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CPT 035-F18 | Exploring Mixed Media: Oil + Cold Wax

CPT 035-F18 | Exploring Mixed Media: Oil + Cold Wax

Sat + Sun, 11/3 -11/4, 9AM-5PM, Room: 508

Maximum Enrollment: 10 LBS

Course Description

This workshop focuses on painting and mixed media techniques using R&F Pigment Sticks. The sticks offer artists a direct painting media that has a gradual drying time, allowing for corrections, changes, and additions to pieces in progress. Students will learn about the qualities of Pigment Sticks that separate them from other oil media and a variety of studio processes that they can be applied to. Topics include: studio safety, proper grounds, brushes and tools, mark making and blending, working over non-traditional surfaces, monoprints, and using oil and cold wax in combination. Pigment Sticks are a unique painting material that can be translated onto a variety of surfaces and expand your drawing, printing, and painting practices.

TUITION: $230 + fees: $35
CEUs: 1.6
DURATION: weekend workshop

Dietlind Vander Schaaf holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Southern Maine. Her work has been described as the transformation of "‰disparate objects into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace" (Artscope). She has exhibited nationally and was featured in the April 2016 Maine Home + Design magazine‰'s profile ‰"One to Watch‰" on standout artists in Maine. Vander Schaaf is a Core Instructor for R&F Handmade Paints and the president of New England Wax. She is the recipient of grants from the Maine Arts Commission and International Encaustic Artists, a Tending Space Artist Fellowship from the Hemera Foundation, and the Juror‰'s Award in association with the 10th International Encaustic Conference. In addition, she is a 200 hr Kripalu yoga teacher working on her 500 hr certification.


  • 6-7 panels/ supports to work on that are rigid and absorbent (no larger than 14" x 14"); I recommend Encausticbord or Claybord panels, but panels made from maple, pine, birch, or other types of plywood are okay too
  • 20 sheets of 6" x 6" paper squares for a painting exercise
  • Blue painters tape to cover the edges -1.5" roll of blue painters tape
  • 16 oz container of Gamblin cold wax
  • a selection of thin absorbent Japanese rice papers for pulling monoprints
  • a rubber Speedball brayer
  • anything that you think might make an interesting texture, but not fancy or expensive as it will get paint on it
  • cardboard or pizza boxes for transporting wet work home
  • drawing materials (graphite, pencils, etc.)
  • palette knives and/or scrapers
  • roll of paper towels
  • stencils
  • tissue paper
  • various mark making tools
  • unscented baby wipes

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