International Cold Wax Mixed Media Workshop




For intermediate/advanced artists wishing to expand their creative repertoire.

Discover the seductive rich qualities of cold wax medium, oil paints, dry pigments and other mixed media.  Experience, highly skilled tutors Cheryl McGannon and Kym Barrett will guide you through this five day intensive, creative workshop.  You will have fun and be introduced to many new techniques which will enhance your current art practice.

Both Kym and Cheryl are award winning artists who have exhibited nationally and internationally. By joint teaching this exciting Cold Wax Workshop, you will be exposed to rich, diverse ideologies and inspiring styles of teaching.

An atmosphere of experimentation will be fostered.  There will be demonstrations and informal discussions about allowing the work to gradually unfold in the process of building layers, and how to edit.  Participants will have plenty of time to paint, notes on techniques will be provided and many samples of experimental techniques will be completed during this workshop.  There will be presentations on abstraction and design.

This workshop could push your artwork to the next level..

Accommodation Options

There are Airbnb, hotel and caravan park options in Noosa Heads.  A short bus-ride over the hill from the venue at Noosa Junction. 

Noosa Heads Motels within walking distance of the venue 

Noosa International Resort: 


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Contact Cheryl on for deposit details.

Be sure to get book your place before the end of April to take advantage of the 'Early Bird Option'

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Workshops/Playshops 2019


Practicing Artist/Educator for over 30 years

I deliver both Cold Wax Mixed Media Workshops and Encaustic Hot Wax Workshops from my home studio. 

I will be running an introductory printmaking program from my Doonan Studios early 2019. For expressions of interest contact Cheryl at 


 Introduction to Encaustic, Collage & Photo Encaustic Painting - Three full Days

20/21/22 August 2019. 10 am - 4 pm, $400.00 

 (only two places left in this workshop, please contact me asap to reserve your place.

Location: Doonan, Qld Australia (15 minute drive from beautiful Noosa into the hinterlands)

Encaustic is one of the oldest forms of painting, with paint made from pure pigment mixed with wax and castor wax. The mixture is applied hot, then reheated to fuse the layers together.

This program is designed for both beginners and experienced artists.  I will introduce you to  techniques involving collage, painting, and layering using wax in an assortment of vivid colours. You'll learn how to lay down the wax without air bubbles and get a smooth finish.

If you haven't tried encaustic painting before, be prepared to be seduced. This medium is very forgiving. I'll have lots of collage materials available for you to experiment with or you can  just  layer colours of rich pigmented wax paint. You can work in any style you choose.

All materials will be provided. Topics will include: a brief history of encaustic,  making the wax medium, controlling your paint, adding paper, using natural materials, an introduction to photo encaustic, safety issues and home set up. Most students leave class with 2 - 3 finished works, however the emphasis is always on learning the techniques not completed artworks.

Confirmation, directions to my studio and additional information will be emailed to each participant upon registration. Space is limited to 6 students so classes fill quickly.


A deposit of $100.00 is required to secure your place in any of my workshops. Your $100.00 deposit is fully refundable if cancellation  is received 14 days prior to the workshop. If cancellation is a last minute event then you will be offered a place in a future workshop of your choice, your original $100.00 deposit will be used as a credit. 

All materials for this workshop/Playshop will be provided. You may wish to purchase extra boards which will be available from my studio.  Email : for further details and information on how to book your place. 


 Karen Fullwood  recommends Cheryl  McGannon's  Workshops -Mixed Media Art.

December 6 at 1:00 PM · 

Just finished a 2 day course with Cheryl and had a fabulous time learning and creating with a new medium. She is so generous with her talent, time and materials... thoroughly recommend.

Rhonda Stokoe recommends  Cheryl McGannon's  Workshops "Thanks Cheryl for introducing me to the wonderful world of cold wax. Loved it! An inspiring location and fabulous tutor." 

Wendy Caitlin - Wonderful results from a very fine teacher 

Cathy Stevenson - It was a great first day... thank you for the excellent tuition 


Merridy Hope King reviewed Cheryl Joy Mixed Media Art — 5 star ·  Fabulous work shop, best I've ever done. Learnt so much & had fun at the same time. 


Amica Whincop Art·  

Holy shiznicks, I've just been christened into the world of encaustic by Cheryl McGannon   in one of her 2 day workshops. She is a master of the medium and had me at the words "blow torch and melted beeswax"!!! I've a long way to go to experiment with this technique and how to incorporate into my work, but am so grateful to have been introduced to it. Cheryl teaches workshops at her oasis of a studio in Doonan and is a highly sought after QLD artist. She is a flamin legend!!! Book yourself in! 

Marg Watt - FANTASTIC workshops if you are contemplating. Just do yourself a favour and learn from Cheryl


Cold Wax Workshops - 2019


Cold Wax Mixed Media Workshops


If you are interested in a one day 'Cold Wax Mixed Media Taster Introduction'

Call me to arrange a one on one special deal for you.  You will be introduced to a new exciting medium. I will provide all materials, notes, one on one tuition and a delicious lunch. I work from my studios in Doonan, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia. 

This is a perfect way to include some creativity during your holiday to Noosa or the Sunshine Coast in general. Great opportunity for teachers to upskill and get that important Professional Development to keep current with contemporary art practices.  

email me:  for further information

Announce Cold Wax Mixed Media Workshops

April 23-24 Tuesday and Wednesday (during school holidays)

May 17-18 Friday and Saturday


Class sizes capped at 5 so please book early.

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Encaustic Workshps - 2019

Come and play with Hot Wax Mixed Media

  • Three full days of Encaustic Creativity

  • You are invited to register your interest in this hands on learning curve.  I will demystify the process of working with this sensual medium and share many of my methods for creating unique painting and collage effects. 

  • I like to keep class sizes small,  this makes for a very personalised learning experience and participants of all skill levels gain from an intimate studio workshop. 

  • We will cover foundation techniques including image transfers, embedding papers, images and objects. You will learn about colour, collage, pan pastel applications, shellac burns and texture methods.

  • I will show you how to make your own wax medium (or you can purchase some from me). We will learn about colour mixing for successful harmony. 

  • Book early and secure your place by paying a $100.00 deposit, don't be disappointed. I provide great notes and my program is ever changing. 
  • email me: for further details.


  • If you are interested in one day 'Encaustic Taster - Introduction to Encaustic Painting' 

  • Call me (0447013784)  to arrange a one on one special deal  to enjoy personalised tuition for a day.

  • This is a perfect way to include some creativity during your holiday to Noosa or the Sunshine Coast in general.  Great opportunity for teachers to up skill and get that important Professional Development to keep you current with contemporary art practices. 



A deposit of $100.00 is required to secure your place in any of my workshops. Your $100.00 deposit is fully refundable if cancellation  is received 14 days prior to the workshop. If cancellation is a last minute event then your deposit will not be reimbursed, however, you will be offered a place in a future workshop of your choice, your original $100.00 deposit will be used as a credit.  

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These workshops are hands-on, where you will be learning and experiencing these emerging artforms whilst creating your own artworks along the way.

Find out more. Phone Cheryl on 0447013784
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