Introductory Cold Wax Workshop with Jerry McLaughlin
March 27 - 31, 2019
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 December 27th, 2018.
Here are some frequently asked questions:
GETTING TO AND AROUND BERKELEY
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.
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)
Waxed, non-stick, and a variety of other papers
Texture materials, PanPastels, dry pigments, sand
Inks and other water-soluble media
If you would like to bring your own panels to work on you are welcome to do so. Please note that wood panels must be gessoed before painting with cold wax and oils.
COLD wax book
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. You can purchase a copy HERE.
Workshop topics include:
Basic tools, materials, surfaces, and safety
Understanding and mastering stages of dryness
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
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, although there will not be enough for everyone. You can purchase them 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 & 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.
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