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Painting with Cold Wax 1F19

Using printmaking techniques with oil paint and pigment sticks, without brushes or solvents, build up texture and layers to create spectacular effects. Add line, color and texture, then carve into your paintings to reveal layers beneath. Cold wax can be used with collage papers, fabric, texture tools, stamps and stencils. Consider including inks, pastels and anything that adds to your mark-making. 


Paula Lazar

Paula Lazar

Paula Lazar works in watercolor, oil paint, oil sticks and cold wax. A member of the Jamaica Plain Arts Association and the Newton Art Association, she has studied at the SMFA, Mass Art and at R & F Handmade Paints with Lisa Pressman. Her work has been shown in various open studio events, businesses and galleries in Greater Boston. She is the recipient of a Hans Hoffman Foundation Grant to study at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.

"I enjoy exploring the elegance and form in everyday objects and am particularly attracted to the natural world. My aim is to reveal the hidden beauty of the commonplace while focusing on the dimensions of color and light in oil and watercolor. More recently I have been exploring oil, cold wax, and pigment sticks on paper and boards. This has led to a new focus on landscapes and abstractions."

Materials & Tools:

In order to foster wide experimentation in this course, we encourage you to bring a variety of materials to work with. Wet materials (with the exception of oil paint), as well as dry, are fine. Feel free to bring collage materials as well.

Please wear clothes that you are comfortable in, and that can get dirty. Aprons, smocks, or coveralls are great.

Bring to class: 

  • Newsprint (100 sheets, pads or loose) at least 18”x 24”
  • Drawing board (large enough for 18”x 24” paper) with clips
  • Compressed charcoal sticks (Blick's own brand is a good option: medium hardness, producing very strong dark black tones; we no longer recommend AlphaColor Charkole)
  • Tool box to hold your drawing supplies

Other materials to bring if you have, or buy if you wish:

  • Sketchbook, journal, or notebook, any size/type
  • Graphite
  • Conte crayons
  • Kneaded erasers
  • White plastic eraser
  • Charcoal pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Vine or thick charcoal, lump or stump
  • Lumber crayons
  • A variety of papers, white, toned, black, colored, rolls, inexpensive and good quality
  • Alphacolor non-toxic pastels
  • Oil pastels
  • Oil sticks, oil bars, pigment bars
  • Gouache, acrylics or watercolors and related supplies (brushes, palette, cups, etc.)
  • Watercolor crayons
  • Glue and various papers that can be used for collage
  • Ink, brushes, sticks and pens