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If I’m already a CORE or FULL Member, andESSENTIAL or Essential PLUS Member, how does the monthly membership affect me?

In short, it doesn’t. If you are currently a CORE, FULL, Essential or Essential PLUS Member, you do not need to do anything. Your current membership, access, and benefits will continue until your current membership expiration date. (You can find this expiration date in the ACCOUNT section when you log in to our site.) However, when your current membership expires, you will not be able to renew your CORE, FULL, Essential, or Essential PLUS Membership annually. You will need to switch to our PLUS Monthly to keep your membership active. 

“I am so impressed with your teaching, the LIVE classes, and all that you cover! I’m ALL IN as a PLUS Member.” – EK Waller

What is PLUS Monthly Membership?

Our PLUS Monthly offers our members access to everything Cold Wax Academy has to offer: access to our LIVE Sessions with topical content, LIVE Member Critiques, LIVE Painting Progress Support, guest speakers, panel discussions, and more. In addition, PLUS Monthly Members will have access to our Cold Wax Video Workshop as well as Jerry’s 12 Essential Lessons and 6 Mentoring Messages. And, all our members have access to our Member Library, where we store all our previously recorded LIVE Sessions for member review 24/7. 

“I’ve never encountered this level of technical and creative sharing. I feel so fortunate to be on this journey with Rebecca, Jerry, and this community.” – Sandy Kay

Is Cold Wax Academy only for artists working with cold wax medium?


Any artist who paints will benefit from our content! While our technical content has a unique focus on cold wax medium and oils, most of our content is valuable to all ways of painting. We cover color, value, line, shape, and texture. We talk about composition, editing, style, and personal voice. We also have content and guest speakers that help artists with professional development in their art practice.

“I have been painting for many years. Jerry & Rebecca’s teaching can be applied to other media as well. Thank you for helping me become a more confident artist!” -Josie Tilton

Is CWA just for beginners?


We address ALL LEVELS of experience, from beginners to more advanced artists. Our sessions cover basic content then explore it further. As artists grow, they can view the lessons again to gain deeper knowledge of subjects that interest them.

“This membership is such a good value. It always makes you stretch yourself.” – Maggie Bruce

Is it too late for me to join now?


It’s NOT TOO LATE! We specifically design our content so that an artist can join and start learning AT ANY TIME. Also, all of our LIVE SESSIONS are recorded, so you can go to our Member Library and review previous content at your convenience.

“Thank you for making the library available so I can view at my convenience and revisit what is being said. The lessons really pull together the book and video.” – Gayle Scholl

I’m not sure about membership. Can I just purchase the Video Workshop?


Because we feel artists benefit most from access to all our content, we now offer PLUS Monthly memberships only. This provides access to all our content.

“I am blown away by the content you present! I love the deep dives and broad approaches to all the subjects.” – Corni Forster

Will I receive individual feedback on my work?


Yes, members may post finished or in-progress work on our Member Classroom page to receive feedback and engage in discussion with other members. In addition, we frequently show and critique work by Members during our LIVE sessions. We are also developing our ‘Paintings in Progress’ format where we devote LIVE Session time to looking at member work in progress.

“I find your critique and analysis of artist paintings extremely helpful!” – Anita Dellal

How is CWA different from other online classes?


CWA stands out due to the level of professionalism and experience behind all that we do. Between us we have over 50 years of painting experience and over three decades of teaching experience. Jerry has extensive experience in adult education and holds an adult education certificate from the University of Washington. Rebecca has an MFA and taught art at the university level. We have taught well over a hundred cold wax workshops in the US and internationally, and our award-winning book, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations (now in its third printing) is widely regarded as the seminal and most comprehensive resource on the topic.

Another unique aspect of CWA is our team-teaching approach. Our Members benefit from each of our individual yet highly compatible perspectives and knowledge. We work together to create our overall curriculum as well as the details of each LIVE session. Since 2015 we have collaborated as instructors, authors, video producers, and business partners, and have demonstrated that our combined efforts produce powerful results.

“I think you are master teachers. You have included a great amount of information in a structured, thorough manner and in easy-to-understand delivery.” – Anita Dellal

Is Cold Wax Academy only one year?


No! Although our Memberships are annual, CWA is an ongoing learning academy. We launched CWA in October 2020 and already have parts of our 2023 curriculum lined up. Learning never stops!

How is CWA organized to optimize learning?

Our curriculum examines individual topics in depth, but also provides an integrated experience. Each quarter we choose topics that are essential for creating strong work, maintaining an art practice, and developing as an artist. Each is covered separately and in detail, while taking previous and concurrent topics into consideration. We offer LIVE Member Critiques and LIVE Painting Progress Support every quarter. We also have guest artists, guest speakers, panel discussions, and more. 

“I signed up for CWA Membership, but I feel like I’m in Art School…WOW! This is all so helpful to me.”  – Nicolet Groen

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