I just wanted to tell you again what a great workshop that was last week. In fact, it is the best workshop I’ve ever attended—and I’ve been to a bunch! The fact that it was such a congenial group was a big plus, but mostly it was the environment you created for us and the lovely lunches each day. 
~ Hildegard S.



National Teaching Schedule

Join me on the road for these workshops in 2017:

Scheduled Now:  

  • Comprehensive Introduction to Encaustic Painting, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas  March 10-12, 2017  (Registration opens December 13, 2017. Register through the school online or by telephone.) This workshop is co-sponsored with R&F Paint through their CORE program.  SOLD OUT
  • Authentic Art: Creating from the Inside Out,  Guest Workshop Retreat with Patricia Seggebruch, Lexington, KY.  May 17-20, 2017. (Registration is open now.  Register on the linked site.)
  • Authentic Art: Creating from the Inside Out, Interactive Presentation, Provincetown, MA June 2, 2017. International Encaustic Conference. Registration is now open. 
  • Wax and Paper: Complimentary Processes Three day intensive.  Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas July 7-9, 2017  Registration Now open! Register through the school online or by telephone.) This workshop is co-sponsored with R&F Paint through their CORE program.  FULL
  • Beyond the Basics: Advanced Encaustic Painting Three day intensive.  Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas.  Register through the school online or by telephone. Registration opens summer 2017. This workshop is co-sponsored with R&F Paint through their CORE program.
  • Nature Papers and Beeswax Bundles  Artful Gathering (online class) July 16-August 26, 2017.  Register on the site.


Michelle Belto Encaustic Workshops

As a teaching artist, my philosophy is simple.  I believe in providing an adult learning environment that is non-judgmental, non-competitive and personal.  When I teach nationally and internationally, I don't always have the luxury to make my own rules.  But when I teach at my studio, my workshops are alway limited in size so that I can work with students on an individual level and insure that each student use safe practices.  

The workshop fee includes all supplies.  Encaustic is a medium that incorporates a variety of processes and materials.  It often takes time for students to discover how wax can support and enhance their work. Providing a sampling of mixed media materials, a variety of tools and all equipment allows students to jump into the exploration of this intriguing medium without a lot of upfront costs. 

I offer a lunch as part of the workshop experience because I believe that, as artists, we can learn from one another's life story as we share over a meal.  My students go home with a comprehensive understanding of encaustic medium, a first step in using wax as a new direction in their work and with new friendships that often grow into networking opportunities.

I invite you to take a workshop and expand your horizons.  I look forward to working with you.