Clare O’NeillThe Photo Encaustic Portrait with Clare O’Neill

May 1 - 6, 2022 Go back
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Reinvigorate your photography and take your photographs to new dimensions and creative possibilities by learning to work with your photograph and encaustic techniques.

Check In: May 1, 2022
Check Out: May 6, 2022

Tuition + Meals: $1,215
With TreeHaus Lodging Package: $1,875
With RicePod Lodging Package: $2,235
With Nest Lodging Package: $2,535

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Class description

Reinvigorate your photography and take your photographs to new dimensions and creative possibilities by learning to enliven your photograph by incorporating encaustic techniques.

We will start by working with models and making images that we’ll transform in the studio into one-of-a-kind pieces of art. No need for big cameras….anything from iPhone to DSLR digital camera will be fine.

We will talk about different ways to incorporate your photographs with the beeswax (encaustic medium) and you’ll have the opportunity to try multiple techniques.

This is a fun and exciting class that covers the creative process from start to finish.

The daily schedule will include dedicated studio sessions with Clare in a spacious and light-filled studio, the option to attend Daily Flow morning yoga, outdoor hiking activities, and a soothing sauna & rain room experience in Wild Rice Retreat’s Sanctuary.


  • Learning to work with models in a safe and supported environment
  • A strong sense of why you make the art you make
  • Understanding using encaustic and tissue paper prints to create photo encaustic work


I'm Clare O'Neill. I’m a photographer and artist and I help artists all over the world turn their photographs into one-of-a-kind images that they love.

I was fascinated with encaustic the first time I saw an encaustic painting and immediately wanted to incorporate my photographs with this ancient wax-based medium. I knew nothing of the medium, the process, or if it would work with photographs. I just knew I had to give it a try.

I experimented with mounting images to my substrate, printing on tissue paper and photo transfers. I found the magic of the tissue paper process gives me the most depth, texture and visual interest.

My work is created by slowly building up the surface with multiple layers—using bold brush strokes and playful drips to create backgrounds full of gesture, spontaneity, and motion. My work is large, so the photographs are printed on tissue paper in multiple pieces, and then carefully embedded into the layers of hot beeswax.

I’ve spent the last 10 years teaching photo encaustic (both online and in-person), showing and selling my work.
I believe wholeheartedly that learning artistic techniques is like learning to drive a manual transmission car. You need to master the nuance of using a clutch and shifting and this no doubt takes some practice. But once it becomes second nature, getting on the open road is what is exciting, reinvigorating, and magical.

I’m most proud of teaching my students to go beyond the techniques, to hone their vision, make meaningful images, find their own artistic voice, and understand ‘why’ they are creating the work they create.

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Supply List

A $60 supply fee is included in the Retreat tuition

  • Roll paper towels
  • Any specialty non-traditional papers that you use or would like to try
  • Mark Making Tools or small objects to incorporate into the wax
  • Specialty colors that you love working with
  • Apron or work clothes that can get waxy
  • A laptop computer with editing software
  • Digital Camera
  • Spare camera batteries and charger
  • A way to download your images
  • Memory cards
  • External hard drive if needed
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Bubble wrap and parchment paper to pack your work to bring home

All other materials will be included: photo paper, inks, boards, pigment sticks, pan pastels, oil paints, encaustic paints, encaustic medium, tools, 2 heat guns for heating station, torches, natural bristle brushes in a variety of sized, adhesive for mounting photographs, tissue paper for embedding photographs, Two 11x14 substrates.