the encaustic center

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


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

No previous experience with portrait or cold wax is required for this workshop

Saturday, September 12th and Sunday September 13th, 2020

Online Version!

10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day


The cost is $325.00 (supply and registration info below)


Explore the endless possibilities of abstracted portrait painting with cold wax! Take a thought-provoking immersion into the use of luminous cold wax with oil paint, mineral spirits, mixed media, mark-making materials, brushes, scrapers and imagination. Proportion, composition, color and contrast will be addressed, along with an exploration of visual elements such as line, shape, texture, mass, dimension and depth. This versatile medium yields rich and emotive surfaces. Develop your own personal expressive creations! All experience levels welcome.

This 2-day format (description below) has proven to be especially valuable in introducing various techniques and layering, bringing work to greater potential! See some of the pics from previous workshops here: Cold Wax Workshops with Jane Cornish Smith

Additionally, Jane will be providing several videos to participants in preparation for the workshop and for future reference.

Day One:

  • Introductions and demo on taping paper, setting up media. Any questions throughout the workshop are welcome!
  • Participants tape their Arches Oil Paper and organize space.
  • Brief discussion on the characteristics of cold wax medium and substrates.
  • Slide show on portrait artists that work with cold wax and other media, looking at individual approaches concerning art elements and principles: shape, color, value, line, texture, pattern, contrast, composition, and emotion.
  • Demo: staining paper, review value scale, face proportions, outlining and transferring photocopied head shot.
  • Participants begin portraits. One-on-one instruction and feedback. Students can tune in to feedback throughout workshop if desired as they work.
  • Break for lunch
  • Demo on mixing a broader color palette with CWM and oil paint, making initial layers on new works. Step by step process on building a portrait.
  • Participants create layers; one-on-one instruction and feedback.

Day Two:

  • Demo on adding layers with CWM and oil paint, mineral spirits, particulates, pigments sticks, alcohol inks, and other media; additive and subtractive techniques.
  • Participants continue with subsequent layers; one-on-one instruction and feedback. Some students may like to work on unfinished pieces from prior workshops as well.
  • Break for lunch
  • Participants continue to work on paintings; one-on-one instruction and feedback.
  • Sharing of one-of-a-kind abstracted artworks! Group discussion, critique, final questions and answers.

Supplies to have on hand for workshop: (order asap as deliveries are slower these days):

  • Arches Oil Paper, one 9 x 12” pad containing 12 sheets, available here
  • Newsprint paper, Newsprint 12 sheets 12 x 18”, or you can use pieces of newspaper
  • Bowl scrapers: here's the link: Bowl Scraper
  • You can also substitute 2 x 3” 1 x 2” etc pieces of cardboard or mat board or use a palette knife.
  • One Brayer: here's the Inovart link
  • or Speedball brayer here
  • Various mark-making tools for Incising, texturizing, stenciling, and scraping: you can use various ceramic tools, or toothpicks, bamboo skewers, palette knife, paper clips, scrunched up wax paper or plastic wrap, bubble wrap— anything goes! Ceramic tools: here
  • Natural bristle brushes you may have, various sizes. Here’s a link for Utrecht natural bristle brush set: here
  • Wax paper or freezer paper from the grocery store that you can tape to a table to mix paint.
  • Odorless mineral spirits or odorless Turpentine and a jar. Gamsol is a great: here or Mona Lisa here.
  • Cold wax medium: 16 ounces of cold wax medium, Gamblin- here's a link or Dorlands.
  • Charcoal and pencil- any type
  • Oil paint - this can be a variety of your favorite colors but be sure to at least have basic yellow, blue, red, and plenty of white. Any color can be mixed from the three primaries! To get a variety of cool, warm, opaque, and transparent colors, I usually use Cadmium Yellow Light, Indian Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson, Mars Black, Titanium White. Any brand will do.
  • Palette knife- any medium metal diamond shaped type, here’s a link for mixing color and applying medium.
  • Paper towels - one roll
  • Tape - blue or green, one 1” roll
  • Have two photocopies each of four different images, for a total of eight 8.5 x 11 inch printouts of your favorite photographic head shots or selfies with good contrast of values (lights and darks). Have the head fill up most of the paper (not too distant or small, and it’s easier if the perspective is not coming from above or below, rather a straight-on shot.) Doesn’t have to be a super professional image, most important consideration is to have a good range of lights, darks, and shadows. Scroll down for an example.
  • Optional- Sketchbook or paper for taking notes and making thumbnail sketches.
  • Optional- Alcohol Inks: you can buy here: Jane's favorites: Adirondack rust/stonewash/pitch black. As a substitute, you can use oil paint and mineral spirits mixed together.
  • Optional- PanPastels your choice of colors, but here’s a link for metallics if you’d like here or dry pastels, other possibilities are charcoal powder, marble powder, ash, fine dirt, paprika, etc.
  • Optional- R&F Pigment Sticks, your choice of colors, but here’s a small set that’s in stock . Also The Bonny Studio and Encaustic Center carries R&F pigment sticks at a 20% discount here.
  • Optional- thin papers for collaging, such as newspaper, tissue paper, etc.
  • Optional- A smock or apron - CWM can get messy
  • Optional- Gloves- nitrile or latex to protect hands from absorbing oil paint and mineral spirits, and for easy clean up.





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.



Here's an example of a head shot with good light and dark contrast to keep in mind when considering your images to work from:











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!

The cost of the workshop is $325.00

Please pay in full or make a $100.00 non-refundable non-transferable deposit to hold your space.

Balance Due; August 7th, 2020: $225.00


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:

The $100 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event of cancellation, after the workshop is paid in full; $215.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. I'll be sending email reminders before the due date. Non-payment of the $225. by the August 7th, 2020 due date may result in someone from the waiting list taking the space, so please be on the lookout.


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