Come and explore a new medium! Wax has a long and esteemed history in art and writing. Wax tablets were used with writing as early as the 7th century B.C. Today, wax has evolved into a translucent medium that is mixed with oil paints. Cold wax can be worked into a textural surface as well as making an ideal surface for carving marks. It is also possible to encapsulate and suspend collage elements within this medium. Often used abstractly, carving patterns and making marks in the wax is used widely by the abstract artists who work with oil paint and cold wax medium.
In this class, you will learn about building multiple layers with cold wax and oil paints. The wax and paint will be brushed, smeared, and spread into a pleasing composition of layered, translucent color. Once the layers are built, you can work back into them, making marks and patterns.
When layering paint, understanding color theory is very important, particularly with translucent paint. You will spend some time mixing colors and see how far you can “push” the paint colors that are provided.
The end result of this time spent emerged in wax and paint will be several abstract paintings. Cold wax medium and oil paints are not entirely solvent free, but in today’s world, they have been distilled until they are almost fragrance free. No paint thinners or other irritants will be used in this class.
Class size 10
Level Beginner and above
Student Supply List
Gloves (a must!), paper towels (we use a lot!), Princeton Catalyst Mini Blade Flat #1, old gift cards or hotel keys, scissors, stencils and/or punchinella or produce bags and other items to create textures, small spray bottle, palette paper (must-have for mixing colors), mark making tools (color shapers, shish kebab sticks, etc.), oil pastels (inexpensive set)
- Tuition $280
- Materials Fee $25
Registration Policies & Waiting Lists
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> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.
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Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley
> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.
> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.
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