Beginning in 1996, I started teaching encaustic painting to the local community in my studio in Portland, Oregon. Since then, I have taught coast to coast meeting hundreds of artists and formed many collaborative relationships as part of my creative exploration.

2014-15 Workshops

The Alchemy of Process with
Visiting Artist Lisa Pressman

Wagner and Pressman share a common interest in allowing the alchemy of materials to navigate and inform the contextual basis of their work. This workshop is designed to be an integrative collaboration of specific approaches between two working artists towards that end.

Both artists will share their unique approaches of combining oil, encaustic and printmaking towards enhancing your own artistic vision and focus. Bringing their unique and rich backgrounds to the class, you will learn from each artist how to loosen up through gestural exercises and mark making and how to think outside the picture plane and compose a painting from the ground up.

A Professional Practices session will be offered topics will include; approaching galleries, website development, getting your work out there, juried shows and writing an artist statement.

January 18-21, 2015 (FULL)

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Micro to Macro - Going Big
In this three-day session, I will share the methods involved with working large. Participants will take it to the next level by learning to expand from something smaller to something bigger through the use of composition, subject, color and material combinations. Students will be required to bring smaller "micro" works to draw ideas from towards creating "macro" works on 14" x 14" and 16" x 16" panels. Conceptual ideas, works on paper, prints and additional materials are also encouraged for students to bring along.

Choose from the following dates:
November 15-17, 2014
February 7-9, 2015
$475 includes all materials

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Encaustic Collagraph Monotype
Ideal for painters, Encaustic Collagraph Monotype is a process in which encaustic textures are built onto plexiglass plates to create collagraphs that are run through an intaglio press using non-toxic Akua soy and honey based inks and printed on paper. By exploiting the rich textures found in encaustic and combining it with traditional printmaking methods, this technique can produce subtle, mysterious marks of incredible depth, allowing for variable prints or editions.

After pioneering this technique in 2002, this two-day specialized workshop has grown in popularity into a destination course and has attracted both professional and beginning students to Portland from as far away as Australia, Victoria B.C, Toronto, New York and Alabama. The first day of the workshop, we prepare the encaustic collagraph plates, the second day we lay out our inks to apply to the encaustic collagraph plates for printing. Morning coffee provided.

Workshop includes two reusable plexiglass plates, three sheets of Rives BFK paper, encaustic supplies, and printing inks. Additional plates and paper available for purchase.

December 6 & 7

$290+$75 materials fee
10:00AM-4:00PM Saturday
9:00AM-4:00PM Sunday
Maximum 4 participants

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Building a History: Relief, Incised and Inlaid Line Work at
Sitka Center of Art & Ecology
My paintings have always formed their structure through the use of line. In this workshop, students will tackle the “blank canvas” using line to build the foundation of a painting. Using translucent encaustic medium, you will learn to layer and build a history by way of varying the color, width and type of line. We will be fusing primarily with the tacking iron that will give you the ability to maintain the integrity of your layered lines towards creating incredible depth. To achieve line, we will be using various ceramic incising and inlaying tools as well as the wax writer for relief lines. I will share a brief slide show of my work and two artists that have greatly inspired my lines: Paul Klee and Richard Diebenkorn will be featured.

November 1 & 2, 2014
10AM– 4PM
Maximum 5 participants
$325 Includes all materials

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Private Teaching Rates
$100/1st hr $65 for each additional (maximum 6 hours).

These sessions include all materails and are ideal as one-on-one instruction for specific projects and techniques.

Encaustic Painting Restoration Rates
I have restored encaustic objects and paintings for galleries and private collectors for many years and am on the Oregon Historical Society conservation source list. Please feel free to contact me regarding your specific needs and any photos of the work.

Wagner Encaustics Available Exclusively to Students
16oz. cans of my Encaustic Collagraph Titanium White is available to students. I also have a limited amount of colors available at 40% off and custom make colors on request.

Refer a friend discounts now available for all workshops!
Refer a friend and enjoy a 10% discount on any future workshop.

Paypal is accepted to, processing fees apply at the time of class.
To make a deposit, you can email me to request a payment inovice OR, select "sending money to family or friends" to avoid fees deducted from the total deposit. Please indicate which workshop you are making a deposit for in the notes section.

Credit cards accepted using Square for in workshop payments and purchases.

Checks and cash also accepted


Artists travel to my workshops from all over the United States, Canada and beyond. The workshops have become a creative destination for artists to explore Portland's unique creative culture, restaurants and surrounding natural beauty.

My studio is conveniently located behind The Monticello Motel. This makes it easy to walk over to my studio for morning coffee and pastries fromt he local Italian bakery. The Monticello is a clean reasonably priced budget motel and has been favorably reviewed by former students. For more information and rates go to:

All of the following accomodations are within a 10-15 minute drive to my studio or near the MAX Yellow Light Rail Line which will take you directly to my studio within 30 minutes. The below suggested hotels range in price from moderate to luxury.

Airbnb is also a good option in North Portland, including a single or double occupancy at my place.

The Kennedy School

Hotel Modera

Ace Hotel

The Nines Hotel


*All deposits are non-refundable but can be applied to a future class should you need to cancel.

*Deposits are transferable and non-refundable.

*25% refund of workshop fees upon cancellation.

*No shows are non-refundable.

*Deposit is fully refundable should instructor need to cancel class due to low enrollment.

*Upon purchasing workshop, you hold Elise Wagner, LLC free from any liability in the event of accident orinjury to yourself or your person.