Encaustic Intro Class - $135 Including All Supplies and Equipment

In 3 hours, you will learn the basics of Encaustics

  • review of  materials, equipment and safe practices
  • how to start a painting "out of thin air"
  • adding layers
  • how to fuse/learning to use the heat gun
  • how to manipulate the wax to create surprising and beautiful effects.

Hours: 10AM to 1:00PM or 1:00PM to 4PM.   A $35 discount will begiven for the 2-Day Workshop if you register within 90 days after the Intro Class.

Bring an apron, vinyl gloves, work shoes, lunch (if taking the 2-day or 3-day workshop), and most of all, a desire to explore and have fun!

Snacks are Served At All Workshops.  Bring Lunch For The Following

2-Day Encaustic Workshops - $345  Including All Supplies and Equipment

Please contact Bela at or (480) 221 6947.  The curriculum for beginners includes:

  • Overview of materials and equipment
  • How to prepare the support and apply the wax
  • How to start a painting from scratch and add layers
  • How to create the look of smooth tile or texture
  • How to manipulate the wax for special effects
  • Collage
  • Stencils
  • Stamps
  • Lines and Grooves
  • and much, much more
  • Individual attention and plenty of practice time


3-Day Encaustic Workshop - $475 Including All Supplies and Equipment

This Workshop includes everything taught in the 2-Day Workshop plus the 1-Day Texture Workshop described below.  Save $65 by taking all 3 days.

1-Day Encaustic Texture Workshop - $205 Including All Supplies and Equipment

Learn a great variety of techniques in Encaustics, all aimed at creating different kinds of texture.  Learn what materials bring variety to your work while making it stand out with different  surfaces and effects.  By becoming acquainted with materials that are sometimes meant for different purposes but work perfectly with Encaustics, you will widen your creative horizon and get many more ideas for your work.  Some of these materials and techniques can be applied to other mediums.  If you are working in oils, for example, you will be able to incorporate these techniques and this medium into your Art, thus making it more interesting and richer.

4-Day Encaustic Workshop - $605  Including All Supplies and Equipment

This workshop includes everything taught in the 3-Day Workshop plus the Transfers Workshop described below.  Save $145 by taking all 4 days.

1-Day Encaustic Transfers Workshop - $220 Including All Supplies and Equipment

In this workshop you will learn distinctive techniques for transferring your favorite images onto the hot wax.  These images become the encaustic.  They are not "embedded" or "collaged."

Encaustic Transfers significantly enrich your compositional vocabulary and add a distinctive, personal touch to your work.

1- Day Photo Encaustic Workshop - $235 Including All Supplies and Equipment

The newest trend in photography is its enrichment and manipulation with the centuries-old medium of encaustic.  Learn the basics of encaustics plus how to apply it to photography; collages, transfers, and a variety of ways to enrich your photos.  Adding the vocabulary of encaustic to your photography practice will distinguish yourself from other photographers as well as enrich your personal artistic experience.  The curriculum includes:

  • Review of Materials and Equipment
  • How to build layers
  • How to use the heat gun to control the wax
  • Photo Transfers
  • Creative Collage
  • Plus discussion on additional compositional alternatives with photos and encaustic

Mindfulness & Art Experience

In this workshop you will undertake a profound journey of free-play and self-revelation through Art.  You will experience first hand the flow of intuitive creation along with its potential for transformation, healing and insight. This  workshop is also excellent for non-artists who feel stuck in any way.  Personalized guidance given throughout the workshop. Fee: $90/day plus $25 for supplies.   Hours: 10AM to 4PM.   Please contact me for additional information.

Oil Painting Classes

Classes for Beginners and Intermediate levels are offered on an ongoing basis.  Instruction is customized to student's needs and goals. Fees are $30/hour for a three hour class, once weekly.  No more than three students per class ensure individualized attention.  I have thirty-plus years experience in oil painting in a variety of techniques, from Old Masters to Contemporary and Mixed Media, abstract and representational; I have been teaching for over 25 years.  For some examples of my work, please go to Galleries tab, and click on any of the many Series shown.   To see my Abstract and Contemporary work go to  For previous series go to

Encaustic In A Box

For those who prefer to study at their own pace in their studio or home, I am currently offering "The Three Step Encaustic Adventure", a 3 DVD set that condenses everything I teach in person. It includes materials and supplies necessary in order to set up your own Encaustic studio, safety practice, as well as an excellent list of suppliers. Instruction and demos cover Collage, Stencils, Stamps, Lines and Grooves, Manipulation/fusing  the Wax and more!  To purchase the course please go to



My booklet, "The Essential Encaustics - 63-tips-to-give-you-more-time-painting-instead-of-researching" booklet", is a perfect companion to the DVD Course, and  provides a wealth of information and answers to a variety of questions relating to the practice of Encaustic painting. It will save you a great deal of research time, looking for information that may not be easily available in current literature.  For additional information and purchase click here.  


NEW!  For a streaming version of this course at $47.00 (includes a pdf version of my booklet, "The Essential Encaustics"), please_click here.


NEWEST!  My e-book "Encaustics! A Beginner's Must-Have, Time-Saving companion With Short Demos That Illustrate Creative Techniques" has just been launched at  For information and purchase click here.


Hotels for Out-of-Town Students

These Hotels are Within 15 Minutes of My Studio

  • Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale North
  • Scottsdale Links Resort
  • Marriott Scottsdale McDowell Mountain
  • Sheraton Desert Oasis
  • Scottsdale Villa Mirage
  • Zona Hotel and Suites Scottsdale
  • Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale North
  • Springhill Suites Scottsdale North