pamela caughey

Powerful Design & 
Personal Color

using Oil and Cold Wax


21-24 August, 2019




The Visionary Projects is delighted to be hosting the "Powerful Design & Dynamic Color using Oil and Cold Wax" travel workshop with international artist Pamela Caughey in New York City.

Join Pamela in this special workshop for artists working with cold wax medium and oils who have a basic understanding of how to create texture and layers in this medium, but want to explore the next step - how to create a powerful composition using dynamic color and powerful design. Each student will be encouraged to express their personal voice through a better understanding of what they love most in their art. Students will learn how to mix and apply a wide range of color, grays, and glazes differing in value, temperature and saturation through fun and explorative exercises. Through demonstrations, presentations, and working one on one, each student will learn how to strengthen their compositions by understanding what makes strong design. Students will create both small studies and larger works to explore key concepts. With this information, each student will be able to approach a painting at any stage of development and understand the “when” and “how” to pull their paintings together to a satisfying conclusion. We will also discuss the importance of an experimental approach and risk taking during the creative process. The majority of workshop time will be devoted to painting, with helpful demos and presentations to better understand key concepts presented. There will also be time for individual critique and discussion of each student’s personal artistic goals and progress.


(images below are from previous workshops)


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Wednesday, August 21st - Workshop Day 1
Thursday, August 22nd - Workshop Day 2
Friday, August 23rd - Workshop Day 3
Saturday, August 24th - Workshop Day 4

Breakfast & Lunch / Organic, Vegetarian, Vegan & Gluten Free

Day 1: Wednesday, August 21
Course Introduction

  • Introduction & Presentation of Cold Wax/Oil Techniques, Supports, Tools

  • Working in a series on Arches Oil paper

  • Getting Started - PLAY!

  • Beginning a series of 4 paintings in Black & White

  • Aim for Differences in your work

  • Limited Palette Demonstrations - what are they, why use them, and how to mix them to maximum benefit

DayS 2,3,4: Thursday, August 22 - Saturday, August 24
The Abstract Expressive Process
TechniquE / Practice

  • These next 3 workshop days will be full scheduled work days: 10am - 5pm.
    There is a 1 hour lunch break around 12pm.
    Everything bulleted below will be organized & completed throughout the workshop.

  • What is Powerful Design & Personal Color?

  • Learning from the Masters! Powerful Design/Personal Color and what makes their work compelling.

  • Understanding the importance of value, shape and properties of color

  • Glazing, Masking, Composition,"magic" harmony grays

  • Discussion/Problem Solving Demonstrations

  • Developing Your Personal Voice

  • How to Finish your Painting: Finesse/Subtleties/Editing/Restraint

  • Key Principles and Concepts to make your work Better, Stronger!

  • Question & Answer Session and 1:1 mentoring throughout the workshop

  • How to present your work

  • Review & Critique

  • Cleanup

Supply List For You

1 Notebook, Gamblin Standard Oil Set, 1 extra white tube of Gamblin (for mixing), 1 tube Galkyd Gel, R&F Pigment Sticks, Silicone Brushes (1” & 1.5”), Rubber Brayers (around 2”), 1 Wood Painting Panel 12x12” (here or here), 1 personal can of 16 oz. Gamblin Cold Wax Medium +++ Any mark making tools you like to work with, Arches Oil Paper Pad 12 x 16 (taped into 4 equal squares, refer to images below!)

(We provide you: extra Gamblin cold wax medium, all paint brushes, palette knives & cleaning supplies) + free Gamblin samples!


21-24th august, 2019

DAILY Organic Breakfast & Lunch



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Free roundtrip transfer each workshop day will be available if you stay at SIXTY LES Hotel.

190 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
(Neighborhood: Lower East Side, NYC)

the studio

New York, New York

The Visionary Projects is taking this event to New York City - (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

*** We are currently in renovation for our permanent, private art studio space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
We will have the new location given to you at least 3 months in advance. ***

Everything is set up for you to work: tables, easels, extra high quality art supplies & paints, cleaning products, the list goes on. All you have to do is show up with your workshop essentials, a good notebook and a camera.

During this workshop, we create individual workstations for all participants, as well as a demonstration & lecture space for the instructor. Aside from a gourmet breakfast and lunch - endless coffee, wine and snacks will be provided throughout each day of the workshop.



  • You may read our complete list of Terms & Policies here.

  • A full refund will be made if for any unexpected reason the workshop is canceled.

  • If you withdraw from the trip after making your initial deposit (in the full or half amount), you will receive a 50% refund of your deposit up until 90 days to the event.

  • You may purchase traveler's insurance in the event of an unexpected circumstance (death in the family, accident, illness) that would require you cancel your trip.