Sample Video from this Online Course
This particular video shows how I begin my paintings in the cold wax medium. Whether you like marks, shapes, colors or texture, you can begin anyway you want - it's all about PLAY in the early stages!
You Will Discover
Lots of Sharing
I will share with you the cold wax medium/oil techniques, tools and studio set up I use to increase my momentum and productivity. Over 40 lessons are provided in 10+ hours of demos and presentations, with 2 additional hours of bonus videos, and 12+ hours of recorded LIVE conference calls addressing student questions and providing additional content! And, unlike so many other online courses, with this one you have access FOR LIFE!
Always Know What to Do Next
I will show you demos, presentations and provide lots of downloadable content every step of the way so you always know what to do next. If you are an intermediate to advanced artist in a different 2D medium, you can also benefit from this course by gaining a solid understanding of design and color principles which you can apply to your medium!
Fill Your Artistic "Toolbox"
You’ll discover key principles of design and color to fill your artistic “toolbox”. While no artist should be without it, it isn’t always easy to find these tools in one place!
Follow Along With Me
My 9 stages of creativity will help you discover your personal voice, feature what you LOVE, and finish your paintings. I will provide you with exercises to help you become proficient in some of the most important areas of making art.
Convenient and FUN
You can work at your own pace and meet other dedicated artists in our private FaceBook group, always available to enrollees. Twelve recorded group calls address course modules and Q&A from artists in this course. Calls will be live through mid June, 2019, then available as recordings in our video library.
I will share my thoughts and process as I work through 16 paintings, just like you - and explain how each stage plays a crucial role in the life of my paintings. Though I am demonstrating in the cold wax medium, the concepts of powerful design and personal color can be applied to any 2D medium!
8 Comprehensive modules and approximately 40 lessons (over 10 hours) to guide you through your art making journey, from a “playful” start of 16 paintings to the final stages of applying finesse and subtlety to your work to make it “stellar”!
A bonus section with special videos (almost two full hours of added content)! Topics include: Favorite tips for packing a suitcase fo a workshop, my favorite books in 2D Color and Design, adhering works on paper to wooden panel, how to paint large-scale with "drippy paint", and more! !
"I've taken maybe half-a-dozen higher level online courses now and although many teaching artists understand the elements of good design, I have been (before you) disappointed with the process of helping the student artist really "get it". I wanted to understand my process and how to improve it. PDPC has definitely delivered. You may notice that my online course list doesn't say I've completed the course because I am going through it a second time. Repetition works with me.
I had some concept of the initial PLAY stage before your course but the EXPLORE and CLARIFY stages (and especially the Flow Chart) have given me better tools as I develop my paintings. I now have a better understanding of the intuitive process that I've been following AND I have new realization of how to analyze and move forward.
I loved that, in my studio, I could run an exercise, stop your presentation and work and then when I completed the exercise could start up the video again or watch it over from the beginning (can't do that in a live class).
My Aha moment was that I had thought I had a pretty good check list of how to go through the steps of value, focus, etc. but Wow! after watching your videos I have twice as many tools as before AND a greater understanding of my process and things I can do when I get stumped. Even better, the checklist I go through to say "is it finished" has more things I think about that I didn't realize before your PDPC online course."
Frequently Asked Questions
I am completely new to cold wax painting; is this the right course for me?
I have a full-time job and don’t know whether I’ll have time for this course. How much time will it take to finish it?
What will we be DOING in this course? I’ve done tons of workshops – why is this one different?
Can I finish all 16 paintings in this course?
What is the cost of the course?
Before Launching this Online Course,
it was Tested!
Three artists with different backgrounds - Meet Marion, Pamela and Terry - who discuss this course! Both Pamela Hansen (sitting far left) and Marion Lavery (seated in the middle) have been artists for many, many years and both have also painted in lots of mediums - but had never tried cold wax/oils so I invited them to join the online course as my "beta" testers to make sure everything is working properly and to make sure my lessons were clear. Terri Duncan, (seated far right), is actually a writer who had never lifted a paintbrush before this course - but she was enthusiastic to give my online course a whirl! I'm excited to share this course with you - it is now open for enrollment, but I carefully monitor how many students are enrolled each month so I can be sure new students get off to a great start! LIVE conference calls are included through June, 2019 and are open to all enrollees. The calls are designed to answer questions and critique work that is submitted for review. After June 2019, these recorded calls will be available in the video library and will add much additional content, approximately 15 hours, to this course.
Still Not Sure if this Course is Right for You?
If any of these questions below describe you, let me assure you the answer is YES! These are the questions I asked myself as I created this course!
I want my art to be better, stronger, and more personally me, but….I still don't know who I am. My work is all over the place!
I work in another medium – not cold wax/oil. Can I still learn from this course?
Whenever I see a blank sheet of paper or panel – I have no clue how to get started!
Half way through a painting, I often get stuck!
I don’t know how to talk about my work; I don’t know how to put it in words?
How do I find my personal voice?
Is my Painting Finished? How do I Know?
I don't know if I can afford it?
What if I don't have time?
Will you just tell me, or will you SHOW ME?
But what do I GET?
What if I'm on the fence?
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.
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