax Wraps - Make and Create - Karen Brown
JBeeswax 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