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Teaching History

Shary's Teaching  History


"Throughout my years of teaching I have found that each of us is creative and can experience joy through artistic expression. Art making is as much about personal reflection and enjoying the process, as it is about experimenting, taking chances and mastering technique. My classes provide instruction, ideas, technical demonstrations and a wide variety of mixed media materials offered in a positive, fun and mutually supportive atmosphere. I encourage students to understand and explore the elements and principles of design and composition in their work and to experience success in their creative process."



Painting with Fire, Essence of Mulranny (Ireland)

International Online Encaustic Masterclass - 26 World's top encaustic instructors


Metchosin Summer School for the Arts

Vancouver Island, Canada

2021, 2019, 2018

Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alta

Mixed Media Art Intensive, Photo to Fine Art, Flow, Encaustic

2021 to 2007

Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC.

Mixed Media, Photo Alteration, Encaustic, Assemblage, Collage,

Fibre Arts, Children’s Arts


Langara College, Vancouver, BC.

Mixed Media, Photo Alteration, Assemblage, Collage, Fibre Arts, Encaustic, Intuitive Painting, Creative Writing, Illustrated Journal,ESL Grafitti workshops, The Illustrated Personal Journal, Fearless Art

2019, 2018

Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alta

Mixed Media Art Intensive

2018, 2016, 2015, 2014,

Encausticamp, Seattle, WA.

Encaustic Photo Alteration, Introduction to Encaustic, Encaustic Fibre Arts, Cold Wax

2018, 2016, 2013

Artisan Expo/International Encaustic Artists, Santa Fe, NM.

Encaustic Hand-altered Photography, Waxing Spunbonded Fabrics: The Art of Re-fusing, Weaving Stories & Community with Wax Mixed Media


12th International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA

Encaustic Mixed Media

2018, 2016, 2011

Phoenix Art Workshop, Richmond, BC.

Mixed Media Arts, Encaustic Painting

2022,2016, 2014

Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, BC,

Encaustic Mixed Media, Encaustic Fabric Arts


Malaspina Arts Society, Powell River, BC.

Mixed Media Encaustic.


Travelling Brush, Peru.

The Illustrated Journal


Whistler Arts Council, BC.

Mixed Media Photo Alteration


The Art Way, Vancouver, BC.

Mixed Media Photo Arts


Healing House, Chicago, Il. 

Encaustic Fabrication, Hand-Altered Encaustic Photos


Shatford Center for the Arts, Penticton, BC.

Encaustic Fabrication and Encaustic Photo Transfer


Travelling Brush, Indonesia

Bali Artist’s Mixed Media Retreat


International Encaustic Artists, San Antonio, Texas.

Hot Fabrications: Combining New Age Fabrics, Fibres, and Beeswax


Moberly Arts and Cultural Center, Vancouver, BC.

Mixed Media Encaustic Arts


Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, University of BC.  

Creating a Visual Journal


Southwest School of Art/International Encaustic Artists, San Antonio, Texas.

Total Fabrication: Fusing Fibre, Fabric and Beeswax, Workshop,


Mount Pleasant Centre, Vancouver, BC.

Mixed Media, Photo Alteration, Assemblage, Collage, Fibre Arts, Encaustic

2007, 2011

Ruby Dog’s Art House, Vancouver.

Mixed Media Art/Creative Writing, Encaustic


Richmond Mental Health Assn, Richmond, BC.

Expressive Arts


Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver, BC.

The Illustrated Creative Journal

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