In this 5-day immersive workshop, we will explore the versatility and richness of painting with oil and cold wax medium, with a particular focus on color. Through a series of engaging exercises and demonstrations, you will learn how to manipulate the properties of transparency, opacity, and temperature using a limited palette. This will not only expand your understanding of color but also provide you with a new vocabulary and vision for your artistic expression.

We will be using oil paint, cold wax and R&F Pigment sticks along with other materials to create richly layered works. I am interested in encouraging participant's personal narratives and vocabularies to surface while exploring technical and formal aspects of art making.

We will have demonstrations on how to...

Effectively use different painting tools, such as

  • brushes,
  • knives,
  • and scrapers to create a range of marks, textures, and surface treatments.

This will enable you to build

  • layers,
  • excavate,
  • mono-print,
  • glaze,
  • and explore endless possibilities for mark-making.

We will also discuss the significance of

  • composition,
  • space,
  • and scale in creating impactful and engaging artwork.

I have years of experience with conceptually driven abstraction and a love of layers and materials.

All my 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. I schedule fast-paced demos and exercises along with plenty of painting time, personal attention, and group discussions. We will also look at slideshows that address art history and the development of artwork over time.


"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

Come and be inspired. Join me at Whidbey Island!

During this 5-day workshop, we will explore the versatility and richness of painting with oil and cold wax on enchanting Whidbey Island. Take inspiration from the breathtaking landscape of the Pacific Northwest.

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How long is this course?

  • This is a 5-day workshop.

How much does it cost?

  • $870

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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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