Process-Purpose-Passion: Abstract Painting with Oil & Cold Wax
June 17 - 21, 2019
Medium: Oil and Cold Wax
Level: All Levels
Lab Fee: $65
This workshop explores the versatility and limitless possibilities of combining oil paint with cold wax medium. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Learn how to combine these media successfully, as well as incorporate pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and more to create rich textures and resonant fields of color.
Beginning with technical demonstrations and hands-on exercises, you will gain a basic understanding of the properties and handling of the medium. Once comfortable with the basics, you will look at form and content, such as deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, and working in a series. Utilize various tools and techniques to push the limits of the medium and welcome surprises along the way. Emphasis will be placed on process more than finished works.
An award winning artist hailing from Minnesota, James Edward Scherbarth (Jim) is best known for his use of color, line, and texture in creating contemporary abstract oil and cold wax paintings. His creative process is an intuitive one of constructing and deconstructing, of collecting, blending, erasing, blurring, marking, and clarifying mimicking the natural processes of the world. Jim has served on the Board of Directors for the Veterans in the Arts and the Burnsville Visual Arts Society. He maintains a working and teaching studio in Minneapolis.
Jim has been an artist in residence and conducted workshops at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, CO Mayo, Ireland and in Paris, France and exhibits widely in the US and Europe.
Student Supply List:
Optional Supplies: Dry pigments, sand (clean), powdered marble (Blick), small whisk broom (straw type from hardware store), interesting textures, small pieces of mattboard, sponges, dish scrubber, metallic paints in any form.
- 6 – 8 Painting panels - (more if you tend to work fast). 12”x12” is a good size, nothing larger than 16x20. Panel depths are available in flat (1/8”) or ¾”, 1.5”, and 2”. Recommended panels: Gessobord by Ampersand.
- Arches Oil Paper - at least one pad either 9x12 or 16x20
- Newsprint – pad form 18 x 24 or smaller
- 4” soft rubber brayer (soft not hard rubber)
- Palette knives (1 or 2) trowel blade type
- Squeegee or wide blade Color Shaper (pieces of cardboard or matboard also work)
- Brushes – just a few: old splayed or stiff one are fine
- Heavy duty paper towels or clean, cotton rags
- Paper Palette or roll of Freezer Paper
- Roll of wax paper – for layering and transporting panels home, also for texturing
- Oil paints – a basic set &/or some of your favorite colours
- Oil paint sticks (2 or 3), also called Oilbars, R&F pigment sticks. NOT oil pastels.
- Clean, empty tin can for solvent (tuna, or cat food tin is perfect size)
- Protective hand cream or gloves
- Blue painter’s tape (wide enough to cover the edges of your panels) - on the 2” deep panels you can use either a 2” or 3” tape / also used with the arches oil paper
- A full refund is made when a student registers for a workshop that is canceled by Cullowhee Arts or already full at the time of registration.
- An email or letter of cancellation is required for withdrawals. Students who withdraw before April 30 receive a refund of the workshop deposit less a 25% registration & processing fee. Any housing and meal deposits will be refunded in full.
- If a cancellation is made after April 30, the deposit is forfeited, but a credit for the amount may be applied to another workshop that same calendar year. You may also transfer your deposit to a friend or family member for that same calendar year or make a tax deductible donation to Cullowhee Arts. (There are some workshops that may have earlier cut off dates due to demand - this will be noted in your confirmation email).
- We strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent in the event an unforeseen medical emergency.
- Cullowhee Arts may at times use photographs and/or video recordings of employees and students for purposes of publications and other media. Names and other identifying information will not be published.
- Should an individual NOT want to be photographed or recorded they must contact Cullowhee Arts, and are responsible for removing themselves from areas in which photography is taking place, or notify the camera operator of their opt-out status.
Workshop package #1
Single Lodging: Private room/bath housing in shared townhouse, opening Sunday evening reception, daily healthy catered lunch buffets, and two group dinners - (more on lodging/meals)
Lab Fee $65
Lodging & Meals $695 / week
Workshop package #2
Shared Lodging: (Must have roommate pre-arranged) Double occupancy room/bath housing in shared townhouse, opening Sunday evening reception, daily healthy catered lunch buffets, and two group dinners
Lab Fee $65
Lodging & Meals $575 / week
Workshop package #3
Commuter: Sunday evening reception, daily healthy catered lunch buffets, and two group dinners
Lab Fee $65
Meals Only $180 / week