Over the course of the workshop, Lisa will work to expand your personal vocabulary and vision through a series of exercises based on the various ways of learning, along with drawing and moving paint. 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 moving your work forward. 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.

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. During the workshop, there will be high-energy sessions featuring experimentation with a multitude of materials. She will schedule fast-paced demos and exercises along with plenty of painting time, personal attention, and group discussions. During the workshop, you will look at slideshows that address art history and the development of artwork over time.

Lisa’s specialty is focusing on each participant’s needs, visual editing and critique. She will provide personal, one-on-one teaching time to participants to discuss specific questions and what is happening in their work.


"Lisa Pressman is a model of what a teacher can bring to the table for students. I have seen her teach, and I’m in awe of her ability to bring out the best. It also says a great deal that other teachers take her workshops. No one–no one–who takes a few workshops and then turns around to teach could come close to what a seasoned, generous and brilliant teacher like Lisa has to offer. Why would any student want to settle for less?"

-Joanne Mattera, painter, founder/director of theInternational Encaustic Conference

"I have taken several workshops from Lisa Pressman and have always come away with a better understanding of the materials used as well as a fresh sense of where I’m going with my own art making. She is an intuitive instructor, adapting her lessons to meet the needs of her students. Individual attention is one of her strengths. She allows ample time for exploration as we discover new techniques and methods for approaching our work. As a mentor, Lisa has helped me take my studio practice to the next level. Her questions are thought-provoking and individualized; her answers to my questions are honest and reliable. She is a valuable resource whether I’m updating my website, preparing for an art show, or contemplating a new body of work. Her humorous yet straight-forward approach is exactly what I need.”

-Julie Snidle

About Lisa

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.

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