Please do your own research in deciding the best workshop for your needs. Also note that although instructors are listed by their home regions, some also travel to conduct workshops in other regions, so check their websites and schedules for complete information.
International – primarily United States
REBECCA CROWELL has been working with cold wax medium and oils since
2002. She has been teaching Oil & Wax Workshops on the original techniques that
she has developed for abstract painting with CWM since 2009, including both introductory
level and advanced level classes. These workshops take place both at her studio
in Wisconsin and around the country and include both introductory level and advanced
level workshops. She brings professionalism and a working artist’s perspective
to her classes, with her University teaching experience, MFA in Painting, gallery
representation in NM, CO, WI, Chicago and Dublin, and a number of overseas artist
Rebecca’s classes include plenty of information about technique, but also focus on deeper and thought-provoking aspects of process-oriented abstraction, such as allowing the work to unfold by balancing intuition with intention, and finding one’s personal style. Classes include demos, lots of work time, and presentations and discussions.
Teaching, Beyond Technique
About Rebecca Crowell
Class descriptions/Rebecca Crowell:
Wax – Intro Level: Artists will explore methods of building
up abstract paintings in layers, using cold wax medium, tube paint, powdered
pigments and other media. They will experience new ways to create textures,
lines, and color fields using a variety of tools and techniques. The emphasis
in this workshop is on understanding basic concepts, and exploration and
experimentation with the process. Presentations about abstraction, and about
what makes a painting “work” round out each day. Some painting experience
(in any medium) is recommended before taking this class.
& Wax – Level Two: (for prior participants in an introductory
workshop only.) This class builds on the experience of artists who have been
using cold wax medium for a period of time. The emphasis is on personal direction
and expression, understanding of abstraction, color and mark-making, and
the introduction of new tools and techniques. Review of any techniques from
the intro class may be requested. The class also includes an optional private
session with the instructor to provide feedback on the artist’s work overall,
and to gain broader perspective and ideas for moving forward.
& Wax – Master Class: for those who have completed Intro
and Level Two classes, a Master Class is a chance to reconnect with other
artists who have several years of experience working with CWM. The emphasis
is on sharing information, understanding and practicing critique skills,
and delving further into insights and philosophies of abstraction. Private
sessions with the instructor are an included option for anyone who would
like to discuss their work and its direction.
International - Canada & United States
JANICE MASON STEEVES is an Honours graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and also earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Known for her constantly evolving, innovative approach to painting, she is represented by galleries across Canada and teaches cold wax painting workshops in Canada and the U.S. Janice brings over 30 years of experience as a professional artist to her classes as well as her desire to inspire each student on their artistic journey. Her work is included in numerous corporate and public collections both in Canada and internationally.
Class descriptions/Janice Mason Steeves:
Abstract Painting with Cold Wax and Oil: Level One: While learning various techniques of working with cold wax medium and oil in this lively, exploratory workshop, the main focus will be on the structure of painting and the elements of design. The intention is to balance playful, intuitive exploration with an understanding of composition. Students will be given lots of individual attention and encouragement to develop their own personal style as they move step-by-step through this process.
Abstract Painting with Cold Wax and Oil: Level Two: Moving to a more advanced level, this workshop guides artists into further exploring their personal interests in painting. Content includes vocabulary of art and learning about critique. There will be power point presentations and discussions about each artist’s personal journey.
Kathleen Menges is an abstract artist and instructor working solely with Cold Wax and Oil from her Abbotsford studio just outside Vancouver, British Columbia. She also travels to teach.
Working exclusively with Cold Wax and Oil, her works are multi layered and highly texturized abstractions using a combination of action and gestural painting. This direct and immediacy of expression creates tension between her intuition and her creative process. The tension is revealed where the textures have been noticeably scraped away, and exposed with a palette knife, all in a search to unveil the hidden properties of the painting.
She brings diverse experience to all her teachings. Her education started in Interior Design at BCIT, and studied at Emily Carr University of Art and Design; she traveled in the states to further her knowledge in her mediums. She is Vice President of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Fraser Valley Chapter and Federation Award of Excellence. Kathleen is published in Serena Barton's book Wabi-Sabi “Painting with Cold Wax”.
