Let's FOCUS on your work. We want to take you where you are and discuss your work in a nurturing environment where artists can learn from one another, exchange ideas, and inspire each other's artistic journeys.

This seminar is offered with six 2 hour meetings for artists to engage in a critical examination of their work and in discussions on professional topics. This is for artists who have accomplished a certain level of mastery over their mediums and want to push their work forward and to develop a cohesive body of work.

When it comes to creating art, critique plays a crucial role in the growth and development of an artist. It helps artists gain valuable insights, improve their skills, and broaden their perspective. The FOCUS for this session will be YOU. This is a small group course for the artist who desires a supportive environment to develop analytical skills to discuss and present their work. Limit 12 artists per session.

By providing constructive feedback, artists can help each other grow and

develop their skills. This creates a nurturing environment where artists can learn from one another, exchange ideas, and inspire each other's artistic journeys.

Topics to include:

  • formal analysis - focuses on the formal elements of art, such as line, color, shape, texture, and composition. By analyzing these elements, artists can better understand the visual impact of their work and make informed decisions.
  • self reflection - artists analyze their own techniques, composition, and conceptual ideas allowing them to identify areas of improvement and refine their artistic style.
  • conceptual analysis - focusing on the underlying ideas and messages conveyed by the artwork. By critically examining the concepts and themes explored in their work, artists can ensure that their artistic intentions are effectively conveyed to the audience. This approach encourages artists to delve deeper into their ideas, think critically about societal issues, and challenge traditional perspectives.
  • developing a dialogue with viewers - allowing them to analyze the artist's choices, understand the intended message, and form their own interpretations.

Critique fosters growth, expands perspectives, and encourages collaboration.

The goal of critique is not to tear down or discourage the artist, but rather to help them grow and improve their work. It provides an opportunity for students to gain insights from different perspectives, challenge their own assumptions, and learn to articulate their ideas effectively.

By seeking feedback from others, you can gain fresh insights and ideas that you may have overlooked. Critique sessions often provide a safe space for artists to experiment, take risks, and try new approaches. Constructive criticism can help you identify areas of improvement, challenge your assumptions, and encourage you to explore new directions in your work.

Engaging in discussions about your work can teach you how to articulate your ideas effectively and present your work in a compelling way. Critiques also teach you how to actively listen to others' opinions and respond thoughtfully. These skills are crucial not only for receiving feedback but also for engaging in meaningful creative collaborations, networking, and advocating for your artwork.

Previous participants work

Donna Horn

Ellen Hutchinson

Corinne Nakao

Ingrid Amols

Julie McBride

Deborah Peltz

Please review our refund policy below:

  • Enrollees are eligible for a full refund within 14 days of the date of purchase.
  • Refund requests made after the initial 14 days will incur processing fees.
  • Cancellations made within 2 weeks before the course start date are subject to a 50% refund. 
  • No refunds will be given once a class has started.
  • Instead of a refund, you may opt to use your purchase as credits for a future class.

To request a refund, please contact us at [email protected] within the specified time frames. Include your [Course Name], and the reason for the refund request in your email.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our refund policy, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

We appreciate your understanding and commitment to Focus: Studio and Professional Practices - Winter 2024. Happy learning!

Join us in this seminar to expand new ways of seeing.

About Lisa & Sue

Instructors Sue Stover and Lisa Pressman have been teaching together online and in-person courses since 2020. The focus of their courses is to direct artists toward a more contemplative practice, exploring techniques, materials and concepts along with a strong foundation in art fundamentals. Destination workshops inspire the artist within unique cultural frameworks and capitalize on the extended time together. Our approach to teaching is flexible and welcoming, and we strive to meet participants wherever they are on their journey as artists.

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.

Lisa received her BA, Fine Art from Douglass College in 1979 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 in 1981. Since then she has exhibited regionally and nationally in solo and group exhibitions at spaces such as the Watchung Arts Center (Watchung, NJ,) The Holter Museum of Art (Helena, MT,) and Jack Meier Gallery (Houston, TX,) 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.) Recently, the artist has had two solo shows in New York City; at Susan Eley Fine Art in LES and at The Painting Center in Chelsea.

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Susan Stover

Susan Stover is a San Francisco Bay Area artist who creates paintings and sculptures that explore themes of cultural identity and mythology. Having studied many aesthetic traditions from around the world, she embraces ritual, tradition, and meditation inherent in repetitive processes.

Susan received a MFA from California College of Art in Oakland, California and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with both degrees concentrating in textiles ad painting. Her work is in many private and corporate collections. She is represented by Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY and Seager/Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, CA. Susan teaches workshops online from her northern California studio, in person at other locations in the U.S., and internationally.

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Q: Who is this course for?

A: For artists who have accomplished a certain level of mastery over their mediums and want to push their work forward, develop a cohesive body of work, and hone their presentation materials.

Q: Is there a specific medium we need to be working with?

A: No.

Q: How long do I have access to the course curriculum?

A: 90 days after the last class.

Q: What time is the class?

A: 12 - 2pm Central / 1pm - 3pm Eastern / 10am - 12pm Pacific

Q: How do I log in to the class?

A: go to to www.c2c-art.com, click the log-in button on the upper right corner of the page.

Q: I have more questions. How do I reach you?

A: Email me at [email protected]