"Powerful Design and Personal Color proved to be an exciting introduction to painting non-objectively in the cold wax/oil medium. Pam took us through the step by step process of producing a painting and the questions to ask oneself when editing a painting. She brought out the best in students by using her left brained organizational skills to allow your right brained creativity the freedom to play.
Although I have considered myself to be an artist for many years and taken many workshops and courses along the way, I would say that this course was the most comprehensive, from setting up your studio to finishing and mounting a piece. There is always something more to learn and different ways to approach a blank surface and I feel her methods make cold wax/oil approachable and fun.
As a visual learner, the demonstrations were the most helpful and exciting and got my creative juices going. Her well-developed flowchart of the 9 stages of creativity was well thought out and will continue to be a tool I’ll use as I produce my art. Simply reinforcing the importance of shape, value, line and color is always welcomed as we often forget to address one or more of these aspects in our work, and painting with her was such a joy.
I recommend this course to any serious artist wanting to produce non-objective, expressive art in cold wax / oil medium."
"What I liked most about the course is that it gave me the tools to be able to analyze my work using the principles of design and value which Pam continued to reinforce. Playing is fun but at some point, you must pull your work together and I now have a better understanding of how to do that.
I think this course is good for all levels of artists, beginners and advanced. The nice thing about the videos and print outs is that they allow you to go back and review as many times as you like. And as you advance, you will come away with new information each time you watch them. Pam does a great job of explaining everything so that you can understand the information."
"What fun it is to explore cold wax/oil through Art and Success! As a novice, I gained all the tools to fill my tool box, learned to play and explore tools and the medium, and am excited to be clarifying before moving on to my next works. Being at the beginning of this journey of communication through art with the warm and caring guidance of Pamela Caughey has been a fantastic experience. I have come away from the class with confidence to move forward in playing, exploring, and clarifying my artistic message. Powerful Design and Personal Color is a great course for everyone, novice to professional. I hope you enjoy taking this course as much as I have."
"I'm really enjoying the online course, especially that this introductory part is a recap of what we learned last spring. LOVE the tip on lesson 9 about keeping the sides and back of the birch panels clean, will definitely do this in the future.
Looking forward to diving in with the painting part. My little cottage studio in my backyard doesn't have wi-fi so I'm watching everything so far from my desk in the house. The lessons that are downloadable I will have on my laptop in the studio. It's no problem, as I mostly I know the drill.
Also, I love being able to hit pause and print if I see something I want to add to my notebook. Often times in a class I might space out (shocking!) for a few minutes so the course allows me to back up and listen again, or hit pause and read the text on the screen so it sinks in. I wasn't fully engaged last spring when you explained glazes and using galkyd gel, so I'm excited to know now how to do glazes.
Anyway, thanks so much! Excellent job on communicating the intricacies of this amazing medium."
Donna Tye Murphy (FAM)
"At this point I've gotten through Lesson 6 in Mod. One, and, I'm absolutely THRILLED! I'm so excited for myself and for everyone I'm going to be sharing this opportunity with!
Prior to viewing any part of the course, I'd jotted down components of what would be "Must Haves" to make this course "Rock" for me, and, BABY YOU GOT IT! You're teaching and presenting from an intelligent MFA level which is soo important. I love how you incorporated the verbiage within the "Sketch Book" of the "Elements of Design"! Bingo! YOU truly are a GREAT Teacher! Wowie! THANKS! So happy!! Dancing!!"
Susan Stanton, Grand Junction, CO
"Today I watched the SATURATION video, and it really kicks A**! I love how you did the example with RED, showing all the tints, shades and tones, then worked them into a sample, high lighting the pure Red. I think its really effective! Also, the example with the pure color swatches in (RGBY) with the mid-tones swatches (with the square window cut out). I think that's a powerful visual example of how saturated color and mid tones affect each other. Wonderful!!"
Heidi Marie Faessel (FAM)
"Thank you, thank you for the amazing amount of work you've put into your online course! You leave no stone unturned and it's obvious that countless hours, energy and love have been poured into this amazing project! Without a doubt, you are the most giving, generous, patient and skilled teacher I've ever had! (please feel free to use this testimony)."
Lauren Smith-Nagel (FAM)
"The information is much “more than”, could be covered in a four-day workshop. I’m not sure a semester long course could even provide all this info to a student. All the information in this course could be divided into separate courses: a “how to” use cold wax medium, a design class, and a color class.
Students are gaining a treasure chest of knowledge by taking this class! This course would be a complete encyclopedia on cold wax medium, how to use it and so much more, including 2D design class, color, art history. The videos are vital for a student to see the mechanics of “how to”! Better than just the written word."
