the encaustic center

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

Jane Cornish Smith's 2-day Cold Wax Portrait Workshop


2018 date TBA

The cost is $385.00 which includes MANY supplies (supply and registration info below)

12 spaces available


Click on an image below to see a slideshow from the workshop.


See all of the images from the workshop in our Flickr album


Discover the versatility, translucence, and depth of cold wax in portraiture! Mine the possibilities of it's buttery consistency combined with oil paint, mineral spirits, pastels, mark-making tools, brushes, scrapers, and NO heat to reveal layers of luminous color. Artist Jane Cornish Smith will demonstrate and guide participants through portraiture creations. The hands-on exploration of composition, shape, and value allows for an understanding of the medium and dynamic expressive work.  All levels are welcome. Most supplies are included; see below:




Provided and Suggested Supply list:


  • 2 encaustic gessoed 11x14 cradled boards ... I will have more boards for sale at the workshop.
  • 10 sheets of Arches oil painting paper 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, click here
  • Brayers: Provided for use at the workshop: Brayers: If you'd like to purchase one of your own, click here
  • or Speedball in various sizes. Click here


Provided for use at the workshop:

  • Squeegees - Provided for use at the workshop: if you'd like to purchase one of your own, click here
  • 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 Provided: 12 ounces of Cold Wax medium but if you'd like to buy some of your own, click here
  • Charcoal 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, click here
  • Scraping tools: Provided but you are welcome to bring more cardboard and mat board squares for scraping.


  • Bring Oil paint (any brand) - this can be a variety of your favorite colors but be sure to have a good range and lots of white, also cadmium red, cad yellow light, yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, raw umber, burnt sienna, and any other colors you may have on hand.
  • Please bring Please bring four 8.5" x 11” photocopies of your favorite headshots for reference.
  • Alcohol Inks: Provided  but you can buy more here
  • Paper towels - one roll per person provided but please bring more
  • Please 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:

The cost of the workshop is $385.00

Only 12 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!

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your space.

Please register asap; these spaces fill up quickly!

Balance due: TBA: $285.00


Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after TBA, $275 will be refunded only if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.

Non-payment of the $285.00 balance on or before TBA could result in the loss of your space. A reminder will be sent for your payment.


Payment Options (after availability is confirmed:)

* via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your $285 payment to bonny at 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: bonny at or 214-405-5993

Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions

bonny at



additional contact for questions:

Deanna Wood



The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080























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