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Upcoming Classes

We are taking a break from classes during the bustling summer months.

Fall classes will continually be added here,  so stay tuned!

Beeswaxing: Handmade Transfers for Photography and Other Art Mediums


Instructor: Ray Pfortner

Class Description:
Give your photographs or other art new life by making pieces to display on the wall or mantel. Transfer your art (2D or 3D) onto wood, stone or porcelain tiles using the magic of beeswax. I am eager to challenge you with a creative, hands-on alternative to share and present your art. Your handmade piece will combine art and beeswax - by painting on heated wax, rubbing your piece into the wax, removing the paper with water to make a keepsake for you or to gift or sell.

Explore the beeswaxing process and how to make it your own by learning a technique that can easily be used later, on your own. A takeaway will provide all the steps plus all the materials and where to buy them. Also, for any artist working in any medium, learn a new way of presenting your work. Following a sharing of different examples of finished pieces and a demonstration of the encaustic transfer process, you will spend the majority of the workshop making your own pieces. All you need is a digital photo file made with any kind of camera, including a phone, of (1) photographs you took of anything, (2) family photographs - new or old, color or black and white, or (3) your own art. The digital file is the key to making the transfer.

Date and Time:
Saturday, September 21, 2024 from 1-4:00 pm – **Held at OSpace

Class Fees: $65 class fee + $15 materials.

Instructor will supply all materials (griddles, heat guns, encaustic, wood panels, stones, tiles)

  • Students will email instructor 3-4 digital files (1-2MB JPG’s)

  • Ray’s email:

Experience Level:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Adults only
Class size:  Maximum 25 (requires minimum of 8 people for class to run)


About the Instructor:
Ray is passionate about creating the photograph but, even more passionate about sharing the result. He LOVES to teach and is intrigued to watch the two-way exchange of information between instructor and the students of all ages and every skill level. The process invigorates him and his students as well. Ray has been making and marketing his beeswax pieces for 10 years and has taught for over 20 years. He has taught the beeswax transfer process for nearly 10 years to all ages from middle school to seniors. Ray has taught in the Vashon schools, at VCA, in churches and has partnered off island with U of W teen programs, in Puget Sound colleges and for many years at Daniel Smith Art Supply.

In addition to teaching, Ray’s personal art is photography. He has lovingly photographed Vashon for over 30 years. Many of his photographs have been used to support Island conservation organizations like Vashon-Maury Land Trust. His fine photography has also graced many covers of the Destination Vashon magazine over the years. Ray is a Fellow and Board Member of the North American Nature Photography Association and has received their Recognition Award. His photography is represented by Getty Images. Ray holds a BS in biology from Yale and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke.

*Must be paid to be fully registered
* Registration deadline is Saturday, September 14, 2024

Full refunds are available if a student cancels 7+ days in advance.  If you cancel less than 6 days in advance you will receive a 50% refund, minus the materials fee, unless there are extenuating circumstances.  Materials that are purchased for each registered student in advance of the class can not be refunded on short notice.

In the event the instructor cancels the class due to lack of registration, a full refund will be issued.

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