Abstraction and Cold Wax Medium: An Introductory Course
– Class full, please call (360/866) 678-3396 for Waitlist
Jerry McLaughlin, Instructor
Dates: September 13th – 17th, 2021 (9am-4pm)
Based on his groundbreaking book with Rebecca Crowell, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations, Jerry’s introductory workshop offers demos and hands-on experience with cold wax medium. Participants explore the basic materials, tools, surfaces, and techniques he and Rebecca employ in their own work. Participants paint with cold wax, oils, pigment sticks, and powdered pigments, and experience the expressive potential of layering, texture, and mark-making. In addition, Jerry helps artists address barriers to creativity, letting go, and working more freely.
This introductory workshop is for artists with prior experience painting but new to cold wax medium or those with some cold wax experience who are looking to broaden or reinforce their skills.
WORKSHOP TOPICS INCLUDE:
- Basic tools, materials, surfaces, and safety
- Understanding and mastering stages of dryness
- Working wet-in-wet
- Foundational layers and texture
- Brayer techniques and veil of color
- Mark-making for structure and expression
- Stencils, masking, creating shape, and dividing space
- Pigments, powders, and particulates
- Mechanical and solvent reductions
- Techniques for a dry surface
- And MORE!
Jerry McLaughlin Bio: Jerry McLaughlin, MD, initially trained as a pediatric critical care physician. He began his artistic career as a fine art photographer, but realizing he had always wanted to be a painter, he abandoned photography and started painting. Although encaustic was his initial medium, once he discovered cold wax and oils, he quickly transitioned, and has never gone back. His work has been collected across the US and internationally and has appeared in many publications. He works with HG Contemporary Gallery in New York, DZINE Gallery in San Francisco, and ARTERRA in Seattle.
In 2017, Jerry, with co-author Rebecca Crowell, published Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations. It is the first-ever comprehensive book exploring the myriad techniques and ways artists are using cold wax medium. In 2018 Jerry and Rebecca started SP CREATE, a line of exclusive, custom-made tools for artists working with cold wax. To help reinforce the concepts they teach, Jerry and Rebecca just filmed a professional video workshop, all the information – and more – they teach in one of their joint 5-day abstract cold wax workshops – information HERE.
Jerry is passionate about teaching, and he studied adult education at the University of Washington. His strength lies in identifying and addressing the individual needs of his students and helping them analyze and develop solutions to the difficulties they are encountering. Jerry maintains an active artist mentoring and coaching practice, working with artists around the world. He lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with his husband Mike and their dog Bert. www.jerrymclaughlinart.com