Kathleen is represented through, Art Works Gallery in Vancouver, and has shown her work extensively and is collected nationally.
Level 1- Cold Wax & Oil
Her classes include demos, slide presentations and examples. This class is suitable for all levels of painters, but some experience is an asset. The first level is a perquisite for all other classes.
In Level one, you will experiment with a variety of unique tools to create texture and interest. Covered is: basics of tools, medium, layering, composition and critique.
The emphasis in this class is intuition and the creative process. The course will concentrate on abstract work.
LINDA BENTON MCCLOSKEY is an international, national and regional award-winning artist. She teaches cold wax and encaustic techniques in her home studio, various regional art centers, and at other East Coast venues.
Her paintings are never preconceived, but instead are the result of intuition, desire, and experience, which bring the work to new and unexpected destinations. Discovering creative ways of expression and keeping traditional rules of painting out of the picture are priorities.
She is represented by the Lowcountry Artists Gallery in Charleston, SC and the Gallery @ Second, in Harrisburg, PA.
Linda’s cold wax workshop for beginners explores the diversity of the medium as used with oil paint, pigment sticks and powdered pigments, and covers layering, blending, mark-making and the use of non-traditional tools to achieve texture and finishes. All steps are demonstrated.
PRESSMAN, in this past year has had work exhibited in “Infused” at Butter’s Gallery, Portland, Or and in a solo show,”Inside Matters” at The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. Her work was also exhibited in several group shows including Shape Shifting, Susan Eley Fine Art, New York, NY; Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence In Contemporary Encaustic, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA. She is currently an adjunct at the Art Institute of New York. Lisa teaches Encaustic Workshops, and Layered Media Workshops nationally including ; Penland School of Art, Penland, North Carolina, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Aha School of Art, Telluride, Colorado. Lisa has her MFA from Bard College . . She lives and works in New Jersey.
Layered Media: Finding Your Mark with Cold Wax and Mixed Media
This workshop focuses on using cold wax, R&F pigment sticks, oil paint and other media to create layered expressive, richly surfaced paintings. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery: abstract as well as representational. Along with technique, experimentation is encouraged and combined with attention to art fundamentals ,editing and content. The emphasis is on freeing the creative spirit so that a personal language and vision can develop into a new series of work.
SUZANNE SIEGEL, an award winning artist, lives and works in Guilford CT. She teaches oil and cold wax/mixed media workshops for all levels of painters in her large Guilford studio; she also travels to teach in other U.S. locations. Her lively workshops include demonstrations, discussions and slide presentations on the history of abstraction, individual attention to each artist’s vision, and group critiques. Suzanne emphasizes compositional elements and methods, interaction of color, and unique original texturing methods, several of which she has invented. Her paintings are inspired by long walks in and around rugged New England working harbors and beaches. She works intuitively and intentionally with oil and cold wax layers, powdered pigments and other mixed media, to produce her unique works on panels or paper. Suzanne has a BFA in painting from Lyme Academy College of Fine Art, in Old Lyme, CT, and an MFA from Vermont College, in Montpelier, VT, and is currently represented by galleries in Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
United States –Southeast/Southwest
GINA LOUTHIAN-STANLEY is an artist, writer, and teacher living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Louthian-Stanley received formal art training earning her B.A. through Hollins University and her Master’s degree from Radford University; however, her self-explorative approaches to various mediums have produced her most distinctive results. She continues to expand her artistic endeavors by teaching and encouraging the creativity of adults and children, and by taking workshops and courses herself. She is known foremost for monotype printmaking and experimental works in mixed media, especially encaustic and cold wax. She has been published in several publications, received many artistic honors and awards, and has works in corporate and private collections locally, nationally, and internationally.
Gina teaches a wide range of classes and students with diverse skills and abilities. (Part of Gina’s background is teaching children with special needs.) Her most popular class is the cold wax beginning and advanced class. She has a unique teaching style working with the class as a whole, yet providing creative guidance helping each student to find their own personal voice. She brings examples showing many techniques, has classroom demos, and offers substantial work time, and ends each class each class has an end of class critique.
