Encaustic Photography Workshop
Photo © Margot Hartford

Encaustic Photography

This beginning encaustic photography workshop is a great introduction if you have never worked with wax and the art of encaustics before.
Margot Hartford

“Encaustics is so forgiving for beginners! It’s sooooo fun!! As a photographer, I love the way it allows me to play with my photo images in a more tactile, topographical way.”

— Micki K.

Margot Hartford’s encaustic photography workshops at The Image Flow are a wonderful dive into the extensive possibilities of the encaustic medium. At the core of all encaustic art is the wax itself—which can be treated with pigments for encaustic painting, used in layers with photographs, or combined with paper for a collage effect.

This hands-on, one-day encaustic basics workshop is a great introduction if you have never worked with encaustic wax or learned encaustic techniques before. The workshop will examine approaches to using mixed media, tissue papers, and other objects that can be embedded into the wax for encaustic collage. Even photographic elements can be combined with the medium to produce unique encaustic mixed media results. We will address heating, fusing, and manipulating wax, as well as discuss colors, brushes, and where to find materials.

Encaustic wax and all other encaustic supplies will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own additional materials to incorporate into their artwork.

Participants will be supplied with two 5×7-inch or 6×6-inch wood panels to work on during this beginning encaustics class and will take home at least two completed works of encaustic art. Margot will have additional panels for sale at $10 apiece, should students desire more materials to work on as they perfect the encaustic technique.

Encaustic Photography Workshop

Sign up for both Encaustic Photography & Intermediate Encaustics with our Encaustics Bundle and receive a $25 discount!


Saturday & Sunday
March 19 – 20, 2022


Instructor Bio


Margot HartfordMargot Hartford


Margot Hartford is a Bay Area lifestyle and fine art photographer. While serving as a docent at SFMOMA, she discovered encaustic painting through the work of Jasper Johns. Inspired, she created a small studio in her home and experimented using wax to produce pieces of art incorporating her photography. Now she teaches various Encaustics workshops at The Image Flow, and elsewhere, and continues to use photography in her pieces. Margot has a studio at the ICB in Sausalito.


Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and fine art reproduction.


March 19, 2022



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The Image Flow Photography Center
328 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo, CA
Located in Marin County CA, just north of San Francisco.

Who Should Take This Workshop

Anyone ages 16 and older interested in exploring creative ways to work with photography and mixed media

Pertinent Details

  • Maximum eight (8) students
  • Ages 16 and older
  • No previous encaustics experience required
  • Wear clothes that can get dirty
  • Masks are required for Covid-19 safety

Workshop Fee Includes

  • Two, one-inch-thick 5×7 wood panels included
  • Additional panels for sale at $10 each
  • All other materials included

Required Materials

  • Bring your own photographs, prints, papers, and other collage materials to experiment (optional)

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