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Advanced Cold Wax Workshop with Rebecca Crowell

February 19 - 21, 2019

Ah Haa School for the Arts, Telluride, CO


Rebecca is a remarkably talented teacher: organized, helpful, tolerant of a multitude of student styles and abilities, supportive of individual work, and completely selfless about sharing ideas, techniques, and approaches
— Max M.

After nearly a decade of teaching both introductory and advanced workshops in abstract painting, Rebecca now teaches a limited number of workshops for advanced students. In these workshops, familiarity with materials and techniques is a prerequisite, and the focus is on personal direction and strengthening the artist’s knowledge of visual elements, principles of design, and meaningful abstract content. Depending on their length, workshops include personal, one-on-one consultations, as well slide presentations, discussions, individualized instruction and plenty of working time.


By providing a friendly environment for art making and discussion, coupled with her considerable experience in creating contemporary art, Rebecca delivers the perfect catalyst for any artist willing to jump in, stretch artistically and paint, paint, paint.
— James S.
Thank you for providing so many keys to help me move through doors and open windows during this transition phase in my art. I am left feeling energized and far more focused
— Cynthia J.L.

Description: This three-day abstract painting workshop offers artists who are experienced with cold wax medium a jump-start to new ideas and directions, with a focus on numerous quick paintings and painting in series. Facility with the medium is a pre-requisite so that we can focus on content and strengthening aspects of your personal visual language. (Due to the short length of this class, I cannot offer individual private consultations, but will provide plenty of feedback and direction in class.)



Rebecca Crowell is widely known for her innovative abstract paintings using CWM and oils and for developing many of the techniques now widely used in the cold wax community.  She has been a professional artist for over 30 years, with representation in numerous galleries in the United States and in Ireland. Her work is found in hundreds of private, public and corporate collections in the US and internationally.

Rebecca has a background in university-level teaching with the University of Wisconsin, and has been teaching workshops in the use of CWM since 2009. Her commitment is to helping other artists find personal direction in their work through strengthening their confidence with CWM techniques, and to sharing her knowledge gained from many years of painting experience. She is the co-author (with Jerry McLaughlin) of Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations, the first comprehensive book about working with CWM.  She also writes a monthly blog, http://rebeccacrowellart.com and produces a weekly art podcast, The Messy Studio, in collaboration with her son Ross.

Rebecca travels often internationally for teaching and artist residencies, and the more remote locations she prefers inform the textures, colors and shapes of her work. Her travels include time spent in Ireland, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden and Canada. She and her husband Don divide their time between their longtime residence in rural Wisconsin and an old adobe house near Taos, New Mexico.