Introductory Cold Wax Workshop with Jerry McLaughlin

San miguel de allende, mexico

March 9 - 13, 2020

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


Jerry’s workshops, both introductory and advanced, have been described as 'enlightening’, ‘life-changing’, ‘transformational’, and more. With a deep passion for teaching and a certificate in adult education, Jerry gives his most to help artists develop to their fullest potential.

‘Jerry is mentor, friend, instructor, and teacher. Patient, intelligent, articulate and passionate about art and sharing his knowledge. By far the most beneficial workshop I have ever participated in.”
— Barbara S.
On a scale from 1 to was a 15!!!
— Mary Ellen E.


In summer 2019, Jerry moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. 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.

about jerry’s san miguel workshops:

All workshops are at least five days. This gives participants plenty of time to paint, practice, and incorporate the workshop topics.

All workshops include a one-on-one coaching/mentoring session with 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.

Unless otherwise stated, Jerry’s workshops take 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. Jerry provides all the following supplies:

  • Gamblin cold wax medium

  • Odorless mineral spirits

  • 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.
Thinking of taking Jerry’s workshop? Make it happen, no matter the inconvenience, cost, or timing.
— Judy V.
It was well thought out and more giving of experience and talent than any other workshop I have taken.
— Dana G.


Based on his groundbreaking book with Rebecca Crowell, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations, Jerry’s introductory workshops offer demos and hands-on experience with cold wax medium. Participants explore the basic materials, tools, surfaces, and techniques he and Rebecca employ in their own work. Participants paint with cold wax, oils, pigment sticks, and powdered pigments, and experience the expressive potential of layering, texture, and mark-making. In addition, Jerry helps artists address barriers to creativity, letting go, and working more freely. These introductory workshops are for artists with prior experience painting but new to cold wax medium or those with some cold wax experience who are looking to broaden or reinforce their skills.

Workshop topics include:

  • Basic tools, materials, surfaces, and safety

  • Understanding and mastering stages of dryness

  • Working wet-in-wet

  • Foundational layers and texture

  • Brayer techniques and veil of color

  • Mark-making for structure and expression

  • Stencils, masking, creating shape, and dividing space

  • Pigments, powders, and particulates

  • Mechanical and solvent reductions

  • Techniques for a dry surface

  • And MORE!

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

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, Mexico with his husband Mike and their dog Bert.