Cold Wax Introduction - Workshop Overview
Cold wax is a mixture of beeswax, resin, and odorless mineral spirits. Unlike encaustic it is applied at room temperature and does not involve the use of heat. Students will be introduced to multiple methods of working in oil and cold wax through an intuitive process utilizing various non-traditional mark-making tools. Luminous layers of color and wax combine to make painting in this medium magical. Combining layers of wax and paint with marks produces results with texture and depth that cannot be duplicated in any other medium. This ancient technique may be utilized to create rich deep surfaces with paintings from abstract to landscape to realism. In this workshop, you learn basic concepts and techniques of oil/cold wax painting as well as how to incorporate other media including oil pigment sticks, pencils, charcoal & powdered pigments. Techniques include methods of application, ways of building depth & texture and mark-making. Through handouts and discussion, we will review the basic elements of design as applicable to abstract painting.
This is a fun, experimental and relaxed workshop, appropriate for artists at all levels. Teaching includes demos, samples, handouts, and discussion. Students will experiment and create one to several pieces daily that will be developed throughout our time together.
Day ONE: Introduction, demonstration, individual assistance, and experimentation
Day TWO: Experimentation, demonstration, individual assistance, initial layering for day 3 painting development.
Day THREE: Resolution of work to create finished paintings and more.