Check Gina’s blog for current information and class listings.
CINDY WALTON is an Asheville, NC-based, award winning artist who is represented by several galleries in the southeast and California including Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, Charleston, SC; Charlotte Fine Art, Charlotte, NC ; Gardner - Colby Gallery, Naples, Fl ... and teaches nationally.
Cindy's classes focus intensively on techniques with cold wax medium and exploring the medium in an abstract format. Walton has instructed artists at all levels of expertise. "I find great pleasure in helping other artists explore new ways of approaching painting. I feel it is how we all grow as artisans.”
MARK BETTIS is an award winning artist who is currently exhibiting in Asheville, NC, Georgia, Oklahoma & Charleston, SC. He has a studio/gallery in Asheville’s River Arts District and teaches cold wax beginning through advanced. His classes explores the medium in an abstract format using texture and color.
B. BOARDWINE is an award-winning artist who exhibits her work internationally and nationally, and is represented by Crossroads Art Center in Richmond, Virginia and Golden Palette Gallery/Studio in Grundy, Virginia. She teaches workshops in Oil/Cold Wax/Mixed Media at various venues throughout the south eastern US.
Working very intuitively, Lisa adds, subtracts, layers and drips paint to achieve the desired expression and textural statement in each painting.
Her workshops in Oil/Cold Wax are painting explorations using non-traditional tools for application and creating exciting surface effects. Lisa directs participants from the basics and beyond, with an emphasis on each artist’s personal vision in abstract composition. Discussions, demos and critique play an integral part in this workshop experience.
United States – Midwestern
JAMES EDWARD SCHERBARTH
(Jim) is an award winning artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He creates contemporary abstracts in oil & cold wax medium using layers of color, line and texture combined with an increasingly spiritual conversation with himself and with the universe. Inspired by continual learning, sharing and traveling, Jim’s creative process is an intuitive one of constructing & deconstructing, of collecting, blending, erasing, blurring, marking and clarifying mimicking the natural processes of the world: accumulation, erosion, growth & decay, recording the evidentiary marks of life. Intrigued with the way one discipline informs another – how one medium can translate/crossover to another – he continues to collaborate and study with other artists. Jim shares his journey and learning through his art and oil & cold wax workshops held in his Layers Art Studio in the historic Northrup King Building (NE Minneapolis Arts District) which has grown into a creative center for other artists as well. In August 2013 Jim joined the teaching community at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, WI. To learn more about bringing Jim & his workshops to your area please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Layers - Oil & Cold Wax Workshop
– exploring abstract painting with oil paints and cold wax medium
In this 3 day workshop artists explore abstract painting using layering, cold wax medium, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments and a variety of implements. We will explore new ways to create textures, color fields and mark making. Utilizing various tools and techniques we will “push the limits” of our mediums and welcome the surprises along the way deciding what works and what does not. This workshop is well suited for those who have had some prior painting experience and who enjoy the sharing, flexibility & happenstance of a group environment! The workshop focuses on the process itself – on the possibilities of that process and how it can be incorporated in your individual artistic practice. Beyond the basic techniques we begin discussing form and content, deliberate and accidental mark making and starting points. There are technique demonstrations combined with student experimentation, group discussions and printed resources.
MARTIA is an award-winning mixed media artist who has exhibited internationally. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in Graphic/Fine/Craft Arts from Columbia College, and earned an M.A.M.S. degree in Biocommunication Art (medical illustration) from the University of Illinois. Dianne works primarily with oil and wax, acrylic and collage. She teaches local and regional workshops and classes at a variety of venues, and facilitates an art studio for adults with developmental challenges. She has collaboratively curated many shows, enjoys judging exhibitions, and helps others achieve their creative goals as a Creativity Coach. Dianne lives in the Chicago area with her husband, also an artist.
As an instructor, Dianne encourages students to respond to their own ideas and interest while utilizing the new techniques they learn in class. She teaches through demonstration, one-on-one and group discussion, and frequent reviews. She encourages spontaneity and experimentation, while critiquing the work along the way.
