Karen Sako
Oil & Cold Wax Medium for Beginners

May 18 - May 22

3 Teaching Days


Discover the captivating world of oil and cold wax medium in this engaging introductory workshop!

Join me as we delve into the exciting realm of incorporating cold wax medium into oil paintings. Gain a deeper understanding of this versatile medium as you explore new techniques and experiment with unique tools, unlocking a world of dynamic visual interest and depth in your artwork.

Throughout the workshop, we will explore the power of traditional design principles, guiding you in editing and simplifying compositions for maximum impact. By fusing intuition and technique, you will learn how to adapt this medium to your own personal style, regardless of the subject matter.

Unleash your creativity as we explore the rich possibilities of textured layers of paint, utilizing an array of mark making tools and a vibrant color palette. You will have the opportunity to create multiple interesting and expressive paintings on a variety of substrates, allowing you to truly unlock your artistic potential.

Prepare to be amazed by the endless possibilities and stunning artistic affects you can achieve with oil and cold wax medium. Get ready to embark on a journey of creating truly intriguing works of art that will leave you feeling inspired and excited to explore further.

This workshop will include demonstrations, digital presentations, group discussions, and lots of one-on-one instruction.


Karen Sako is a dynamic and passionate instructor who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. With a deep commitment to sharing her trade secrets, Karen aims to inspire and empower the next generation of pioneering creative visionaries and thinkers. With a BFS in Visual Communications from the Illinois Institute of Art and over 30 years of teaching experience, Karen has honed her skills as both an accomplished abstract artist and graphic designer. Her diverse background fuels her unique approach to instruction, allowing her to seamlessly fuse traditional art principles with exploratory techniques and materials. In her artwork, Karen delves into the fascinating world of abstraction, exploring the elusive quality of light and the intricate complexity of nature. Through her creations, she reveals a profound sense of depth that invites an emotional connection to light and form, bringing her vivid imagination to life.

Join Karen as she guides you on a transformative artistic journey, unlocking your creative potential and encouraging you to explore the limitless possibilities of the art world. Get ready to be inspired and discover the incredible joy of artistic expression under her expert guidance.


If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $360
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $375
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $400
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $450

Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $390
(There are 4 nights’ accommodations included in the “Room & One Dinner Fee” listed above.)


Saturday, May 18
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman’s (included in Room and Meal Package. $28 additional for day students.)

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – May 19 – 21
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. – Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Tuesday, May 21
9:00 a.m. – Noon Class in Session
NOON Champagne Toast & Dessert (included in package)
Lunch On Own
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Wednesday, May 22
Depart – check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events – Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
Monday 7:00 p.m. S’more Roast (no charge)

Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga
Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.