Advanced Cold Wax Workshop with Jerry McLaughlin

Logistics and payment information

June 12-16, 2019

Berkeley, CA

Our workshop is coming up. Below you will find information about workshop logistics and payment. Please note that your balance payment is due by midnight June 27, 2019.

‘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.

Read these frequently asked questions. They include a lot of useful info, including my policies on payment, cancellation, and refunds.

San Francisco Bay seen from UC Berkeley campus

San Francisco Bay seen from UC Berkeley campus


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You can fly into San Francisco (SFO) or Oakland (OAK). Personally, I would use Oakland if you are able. It is smaller and more convenient. However, BART (the local transit train) goes directly from both airports to Oakland and Berkeley. Although you can rent a car, parking can be challenging. Uber, Lyft, and public transit are all very accessible and user-friendly in the Bay Area. 


My studio address is 650 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710.

Because people have different budgets and different tastes in the kinds of places they like to stay, I generally do not recommend any particular lodging.

Previous workshop attendees have stayed at various Airbnb locations and at the La Quinta, Holiday Inn Express, DoubleTree, and Knights Inn on University Avenue in Berkeley. People in one workshop were displeased by the noise and service of La Quinta. Other than this singular incident, participants have been satisfied with those locations. There are many cute and convenient Airbnb locations throughout Berkeley and walking distance to my studio.

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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.

What should you bring?

Click HERE for information from Gamblin about traveling with art supplies.



To make travel more convenient, artist essentially need to bring only their tools, paints, creativity, and enthusiasm. I provide all the following supplies:

  • 32 ounces Gamblin cold wax medium. If you need more, it will be available for purchase.

  • Odorless mineral spirits

  • 12 sheets of Arches oil paper

  • Painting surfaces (multimedia artboard), but in the advanced workshop I also encourage you to bring some work in progress

  • Gloves

  • 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!

In the advanced workshop I encourage you to bring some of your own work in progress. Please note that if you use wood panels, they must be gessoed before painting with cold wax and oils.

COLD wax book

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This is an advanced workshop. We will NOT be focusing on techniques. However, the techniques in this workshop are based on the information in my book with Rebecca Crowell, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations. Although it is not necessary to have one, if you do, it would be helpful to bring it. If you do not have it, you can purchase a copy HERE.

general Workshop topics include:

  • a quick overview of techniques - you are free to ask questions about those you might be struggling with

  • color: aspects of color contrast including value, warm/cool, transparency/opacity, intensity/saturation/chroma, neutral colors

  • working thoughtfully with opacity and transparency in your work

  • complex layering of cold wax

  • mastering texture and controlling your surface

  • borders, boundaries, and edges in your work: making your surface feel unified

  • overall aspects of contrast in painting: value, texture, color, dimension, shape, line, and more

  • working with blacks and grays

  • And MORE!

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focused Workshop topics include:

  • This is an advanced workshop, and to get the most out of it, you will need to do some homework. I expect you to do this work prior to arrival.

  • Each participant can work on up to 3 individually focused topics during the workshop. These include:

    • working in series and building a body of work: artists commit to a series of 3 or more paintings with common elements such as scale, color, shapes, and marks

    • developing your vocabulary for looking at and talking about your work: artists practice looking at their work, putting into words what is and is not working

    • editing and problem solving your work: artists practice evaluating their work and formulating a plan for the parts that are not working to serve their aesthetic or their expression and will develop their skill in keeping only what is essential to their work and letting go of everything else

    • developing intentions: intentions are what we are trying to do and say with our work and how we want to accomplish them; artists focus on defining their intentions and translating those to their work

    • alignment of form and content: artists will explore the importance of aligning the form of their work (scale, color, texture, marks, shapes, etc) with the content (intent, mood, message, aesthetic, meaning, etc).

Once you have chosen your 1, 2, or 3 focus topics, email me and let me know what they are. Approximately one month prior to the workshop I’ll send your homework sheets. [PLEASE NOTE: These worksheets took me a long time to develop. They are for your personal use only. Please do NOT share them with others.]


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You are free to bring and use whatever tools you like. However, SP CREATE is a line of tools custom-made for working with cold wax: brayers and squeegees in a range of sizes to fit all needs. I will have some of the squeegees and brayers available for purchase at the workshop, though there will not be enough for everyone. You can purchase the tools HERE if you would like to get familiar with them before the workshop or if you want to make sure you have them for use at the workshop.


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

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getting to the studio & parking

My studio address is 650 University Ave, Berkeley. University Avenue at my address is actually an overpass. My building is UNDER the overpass. You MUST enter the driveway from 2nd Street. Approach 2nd Street from either Hearst or Addison (see map above). 

Parking is on 2nd Street or directly under the overpass. My building is across the underpass from the lumberyard (see photos of my building). 

The door code is 9654

My phone is 415-335-1200. Text if you have problems.

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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. In 2018 Jerry and Rebecca started SP CREATE, a line of exclusive, custom-made tools for artists working with cold wax. To help reinforce the concepts they teach, Jerry and Rebecca just filmed a professional video workshop, all the information - and more - they teach in one of their joint 5-day abstract cold wax workshops - information HERE.

Jerry is passionate about teaching, and he studied adult education at 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 Oakland, CA with his husband Mike and their dog Bert. www.jerrymclaughlinart.com

adobe y negro (x)  oil, cold wax, and wood ash on panel, 36 x 36 inches, 2019.

adobe y negro (x) oil, cold wax, and wood ash on panel, 36 x 36 inches, 2019.