Kaj Svensson Photography
Please note: The January workshop is now sold out!

In this workshop mixed media artist, Ross den Otter demonstrates his process for creating unique works.

He guides the class though the process of blending traditional artist media with photographic images.

Photographs provide the base for mixed media pieces that are layered and textured with artist acrylics and/or encaustic wax.

Students should supply an image they wish to use in the workshop. Alternatively, suitable images can be provided if needed. Landscape and floral images are better suited to this process than images of people.

Images should be in jpg, tif, or psd format and sized to 8”x 8” @ 300dpi. (We will be printing them in advance of the class so please have them available for the instructor three days prior to the workshop.)

We will be working with acrylic paints and beeswax, keep that in mind when selecting wardrobe. Students may wish to bring and wear rubber gloves.

Check out this video that was recently made about Ross (your instructor):

Agenda day 1:

- 1 to 1.5 hour demo of acrylic lift process.
- Students apply first coat of material to panel.
- Typical drying time 30-50 minutes.
- Gesso applied. Typical drying time 30-50 minutes.
- Image is bonded to panel with acrylic gloss medium and allowed to dry overnight.
- 45 minute demonstration of encaustic over photograph (time permitting)

Agenda day 2:

- Students begin washing paper from panel to reveal pigments bonded to panel. 30-50 minutes.
- First application of acrylic gel. Drying time 1hour +.
- Second application of acrylic gel (if necessary). Drying time 1hour +.
- Application of coloured acrylic glaze. Drying time 30 min to 1 hour.
- Final topcoat of acrylic gloss if desired. Drying time 1hour.

Drying times are estimated and could vary depending on temperature and humidity. These times can be shortened by using a hair dryer on low heat. Rapid heating can cause the gel to crack differentially.

About Ross den Otter:

Ross den Otter was born in Port Alberni BC in 1969, he was raised in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and lives and works in Vancouver.

His career began as a newspaper photographer while a teenager in the 1980‘s. He moved to Vancouver later that decade to study photography at Langara College.

His artwork blends his interests in photography, metal smithing, painting and printmaking. For over two decades, his photographic work has appeared in publications across North America. Proudly supporting the idea of a strong community his artwork has sold to benefit charity and arts organizations locally and globally.

In addition to private collections in North America and Europe, his work was recently added to The UBC and VGH Hospital Foundation’s art collection.

In addition to leading workshops and courses at Vancouver Photo Worlshops, he also instructs in the faculty of the digital photography program at The Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts).

To see more of Ross's work, please visit his website:

Visit Ross's Website



This workshop is open to photographers of all levels


Maximum 12 participants.

What to Bring

Please see description above


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Group Discount:

A 5% discount will be appplied if 3 or more people register at the same time for the same workshop. (All 3 tuitions must be paid for by one credit card to be considered a group registration.) Please follow the instructions on the online registration page.


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If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

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  • If you cancel up to 3 months before the tour start date and we can fill your space, your reservation (or deposit) fee will be refunded
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  • From 8 weeks to 4 weeks before the tour: 25% of your balance
  • From 4 weeks to 1 week before the tour: 50% of your balance
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  • If you cancel within 72 hours of the start of the trip, no refund can be paid
  • Transaction charges incurred on accepting and refunding payments will be deducted from the refund amount
  • In the (unlikely) event that we cancel the Photo Tour, all monies paid will be refunded in full

We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance to guard yourself against monies lost due to unavoidable cancellation by either party.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

Instructor Replacement:

In the event that a listed instructor is unable to participate because of a change in his or her professional schedule, we will replace the instructor with someone of equal or similar credentials. If we cannot find a replacement in due time before the course is about to start, a particular class may have to be rescheduled.


In the event that we cancel your course, for any reason, the extent of VPW's liability is limited to the return of all monies paid. We will do everything we can to register you in another equivalent course. VPW will not be responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses of any kind.

Please note: An administration charge of $50 applies to all refunds

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This Workshop is taught by the following instructor:

Ross Den Otter
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Please choose your workshop date from the registration table below.

Kaj Svensson Photography
Class Dates Time Seats left: Location Instructor Registration
Sat & Sun March 28 & 29, 2015 10am - 3:30pm N/A VPW Studios Ross den Otter SOLD OUT
Sat & Sun January 9 & 10, 2016 10am - 3:30pm SOLD OUT! BEAUMONT Studios, 326 West 5th Avenue Ross den Otter Click HERE to Register