Lisa Pressman

Sun, June 15 to Sat, June 21 2025

Abstraction with Oil & Cold Wax with Lisa Pressman

Medium: Oil & Cold Wax

Level: All Levels

Location: Studio

Status: Open For Enrollment

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Over the course of this workshop, Lisa will work to expand your personal vocabulary and vision through a series of exercises based on the various ways of learning using markmaking and mixed media. The language of art will be revisited: composition, color, tension and space, and scale will all be discussed. Focus areas will include content, how to see, and personal color. Participants will be encouraged to work in a series, while revisiting the painting process.

Demonstrations include using various painting tools, drawing with cold wax, mixing paint and color, building layers, excavating, mono-printing, glazing, mark making and texture possibilities. Students will be introduced to R&F Pigment Sticks, pastel, solvents, and other materials.

Group and individual critiques will address the formal elements and most importantly everyone’s unique approach to their paintings. Artists are encouraged to focus on their own inspirations, source materials and processes. The heart of this workshop is the individual participant’s personal voice within the context of abstraction.

What Lisa brings to teaching is her years of experience with conceptually driven abstraction and the love of layers of materials. All her teaching concentrates on content, creativity, art making and of course, technique, with an emphasis on helping participants to discover their unique marks and concepts.

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About Lisa Pressman

Lisa Pressman’s artistic career is marked by exploration: testing the boundaries of the expressive potential latent in a variety of mediums, among them oil, encaustic, cold wax, and mixed-media collage. Her work is abstract, conceptually based, and process-driven. Lisa’s artworks feature marks, forms, colors and patterns that are evocative rather than overt.

Raised by parents working across creative mediums, Lisa grew up surrounded by building materials and immersed in multiple forms of cultural expression that nurtured her curiosity and aesthetic sensibility from a young age. A trip to Israel at age 12 revealed new worlds filled with an eclectic range of visual imagery, textures and colors that brought new possibilities to this young artist’s practice, bringing with it a visual acuity which served as the defining moment when she realized she was going to become an artist.

Lisa received her BA, Fine Art from Douglass College from Rutgers University, with an emphasis in ceramics and sculpture. As a graduate student she changed her emphasis from sculpture to painting, receiving her MFA in Painting from Bard College.  Since then she has exhibited regionally and nationally in solo and group exhibitions at spaces such as the Cape Cod Museum of Art,(Dennis MA) The Holter Museum of Art (Helena, MT,) and Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton,NJ ) and her work is held in numerous private and public collections. Her work is represented by Susan Eley Fine Arts (New York, NY,) Addington Gallery (Chicago, IL) and Slate Gallery  (Telluride, Colorado.) The artist has a solo exhibition in New York City at Susan Eley Fine Art in NYC, December 2022.

A highly respected arts educator, Lisa maintains a vigorous teaching program. She worked on the faculty of the former Art Institute of NY, and served as a visiting professor at Pratt Institute and other universities. She has taught workshops in France, Mexico, Italy and the US. Lisa is renowned for her knowledge of encaustic, cold wax processes, concept based courses, and she presents annually at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. She is a core instructor for R&F Handmade Paints. As a mentor, she facilitates each artist’s voice during individual sessions to grasp the source of what these artists are seeking to capture in their artistic vision.


Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $1,160.00

Full 5-Day Package*: $2,877.85-$3,091.69

*5-Day Workshop Package includes: Tuition for 5 full class days, 6 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily cookie and fruit breaks, unlimited coffee and tea, and welcoming wine and cheese reception. Your choice between a room to yourself (single occupancy) or bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).

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