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pamela caughey

Powerful Design & 
Personal Color

using Oil and Cold Wax


21-24 August, 2019


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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!
You will be working on 16 limited palette paintings
Explore high contrast 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 workReview & Critique

Supply LisT

Many of Pam’s favorite mark making tools:
Gamblin Standard Oil Set: (or the student grade set below!)
Gamblin Oil Paint set, Student grade, 1980 series:
Extra Tube of Gamblin Quick Dry White
R&F Pigment Sticks:  (Pam will also bring samples!)
Gamblin Galkyd Gel (1 tube is enough):
Silicone Brushes, (1" or 2" recommended):
1 Messermeister Silicone Scraper:  
Arches Oil Paper in a Pad (12x16in, divided into quadrants):  
Speedball Rubber Brayer (2" size good for this class):
16 oz Gamblin Cold Wax Medium:

Optional (but highly recommended)

White Artist tape (1in) for taping off quadrants - easier to look at than the blue painters tape:
 Tin for keeping cwm/galkyd gel fresh during workshop)

(We provide you: extra Gamblin cold wax medium, all paint brushes, palette knives & cleaning supplies)
Free Gamblin medium samples are provided by Pamela
+ One 12x12 Wooden Ampersand Board

***Please refer to here for further details:***


21-24th august, 2019



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The Studio

55 Water Street

Creative Drive Studios

***Subject to change to their Brooklyn studio depending on availability***



  • 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.