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.

2015 Workshops


Encaustic Collagraph Monotype at Elise Wagner Studio
Portland, Oregon

Collagraph printing is a process that begins by using collage materials to build up a raised textured surface over any rigid substrates such as plexi-glass, wood or cardboard to create a printing plate. Inks/oils are applied to the textured surface and printed on paper or fabric. Encaustic collagraph uses wax, in lieu of collage material, as a soft ground that can be incised, carved or built up and manipulated to hold texture. Prints can be made using two distinct methods or a combination of: relief which will reflect the topmost surface of the plate; or intaglio which picks up the recessed details and fine lines. The flexibility of encaustic gives a dynamic twist to this traditional printing process by giving you a ground that remains stable through multiple print runs for an edition series, yet at the same time can be quickly and easily manipulated after each print for highly controlled monotypes that offer incredible depth.

This two-day workshop will take you through every step of the encaustic collagraph method that Wagner pioneered. Her unique approach to printmaking from a painter's point of view will take you beyond encaustic. You will first create the collagraph plates using Wagner's white wax on plexi-glass. The next day we begin printing using Akua inks. The plates that you create in this workshop can also be saved and reused to print from again and again.

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

August 1 & 2
September 19 & 20 (FULL)
October 17 & 18 (FULL)
November 14 & 15
December 5 & 6

$290+$75 materials fee
10:00AM-4:00PM Saturday
9:00AM-4:00PM Sunday
Maximum 5 participants

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Encaustic Collagraph: From Print to Painting
A Collaboration Between
R&F Hand Made Paints & Women's Studio Workshop
Kingston, NY
August 17-21, 2015 (FULL)
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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.

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