Pamela Caughey grew up in Wisconsin, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UW-Madison in 1983. After moving with her family to Hamilton, MT in 1986, she began her serious study of art, and in 2010 received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Montana School of Art. She works in many media, with special interest in cold wax/oil, encaustic, mixed media and acrylic. Her work is in the permanent collection of several museums and public buildings nationally and internationally and her work appears in the newly published book by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin, “Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts, Conversations”. After teaching foundations courses at the University of Montana, Bitterroot College, Montana, she is now a full time studio artist and teaches workshops from her Hamilton, Montana studio, within the US and abroad.
"I cannot recommend this course highly enough. It is densely packed with valuable content about all aspects of working with acrylics. For anyone already familiar with Pam’s incredibly thorough and clear-to-understand teaching style, prepare to have your expectations exceeded! I thought I knew quite a lot about working in acrylics, but have completely rediscovered this medium through the information, visual demos and practical tips in this course. Using a simple premise – one painting from beginning to end – Pam demonstrates a world of new possibilities in acrylics. She provides a fascinating running commentary of her ENTIRE process here, navigating the highs and the lows as she responds to what the painting is telling her, and sharing gems of wisdom that are easy to apply to take your own work practice in acrylics to a completely new level."
"Thank you Pam for a fantastic not so “mini” course! Very comprehensive class...a painting from beginning to end, demonstrating tons of Acrylic painting techniques in REAL time. Pam shares her struggles and challenges every artist experiences during the process of creating a painting. You will learn how to overcome and resolve potential blocks as Pam demonstrates AND verbalizes her thought processes! The finishing techniques, which include varnishing and framing, are very valuable! I highly recommend this course to artists of every level! An essential guide to have in your Artistic Toolbox! Enjoyed it!
Karin Husty, Mixed Media Artist
"This course is amazing! I would always get stuck in a ugly painting, get discouraged, and give up. After this course, I truly feel I know how to continue to work on the paintings I have that are incomplete. I am excited about beginning a new adventure in acrylics and mixed media based on the wonderful instruction in this course! The bonus section is great. I learned so much! Thank you, Pam! What a great addition to your online courses!"
"Pam this is just a great learning experience! The course on acrylics is really helping me see more clearly all of what you have been teaching! What a journey this painting took! It was reassuring to me that I too can get there! When I mean “there” I mean attaining the knowledge to critique my own work, on becoming unstuck, and correcting my own mistakes! The ability to have my own voice, make it stronger and make creative powerful art! Like wow! Excellent course! Thank you so much for giving us this!"
"I watched several "episodes" last night and I was on the edge of my seat, as usual, when you covered stuff up, but am beginning to see and understand and relax while watching that part. I am enjoying it sooo much! Especially since I've only worked in acrylic since joining the course in the spring. I guess I'm still waiting for the right opportunity to do CWO, but in the meantime, I feel I'm learning so much more about acrylics than I ever knew! Thanks so much, Pam!"
"I got so much out of this mini-course I hardly know where to begin. First of all, it filled in the gaps of my knowledge of acrylic painting. The biggest takeaway for me was that I finally understand how important the use of grays are to making gems pop. How to mix unusual grays and how beautiful they can be. When Pam says her studio is a lab, she is not kidding. Her students are the beneficiaries of her scientific breakthroughs. From her fascinating camouflage test to stencil transfers to gold leaf shapes, the bonus material alone is worth the price of this course. I’ll be revisiting the course again and again."
"So many little tips on art making that makes the journey easier and even more exciting! The chart on glazes and seeing the difference each color of glaze makes on on base color and how to test that for yourself, how to make stencils and stencil transfers and paint transfers and image transfers and how mixing all these techniques adds so much character to the painting itself. I have a Gelli Plate and now I can't wait to play with it because I now see how wonderful it is to incorporate collage papers into the painting and it doesn't have to look like arts and crafts but can be a very sophisticated finished product. Great info and I am sure I will learn even more after I play a while and then watch it again. Thank you, Pam!"
"Pamela is a wonderful, inspiring artist and truly generous, compassionate and brilliant teacher. She has been so instrumental in helping me to get back into art making after decades away, and her work, classes, and genius at critiquing work is not to be missed. I am so grateful."
"TThis course was the perfect addition to Watch-Learn-Grow and Powerful Design. Watching Pam go through her own struggles as the painting evolved and then seeing the emergence of the final piece was a real aha moment for me. I finally understood that Ugly is good, and Explore is so important and can't be rushed. I now know that with patience, I can work my way out of ugly and move on to something I actually like. I also now know that there is so much to be gained from the paintings that are hard. Pam's teachings have helped me enormously and my work has grown as a consequence. I can't recommend this course enough."