the encaustic center

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


This re-imagined workshop combines both the Abstract Compositions AND Abstract Landscape techniques and instruction! You can choose to focus on one or work with both! AND you are welcome to bring work with you from prior workshops with Jane for additional layers and feedback!

Jane Cornish Smith's 2-day Cold Wax Workshop

Abstract Compositions and Abstract Landscape

To Be Announced

The cost is $475.00 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!

This new 2-day format (description below) has proven to be especially valuable in introducing techniques, layering and bringing work to greater potential! If you've participated in Jane's workshops and would like to continue working on a previous piece or pieces, and get feedback, please bring them with you! See some of the pics from workshops here: Cold Wax Workshops with Jane Cornish Smith


Day One:

  • Brief introduction on the characteristics of cold wax medium
  • PowerPoint on artists working with cold wax, looking at individual approaches on art elements and principles: shape, color, value, line, texture, pattern, contrast, and composition for compelling landscape abstractions!
  • Guided exercise on cropping photo references for optimal compositions, thumbnail sketches, and review of black and white value scale
  • Demo- taping and wet-into-wet warm up paintings- participants create four small works
  • Demo on mixing a color palette with CWM and oil, initial layers
  • Participants create first layers on Arches Oil Paper and cradled panels; one-on-one instruction

Day Two:

  • Demonstration on adding layers with CWM/oil, powders, pigments sticks, alcohol inks; additive and subtractive techniques
  • Participants continue with subsequent layers; one-on-one instruction
  • Sharing of one-of-a-kind abstracted landscape artworks!

Provided and Supplies to Bring:


  • 1 encaustic gessoed 9x12 cradled board... Provided and I will have more boards for sale a the workshop.
  • 1 encaustic gessoed 12x12 cradled board Provided and I will have more boards for sale at the workshop.
  • Up to 5 Arches oil painting paper sheets, as needed, but you can buy more here
  • Squeegees: Provided for use at the workshop: if you'd like to purchase one of your own, here's a link
  • Squeegees: Provided for use at the workshop
  • Messermeister Bowl scrapers: Provided for use at the workshop, but if you'd like to purchase one of your own, here's the link: Bowl Scraper
  • 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: here
  • Brayers: Provided for use at the workshop. if you'd like to purchase one of your own, here's the Inovart link
  • or Speedball brayers in various sizes click here
  • Incising, texturizing, stenciling, and scraping tools: Provided for use at the workshop
  • Freezer paper for palettes: and wax paper: provided but you are welcome to bring more
  • Turpentine or mineral spirits and containers: 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, sandpaper and mat board: : Provided
  • Alcohol Inks: Provided but you can buy more here: Jane's favorites: Adirondack rust/stonewash/pitch black
  • Pan Pastels and dry pastels: Provided
  • Graphite and marble powders: Provided
  • Saral transfer paper: Provided
  • R&F Pigment Sticks: Some provided and you can purchase additional Pigment Sticks The Bonny Studio and Encaustic Center at a 20% discount
  • paper, pencils and cropping corners for thumbnail sketches


  • 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.
  • Palette knife for mixing color and applying medium
  • Optional- A smock or apron - CWM can get messy
  • Optional- Photos or printouts: Inkjet or Xerox’s of landscape or other photos from your favorite places, objects, etc with a good contrast of lights and darks. There will be some photo references provided at the workshop, but more meaningful if you have your own!
  • Optional- A sketchbook for notes
  • Bring Paper towels - one roll per person provided but please bring more
  • Bring Tape - blue or green, 1"



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 studio in rural Lone Oak, Texas.

Payment and Registration info:

Please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!

Payment info:

To Be Announced

Payment Options (after space availability is confirmed:)

- via Zelle to

- 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:

In the event of cancellation after the workshop is paid in full by May 1st, 2020, $365.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Non-payment of the $375 balance by May 1st, 2020, may result in someone form the waiting list taking the space so please be sure to watch for the balance due email announcement and please be in touch if there are any changes.

Please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!



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