the encaustic center

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


Pamela Caughey

Powerful Design and Personal Color

Friday, January 21st, Saturday, January 22nd, Sunday, January 23rd and Monday January 24th - 2022, 10:00 to 4:00 each day.


10:00 to 4:00 each day. The cost is $975.00 (please read through and find links to all the details, including supply info, below)



This workshop is for artists working with cold wax medium and oils who have a basic understanding of how to create texture and layers in this medium, but want to explore the next step - how to create a powerful composition using dynamic color and powerful design. Each student will be encouraged to express their personal voice through a better understanding of what they love most in their art. Students will learn how to mix and apply a wide range of color, grays, and glazes differing in value, temperature and saturation through fun and explorative exercises. Through demonstrations, presentations, and working one on one, each student will learn how to strengthen their compositions by understanding what makes strong design. Students will create both small studies and larger works to explore key concepts. With this information, each student will be able to approach a painting at any stage of development and understand the "when" and "how" to pull their paintings together to a satisfying conclusion. We will also discuss the importance of an experimental approach and risk taking during the creative process. The majority of workshop time will be devoted to painting, with helpful demos and presentations to better understand key concepts presented. There will also be time for individual critique and discussion of each student's personal artistic goals and progress.


Supply List:

These supplies can be found via Pamela's Resource Page at: and via the links noted with each product listed below.

For those of you who live close to the workshop location;You are encouraged to bring 1-2 works you are stuck on and any additional boards you’d like to work on.

If you bring some of your own Baltic birch panels, be sure to gesso them ahead of time with 2 coats of acrylic gesso. See provided gessoed cradled panel info below. Those using Arches Oil Paper do not need to gesso this paper as it is designed for oil/cold wax paintings. Basically, if you have more room, feel free to bring all the things you like to work with and can comfortably carry.

Gessoed Cradled Panels Provided: Although the focus will be working on Arches oil paper, two 12x12 and one 16x16, these Gessoed Cradled Panels will be provided as additional options

Cold Wax Medium Provided

Gamsol Provided

RF Pigment sticks - some provided and you can purchase more at The Encaustic Center while you are here at 20% off. Bring if you have.

1 roll paper towels Provided


Arches oil paper; 12x16 pad and divide into quadrants before the workshop


Arches oil paper 22x30 sheets (pack of 10) sheets and divide into quadrants before the workshop


Please see the attached info sheet for an explanation of how to prepare your four square sheets of Arches Oil paper: link to pdf

and view this video:


Bring Oil paints: (student grade is fine, other professional artist brands are: Gamblin, Charvin, Williamsburg, Winsor and Newton - go for the best price!).

(If you don’t have any, here's a starter set):

Titanium white

Ivory black

Indian yellow

Yellow Ochre

French ultramarine blue

Pthalo Blue

Alizarin Crimson

Quinacridone Magenta or Crimson

Cadmium Red Medium

Permanent Green Light

Cadmium Orange

Alizarin Orange

Dioxazine Purple

Also, a link to resources here


Bring towelettes/baby wipes (good for cleaning tools and hands) If you can


Bring Palette paper (16x20” is a good size) or a sheet of tempered glass with edges taped off


Optionally Provided: palette boards covered with freezer paper.


Nitrile or latex gloves: provided but you can bring more


Bring a Sketchbook


Bring White artist's tape 1” or blue tape for taping paper into quadrants


Bring a few oil painting brushes (IF you would like to learn how to make fluid marks with cold wax medium!)


Bring your favorite texture and mark-making tools


Bring an Apron


Bring Drawing materials: graphite pencils, carpenter's pencils, Cray-Pas, RF Pigment Sticks, graphite powder, really anything you like to make marks with! (see below for places to get these items - you want to bring a WIDE assortment of mark making tools - Resources


Messermeister Silicone Bowl Scraping tool;  I have several to share but to have your own


Royal Sovereign Silicone tools - Royal Sovereign Silicone tools (1" and 1.5")


Silicone 10 piece Tool Set - Silicone 10 piece Tool Set – fine tips


1-2 Rubber Brayers - I have many to share but to have your own - 1-2 Speedball Rubber Brayers

and / or

Inovart Brayer


Several palette knives


Gamblin Galkyd Gel


Dry Mark making Tools (my favorite tools; all optional but recommended):

Lyra Graphitkreide Black Pencil

ArtGraf Graphite Blocks

Lyra Rembrandt Graphite Black Pencil

Stabilo-All Pencil 8046 Black

Sakura Solidified Paint Marker (Oil Based)

Marabu Oil-based Crayons


Optional: A 4oz or 8oz squeeze bottle to make a 50:50 mix of Gamsol and Galkyd - IF you like "drippy" paint! (any empty nozzle bottle (capped) works fine - like those that come with hair coloring kits.)

Oiler Boiler (Gaunt Industries)


We will be using cell phone cameras in class - if you don't have one, we can share - but if you do have one, please bring it!



About Pamela Caughey:


Pamela Caughey grew up in Wisconsin, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UW-Madison in 1983. After moving with her family to Hamilton, MT in 1986, she began her serious study of art, and in 2010 received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Montana School of Art. Her work is in the permanent collection of several museums and public buildings nationally and internationally and also appears in the newly published book by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, “Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts, Conversations”. After teaching foundations courses at the University of Montana, Bitterroot College, Montana, she is now a full time studio artist and teaches workshops from her Hamilton, Montana studio and around the world.



Social Media:

Instagram: pamelacaughey

Twitter: pcaugheyart


Cost and payment:

The cost of the workshop is $975.00

A $100.00 non-refundable non-transferable deposit holds your space. (If you have already left your deposit, thank you, I have your info)

Please register asap as these spaces fill up quickly!

Balance due: December 10th, 2021: $875.00


Payment Options (after 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 balance of $875 is paid in full, by December 10th, 2021; $865.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.


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