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Exploring Cold Wax and Oil

Date: April 23 and 24
Time: 9 am – 4 pm Sat and 10 am – 3 pm Sun
Registration Deadline: April 20
Location GAAC

This two-day workshop will introduce or add to the artist’s knowledge of painting with cold wax and oils. This expressive medium is a wonderful way to move your work into abstraction. Students will experience the layering process at the heart of the medium and develop several paintings at once. Artists will start with playful water-based layers and mark making. In the second stage, we will freely add layers of cold wax and oil working in a limited palette. Experimentation is a major focus throughout the class.

Various supplies will be available from pigment sticks, dry pigments, Art Graf tailors chalk, oil pastels, cold wax, oil paints, and more.

In the second stage, interesting, unexpected “tools” and templates will be available for adding texture to the layers. Unlike encaustics, no heat is necessary for this process. Students will leave with fundamentals, new techniques, and the beginning layers of paintings on both paper and cradled panel boards that each participant can develop further.

With a BFA in Painting and Drawing from UW-Milwaukee and a Master of Arts in Education from Lesley University, as well as many additional workshops and courses,

Mara retired from a 24-year career as a high school art teacher. For the past six years, she has concentrated her efforts on building a full-time painting career. She works in a studio overlooking Lake Michigan, taking walks every day with her Cardigan Corgi, Pippa Middleton. Nature, rocks, walks, family, and the dog fuel her abstract landscapes. Mara has been oil painting for over 40 years and painting with cold wax for 15 years. Her paintings have been included in many juried exhibits over the years in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois, and Ohio. She has won purchase prize awards, a merit award, a donor award, and the opportunity to be a featured artist at the Marquette MI arts and culture Jack Deo Gallery. She has exhibited solo at the Hartwig Gallery, Escanaba; Mr. Helsinki, Fish Creek, and Telluride Arts District HQ Gallery. Mara is represented by galleries in WI, MI, and TN. maramanningstudio.com

I will provide students with both oil paper and small cradled panels and all tools to explore techniques. The only thing you need to bring is a painting apron shirt. Odorless solvent, oil paints, and cold wax medium, tools, substrates, gloves, wipes, and all other supplies will be provided. If you would like to bring any supplies from home to supplement your experience, please feel free to do so.

Please read the GAAC cancellation and refund policy here: http://www.glenarborart.org/terms-and-conditions/

To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2022 programs, to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons or less for outdoor programs and 8 or less for indoor programs.
All students must wear face coverings inside the center.
Students and staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
Common areas and touched surfaces will be sanitized regularly.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, any new policies or procedures for classes will be communicated.


starts April 23 @ 9:00 am
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Glen Arbor Arts Center
6031 S Lake St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States
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