Learn Photo Encaustic Techniques

Clare O’Neill presents

The Artistic Image

A 6-week online encaustic photography class for beginners


Registration is Now OPEN
Class starts February 12, 2018 and runs to March 23, 2018


Learn the basic techniques of encaustic photography,
hone your signature style
and create
stunning pieces of art

In this online program you will develop your skills and expand your vision for working in this very special medium.
In the weekly video tutorials I’ll take you step-by-step through the photo encaustic techniques that I use in my own work, and be there in the online group to answer your questions and give feedback when you need it. I’m going to take you step-by-step where to start and where to finish and teach you all the tips and techniques necessary to be successful.


Clare’s program not only elevated my fine-art work, it boosted my confidence and identification as an artist. For the first time in 25+ years as a photographer I actually feel like an artist thanks to Clare. –  Kelly Fitzsimmons


If you’re a photographer with no previous encaustic experience, and limited knowledge of photo encaustic, then this program is for you!


Ready to think differently about your photography?


During the 6-weeks you’ll be part of a vibrant international community of creative artists all willing
to share advice, tips and encouragement. This is a unique online experience that feels just like
taking an in-person photo encaustic workshop with me.


It’s personal, it’s in-depth and it’s tons of fun!


About the course creator

Clare is a professional photographer, experienced photo encaustic artist and passionate teacher.

She teaches about using photography as a tool for re-awakening creativity and self-expression while taking your photographs to new dimensions and creative possibilities.

Through her popular online and in person programs and workshops Clare provides support, inspiration and strategies to photographers all over the world who are looking to expand their artistic vision through the encaustic medium.

To learn more about Clare go here.


About the program

You can choose to work in a manner that suits you, whether that be joining along in the classroom and discussions or working on your own. You’ll have three months to access the classroom, but you can download all the materials to your computer for lifetime access.


Here’s what you get

>> 19 step-by-step training videos made available each Monday, you will be notified of these by email. The first three weeks build upon themselves with the last three being more free flowing. Each lesson is short and easy to follow and includes personal stories, supply tutorials, troubleshooting, tips, downloadable worksheets and cheatsheeds, and video demonstrations.

>> Simple and structured practice projects allowing you to play and experiment. These fun assignments to get your creative juices flowing and seek out inspiration.

>> A detailed list of resources outlining the supplies you need, where to source them and how to use them.

>> All content is housed in a beautifully designed private members portal with top-notch functionality. The classroom is easy to navigate and accessible by a unique login so you can access the course materials anytime, from anywhere.


Exclusive access to our vibrant private
Facebook community

where you can share your work, ask questions, seek feedback and
create long lasting connections with other artists.

Your investment…

This course is the next best thing to taking an in-person workshop with me in my studio (at a much higher price) only you get to keep the lessons and videos for life.




A quick note on the premium membership
The premium membership experience is for those who want 1:1 mentoring and detailed feedback from me once they’ve had a chance to experiment. All phone consultations will be scheduled at a time that is convenient for both of us anytime within 6 months of the course completion date.

So, if you are ready to:

+ Take your artistic expression to the next level +
+ Dive deeper into your craft +
+ Push yourself out of your comfort zone +
+ See your photography in a different way +



Then I’d love you to join me for this photo encaustic experience.
Class size is limited. Register early.


Week One: Thinking Differently

You’ll learn:

  • The essentials of encaustic painting
  • What materials and tools to use
  • Who the masters are and get a sense of your own style
  • What you like, what you don’t like and what draws you in
  • Which types of photos work best for the encaustic medium
  • How to work with wax


Week Two: Painting your Photograph

You’ll discover:

  • How to print and mount your images
  • Why paper selection is so important
  • Techniques for printing, substrates (including supports and grounds), and mounting images
  • Various techniques for laying down and fusing the medium
  • Ways of painting your photographs using encaustic paints, dry pigments, oil sticks, oil paints, oil pastels and watercolor



Week Three: Working with special effects

Be inspired by:

  • An introduction to using and creating special effects
  • Techniques such as masking lines with tape, inlaying wax, intaglio, layering and scraping, embedding objects, shellac burn, smooth and textured surfaces



Week Four: Encaustic techniques

We’ll explore:

  • The idea of collaging by starting with embedding non-traditional papers
  • How to build up layers of wax
  • Different backgrounds for embedding your images into


Week Five: Advanced encaustic techniques

We’ll dive further into:

  • Collaging and incorporating photo transfers into your work
  • Ways to build up layers of wax
  • Developing and enhancing the background first before transferring the image to the wax


Week Six: The finishing touches

We’ll finish up with:

  • A piece or pieces that you can continue to work on
  • Demonstrations of the various techniques and how they all come together


Throughout the six weeks you’ll be encouraged to keep thinking about your own personal vision and how photo encaustics can be used to enhance your images and inspire you to create work differently.