Class descriptions/Dianne Martia
Introduction to Oil and Cold Wax Explore the technique of combining oil paint and cold wax. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature, without heat, to extend the oil paint and act as a medium. Incorporate other media such as oil sticks and pigment to create dynamic paintings. You will use an array of non-traditional tools to build layers, create texture, and add depth. This class emphasizes the process and is experimental in nature.
Intermediate Oil and Cold Wax Develop a personal vocabulary to express your ideas with this versatile medium. A review of basic techniques, plus new techniques such as image transfers, will be given. Experiment with mark-making, layering, blending and texturizing. This workshop emphasizes the process of using the medium for personal expression and creativity through experimentation. Ample workshop time is supplemented with periodic critiques, presentations and discussions.
MARK RUSSELL has been creating landscape and nature paintings for more than 20 years. His paintings are created with oil, cold wax medium and mixed media. He travels throughout the US to paint, gather ideas and share his knowledge to help artists explore new ways to paint and create. Mark has exhibited his work in galleries and museums across the country. His work has been recognized with numerous awards and he is an Illinois Arts Council Grant recipient. His paintings are included in private and corporate collections. He holds degrees from DePaul University and The American Academy of Art in Chicago. Mark lives and works in the Chicago area.
His workshops focus on helping artists with painting experience add to their creative toolkit and explore new ways to paint. Using a variety of methods including demonstration, exercises, and experimentation with tools and techniques, artists learn how to incorporate Cold Wax Medium into their painting practice. He also addresses the importance of composition, planning and editing in the painter’s practice. Each workshop includes time for individual and group critique sessions. Mark’s classes blend his enthusiasm for the creative process with an informal, friendly learning environment.
- Tools & Techniques to Add Cold Wax Medium to Your Oil Painting Practice
- Abstract Landscape and Nature-Based Paintings Using Oil, Cold Wax
Medium & Mixed Media
- Freedom From Expectations - Techniques in Abstraction
- The Plein Air Abstract Sketch - Drawing From Nature
Visit the website for more information on upcoming events:
Sara Post returned to painting in 2010 following a successful career as a ceramic artist. She discovered cold wax at an encaustics conference which featured work by Rebecca Crowell. Experimenting with materials and surfaces, she has developed both atmospheric and geometric abstractions which are exhibited in selected galleries on the east and west coasts.
Sara has taught oil and cold wax workshops since 2012 at the Davis Arts Center in Davis, California and at the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, California. Her students benefit from her years of experience as a professional artist with national and international representation. She earned a BA in art studies from Southern Methodist University and an MA in art education/ceramics from Northern Arizona University.
Sara enjoys teaching and the dynamic environment of small group workshops. She is available to travel for group instruction and offers private sessions in her studio by arrangement. Sara is a curator for the Davis Arts Center Tsao Gallery and an exhibit juror for Sierra Wax Artists.
Classes and Workshops
Abstract Painting with Oil and Cold Wax Mixed Media is offered as 2-3 days of intensive art practice. Workshops emphasize the exploration of marks and grounds, working with pigment sticks, stencils and printmaking processes in addition to basic oil/wax painting techniques. Students balance formal considerations against the spontaneity inherent in “dealing with what show up” in an energetic and experimental atmosphere. Instructor and group feedback includes direct, insightful ways of looking at artwork. Beginners and more advanced painters alike are welcome to workshops, creating a rich mix of beginner’s mind with the wisdom of experience.
WISE is an Oregon painter, writer and teacher who has been a working artist (painter and printmaker) since 1978, and is the author of the book, Plaster Studio: Mixed Media Techniques for Painting, Casting and Carving. In 2012 she was an artist in residence at Can Sarrat near Barcelona, Spain. She is a University graduate and has taught art to adults for the past seven years. She came to cold wax in 2009 after many years of experience working in encaustic, and travels to teach workshops on both coasts.
Judy brings many cold wax samples and tools to her workshops, and demonstrates various techniques. She also shares her homemade cold wax recipe and makes a batch in class for students to try.
Cold Wax E-Book