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

While creating an encaustic collagraph monotype technique and going on to teach it collaboratively for nearly a decade, I realized I enjoy teaching with other artists. I decided to expand this enjoyment and invite artists to come and combine their methods with my mine to form The Alchemy of Process Visiting Artist Workshop Series. By offering three to four day intensive workshops with special guest artists from around the county, the workshop series gives students a rich and rare experience of learning from two different instructors with two different approaches. This level of engagement combines content and technique with two working artists that goes far beyond encaustic painting technique.

2013-14 Workshops

**Due to my upcoming show at Butters Gallery in July, class offerings will be limited in the Spring. However, you have the option to set up a one-on-one session with me. Please refer to my private teaching rates below.**

Building a History: Relief, Incised and Inlaid Line Work
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.

Choose from the following 2014 dates:

May 3 & 4
July 19 & 20
August 16 & 17
$275+$50 materials fee

$100 deposit holds your spot
email: for more information and to reserve a spot.

This workshop is also being offered September 19 & 20 at
Sitka Center for Art & Ecology located on the Oregon Coast at Cascade Head.


Encaustic Collagraph Monotype
with Elise Wagner
$290+$35 materials fee
10:00AM-4:00PM Saturday
9:00AM-4:00PM Sunday
Maximum 8 participants

I have been refining this technique for over a decade, pushing the barriers of encaustic into the realm of printmaking. Encaustic Collagraph is a process in which encaustic textures are built onto plexiglass plates and run through an intaglio press using non-toxic Akua soy and honey based inks that are 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.

Since its inception in 2006, this two-day 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. 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. Coffee and morning pastries provided.

Workshop includes four reusable plexiglass plates, two sheets of proofing paper, non-archival paper, encaustic supplies, and printing inks. Additional plates and paper available for purchase.

email: to reserve a spot.


August, 2014 (dates TBD)
$595 + $50 materials fee
$100 non-refundable deposit holds your spot

Additional course information coming soon.

email: for more information and to reserve a spot.

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.