Lisa Pressman

Sun, October 1 to Sat, October 7 2023

Expanding Your Vision with Oil and Cold Wax with Lisa Pressman

Medium: Oil & Cold Wax

Level: All Levels

Location: Studio

Status: Open For Enrollment

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This five day workshop will provide a series of experiments to manifest the realization of personal imagery. Exercises will include drawing and mark making sketches, using a viewfinder and an iPhone to discover compositional ideas. We will explore finding personal color, layering concepts and using personal writing assignments for inspiration.

The material focus in this workshop is R&F Pigment Sticks, Oil Paint, Cold Wax, Drawing Materials and more. Each day, Lisa will provide demonstrations on techniques, including layering, excavating, monoprinting, glazing, color mixing, texture, mark making, and editing. Students will receive individualized attention on their art process with the aim of expanding their own artistic practice. The class will focus on content, how to see, and how to move work forward. Some may find keeping a written journal useful during this workshop.  The journals will not be shared but you may find your words as touchstones to generating imagery.

We will have conversations and presentations around contemporary art during a formal presentation and during our class time.

Some painting experience is suggested.

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About Lisa Pressman

Lisa Pressman’s career as an artist has been marked by exploration of the expressive potential of a variety of mediums, among them oil, encaustic, cold wax, and mixed-media collage. Her work is abstract, conceptually based, and process-driven, featuring marks, forms, colors and patterns that are evocative rather than descriptive.

A New Jersey native, Lisa developed rich visual imagination at an early age. Her father owned a lumberyard and her mother was an actress, artist, and antiques dealer. Lisa grew up surrounded by building materials and immersed in multiple forms of cultural expression that nurtured her curiosity and aesthetic sensibility. A trip to Israel when she was 12 revealed to her that the world is filled with a variety of visual images, textures and colors that contrasted sharply with her previous experiences. This recognition of her own visual acuity was the defining moment when she realized she was going to become an artist.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art from Douglass College at Rutgers University, with an emphasis in ceramics and sculpture, in 1979. As a graduate student she changed her emphasis to painting, and in 1981 was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Bard College. Since then she has exhibited regionally and nationally in solo and group exhibitions, and her work is held in numerous private and public collections. Her work is represented by Susan Eley Fine Arts in New York, Addington Gallery in Chicago, and The Gallery of Fine Arts in Telluride, Colorado.

A highly respected arts educator, Lisa maintains a vigorous teaching program. She worked on the faculty of the former Art Institute of NY, a visiting professor at Pratt Institute and other universities. Pressman has taught workshops in France, Mexico, Italy and the US. She is renowned for her knowledge of encaustic, cold wax processes, concept based courses,  and 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 student’s voice, emphasizing the awareness of the source of what they are doing and why, and the medium and visual language with which they can most effectively express their artistic vision.


Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $930.00

Full 5-Day Package*: $2,441.14-$2,662.10

*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).

Get more information about your options to enroll here.