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Berkshire South Winter Workshops 2023

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Berkshire South Community Center

15 Crissey Road (@ Rt 7) Great Barrington      Tuesdays 1-4pm

Watercolor with Tony Conner:

February 7, 14, 21 and 28. 1-4pm

Intro to Cold Wax with Carolyn Abrams

March 7, 14, 21, and 28. 1-4pm

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Winter Workshops We so enjoyed Tony Conner’s excellent approach to watercolor instruction that  we have invited him back with four consecutive Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm during  the month of February. We are also moving into Mixed Media with an introduction to Cold Wax by  Carolyn Abrams on four consecutive Tuesdays afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 pm during the month of  March. 

Sign up for four sessions with Tony or Carolyn at $200 for each group of four. A minimum of 6 artists  per workshop is required to confirm these workshops. There will be and a maximum of 15 artists  attending per workshop. We feel certain that these will fill up quickly so sign up now to hold your spot. 

Location: Berkshire South Community Center, 15 Crissey Rd, Great Barrington, MA . All skill levels  are welcome.

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March 7, 14, 21, 28 Carolyn Abrams, Introduction to Cold Wax

What is cold wax medium? 

Cold wax medium, or CWM, is an oil painting medium. It is composed mainly of beeswax, with a small amount of solvent to soften it and other ingredients  to aid in drying time. It has a soft, paste-like consistency at room temperature  

and dries to a matte surface. Unlike encaustic processes, it requires no heat to use it. Many luminous and unique effects are possible using CWM. (Cold Wax Academy) In this class we will explore the materials, substrates and the  cold wax medium as it applies to oil paints. As well as the intuitive process of using the medium to express yourself on the canvas.

“Experiment” and “play” are the key words to this workshop as I share the many techniques I use with this medium. We will build on our vocabulary from one week to the next and  will end with a clear knowledge of what the medium is and how it works. How you use it will depend on you and your own style of working.

Carolyn Abrams has been a mixed media artist for 45 years beginning with watercolors and expanding her interests and  play to acrylics, collage, inks, fluid acrylics and recently oils and cold wax medium. Experimenting with how they work  alone and together is the fun part!


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February 7, 14, 21 28: Tony Conner, Watercolor 

This workshop is open to all levels. There will be a brief review of some of the  principals covered in our fall two-day workshop. We will then launch further  into Tony’s landscape technique. Tony has really thought through the development of a successful landscape and has broken the process into simple steps which he demonstrates.  

Tony Conner is a Signature Member of both the New England and Vermont Watercolor Societies and an active member of several other watercolor and art societies and an Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club. He is profiled in “100 Artists of New England”, Schiffer Publishing, 2011, “Best of Artists’ – American Landscape”, Kennedy Publishing, 2012, and in  “Three Who Nurture The Arts”, Southern Vermont Arts & Living Magazine, Summer 2013 and “Learn From What Isn’t  Working”, Plein Air Magazine Aug/Sep 2015


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