Have you wanted to bring more luminosity to your encaustic paintings? 


Are you looking to clarify color relationships in your painting?


Have you wanted to use a more sophisticated palette with your encaustic work?

Would you like to branch out and experiment using color in new ways?

In addition to challenging you visually, this workshop will expand your knowledge of encaustic color and throughly explore opaque and transparent color relationships. We will cover using prismatic color, mixing muted tones, and using warm and cool chromatic and chromatic grays to enhance your work.

Weekly class assignments will include making paintings that use color in sophisticated relationships. We will learn through making and use a series of in-class and prerecorded videos to expand color knowledge.

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:

  • Working transparent and opaque color with encaustic paint
  • Discover how cool and warm color can coexist forming dynamic relationships
  • Learn the difference between prismatic color, muted tones, and chromatic grays and how you can use them in your own work
  • Rapid fire color study exercises
  • Create paintings during the class that will open new doors to how you think about color
  • Introduction of podcasts, books and contemporary drawing concepts
  • How tools can enhance how use color with encaustic paint
  • How oil and wax can work together in an encaustic painting
  • Understand glazing in encaustic work
  • Class exercises to further inspire and brainstorm possibilities

This class is perfect for any artist that wishes to clarify color in their work and understand how subtleties can make dynamic color statements
Prior to each class, participants will complete the assignment for the live class session. 

"We will discuss how you make use color in a personal way to clarify your vision. The class is a deep dive using color studies and experiments that will stretch how you approach your work going forward. You may also take the knowledge you gain in the class and apply it towards other media that you work in as well."

~ Jeff Hirst

Jeff Hirst - Printmaking & Painting

This course is closed for enrollment.



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: Do I need to have an in-depth knowledge of color?

A: No, we will cover a comprehensive study of color through assignments that will benefit your practice going forward.

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

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

THE SUPPLY LIST will be available soon and you will be notified when it is in the curriculum. To reach the curriculum, register, then go to catalystartlab.com. Look top right for "MY COURSES". Click on the course logo and you will be there.


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. ~