Cold Wax is Fun!



Cold Wax is Fun! with Barbara Mulleneaux

October 15 – 17, 2024 | Tuesday – Thursday

  • Times – Tues: 10 am – 5 pm | Wed – Thur: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Experience – All levels of experience are welcome, Beginner to Advanced
  • Registration – Click the Cancellation Policy tab above.
  • Location – Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio

Cold wax painting is a really fun process. While it is possible to add cold wax like any other medium, the project would lose the benefit of multiple layered effects as a result of construction, deconstruction and mark making. The beginning of a painting can be described as “play” and it is a lot of fun to use tools and move paint around in new and interesting ways. Every new painting brings exciting and unexpected results.

Students will create up to five pieces all of their choosing, representational or abstract.

Like all painting, consideration must be given to all the art elements to create a good design. This workshop will look at how using a new medium, new tools and new thinking can bring a whole new approach to how we think about our work, whether it is abstract or representational.

24 1015 BM

Barbara Mulleneaux

Barbara Mulleneaux

Barbara’s works are very expressive with color and texture. Her subjects are most often landscapes but she loves painting the charm of the old Tucson barrios and an occasional still life. “I want to capture light and express my feeling about the subject. Hopefully the viewer will feel as if they are there with me during the experience.” Barbara teaches classes and workshops in acrylic and oil mediums. She enjoys participating in Plein Air competitions and art shows regionally and nationally.

  • Bisbee Plein Air Festival 2015 Best of Show
  • Featured Articles in Plein Air Magazine’s “Outdoor Painter” 2016 Sunlight and Shadows, Toscana Gallery, Best of Show 2016 Bisbee After 5 Plein Air Festival Judge 2016
  • Maynard Dixon Campout Invitational 2017 Bold Brush Fav15% Artist 2015-2021
  • NOAPS Finalist Fall International Online Contest 2017
  • Sonoran Plein Air Painters Signature Member 2018 Judge: Wilcox 35th Annual Fine Art and Photography Show
  • Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Honorable Mention, Museum Show 2019
  • Sedona Plein Air Festival 2021: two honorable mentions American Impressionist Society Fall Juried Show 2021
  • National Oil and Acrylic Society Best of America Small Works 2022 Ghost Ranch Art Residency August 2022
  • Judge, Grant County Art Guild, Silver City New Mexico 2022 Sedona Plein Air Festival 2022
  • Plein Air Painters New Mexico National Exhibition 2023 Arizona Plein Air Painters 2023 Juried Exhibition, Third Place Sedona Plein Air Invitational 2024
  • Untitled Gallery Spring Invitational 2024


Toscana, Oro Valley AZ

Tucson Desert Art Museum and Four Corners Gallery, Tucson AZ Sedona Arts Center

Tubac Center of the Arts

Materials List:

*For this workshop, I am recommending Gamblin cold wax and solvents. Paint can be whatever oil paint brand students prefer

For Subject: students will be creating 5 pieces, perhaps one of which will be representational. For this, I suggest using an iPad or phone— sometimes (usually) the idea comes after the painting is started.


 Cad Yellow Light Cad Red Light

Quinacridone red violet Ultramarine Blue Veridian or Pthalo Green

*Quick Drying Titanium White (just dries faster) Lamp Black

Other colors are welcome and invited, especially transparent colors!

Palette Knives, Tools and Solvents

  • As many as you have: Various shapes and sizes are suggested for mixing and
  • Gamsol mineral spirits
  • Strong Paper Towels
  • Silicone (or other) gloves to protect hands
  • Photo for inspiration if desired

Optional: Silicone tools, shapers and small soft brayers.

Thin rice papers, fabric, stencils, doilies- basically anything that will make an interesting texture. Be creative.

Oil Pastels, Different weight graphite Pencils, china markers, graphite sticks, woodies, charcoal- mark making.

Color Wheel

Black and white Value Chart Baby Oil for cleanup

what’s Provided:

  • An assortment of application tools I have will be available for
  • An assortment of mark making tools for sharing
  • An assortment of texture making things for sharing
  • Baby Oil (clean up) for sharing
  • Masking tape, butcher paper, newspaper print for each student
  • Pre-mixed Cold Wax/med will be provided for each student
  • One 5-pack package package of 9×12 art board


Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before September 15, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after September 15, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Note: If traveling to Sedona, we strongly urge students to purchase refundable airline tickets or travel insurance in case of workshop cancellation due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen changes. Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for non-refundable ticket purchases or lodging fees.

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.