Each week in this seminar, we will be exploring different aspects of painting..

In the first week, our focus will be on mark making and building surfaces.

  • Mark making is the act of creating marks on a surface using various tools such as brushes, pencils, or even unconventional materials like twigs or sponges. By experimenting with different ways of creating marks, we can add depth, texture, and visual interest to our paintings.
  • Building surfaces refers to the process of layering materials to create a strong foundation for our artwork. We will learn techniques such as applying gesso, sanding, and using different mediums to build up interesting surfaces that will enhance our paintings.

In the second week of the seminar, we will dive into the world of color.

We will explore tints, shades, and the effective use of a limited palette. Tints are created by adding white to a color, while shades are created by adding black. Understanding how to properly mix tints and shades will allow us to create a wide range of colors and achieve subtle variations in our paintings. Additionally, using a limited palette (a palette with a small number of colors) can be a powerful tool in creating harmony and cohesiveness within a painting. We will learn how to select the right colors for our limited palette and explore different color combinations to create visually striking artworks.

In weeks 3-4, we will address important issues such as..

  • Layering involves applying multiple layers of paint to build depth and dimension in our paintings. We will learn how to effectively layer different colors and manipulate the opacity and transparency of the paint to achieve the desired effects. 
  • Texture adds tactile interest to a painting and can be created using various materials and techniques. We will explore different ways to create texture, such as using palette knives, impasto techniques, or incorporating mixed media elements into our artwork.
  • Composition plays a crucial role in creating a visually compelling painting. We will discuss compositional principles such as the rule of thirds, balance, and focal points, and how to effectively apply them to your artwork. By understanding the fundamentals of composition, you will be able to create more dynamic and engaging paintings that effectively communicate your artistic vision.

Final week will be a review of work completed.

Materials and PowerPoints

With a fondness for materials this seminar will expose participants to:

  • drawing materials
  • ink
  • dipping in encaustic
  • acrylic paint and markers
  • RF Pigment sticks
  • oil and cold wax
  • paper and supports

There will be a recommended materials list but come with your studio ready to go!

Class will include:

  • powerpoints
  • videos
  • assignments
  • discussions

Lisa has over 35 years of experience making art.

Her own work is centered on working with conceptually-driven painterly abstraction and a love of layered materiality. When teaching she concentrates on content, creativity, art making and of course, technique. Emphasis is on helping students to discover their unique marks and concepts.

Her specialty centers around each individual’s needs, with focused attention paid to visual editing and seeing. Lisa provides personal, one-on-one teaching time to students to discuss their specific questions and what is happening in their work.


Lisa has 20 years of experience of working with encaustic and teaching it to beginners to professionals. She has shown her work nationally in galleries and museums.

Mixed Media

She recently has added acrylic, thread and collage to her work.This work was featured in 2023 in two shows in New York City at Susan Eley Fine Art and at the Painting Center.

Oil and Cold Wax

As a painter since 1980, Lisa introduced wax as a medium with her oil paintings. She has taught nationally and internationally oil and cold wax and RF Pigment Sticks. Lisa is represented by Addington Fine Art in Chicago, Susan Eley Fine Art in Hudson, NY and by Slate Gallery in Telluride, Co


How long is this course?

  • This workshop will consist of 5 meetings over 5 weeks.

Is painting experience necessary?

  • Some painting experience is necessary.

What medium is required?

  • Encaustic, oil, cold wax, acrylic.. Any painting medium.

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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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