Art + Trip =  February in New Zealand - 2018 
Artist Pamela Caughey
February 11 - 15 
At the Takapuna Art Supplies Studio, Takapuna, New Zealand

 Workshops in Takapuna, New Zealand  

"Powerful Design, Personal Color in Cold Wax/Oil Painting"

February 11 - 15 

WORKSHOP TUITION: $1,500 (US dollars)
 spaces are limited to 12 students in each workshop

Cullowhee Mountain Arts is delighted to be hosting "Powerful Design, Personal Color in Cold Wax/Oil painting," workshops in beautiful Takapuna, New Zealand, at The Studio of Takapuna Art Supplies. Whether you are an artist already working with cold wax medium and oils, or would like to learn, this 5-day workshop will begin or further your knowledge of how to use this exciting medium  - one that allows painters to create layers, textures and more. With the many ways of appropriating
this medium, Pamela Caughey will help students to understand its uses and application and explore the next step - how to create a powerful composition using dynamic color and powerful design. 

Join Pamela Caughey for this workshop for artists working with or desiring to work with cold wax medium and oils. Whether you have a basic understanding of how to create texture and layers in this medium, or want to learn the fundaments, Pamela Caughey will help you to explore the next step - how to create a powerful composition using   dynamic color and powerful design. Each student will be encouraged to express their personal voice through a better understanding of what they love most in their art. Students will learn how to mix and apply a wide range of color, grays, and glazes differing in value, temperature and saturation through fun and explorative exercises. Through demonstrations, presentations, and working one on one, each student will learn how to strengthen their compositions by understanding what makes strong design. Students will create both small studies and larger works to explore key concepts.  With this information, each student will be able to approach a painting at any stage of development and understand the “when” and “how” to pull their paintings together to a satisfying conclusion. We will also discuss the importance of an experimental approach and risk taking during the creative process. Most workshop time will be devoted to painting, with helpful demos and presentations to better understand key concepts presented. There will also be time for individual critique and discussion of each student’s personal artistic goals and progress.

Pamela Caughey  has been a professional artist for over 30 years, and has been teaching both at the University level and more recently, workshops here and abroad since receiving her MFA in 2010. Her contemporary abstract work is exhibited widely and is in the permanent collections of several museums and corporations here and abroad. She specializes in four mediums: cold wax/oil, encaustic, encaustic monotype and mixed media. Two of her cold wax paintings are included in the newly published book by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, “Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts, Conversations." She specializes in helping artists find their unique, creative voice by condensing into a 4 or 5 days workshop, what she taught during a 13 week university level course in the fundamentals of 2D design and color. This workshop is for ANY artist who asks, "what's next?", "now what?", and "is it finished?"

Testimonials from Pamela's Students:

“Somehow Pamela has distilled a one year college level colour and design course into four mornings of concise instruction. She taught as if she was creating a cold wax painting. Giving us information
in layers, then burnishing, polishing, then reworking our weak areas until we began to understand
the concepts, then the process.”                                                                         Rein, Ontario, Canada

“Pamela Caughey's workshop was thoroughly enriching. She shared a wealth of information, gave individual strategies, encouragement and praise. A world class artist with a genuine capacity and desire to share. I'm thrilled I got the opportunity to work with her, and with an amazing group of talented classmates. I would, and I intend, to work with her again.”                       Lynn, Raliegh, N. C.

“The (Pamela Caughey) workshop was presented by Cullowhee Mountain Arts and was exceptional. Pamela is a wonderful teacher; Lake Logan is a fantastic venue and the class was filled with talented artists. Thank you also to Norma Hendrix for your guidance and skill as the Director of CMA and for
the special qualities you bring to this program. I highly recommend the class!“        Terry, Clemson, S.C.


Takapuna is the unofficial ‘capital’ of Auckland’s North Shore. The town offers a huge range of cafés and restaurants as well as specialty shops and boutiques along Hurstmere Road, leading to Takapuna’s lovely white-sand beach. A short walk from the beach is the beautiful Lake Pupuke. This lake is a volcanic crater, noted for its dark purple water and is a favorite spot for rowing, sailing and canoeing. Takapuna Art Supply is within walking distance of all these features. 


Owned by artists Sandy and Jim Auckland, the Takapuna Art Supply Store is a rich resource for artists. Their well selected, high quality art supplies cover the spectrum of artists’ needs. They are also New Zealand’s  sole distributers of Gamblin paints and supplies, including Gamblin’s high quality Cold Wax Medium.

A compliment to the store is the Studio where they host open studios and just recently are working with Cullowhee Mountain Arts to host a variety of workshops. Along with their friendly staff, Sandy and Jim are supportive of workshop students and are happy to pre-order supplies making it easier for students to travel.

The studio space has ample room and good lighting.  During the workshops, we create workstations for participants and a demonstration, lecture area for the instructor. Coffee, tea and “crumpets” are provided during the workshop days. 


February 11 - 15 

WORKSHOP TUITION: $1,500  (US dollars)
 spaces are limited to 12 students in each workshop













  • Enrollment is made with a 50% deposit. 
  • Spaces are limited to 12 students per workshop. In order to reserve your spot, it is advisable to enroll as soon as possible.
  • Balance Due - December 15, 2017

  • A full refund is made if for any unexpected reason the workshop is canceled or if it is already full at the time of registration. 
  • If the payment was made through paypal, refunds are generally credited within 2 to 3 days. 
  • If the payment was made by check, CMA will send a check back to the purchaser within 10 business days, as long as the original purchase check has cleared. 
  • We are unable to make full refunds if you must withdraw from the trip. However, we will credit you up to 50% of your payment, if you withdraw before November 30, 2017. You may use this credit for any other CMA program or workshop within the calendar year. 
  • We strongly advise that you purchase traveler's insurance in the event of an unexpected circumstance (death in the family, accident, illness) that would require you cancel your trip. Please contact a travel agent or your insurance agent for assistance.