the encaustic center

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

Four Day Cold Wax Workshop with guest artist instructor

Pamela Caughey

Powerful Design and Personal Color


Friday, April 30th, Saturday, May 1st, Sunday, May 2nd and Monday May 3rd 2021, 10:00 to 4:00 each day.

The cost is $975.00 (includes many supplies, more 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


For those of you who live close to the workshop location, please feel free to bring 1-3 old works you are stuck on, and larger boards you would like to work on. If you bring Baltic birch panels, be sure to encaustic gesso them ahead of time with 2 coats of acrylic gesso. See provided encaustic 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.


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


Purchase Arches oil paper; 12x16 pad or 22x30 sheets and divide into quadrants before the workshop: Arches oil paper pads or Arches oil paper

Please see the attached info sheet and view this video for an explanation of how to prepare your four square sheets of Arches Oil paper.


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

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


Provided; 1 roll paper towels


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


Bring Palette: Use freezer paper, or palette paper (12x16" 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 1 roll of white artist's tape or 1 roll of blue tape


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 Several palette knives, plastic or metal


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


1-2 Messermeister Bowl Scrapers (I have several to share here but you can purchase your own)


1" Silicone Colour Shaper tool, plus any other sizes you like (available on Amazon, see below)


1-2 Rubber Brayers - I have many to share during the workshop but info on where and what to buy below


*Please see below for sources for my favorite tools, and view my YouTube video which discusses these tools:


FREE Samples provided:

    Cold Wax Medium Provided - and we'll have some sample as well

   Galkyd Gel Provided - and we'll have some sample as well

   Gamsol - samples for everyone

    Galkyd - samples for everyone (can be used in place of Galkyd Gel, but slower drying time)

    RF Pigment sticks and Ampersand panels; please bring your favorite RF pigment sticks as

    colors are limited and you can purchase more at The Encaustic Center while you are here

    at 20% off.


Where to find the items I highly recommend: Just copy/paste the item description into the search box at and the item will come up.


Silicone tools - Search for Silicone Wide Firm Flat Brush Size 1 and 1.5 ($16 and $17, respectively). There are many sizes but the 1" and 1.5" are especially useful.


Messermeister Silicone Bowl Scraping tool (or similar) I use these and LOVE them. Search for Messermeister Silicone Bowl Scraping tool.

There are several to share at the studio but you'll likely want some of your own


Clay Sculpture Tools - I love these, in a few different sizes - Search for: Kbsing Set of 5 Flexible Silicone Clay Sculpture Color Shapers (#3), $10.99/set


Oiler Boiler: Popular tool with a very fine point for applying gamsol for creating "gamsol drips" - Search Amazon for Oiler Boiler by Gannt Industries. Either size will be just fine (18 gauge is a larger hole than the 25 gauge).


Rubber brayers: Inovart is a good brand. One brayer is fine for this class. Search for: Inovart Snap Out Soft Rubber Brayer 4 by INOVART, ~$30, or speedball is fine, too - Many Provided for use in the workshop


Several palette knives, plastic or metal (I love these: Search for: I recommend Ateco 1385 Offset Spatula with 4.5-inch Stainless Steel Blade, wood handle, $5.25 each (I own about 10)


Blue Painter's or Artist's tape (for masking off on paper and on your panels; 1" width should be fine). Blue painter's tape is less expensive and available at any hardware store. You can also search for "white artist's tape on Amazon, $20/roll


**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!


Gamblin Galkyd Gel ("G-Gel"; use this for stronger paint film, slightly satiny finish and quicker drying) -Search for: Gamblin Galkyd G Gel, 150 Ml, ~$20


RF Pigment sticks - You can bring your own RF pigment sticks; The Encaustic Center also sells these at 20% off; RF will also provide some free samples.


Dry Markmaking Materials (all highly recommended):

Lyra Carbon Black Pencil: Search for; LYRA Rembrandt Carbon Pencil, 308/3, Medium HB, Black, 1 Pencil (2035003), $7.27 each


ArtGraf Graphite - Large Stick and smaller tools (water soluble): Search for Artgraf Water Soluble Monochromatic 3-Clr Set, $20.79


Lyra Graphite Sticks: Search for: Lyra Watersoluble Graphite Crayon - Individual Stick - 6B, ~$1.26/stick (plus shipping)


Stabilo-All Pencil 8046 Black - ~$6 each (A pack of 12, however is $13.68, a much better deal. This is a water-soluble pencil which makes nice darks!).

(Look around your home for mark making tools: china markers, carpenter's pencils, look around - fill your box with lots of mark making options!


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.)



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. (some of you have already left deposits, thank you , I have your info)


Please register asap as these spaces fill up quickly!


Balance due: March 19th, 2021: $875.00


Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after the balance of $875 is paid in full, by March 19th, 2021; $865.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.


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


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