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Kim Kool

  • About

    Kim was first introduced to encaustic art while facilitating arts based programming for federally sentenced women.  She instantly fell in love with the freedom and experiential creative process of painting with beeswax and heat. 

    The spontaneous nature of this unique medium allows participants to let go of any intentions and really sink into the moment; and more importantly, to play!  Kim see's encaustic painting as a strong catalyst to support community engagement, and a powerful way to bring people together through a shared, creative experience.  

    Kim has been creating and teaching encaustics for many years and has run workshops with federally sentenced women, at risk youth, adults with developmental disabilities, individuals living with addictions and mental health considerations, and many others in the community looking to explore and engage with their creative side.

    She holds a BA in Criminology and English, with a minor in Psychology, as well as a Certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation, and a Certificate in Trauma Counselling for Front-Line Workers. 

    Her own work is inspired greatly by the rural Ontario landscape and often incorporates repurposed materials and natural plants and fibres harvested straight from a local farm, garden, or forest.

    Kim regularly teaches encaustic workshops at The Hive Encaustic Studio, but also travels throughout Ontario to teach and bring this amazing medium to as many people as she can!

  • Classes & Workshops

    Open Studio - By chance or appointment.  Visit or call 519-497-7646

    Open Studio is available to those who have taken a workshop with myself, Karen Brown, or at The Hive in the past.  This is an opportunity to further explore encaustics in a beautiful, fully equipped studio.  $20 an hour for the first hour and  $5 every 15 minutes afterwards.  Bring your own substrates.  Maximum size of 16x20.  Everything else is included.  No instruction.  

    Open Studio space is available on a first come-first serve basis, but we do recommend that you call ahead before making the trip.  You may also call ahead to reserve a spot. 519-497-7646

    Encaustic Art Cards $70                                           Friday November 29th 6pm-8:30pm                            Thursday December 12th 10am-12:30pm                 Wednesday December 18th 10am-12:30pm   

    In this 2.5 hour workshop, participants will learn how to paint with beeswax by layering and fusing the wax, using a variety of heat sources, gouging and mark making techniqes, how to embed materials between the layers, basic photo transfers, and the use of the hot stylus tool.  Each participant will leave with 4-6 of their own original encaustic 'mini' pieces, mounted on 5x7 backing.  

    Encaustic Art Cards is a great workshop for anyone looking for a taste of this wonderful mediyum, or for anyone who wants to explore the fun of working in miniature.  All supplies indluded.  No previous experience required.

    To register, please contact

    Introduction to Encaustics - $150
    Sunday December 7th 11am-4pm                                     Saturday January 19th 11am-4pm                                    Sunday February 8th 11am-4pm                                      Saturday March 8th 11am-4pm                                         Sunday April 4th 11am-4pm                                              Saturday May 3rd 11am-4pm                        

    In this 5 hour workshop, participants will learn how to layer and fuse the wax using a variety of heat sources, how to create texture through gouging and mark making techniques, how to embed materials between the layers, basic photo transfers, and use of the hot stylus tool.  We will then go deeper and explore adding even more colour and imagery with pan pastesl, stencils, and india ink.  All supplies and equipment included.  Participants will leave with several practice pieces as well as a 6x6 on birch.

    Absolutley no previous artistic experience required.

    To register please contact

    2 Day Intensive Introduction to Encaustics  $265 (both days) Sunday January 26th & February 2nd 11am-4pm.                                                                                                This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to explore the beauty and freedom of encaustic painting, for anyone looking to set up their own home encaustic studio, or for anyone looking to expand their artistic practice.                                                                                                             Over the course of 2 days we will cover safety and general information about encaustic painting, learn how to mix an encaustic palette, how to layer and fuse the wax, and how to embed ojects between layers.  We ill make marks and create texture through a number of techniques such as incising, imprinting, and scraping back layers.  We will cover basic photo transfers, the hot stylus tool, including numerous tips, pan pastels and india ink.  We will explore a variety of stenciling techniques such as using stencils with pan pastels, stenciling with wax, and how to use natural leaves to create a beautiful stencil as well as ghost images.  Oil sticks and using oil paint, including how to fill lines will also be covered.                                                                Material List - wood panels - variety of sizes with a maximum size of 12x16.  We will be working on several pieces at once.                                                                   Optional - Pan pastels, oil paint, oil sticks, stencils, laser print outs of black and white photo's.  These items will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have specific supplies you would like to use.  

    Creative Flow Class  $120
    Sunday November 24th 10am-4pm
    Sunday February 23rd 10am-4pm                                    Sunday March 29th 10am-4pm                                          Sunday April 12th 10am-4pm                                            Sunday May 31st 10am-4pm 

    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 begins to make creative connections as our sense of self-doubt evaporates.  Creating art is a wonderful way to enter into this mediative 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 are included, but please bring your own substrates (maximum size 16x20).

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

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    Encaustic Painting for Adults with Disabilities
    $75 *Passport friendly

    Stay tuned for new dates or contact me directly to book for your group. or 519-497-7646 

    In this 3 hour workshop, we will discover the joy of painting with beeswax by first learning how to build up the wax with a number of painting techniques and how to fuse together each layer with a variety of heat sources. We will explore techniques such a 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 the equipment.  Chairs are available, but some standing is also necessary.  Support workers welcome.  

    To register, please contact,


    Private Workshops Available 
    Customizable for your group.  Prices are per person 
    1.5 hours - $60
    3 hours - $90
    5 hours - $150

    Prices may vary if group is less than 4.  Perfect for bridal parties, special occasions, girls' day out, or for anyone looking for a truly remarkable artistic experience.



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