Kathleen Kvern
Intuitive Encaustic Workshop

Jun 2 - Jun 6

3 Teaching Days


In this unique three-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 beginners as well as those with more advanced encaustic painting experience. A brief history and description of encaustic painting will be discussed as well as an overview of the basic supplies and tools used in Encaustic painting. Participants will learn a variety of techniques including incising, collage, image transfers, mixing paint, creating texture and working with masks and stencils. There will be ample studio time and one-on-one instruction. You will develop your aesthetic and artistic voice using the ancient medium of encaustic. Participants will create a minimum of four 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 will 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): $250
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $260
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $280
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $290

Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $390
(There are 4 nights’ accommodations included in the “Room & One Dinner Fee” listed above.)


Sunday, June 2
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman’s (included in Room and Meal Package. $28 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday June 3 – 5
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. – Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Wednesday, June 5
NOON Champagne Toast & Dessert (included in package)

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.)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

4:00 Class ends

Thursday, June 6
Depart – check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events – Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
Monday 7:00 p.m. S’more Roast (no charge)

Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga
Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.