the encaustic center

580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080

Jane Cornish Smith's 1-day Cold Wax Workshop

Pure Abstractions


Saturday, April 25th and Sunday April 26th, 2020


The cost is $230.00 which includes MANY supplies (supply and registration info below)


Explore the endless possibilities of abstract painting with cold wax! Take a thought-provoking immersion into the abstract use of luminous cold wax with oil paint, pastel, inks, mineral spirits, mark-making tools, brushes, scrapers and imagination. Composition, color and contrast will be addressed, along with an exploration of visual elements such as line, shape, pattern, texture, mass, and depth. This versatile medium yields rich and emotive surfaces. Develop your own personal expression in this fun and freeing workshop!



Provided and Supplies to Bring:


  • 1 encaustic gessoed 12x12 cradled board Provided ... I will have more boards for sale at the workshop.
  • 5 sheets of Arches oil painting paper Provided but you can buy more here
  • Messermeister Squeegee: Provided for use at the workshop
  • Bowl scrapers: If you'd like to purchase one of your own, here's the link: Bowl Scraper
  • Brayers: Provided for use at the workshop. f you'd like to purchase one of your own, here's the Inovart link
  • or Speedball brayers in various sizes
  • Squeegees: Provided for use at the workshop: if you'd like to purchase one of your own, here's a link
  • Incising tools: Provided for use at the workshop: but please feel free to bring more of your own: various incising tools: wood skewers, palette knives and toothpicks
  • Palettes and wax paper: provided but you are welcome to bring more
  • Turpentine or mineral spirits Provided
  • Cold Wax medium: 12 ounces of Cold Wax medium Provided:  but if you'd like to buy some of your own, here's a link
  • Charcoal, Stone Paper, and sandpaper: Provided
  • Silicone spatulas: Provided for use at the workshop —2 GLOUE silicone spatulas  but here's a link if you'd like to buy your own
  • Scraping tools: Provided but you are welcome to bring more cardboard and mat board squares for scraping.
  • Mat board to mount Stone Paper: Provided
  • Alcohol Inks: Provided  but you can buy more here:  Jane's favorites: adirondack rust/stonewash/pitch black
  • One mat board for mounting Stone paper Provided
  • Containers for turp: Provided



  • Bring Oil paint - this can be a variety of your favorite colors but be sure to have a good range and plenty of white. Any brand will do.
  • A sketchbook for notes
  • Bring Paper towels - one roll per person provided but please bring more
  • Bring Tape - blue or green, 1- 1.5”



About Jane

Originally from Canada, Texas-based artist Jane Cornish Smith’s nomadic childhood, along with her artist mother, fostered an appreciation for creative expression from a young age. Jane produces paintings and sculptural work with diverse materials and subject matter, but has concentrated in recent years on cold wax and encaustic mediums.  She has attended artist residencies at the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy; Vermont Studio Center; and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and earned BFA, MLA, and MFA degrees. An award-winning artist, her work hangs at the University of Texas at Tyler, Brookhaven College, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, Tenby Museum and Art Gallery in Wales, the Cancer Support Community of North Texas, and others. She enjoys teaching, and making art from her glass-lined studio in rural Lone Oak, Texas.


Payment and Registration info:

Only 8 spaces available so please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!

The cost of the workshop is $230.00

Please pay in full or make a $100.00 deposit to hold your space.


Please pay (via the below options)


Payment Options (after space availability is confirmed:)

* via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your payment to or please request a paypal invoice from me.


* By check to The Encaustic Center, 580 W Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, TX, 75080


* By credit card; call Bonny at 214-405-5993


* By cash at The Bonny Studio or The Encaustic Center, please call or email Bonny to schedule a time: or 214-405-5993


Cancellation policy:

The $100 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event of cancellation, after the workshop is paid in full; $120.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.


Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions



The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080























580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080