an advanced cold wax workshop with jerry mclaughlin
in san miguel de allende, mexico
October 14 - 18, 2019
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Our workshop is coming up in a few months. Below you will find information about workshop logistics and payment. Please note that your balance payment is due by midnight June 27, 2019.
Read these frequently asked questions. They include a lot of useful info, including my policies on payment, cancellation, and refunds.
ABOUT JERRY’S SAN MIGUEL WORKSHOPS:
The price includes most materials. Other than your paints and a few basic tools, most everything you need is provided and included with the workshop.
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. (This is optional with no obligation to participate.)
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.
San Miguel de allende (SMA)
GETTING TO AND AROUND san miguel
I recommend you fly into Leon (Guanajuato International Airport, BJX), which is about 60 miles from San Miguel. However, you can also fly into Queretaro (60 miles, QRO) or Mexico City (160 miles, MEX). From any of the airports you can take a cab or hire a car. To avoid looking ‘like a tourist’, I prefer taxi or private vehicle over more elite services like BajioGo.
Although you can rent a car and drive, having a car in SMA can be inconvenient with parking/traffic. It is easy to get around SMA via taxi. They are abundant and inexpensive (60-80 pesos, $3-4).
The studio address is Paloma 11 La Luz, San Miguel de Allende, 37747 (the pink circle on the map).
Because daily transport to/from the workshop is included, you can book one of the many hotels or Airbnb’s in the city center and take advantage of the food, beauty, and culture of San Miguel.
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.
If you would prefer to be walking distance to the workshop, Hotel Casa Primavera (the red circle) and some Airbnb’s close to it are options. However, unless you prefer a walking distance option, I recommend you stay in the city center and enjoy the local culture.
My home is a bit further out, located in the blue circle. I will be hosting our ‘meet and greet’ the night before the workshop starts.
What should you bring?
Click HERE for information from Gamblin about traveling with art supplies.
INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP
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
Waxed, non-stick, and a variety of other papers
Texture materials, PanPastels, dry pigments, sand
Inks and other water-soluble media
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
This is an advanced workshop. We will NOT be focusing on basic 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.
You might also consider our Video Workshop. It covers all the techniques we teach in a 5-day intro workshop, as well as presentations on abstraction, contrast, and the elements of art. You can watch Rebecca and Jerry each take a painting from beginning to completion. There is also information about materials, supplies, studio setup and safety, and much more. It is nearly 7 hours long! More information HERE.
Workshop topics include:
shape: aspects of shape including geometric/organic, solid/etherial-loose, hard vs. soft edge, stacked vs adjacent, scale, edges
color: aspects of color contrast including value, warm/cool, transparency/opacity, intensity/saturation/chroma, neutral colors, and other advanced topics
working thoughtfully with opacity and transparency in your work
complex layering of cold wax and oils
mastering texture and controlling your surface by becoming more masterful of your tools
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
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.
getting to the studio
As mentioned previously, transport to/from the studio is included with the workshop. Blanca (the studio owner) will arrange this. I will need the address of your lodging and a local phone number or your cell (with international service) for her to set this up. I will send out a link about a month before the workshop to collect this information.
If you prefer to take a taxi, tell them: Paloma 11, Fraccionamiento La Luz. Turn right by Fiat/Chrysler San Miguel, across from the Tianguis. Off Avenida La Luz.
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