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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 - Wednesdays 11am-5pm

    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 - Saturday January 26th, 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

    Encaustics for Youth - Thursday January 31st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm 

    This 2 hour workshop for youth ages 12-17, will explore the creative process through a variety of encaustic and mixed media techniques.  Suitable for all levels.  No artistic experience required.  All supplies included.

    To register please contact

    Introduction to Encaustics - Saturday Febrary 2nd

    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


    Private Workshops Available 
    Customizable for your group
    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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