the encaustic center

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


Jane Cornish Smith's 2-day Cold Wax Abstract Compositions and Abstract Landscapes Workshop

In-person with Jane Cornish Smith here or Zoom from home / studio

Saturday, January 23rd and Sunday, January 24th, 2021

10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day - CST

Option 1: The Zoom online cost is $325.00 (Supply list and registration info below) This includes, pdf's, videos and pre-workshop Zoom meetup - participants purchase their own supplies.

Option 2: The In-person version (Masks required) – will take place at The Bonny Studio / The Encaustic Center (next door to one another)

This includes, most supplies, pdf's videos and pre-workshop Zoom meetup - participants. The cost is: $475.



Explore the endless possibilities of abstract 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. Composition, color and contrast will be addressed, along with an exploration of visual elements such as line, shape, pattern, texture, mass, and depth. The workshop will include discussion on how to create landscape abstractions, as well as non-representational works. This versatile medium yields rich and emotive surfaces. Develop your own personal expression in this fun and freeing workshop! All experience levels welcome.

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



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 artists that work with cold wax, looking at individual approaches concerning art elements and principles: shape, color, value, line, texture, pattern, contrast, and composition. Slides will showcase both landscape and non-representational abstractions.

Demo: wet-into-wet warm up paintings, mixing CWM with oil paint using a limited color palette.

Participants create four small works individually; one-on-one instruction and feedback. Students can tune in to feedback throughout workshop if desired as they work.

Break for lunch

Guided exercise on cropping photo references for optimal compositions, thumbnail sketches, discussion on design, and review of black and white value scale.

Demo on mixing a broader color palette with CWM and oil paint, making initial layers on new works.

Participants create first 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
  • 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.
  • Sketchbook or paper and pencil, for taking notes and making thumbnail sketches. Paper is also good for cutting out “corners” for finding good compositions.
  • Paper towels - one roll
  • Reference photos or printouts: Inkjet or Xerox’s of landscape or other images of your favorite places, objects, etc with a good contrast of lights and darks.
  • Tape - blue or green, one 1” roll
  • 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 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.

When emailing to register, please also provide your phone number.

Payment info: PLEASE read all the way through.

The cost of the Zoom workshop is $325.00

The cost of the In- person workshop is $475.00 - most supplies provided

A $100 deposit holds your space

Balance due: $225 - for the online Zoom version - Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Balance due: $375 - for the online In-person version - Thursday, December 10th, 2020


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: $215.00 for the Zoom version and $265 for the In-person version will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. In the case the workshop would need to be rescheduled due to Covid restrictions, a refund in the amounts above will be applied to those who are unable to attend the new date. By paying for this workshop, you agree to this policy.

Zoomers: You will be receiving a link to your workshop. You may like to work from a laptop or desktop for a larger screen but phone is fine too.

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