Introducing Cold Wax Painting

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)


A one-day workshop introducing basic encaustic painting materials, safety, and techniques



A one-day workshop introducing cold wax medium and techniques to use it in painting and mixed media work. We will cover all the basics so that you will understand how and, more importantly why, you might incorporate using cold wax medium into your artistic practice. So get basic training here, including using the materials safely and efficiently. 

Class runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in my New Boston Studio. Class is small, up to four students, and casual. Some beverages are provided, bring your lunch for a woodland picnic.

NEXT DATES: December 21, 22, 28,29

9 reviews for Introducing Cold Wax Painting

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Otty Merrill, Maine

    “My eyes were opened! Deb has a way of teaching cold wax that is very simple, thorough, non-threatening and fun to boot! Her studio is spacious and filled with light and tools! I was uneducated in cold wax (which is probably why I learned so much). Because she starts with such “basics”, not only did I understand, but I was able to bring that knowledge and the cold wax process into my studio. Best thing I’ve done in a long time was to take her workshop.”

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrea Tamkin, Boston

    Deb’s workshop was a lot of fun, casual yet very informative. She had handouts to describe formulas and recipes for cold wax as well as supplying you with all and any materials that would be used throughout the workshop. This allowed for the freedom to work and experiment as much as you wanted. I left the workshop pleased with what I had accomplished and motivated to continue working in cold wax.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pat Gerkin, New Hampshire

    This is a great first step workshop for anyone interested in learning about cold wax. Deb is a patient, caring guide who provides a casual, comfortable environment to learn in. She has a unique studio that is filled with art and plants and creative inspirations.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sue Katz, Massachusetts

    Thanks so much for the cold wax workshop. You are so well organized with materials and space for each artist to have our own space to work and try out each exercise and all the materials. Further, your suggestions were very welcomed!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Conroy, New Hampshire (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed exploring this new medium and Deb was a great guide. She created a relaxed and low-pressure workshop — my only regret was that it wasn’t longer!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pamala Crabb-Burnham, Maine

    I would just like to say what a wonderfully creative day I had recently at Deb’s Cold Wax workshop. You could not ask for a more inspiring setting. Thanks.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pamela DeJong, Massachusetts (verified owner)

    Deb Claffey’s Cold Wax workshop provided me with a plethora of information, inspired my creative thinking, and I went home with examples of work I created in her spacious studio. She tailored her discussion based on our individual needs and provided materials to experiment with. It was very informative and I went home with a head full of ideas! This is a really helpful workshop and I recommend it for anyone wanting to know more about cold wax.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wendy Ayotte, New Hampshire

    I had so much fun taking this class! It was a totally new medium for me and Deb made it accessible and fun, and taught us so much about encaustic. The atmosphere was very relaxed and comfortable. I will definitely be taking more classes. Highly recommend!!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda Mackesy Walsh

    The one-day workshop with Debra Claffey opened my eyes to the many ways using cold wax medium with oils can create interesting abstract paintings. Her instruction was very thorough, from understanding how to mix your own cold wax medium to tips and tricks in creating special effects with paint. I thoroughly enjoyed playing in her studio for the day and would recommend her to anyone interested in working in cold wax and oil.

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