In this workshop participants will learn to use R&F Pigment Sticks® to create layered, expressive, richly surfaced paintings. R&F Pigment Sticks® allow the artist to draw or paint onto a surface with freedom and directness.

Instruction will highlight a variety of techniques, tools, and exercises focusing on the qualities of the sticks. The unique color properties of the RF Pigment Sticks will be explored. Working wet on wet, layering, excavating, edge, line, texture, mark-making, and the concept of “editing” will be addressed

Benefits to Working with Pigment Sticks®

 • They can be thinned with turpentine or mineral spirits.
 • They can be worked with mediums by dipping them into stand oil, linseed oil, alkyd mediums, or resin gels.
 • They can be mixed alongside tube oils or used to draw over dried oil paintings.
 • Pigment Sticks® can be manipulated with a paint knife until the paint is a buttery consistency, so that it can be brushed or knifed onto the surface. This method can be used to mix colors on the palette or in the painting.

Exercises are grounded in Formal elements, attention is paid to the use of personal symbols and markings that could interface with any imagery. An intuitive painting method is encouraged and participants will develop confidence, new ideas, and a variety of new expressive tools. Working on multiple pieces in a series liberates the creative spirit so that a personal language and vision can develop. Individual attention and feedback is given.

Topics and techniques covered include: 

  • health and safety for working with oil based materials
  • supports including panels and papers
  • working wet on wet and layering
  • opacity and transparency to create depth
  • mixing and blending color on the painting and also on a palette
  • texture and interest with stencils
  • monoprinting
  • transfers
  • mark making
  • combining oil paint with Pigment Stick® and cold wax.
  • incorporating solvents

R&F Pigment Sticks® allow you to paint with oil without a brush, use transparent and opaque colors within one piece, and create your own tints, tones, and palettes.

Choose a Pricing Option


Who is this class for?

  • Artists interested in being able to directly apply oil paint with various techniques with RF Pigment Sticks.

What is the outcome?

  • Use, practice and feedback of the materials and the various ways and how they can enhance your painting practice.

What if I miss a class?

  • Classes are recorded and the course can be accessed for three months after course is finished.

I have more questions. How do I reach you?

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 Painting with R&F Pigment Sticks. Happy learning!

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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