Artfully Balanced

An ongoing monthly workshop series that explores the forces that drive our creativity, in art and in life, as well as our ever-shifting balance both within ourselves, and in relation to the world around us.  The passing of a talking piece, combined with the spontaneous and fluid nature of encaustic painting will allow us to tap into our collective wisdom in ways that will delight, surprise, and enlighten us.  Each month we will explore a different theme paired with an encaustic technique designed to ignite our creative spirit and bring balance to our minds and bodies.

This workshop is run by myself and Karen Brown.  Absolutely no artistic experience required.  

The Hive, 6-9pm

$65 per workshop 

February 20th

March 20th

April 17th

To register, email  

Encaustic Art Cards

This a great workshop for anyone looking for a taste of this wonderful medium, or for anyone who wants to explore the fun of working in miniature!   This 2.5 hour workshop covers basic safety and general information.  Participants will learn how to layer and fuse the wax, gouging and mark making techniques, how to embed materials, basic photo transfers, and use of the hot stylus tool.  Each participant will leave with 4-6 of their own original encaustic 'mini' pieces, mounted on 5x7 backing.  All supplies and equipment included.  No previous experience required.  

The Hive - Friday March 22nd 1-3:30pm - $70

To register, email or call 519-497-7646

The Georgian Artisan Shop, Thornbury - February 17th 1-3:30pm  - $70

​To register,

Open Studio

Open Studio is the perfect opportunity to work in a fully stocked encaustic studio, without having to set up an encaustic studio!  Come to The Hive and play, explore, and create in our beautiful studio space.  

$20 for the first hour and $5 for every 15 minutes afterwards.  Bring your own substrate (size limit of 16x20 in effect) and all other wax, supplies, and equipment included.  No instruction.

To participate in Open Studio, you must have taken a workshop with myself, Karen Brown, at The Hive in the past, or be an established encaustic artist.  

Open Studio's run most Wednesdays and occasionally throughout the week/weekends.  For full schedule visit    It is always a good idea to let us know ahead of time if you are planning on joining us. 

email  or call 519-497-7546

Private Workshops

I can run any of the above workshops for a private group at The Hive.  If the group is 4 or more individuals then the rates are as follows;

1.5 hours $60 per person 

3 hours $90 per person 

5 hours $150 per person 

If your group is for less than 4, additional studio fees apply.  

Perfect for bridal parties, special occasions, girls' day out, couples, private lessons, or for anyone looking for a truly remarkable artistic experience.

Encaustics for Youth

​This 2 hour workshop for youth ages 12-17, will explore the creative process through a variety of encaustic and mixed media techniques.   We will learn how to first layer and fuse the beeswax using a variety of hot tools, how to embed objects between the layers, how to create texture in the layers with a variety of gouging, scraping, and imprinting techniques.  The spontaneous nature of the wax lends itself well to a variety of mixed media techniques such as collage, stencilling, inks, photography, and more. Suitable for all levels.  No artistic experience required.  All supplies included. 

The Hive - Friday March 22nd 6-8pm - $60​

To register email  or call 519-497-7646

​Creative Flow Class

When we enter into a state of 'flow', we enter a state of simultaneous deep relaxation and heightened focus and awareness.  Time becomes inconsequential and our mind makes creative connections as our sense of self-doubt evaporates.  Creating art is a wonderful way to enter into this meditative state of 'flow'. 

We will begin each class with exercises designed to help us tap into our creative spirit, followed by several hours of encaustic painting in a shared, supportive and creative environment. 

The focus of this class is on process rather than technique and is open to those who have taken a workshop with myself, Karen Brown, or at The Hive in the past, or for those who are experienced encaustic painters.  All supplies and equipment included, but please bring your own substrates(maximum size of 16x20).

"Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things".  Edgar Degas 

The Hive, 10am-4pm

$120 per class

February 24th 

March 24th

​April 28th

To register, email or call 519-497-7646

I absolutely LOVE teaching encaustic workshops!  I vividly remember the first time that I tried this amazing medium.  I felt like a child again discovering something new for the very first time.  This feeling continues for me to this very day and I love sharing this experience with others.  My teaching style is very fluid.  I am there simply to guide and hold space, allowing participants the opportunity to really explore their own creativity and the joys of discovering something new.  I begin each workshop by demonstrating a variety of techniques and then encourage everyone to let go of intentions, preconceptions, and self doubt and instead to focus on movement, surprise, and discovery. 

​I teach out of a variety of creative and community spaces throughout Ontario including breweries, artisan shops, yoga studio's, and dining room tables (to name a few!).  I truly believe that it is important to make this medium accessible to anyone who wants to learn it, and that means packing up and bringing my show on the road!  Please let me know if you would like to bring a workshop to your space!

Registration and Cancellation Policy.  Payment in full confirms your registration.  Most workshops fill quickly and your spot will not be held unless full  payment is received.  Payment can be sent via e-transfer (preferred method) or arrangements can be made to process Mastercard or Visa.  If a cancellation occurs within 72 hours and the space can be filled, then a refund will be issued, otherwise, workshops are all non-refundable. 

I am committed to helping my community through the donation of art and workshop time and wholly believe that the arts should be accessible to anyone who wants to learn! To date, I have volunteered my time to teach many people the beauty of encaustics. If you have a group or community event that you think would benefit from Edge of Grey, please contact  Please note, that you can also help by booking a workshop at regular price as this helps to support non-profit work.

Encaustic Painting for Adults with Disabilities 

In this 3 hour workshop we will discover the joy of painting with beeswax by first learning how to build up layers of wax and how to fuse together each layer with a variety of heat sources.  We will explore a number of painting techniques, such as dripping and splattering the wax, how to make smooth and textured surfaces, how to embed objects in the wax, and how to add texture through a variety of gouging and imprinting techniques.  We will then go on to play with mixed media and encaustics.  

This workshop does require some dexterity in order to safely handle hot equipment.  Chairs are available, but some standing is also necessary.

Space is limited.  Support workers are welcome.  

The Hive, Wednesday February 20th, 1-4pm 

$75      *Passport friendly.

To register, email or call 519-497-7646

This workshop counts as a pre-requisite to attend Open Studio's at The Hive.  

Some subsidies available.  Please let me know if there is interest in making this an ongoing workshop.  This workshop can also be tailored and run specifically for your group.  Rates for non-profit organizations available.  

Introduction to Encaustics - 3 hour and 5 hour

This workshop will cover basic safety and general information needed to begin exploring encaustics.  Participants will learn and play with layering and fusing the wax, creating texture and depth through gouging and mark making techniques, how to embed materials, basic photo transfers, and use of the hot stylus pen.

3 hours - $90

Further explore these techniques, as well as stencilling, pan pastels, and india ink

5 hours - $150

​The Hive - February 2nd 11am-4pm - workshop full 

​The Hive - Saturday March 9th 11am-4pm 

Owen Sound Artists Co-op March - more details coming soon

The Hive - Sunday April 7th 11am-4pm

The Hive - Saturday May 4th 11am-4pm

The Hive - Sunday June 2nd 11am-4pm

The Hive - Saturday July 6th 11am-4pm

​To register email  or call 519-497-7646

All supplies are included.  No experience necessary.  Each participant will leave with several practice pieces as well as one finished 6x6 birch panel

Kim Kool - Edge of Grey Encaustics