Kathleen Kvern
Hot Wax Sampler

May 18 - May 18

1 Teaching Days


In this unique one-day participatory workshop experience you’ll be introduced to the exciting processes and techniques of encaustic painting (hot wax) painting. The workshop is appropriate for absolute beginners as well as those with some encaustic painting experience. Participants will create a minimum of two works of art and leave with confidence to continue the exploration of encaustic painting.  

Kathleen will lead the encaustic workshop. Painting with the ancient, luminous medium of encaustic wax offers unlimited creative possibilities. Encaustic medium is a combination of beeswax and damar resin with pigment added to the medium for color. Encaustic painting is a process of applying the heated wax onto a substrate and fusing layers of wax with a heat gun or torch. Review of the history, safety practices, and basic skills of encaustic painting will be covered through conversation and demonstrations with hands-on practice. We will review various encaustic tools and materials, and multiple techniques for achieving lines, texture, and composition when working with encaustic paints. Participants will explore the medium and be encouraged to move beyond the basics into exploration of layering techniques and collage work. We’ll cover individual creative goals and discuss studio set up for encaustic painting as well. 


Kathleen Kvern is an abstract painter based in Minneapolis. She works primarily in encaustic and mixed media creating multi- layered paintings inspired by the beauty of the natural world. Her work has been juried into exhibitions at the Nicolet College Art Gallery, Tubac Center of the Arts, Northfield Art Gallery, Artistry at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, Gallery 360, and at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibition among others. She has been commissioned to create public art for the Minneapolis International Airport and St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd and teaches encaustic workshops at the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center in Minneapolis. Her work has been featured in Wax Fusion, a digital publication of International Encaustic Artists (IEA) and she was the recipient of the 2019 Emerging Artists Grant award from IEA. 


If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $150
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $180
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $190
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $200


Saturday, June 18
Continental beakfast in the art studio at the main lodge (included in price of the package)
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Class in Session
Lunch On Own
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

4:00 Class ends

You are welcome to join us for accommodations on Friday and/or Saturday.  Accommodations rates will vary by unit selected and if you are staying one or two nights.
Day students (those not staying at Dillman’s overnight) are welcome to attend the Welcome continental breakfast on Saturday.

You are also invited to join the class for Saturday dinner ($28 additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches are additional.

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)