Wax Praxis: Encaustic Applications

July 24 - July 28


Wax Praxis: Encaustic Applications

Wax Praxis: Encaustic Applications

This is a 5-day workshop. Classes run 9 – 4 pm daily and tuition includes lunch.

The Wax Praxis is designed for you to embark on a 5-day deep dive into a comprehensive of encaustic painting and its various applications. Starting with an overview of the encaustic medium’s deep ancient history, to grounds, tools, brushes, fusing methods, safety, palette preparation, color mixing and layering, the Wax Praxis will open up a world of creative possibilities to apply to your painting practice.

This class will explore the rudiments and essentials of painting with wax to fully incorporate prints, photographs, textile embossing, collage materials and other media such as pan pastels and pigment sticks into encaustic paintings. Layering with any kind of paint forms the stage in which to translate your inspirations and creative visions into wax. In this class, students will learn to layer medium by creating transparent color layers to achieve depth.

The elements and materials that come together with encaustic painting form a unique alchemy. There are a lot of ways to work with heat and on an encaustic surface while it is still warm. I will demonstrate the adherent nature of wax and various image transfer techniques it offers up such as laser, inkjet, Xerox, graphite and carbon transfer.

Each day will begin with a demonstration of specific techniques. Rather than a purely technique driven workshop however, the Wax Praxis is designed more for students to discover new techniques to then apply to an existing creative narrative or to bring concepts and ideas into fruition for their work.


  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $60
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: While the rudiments will be taught, the instructor will meet students at their skill level and expect them to bring ideas to the table if they have experience.

Price: $890

This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars


Elise Wagner has been a working artist in Oregon for nearly four decades. Wagner taught herself how to work with encaustic as an oil painter. She is a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant Recipient, was a 2022 recipient of the Artist Reliance Award and awarded grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Ford Family Foundation.

Click here to read more about ELISE WAGNER

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If you need to make a cancellation, please complete MISSA's on-line cancellation form. Phone or email correspondence will not be accepted.

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BEFORE May 1: For each course withdrawal, a refund for tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee.

May 2 – June 29: For each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2024 will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee. Any applicable supply fee will be fully refunded.

AFTER June 30: Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for credits or refunds.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2023 program is completely canceled (due to COVID restrictions for for any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

On-campus accommodations may be cancelled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee, via Paypal within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation request form.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA's online cancellation form and will be processed through PayPal.

No refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Program.


This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.