pamela caughey

Powerful Design & Dynamic Color
using Oil and Cold Wax

20 - 26 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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Please arrive in New York City on Tuesday, August 20th.
and depart on Monday, August 26th.

Each day there is a full breakfast buffet catered at the studio.
This will be available in the morning when you arrive.
Lunch will be also provided in the same catered buffet style.
We will also have several options for both vegan + vegetarians.

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

  • These next 3 workshop days will be full scheduled work days: 9am - 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

Day 5: Sunday, August 25
free day
Finding & maintaining Your Inspiration

  • Exploring New York City's Art Galleries and Museums
  • Objective: Learn how to find inspiration and ideas from contemporary art, take good reference photos and personal recordings for your ideas.
  • This is an "at your own pace" experience. You will have entrance tickets to certain spaces, and we will have a convenient meeting spot. Feel free to explore other places nearby if you would like to.
  • Things you will need: a notebook, a camera.
  • We will meet at a selected museum at 11:00am (TBA).
  • Everyone will be off to explore on their own time for the whole day.
  • If you wish to not attend this, let us know in advance.
  • 7:00pm - Farewell Group Dinner
  • Note: There is no breakfast & lunch on this day. But we will all meet for a group dinner - Restaurant is TBA!


Tuesday August 20th -
Monday August 26th

4 Full Workshop Days
1 Free day (with museum entrance)
+ 6 Nights



All workshop tuition and fee's
Private studio location
Extra high quality art supplies available in studio
All private car transfers during the workshop
Admission into museums + art galleries
All Breakfasts & Lunches during workshop days
Last Night - Group Farewell Dinner

(your flight into New York arrives on Tuesday, August 20th)
Wednesday, August 21st - Workshop Day 1
Thursday, August 22nd - Workshop Day 2
Friday, August 23rd - Workshop Day 3
Saturday, August 24th - Workshop Day 4
Sunday, August 25th - Free Day around New York
(your flight departing New York is on Monday, August 26th or later)

If you choose to leave on Sunday, August 25th, please notify us in the "comments" section of the workshop application form, and we will provide price adjustments accordingly.


Airfare, some food (details listed for each day above), airport transfer

EXTRA - Please read!

Once the workshop is filled, you will be invited into a private Facebook Group to meet everyone participating beforehand. This is where a lot of information about the workshop will be shared and we can coordinate what will be happening throughout your time in Miami.

We will announce our exact studio location approx. 2 months before the workshop through private group message.

**All accommodations are of a high standard level, you will receive all information in regards to it approximately 3 weeks before your arrival in NYC**


package 1

(includes: All Workshop Fee's, Food, Tickets, supplies, etc.)

$2,850 / Per person
After November 1st: $2,950 / Per person

+ extra add on's

+ Accommodation: Double Room
Shared Space with 1 other person
(Approximately) $150 per night

+ Accommodation: Single Room
Private Space / Entire Place
Can bring a +1
(Approximately) $300 per night

the studio

New York, New York

The Visionary Projects is taking this event to New York City.

We have studio space in the heart of the city. A quick Uber ride to anything you need.

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.