Kathleen Kvern Barbara McFarland
Hot & Cold Wax Sampler

Jun 17 - Jun 18

2 Teaching Days


Hot & Cold Wax Sampler: Two Days & Two Instructors!

In this unique two-day participatory workshop experience you’ll be introduced to the exciting processes and techniques of encaustic painting (hot wax) and cold wax painting. The workshop is appropriate for absolute beginners as well as those with some encaustic and/or cold wax painting experience.

Participants will create a minimum of four works of art and leave with confidence to continue the exploration of encaustic painting and cold wax painting. The workshop will be split into two sessions. The morning session from 9am – 12:00pm will be an introduction and exploration of encaustic painting. We’ll take an hour break for lunch. The afternoon session from 1:00 pm – 4pm will be an introduction and exploration of cold wax painting.

Barbara McFarland will lead the cold wax section of the workshop. This process will undertake applying paint in an intuitive way or with more direct intention. We’ll experiment with color, composition, and content, using a variety of tools for layering, scraping, and incising, and glazing. And that’s just the beginning! We’ll wipe away the mystery of the blank, white surface by mastering inspirational underpaintings which will set the stage for tonal depths of whatever speaks to you in the moment.

Kathleen Kvern will lead the encaustic section of the 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.


Instructor: Barbara McFarland is a multimedia artist from Northern Wisconsin whose work reflects a lifetime of artistic influence by world cultures and the natural surroundings of the Northwoods. Barbara has won awards in national juried competitions and has participated in international exhibitions. She has taught workshops in Greece, Switzerland, and France, as well as the United States. Her work has been published in books by watercolorist, Karlyn Holman.

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Instructor: 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.

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If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $175
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $195
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $215
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $225
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $215
(There are 2 nights’ accommodations included in the “Room & One Dinner Fee” listed above.)


Friday, June 16
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)

Saturday, June 17
Breakfast at the Main Lodge part 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

Sunday, June 18
9:00 a.m. – Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own – A working lunch with a Champagne Toast & Dessert (included in package)
2:00 p.m. Class ends

ONLY FRI AND SAT night accommodations
Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and champagne toast/dessert (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class for Friday dinner ($27 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.)