ENCAUSTIC mini-course

Understanding the BASICS!

You Will Discover


How to Make your own encaustic medium
(Save $$ making your own!)

How to make your own encaustic paints (two methods)

What types of mark making-materials you can use

Encaustic studio set up and safety

Different types of ventilation

Tips on outlets, power strips and extension cords

Organizing tips!

PDF Documents

Comprehensive PDF listing suppliers, tools, equipment and materials

How to Care for your Encaustic Paintings

Tips on shipping encaustic paintings


Recipes for making your own encaustic medium

Participate in LIVE Calls

LIVE Q&A calls to answer your encaustic questions starting in March 2021 and continuing through April 30, 2022 (when PWF ends).


This encaustic mini course is being created to align with Lora Murphy’s Painting with Fire (PWF) Master Class. I am one of the 26 instructors who will bring you a new video every week from April 30, 2021 – April 30, 2022. PWF is also LIFETIME ACCESS. This PWF Master Class begins April 30th, 2021.

This mini-course will prepare you so you will be ready! However, you do not need to be part of the PWF Master Class to enjoy this mini-course!.

I have loved encaustic painting the moment I tried it back in 2008. Long before I learned how to paint with cwm/oils, I learned encaustic painting and encaustic monotype. Enroll in this mini course and learn the BASICS of encaustic painting! See you there starting March 1, 2021!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish and when are the LIVE zoom calls?
The encaustic mini-course is now open! Enroll now as space is limited. Our first scheduled LIVE Q&A Zoom call is March 9, at 2-3pm MST. Please sure to watch your emails for updates, including the zoom link for these calls.
How long do I have access to the course?
My mini-course is a LIFETIME course and you have 24/7 access! If you are also taking the Encaustic Master Class, Painting with Fire, this is also a LIFETIME, YEAR LONG course accessible 24/7.
Will there be any LIVE Zoom calls throughout the year once the Painting with Fire Master Class begins on April 30, 2021?
Yes! I will stay in touch with all who are enrolled in the mini-course. I, too, will be going through the Master Class with you as one of the 26 instructors! I will announce special, LIVE Zoom calls to answer your questions, and possibly offer additional encaustic workshops to those who are part of this mini-course!
I'd also like the YEAR LONG Encaustic Master Class with 26 instructors - how do I sign up for that?
This fabulous YEAR LONG "Painting with Fire" Encaustic Master Class, with 26 world reknowned instructors (including me!), will provide you with LIFETIME access to 1 new video EACH WEEK for a whole YEar- starting April 30, 2021! This is a a GREAT OPPORTUNITY! Please use my personal affiliate link and JOIN NOW (LIFETIME Access to the entire year of videos): www.EncausticMasterClass.com


"Wow...great job, Pam! This mini-course is more comprehensive than I ever imagined. You’ve hit all the notes and then some. I’ve been working with encaustic for about 4 years and going through it was a great review. I also really enjoyed the mark making episode after having taken your PDPC class. So, thanks! Looking forward to the Master Class and whatever else you have up your sleeve."

Lin Holzinger

"This workshop is Better than excellent!!!!!!!! All the information is very well presented. It is a wonderful introduction for beginners and a great review for experienced painters. Pam puts so much time and effort into sharing her work and process. Thanks so much for sharing all your free videos on YouTube. This would be a great addition to any encaustic course!"

Janet F

"It was Wonderful! You are very thorough and detailed in all of your explanations. I love how you are willing to show all the materials used up close. You give such specific and clear explanation on each and every step of the Encaustic process. Nothing is over looked and taken for granted. It is very impressive! Bravo and Great job! I can't wait for more."


"Pam, Hi , As always I enjoy taking your courses. I got so much out of this Encaustic mini-course! I had taken a quick course in the 90's and actually worked some in Encaustics for a while. However I didn't continue as there were too many unknowns and as a Printmaker I went in that direction instead , never knew a lot of what you shared in the course. I will be taking the Painting With Fire year long course also and now have my studio all set up and I'm ready to revisit this wonderful medium. Again, Thanks so much!"

Marti Schmidt

"I've worked with encaustic for many years. But I wanted to take this class from Pam because I know there is always something new to add to my art practice. And I wasn't disappointed."

Linda Nunes

Your Instructor

Pamela Caughey
Pamela Caughey

Pamela Caughey grew up in Wisconsin, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UW-Madison in 1983. After moving with her family to Hamilton, MT in 1986, she began her serious study of art, and in 2010 received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Montana School of Art. She works in many media, with special interest in cold wax/oil, encaustic, mixed media and acrylic. Her work is in the permanent collection of several museums and public buildings nationally and internationally and her work appears in the newly published book by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, “Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts, Conversations”. After teaching foundations courses at the University of Montana, Bitterroot College, Montana, she is now a full time studio artist and teaches workshops from her Hamilton, Montana studio, within the US and abroad.

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