Check out some of the stunning pieces of artwork created by past students.

Student Photo Encaustic Gallery


What students are saying

At first I was a little anxious about the whole encaustic process because I didn’t quite know what to expect - but I didn’t need to be. In a really short time my eyes have been opened to a world of new creative possibilities for my photographs. It felt like I was ‘breaking the rules’ but I‘m so happy with my images and very proud to display them.
- John Olson

Clare is knowledgeable, encouraging and talented instructor. Open to questions (I had many), she even gently posed some important ones back to me about my art, goals and dreams. I left her workshop a more confident artist and person. I look forward to taking more classes with her.
– Patricia Christakos

Before taking Clare’s class I had no idea about the process, all I knew was I loved the results. Since taking the class I now have an exciting new way to present my photography and make it really stand out.
- Kay Geraghty

Clare’s program not only elevated my fine-art work, it boosted my confidence and identification as an artist. For the first time in 25+ years as a photographer I actually feel like an artist thanks to Clare. For me it’s all about the physical and creative energy that I put into creating a photo encaustic piece, which is very different from digitally manipulating an image by adding layers and textures on my computer. Thank you Clare for your instruction, information, inspiration, and encouragement!
- Kelly Fitzsimmons


Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of supplies will I need?
This is a mixed media class so you will need a variety of supplies. I’ve broken the list down into two parts, the essentials and the extras. Upon registration you’ll be sent a comprehensive list along with an option to purchase a class kit. If you’d like an idea of what’s needed click here.

Do I need to be a computer Whizz to do this program?
No way! As long as you have access to the Internet, have an email account and can view videos on a laptop, tablet or smartphone, you’ll have no problem. The membership website is very easy to use and you’ll get all the support you need to access the materials. If you’d like to participate in the closed Facebook group you will need a personal Facebook account, but this is entirely optional.

When does the course start?
The course starts February 12, 2018. You do not have to be present the entire time. You can download all the course material (once it has been released each week) and continue at your own pace.

I’ve never taken an on-line course before. Are the classes live? Are there certain times that I need to be available?
Since there are so many international students who take the course, there is no time that is convenient for everyone. Each week a series of pre-recorded videos will be released along with practice projects and downloadable cheat sheets. The first three weeks the videos will build upon each other. The final three weeks will include options for incorporating different effects with your image. There are no set times you need to be available and you can login whenever you want to access the course content for 3 months after the course.

How will the content be delivered?
Each Monday you will receive an email with a link to the lessons for that week. Here you will find a password-protected classroom with instructional videos, downloadable information and resources. You will also have the option of joining our private Facebook group. You will be given assignments, tool making lessons, and plenty of time to play and ask questions.

How long will the information be available?
You will have access to the material forever if you download it to your computer. I will be an active participant in the class Facebook group only during the course, but afterwards you will have an option to join a larger alumni Facebook group that you can continue to connect with artists and myself for feedback and inspiration long after the class ends.

Will I need high speed internet to access the videos?
Short answer: Yes.

Is the class size limited?
Yes, but I believe in an active community of artists to share and learn from each other so I promise it won’t be too small.

How much time is required each week?
You’ll get out of the course what you put in. You’ll receive material each week. Nothing is required. Most of photo encaustic is getting the feel of the wax and experimentation. You may choose to do it all at once or in parts throughout the week. I recommend setting aside 3-4 hours per week (the same as an in-person course.)

How are payments handled?
Payment is securely processed via PayPal and can be made using either your PayPal account or your credit card.

What can I expect once I register?
Upon registration you’ll receive a welcome email from me along with information on how to access the classroom. If you don’t receive this please check your spam filter. You will receive a unique login to access the classroom immediately where you will find information on setting up your workshop, safety, materials, and an invite to join the private Facebook community.

Do I have to participate in the Facebook Group?
No. The Facebook group is entirely optional, but it is the best forum to ask questions and learn from each other. The class is not designed to be 1:1 instruction, but rather a group learning experience. Asking your questions in the Facebook forum allows everyone to learn from your question as well as for you to receive information from other students who will no doubt have a wide range of suggestions and insights.

When will the course be offered again?
The class is usually offered in January, June, and October.

Are the videos and instruction different for the two price points?
No, the two are the same with the exception of the Premium membership having the added 1:1 instruction during the phone consultations and support emails.


By the end of the program you’ll have more skills, greater creative inspiration and your very own beautiful work of art to hang in your home or gallery. This course is a blueprint–and it’s all there waiting for you.


Join us for the next round of The Artistic Image
Class starts February 12, 2018 and runs to March 23, 2018






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