Abstraction in Oil and Cold Wax Painting

Abstraction in Oil and Cold Wax Painting

Abstraction in Oil and Cold Wax Painting

Three Day Workshop with artist Mary Mendla

Weekly Classes, Adults

3 Day Workshop — New Upcoming Dates - TBD

If you’ve been curious about abstract painting using cold wax medium and oil paint, join me for this opportunity to explore the basics of this innovative form of expression.  Learn about various mixed media materials, surface effects, and techniques used to achieve unique finishes. Experiment with mixed media to add interesting textural elements to enhance your work.  We will work with a variety of non-traditional tools rather than brushes: brayers, scrapers, squeegees, sticks, and anything else you can think of to make an interesting mark. This way of working is a very intuitive process and will expand the spontaneity in your artwork.  You will work on six to eight paintings as you explore techniques. Mostly, you will have fun as you open new avenues of expression with this new approach to painting. Get ready to experiment and amaze yourself!   This class is open to artists with at least intermediate experience in painting and drawing.  Basic painting techniques will not be covered. It is a beginning level class in oil, cold wax, and mixed media painting.  However, if you have taken one of my Oil and Cold Wax classes in the past, the class is taught in a very open way that offers opportunities to learn and expand your techniques further into more advanced applications.

Meet the Teacher

Mary Mendla

Mary Mendla is a professional artist and art instructor living in Grafton, Wisconsin.  She teaches painting and fiber art workshops in her studio in Thiensville, Wisconsin and at various colleges, universities and art centers including the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Cardinal Stritch University and the Milwaukee Art Museum.  She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Fine Art and has completed post degree study with master’s level instructors Rebecca Crowell, Janice Mason Steeves, and Nancy Hillis. She is an award-winning painter and apparel designer who is represented by various galleries throughout the Midwest.

Mary has instructed all ages and levels of artistic experience in a variety of media including acrylic and oil painting, soft pastel painting, oil and cold wax painting, textile surface design and contemporary art history.  Her students thrive in the supportive, relaxed atmosphere of her classes while they let loose and have fun.

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With Artist Beth Stoddard

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