6/27 – 7/1
Re•Treat Summer Series
Rebecca Crowell
Lines and Marks as Abstract Language
An Advanced Cold Wax Workshop


Thursday – Sunday 6/27 – 6/30/24
9:30 – 4:30

Monday 7/1/24
Optional Open Studio Day/Critique Day determined by the class


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This course is sold out, a waitlist is available contact maggie@ahhaa.org


Lines and marks can be some of the most expressive elements in your oil and cold wax paintings. In this workshop, demos and exercises will help you explore meaningful mark-making and lead into a series of three developed paintings. Through slide presentations, we’ll also explore the interaction of line with other visual elements, common issues with mark-making, and how various abstract artists have used line in their work. The workshop includes an individual 20-minute meeting with the instructor in which you may address any issues in your work or process overall. The last day of the workshop is set aside for independent work and an open studio time.


Students interested in registering for Rebecca Crowell’s workshop should complete the application. This class is limited to 10 students.

Please review the required materials list for this class.

Cancellations received 45 or more days prior to the first day of class are eligible for a full refund less a $25 processing fee. There are no refunds (or credit) for cancellations received 44 or fewer days prior to the first day of class.


About the Artist

Rebecca Crowell is an American abstract artist known for the rich, complex surfaces she creates with oil paint and cold wax medium. Her work is included in hundreds of art collections–private, public, and corporate, and she exhibits regularly in fine art galleries across the country.

Crowell travels extensively for workshop teaching and artist residencies, both in the US and internationally.  These experiences have a significant impact on her work. The coastal areas of County Mayo, Ireland have been a particularly important location for her; she returns annually to Ballinglen Arts Foundation to teach and paint. Crowell lives and works in the dramatic, rugged landscape of northern New Mexico, another strong influence on her work.

She is widely recognized for her development of original techniques using cold wax medium, detailed in the comprehensive book, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations. The book, which she wrote with artist and colleague Jerry McLaughlin (Squeegee Press, 2017) has become a vital resource for artists worldwide. She also shares her knowledge and experience of over thirty years as a professional artist via her podcast, blog, and Cold Wax Academy, the instructional platform she co-founded in 2020 with Jerry McLaughlin.


About Re•Treat


A transformative series of six unique, curated workshops, each dedicated to providing a rich exchange of ideas and skill enhancement. Workshops take place in the Ah Haa School for the Arts state-of-the-art Silver Jack building, a 10,000 square-foot, purpose-built arts center with enhanced studios and thoughtfully designed classrooms. Each workshop will run Thursday – Monday, with the final day (Monday) dedicated to open studio and critique time for the class to finish their work independently. In addition to an intimate learning experience and one-on-one focused time with our visiting artists, students will enjoy a seasonal supper with a local chef, the opportunity to take a private historic walking tour of beautiful Telluride, and discounted lodging at the Madeline Hotel Resort & Spa.


Re•treat gives the modern traveler a chance to reimagine, reengage, refocus and reinvigorate their art making practice along side renowned artists in an intimate classroom setting, surrounded by the stunning San Juan Mountains.


30% off with our lodging partner (provided at time of registration)

Seasonal Supper with a local chef in Ah Haa’s Culinary Classroom

Optional private historic walking tour