AN ADVANCED WORKSHOP WITH rebecca crowell & jerry mclaughlin

April 20- 25, 2020

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


Having two perspectives to demonstrate techniques and concepts gave a confidence to follow objectives and license to push boundaries in our work
— Janet H

ABOUT this san miguel workshop:

The workshop is six days. This gives participants plenty of time to paint, practice, and incorporate the workshop topics.

All participants will get one-on-one time with Rebecca and Jerry. Artists have the opportunity to address technical, artistic, or professional development issues specific to them.

Pre-workshop meet and greet. The evening before the workshop begins, all participants are invited to a meet and greet at Jerry’s home. Cocktails and light snacks served.

The workshop takes place at Estudio Paloma. On workshop days, there is no need to worry about lunch or travel logistics. Pick up and drop off between San Miguel city center and the studio, as well as a full, home-cooked lunch and wine are included in the price.


To make travel more convenient, artist essentially need to bring only their tools, paints, creativity, and enthusiasm. The following supplies are provided:

  • Gamblin cold wax medium

  • Solvents

  • Arches oil paper

  • Painting surfaces (Multimedia Artboard)

  • Paper towels

  • Waxed, non-stick, and a variety of other papers

  • Texture materials, PanPastels, dry pigments, sand

  • Palette paper

  • Inks and other water-soluble media

  • and more!

Unbelievable! One of the best things I have ever done for myself.
— Chris R.
Amazing! Rebecca and Jerry’s personalities were harmonious, making the workshop experience a wonderful blend of casual and intense.
— Ruth R.
It was well thought out and more giving of experience and talent than any other workshop I have taken.
— Dana G.

San Miguel is a beautiful, culturally diverse city of about 170,000 people, located in the state of Guanajuato. In the early to mid-twentieth century it was ‘discovered’ by foreign artists who moved there and developed an artistic culture around institutes such as Instituto Allende and Escuela de Bellas Artes. Since that time art has been a central theme in San Miguel life.

The climate in San Miguel is very mild. There are many delicious restaurants and plenty of beautiful hotels and Airbnb's for lodging. And because of the vibrant art scene, there are literally dozens of art galleries in walking distance.



This workshop is for artists with significant prior experience using cold wax medium who want to take their work to a deeper level.

Artists often only think of ‘value’ when they think of contrast in their paintings. While value contrast is indeed important, bringing contrast to other aspects of your painting (color, shape, scale, line, texture, etc) will take your work to a new level. In this workshop participants will focus both on technical mastery and on the importance of contrast in abstract painting. In addition to reviewing traditional and advanced cold wax techniques, to help participants think more deeply about their work, Jerry and Rebecca will offer special presentations and focused one-on-one consultations. During this workshop artists will be challenged to push deeper into their work, both technically and conceptually.

**Because this is an advanced class not focused on basic techniques, to assure that the workshop is a good fit,

participants must have previously taken a workshop with Jerry or Rebecca or must submit 6-8 cold wax works for review.**

I can’t imagine getting better, more inspired instruction anywhere.
— Lynn H.

Jerry McLaughlin, MD, initially trained as a pediatric critical care physician. He began his artistic career as a fine art photographer, but realizing he had always wanted to be a painter, he abandoned photography and started painting. Although encaustic was his initial medium, once he discovered cold wax and oils, he quickly transitioned and has never gone back. His work has been collected across the US and internationally and has appeared in many publications. He works with HG Contemporary Gallery in New York, DZINE Gallery in San Francisco, and ARTERRA in Seattle.

In 2017, Jerry, with co-author Rebecca Crowell, published Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations. It is the first ever comprehensive book exploring the myriad techniques and ways artists are using cold wax medium. Jerry is passionate about teaching, and he holds a certificate in adult education from the University of Washington. His strength lies in identifying and addressing the individual needs of his students and helping them analyze and develop solutions to the difficulties they are encountering. Jerry maintains an active artist mentoring and coaching practice, working with artists around the world.

He lives in San Miguel de Allende with his husband Mike and their dog Bert.


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Since earning her MFA in painting from Arizona State University in 1985, Rebecca Crowell has led a life focused on painting. When not traveling from either her home in rural Wisconsin or rural New Mexico for teaching or to attend artist residencies she works almost daily in her studio. She draws significant influence from her experiences abroad, as well as from the surroundings of her winter home in northern New Mexico. The coast of County Mayo, Ireland has been a particularly important location for her; she returns each year to teach and paint.

Rebecca Crowell is known for her innovative painting techniques involving cold wax medium and oil and is represented by a number of fine art galleries in various locations including Dublin, Ireland; Chicago, Illinois; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Telluride, Colorado; Atlanta, Georgia; Tucson, Arizona, and more. Her representation with Gormleys Fine Art in Dublin has recently led to international exposure, including several European art fairs.