Have you painted with encaustic for a while and want to move your work to the next level? 


Are you looking to visually strengthen the focus of your work?


Have you been searching for a way to make your work your own unique statement?

In addition to challenging you visually, this workshop will further expand your development of color and form in your work.

Class discussions will take place that focus on how your content and visual language intersect. The class will use a series of personal prompts that help you realize new paradigms that might exist within your work. The underlying theme of the class is how to strengthen your visual content.

We will address each participants' work within the class and discuss best practices for moving the work forward.

In the four 90-minute live class discussions and lectures, demos and in-depth Q&A, you will broaden the foundation of your creative practice.  This course will also include a resource guide identifying where to get the best materials and supplies, 3 months of access to the class recordings. Course is limited to 20 students.

Jeff Hirst - Printmaking & Painting

Topics and concepts covered in the course:

  • Surface treatment and how it is relevant to your work.
  • Working with complex color relationships.
  • Develop two new paintings during the class that address your personal vision.
  • Discuss structure and what role it plays within your work.
  • Rapid fire sketching.
  • Successive drawing and sketchbooks.
  • Introduction of podcasts, books and contemporary painting history.
  • Composition challenges when working with encaustic.
  • Learn how to translate drawings into paintings.
  • Use line, shape, and color in unique approaches.
  • Class exercises to further inspire and brainstorm possibilities.
  • Further revealing and defining your voice through unusual juxtapositions.

This class is an excellent fit for artists who have worked with encaustic and are looking to shake up their current creative process.
Prior to each class, participants will watch the pre-recorded content and complete the assignment for the live class session. 

"I will discuss how painting and drawing have a kinship that further flesh out and develop your paintings. Encaustic can be a difficult medium and I will help simplify each artists approach through conceptual reflection and challenging your current thinking about encaustic painting."

~ Jeff Hirst


Jeff Hirst - Printmaking & Painting

The class is open for registration!



Q: How do I access the class?

A: Once you purchase the class, you will have access to the course content (pre-recorded, handouts, and live meetings. Each unit shows the day, time, and how to join the live session on Zoom.


Q: How much encaustic experience do I need?

A: If you feel comfortable working with the medium, this will be an appropriate class for you to expand upon your practice.

Q: I have more questions. How do I reach you?

A: You can email Jeff at [email protected].


Jeff is a generous teacher, focused but relaxed. Jeff made the principles of the specific techniques accessible and clear, yet was open and very encouraging of experimentation.

~ Peggy E. ~

Jeff Hirst is one of my favorite teachers! His love of the work comes out in the enthusiasm he shows for the work of his students, and his patience helps us through the rough patches when we want to be as good as he is. His unique combination of artistic and teacher skills make classes a joy to participate in. I always look forward to spending time in Jeff's classes. 

~ Nancy D. ~

Jeff is an accomplished and talented artist who shows firsthand how a creative artist pushes the limits and experiments in a fun and safe way!

~ Kathy E. ~

Jeffrey Hirst fostered a learning environment that allowed for experimentation with various media. And if it worked out - fine, and if not, he exhibited great patience and encouragement for my trying it differently next time. I also appreciated his honest and candid feedback about my work. That is how I learn best. And finally, Jeff was personable with a great sense of humor. Our class had a wonderful week working with him.

~ Carol R. ~

The workshop was one of my all-time favorites! I feel energized and feel the courage to continue experimenting! I needed this!!!

~ Michele B. ~

I appreciate how your class welcomed all levels and showed how anyone can improve and expand their artistic language from your teachings. And thank you for your friendly, patient, and generous attitude and making the class fun. There was a good vibe and we learned a ton! Your workshop was a creatively magical experience and I was so sad to see it end.

~ Dawn B. ~