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Oil and Cold Wax Medium for Beginners

Instructor: Karen Sako
Jun 9, 10, 11, 12 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Workshop ID: 2D2106
Media: Oil, Wax - Hot & Cold
Skill Level: Level I - II
Tuition: Members: $ 450.00 / Non-Members: $ 490.00
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In this introductory workshop, explore the possibilities of combining cold wax medium and oil paint. Unlike encaustic, cold wax is used at room temperature to both extend the paint and serve as a medium. Discover new materials and unique tools as you create dynamic paintings filled with visual interest and depth.


Demonstrations, helpful handouts, and hands-on practice explore traditional design principles, strategies for editing and simplifying compositions, application techniques, mark-making tools, and color. Throughout the week, create multiple paintings on a variety of substrates with an emphasis on experimentation and expression. Fusing technique and intuition, discover how to adapt this medium to your personal style, no matter the subject.


Combining traditional art principles with exploratory techniques and materials, Karen Sako tackles the uncharted footpaths of contemporary art making. She brings that same enthusiasm and optimism to the classroom, where she continually invests her time and shares her trade secrets and findings with her students. Her goal is to ignite the next generation of pioneering creative visionaries and thinkers. Karen holds a BFA in Visual Communications from the Illinois Institute of Art and is an accomplished abstract artist, graphic designer, and instructor.