Contemporary painting with cold wax offered at VAC

  • Cold wax work by Darcy Gray. (Courtesy photo)

Join Darcy Gray for a day of “Contemporary Painting with Cold Wax” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

This workshop is a wonderful introduction to the cold wax medium. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. Due to social distancing measures, class size will be limited to 6, and pre-registration is required. Students must wear a CDC recommended face covering during class and are required to use the provided cleaning supplies after class.


Artists of all levels will be introduced to various methods of working in oil and cold wax medium through an intuitive process utilizing various non-traditional mark making tools. Cold wax (a mix of beeswax, resin and odorless mineral spirits) is combined with oil paint to a thick creamy consistency which can be applied to Arches Oil Paper layer by layer. The wax additive lends translucency to the layers of oil paint. Unlike encaustic, no heat is used.

We will work with brayers, scrapers, pencils, and other mark making materials to under paint and add design to the layers of color and texture as we build our design. Mediums/additives will be demonstrated, specifically the use of Gamblin Gamsol (odorless mineral spirit) and Gamblin Galkyd (fast drying painting medium).


The class fee is $50/$45 VAC members plus a $15 supply fee. Students will receive 4 sheets of 9-inch x 12-inch Arches Oil Paper and a 4-ounce jar of cold wax medium. Bring an apron and any oil paints you may have, and a snack if you wish. To register call Volcano Art Center at 967-8222 or visit

Darcy Gray holds a B.A. in 3 dimensional design from the City of Birmingham University in England. Her work has been featured in multiple exhibitions throughout Hawaii and California, in both solo and group shows. In 2016, she received awards from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaii Island Art Alliance, and Honorable Mention in the 2018 Wailoa Center show, Jan Ken Po. For more information on Darcy and her work, visit

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