Private Instruction

I offer private instruction in working with encaustic and mixed media. I have found this to be ideal as a comprehensive overview of the encaustic medium, for artists wanting to combine various mixed media, or for more advanced students in taking their work to the next level. I include demonstrations of various encaustic and mixed media techniques, alternated with discussion and plenty of time for hands-on individual work. 

Examples of material we may cover include:

-Layering translucent colors to create depth

-Combining oil and encaustic

-Bringing forward light in the picture plane

-Creating texture and impressions 

-Tools and tips for creating a smooth surface


-Image transfers


-Combining various kinds of mixed media safely

These sessions provide the kind of support, guidance and collaboration needed through one-on-one instruction. Whether it is targeted at a specific piece of work already in progress or in developing a new project, I'm happy to discuss this in advance so we can tailor a session(s) to suit your specific needs.

Workshops are held in the artist’s studio in the West Carroll Art Studios, at Kedzie and Carroll, in Chicago. All supplies, tools and equipment are provided, except for large working substrates. One of my goals is to provide each participant with a personal and supportive experience in a stimulating environment where discussion and experimentation are welcome.

Workshops can be scheduled for individuals or small groups of friends, as well as purchased as gifts.

Please contact me to schedule:
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I am grateful to several students who have offered these kind words about their experiences working with me:

I very much enjoyed learning encaustic from Ahavani! She knows her craft well, is a clear and thorough instructor, and after just two days I feel confident to set up my own encaustic studio and start creating. I work as an artist and this instruction will definitely help me take my art to the next level!" -C.C.

"I was asked by a friend to join her for a 2 day encaustic class (not knowing what I was getting myself into). I wish I would have taken it sooner! Encaustic paining is a very interesting medium with so many possibilities! Ahavani was a great teacher who introduced us to the basics while providing a solid idea of some of the different techniques that are possible. I finished the class with some pieces that I'm proud of, and a taste for more." -Carmen S. 

"Thank you so much for the wonderful workshop! Encaustic has been something that I’ve wanted to try for quite a while. You explained everything so clearly and being surrounded by your art was very inspiring.   I’m so excited about this new media that I’ve taken the plunge and purchased skillets and am expecting a delivery any day now. I’m going to try to set up and I'll keep you posted! Thank you again for all your help. I would love to work with you again some day. Best, Ruth"

"Thank you so much for the fabulous encaustic art workshop. I had so much fun and feel like I am starting to break through my creative block." -H.M.

"This is the second workshop that I've done with Ahavani and once again it was brilliant!  While packed with all of the technical information you need to make successful and stable work, Ahavani also encourages personal vision and exploration so you don't go home with "cookie cutter" pieces like so many other places." - Kelly Matthews

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Teaching Experience:

Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL, Visiting Instructor

Prak-sis Gallery, Chicago, Encaustic Painting Instructor

Arterie Fine Arts, Naperville, IL, Encaustic Painting Instructor

Ahavani Studio, Chicago, Art Instructor


$90/1st hr, $60/hr. each additional, or $390/day