Saturday and Sunday, April 20th and 21st
10:00am to 3:00pm
This is a two day workshop
Lunch: Please pack a lunch to eat during a short lunch break.
Whether you are new to cold wax painting, or have painted in cold wax before, this class will explore the various surfaces and tools used in cold wax painting and its unique effects. We will explore the veils and layers of coloring, mixing, merging, glazing, mark making, scribbling, solvent reduction, powders and pigments, oil sticks, masking and collage.
We will also review and go over the five elements of design: color, shape, value, line and texture, and practice using cold wax medium and tools starting with small abstracts on oil paper, advancing into landscapes and painting a figure on a busy background using oil paper or gessoed birch panel.
How I paint with Cold Wax
What I find exciting about cold wax medium is that it allows me to create layering and soft atmospheric effects. Over the years, whether I’ve painted with acrylic, oil, or cold wax and pigment, I tend to paint in layers. I squeeze out my oil paint and dollop a generous blob of cold wax paste onto a glass palette. I then mix the wax into the paint, varying the proportion of wax depending upon the amount of transparency I’m after. Dry powder pigments or powdered charcoal mixed with the wax have a different quality than oil paint, and I’ll often mix them in as well as, or instead of, tubed paint. I use a variety of tools such as squeegees, trowels, cabinet scrapers, painting knives, old credit cards, icing spreaders, brayers and rollers, silicone bladed painting tools. The paint has a creamy, buttery texture and spreads and layers beautifully. One of the most fun parts of the process is the mark making. Again, anything goes – skewers, whisk broom, pine needles, plastic wrap, paper, pencils, — the tools you can use to mark the wax seem limitless. I also incorporate marks made by oil sticks, wax crayons, charcoal, graphite. Throughout its drying process the wax responds differently to manipulation. Once it has set up a bit, after a day or several hours, it can also be scraped away, revealing a history of color and texture beneath.
Refunds will not be given within one week of the start of a class and one month before the start of a workshop. Classes are not pro-rated, and there are no makeups for missed classes. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.
The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any class or workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.