In this experimental course you will be guided step by step through the method of building up paintings in layers with cold wax. Cold wax is used at room temperature, without heat, and when combined with oil paints it can be used to produce depth and atmosphere, to both abstract and landscape work.
Experiment with techniques, building up layers, using cold wax, oil colours, pigment sticks and pure pigments. Using a wide variety of tools, collage and mixed media, you will look at new ways to create textures. The workshop will also look at mark making and will explore different ways to create textures and lines using a variety of tools and techniques.
Working with oil and cold wax involves a lot of experimentation, and a willingness to set out without knowing where you are going to end up. You’ll learn more about your creative process and you will leave eager to experiment more with this medium.
The workshop will include information about techniques, as well as demonstrations and plenty of time for practice.
This two day workshop is suitable for beginners. Although not essential, some painting experience, in any medium, would be recommended
Please note there is a £15 material charge payable on the day.
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What to expect
Days at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.
Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits on day one. Begin your session at the appointed time and there will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Each day lunch will be around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch each day. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop and providing we have notice, we are happy to cater for any dietary needs.
Finish time is given as a target – there is some flexibility depending on how your work is progressing. Depending on the tutor and the group, start times follow on days can be flexible too.
We aim for your time with us to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!
What you’ll need to bring with you
All materials are provided.
Aprons will be available but please bring your own if you prefer as painting can be messy.