Encaustic is the art of painting with molten beeswax, mixed with pigments and damar resin. The results are like no other medium—mysterious, deep, and translucent, with a luminous light that seems to emanate from the painting itself. The capacity to create transparent and opaque layers allows for both an additive and subtractive process. Encaustic can be used in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and more. It has almost limitless possibilities. I teach private, group classes and workshops for beginners and professional
I also offer Layered Media: Finding Your Mark
This workshop focuses on using pigment sticks, cold wax and other media to create layered expressive, richly surfaced paintings. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery: abstract as well as representational. Experimentation is the focus along with attention to art fundamentals and editing and content. “Lisa‘s ability to work with individuals makes this a perfect workshop not only for beginners but for anyone looking to get feedback and problem-solve about their work.” says Norma Hendrix, Director of Cullawhee Mountain Arts. Activities will include exercises, informal group discussion and individual support. I encourage beginners as well as professionals to take this journey and see what happens!
Other workshops and services offered are contemporary drawing, mentoring, professional practices.You can find my work and resume here.
Lpart@earthlink.net for pricing
If traveling from afar: A Marriot Courtyard is 8 minutes away with Jerry’s Artist Outlet next door. NYC is 40 minutes away by train or bus. A variety of workshops are also available for art centers, colleges and art schools.
ONE DAY WORKSHOPS:
2013 WORKSHOP INTENSIVES:
Re-Search: Creating and Collaborating: Sara Mast & Lisa Pressman
7th International Encaustic Conference Truro,Massachusetts M/T
We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. TS Eliot
As professional artists with exhibition schedules and deadlines to meet, it is often hard to find the time to crack open habitual patterns in our work that require renewal. Our workshop utilizes a range of experiential exercises to generate fresh approaches in one’s creative process. An emphasis on visual conversation will cultivate new ideas and refresh long held ones. Collaboration and dialog are two of the tools that free the participant from the focus on making ‘products’ toward a greater level of discovery, creativity and authenticity. Encaustic painting, drawing, and printmaking methods are integrated with a wide range of media and tools in order to encourage an encounter with new patterns of visual communication and meaning.
June 16 -21
Encaustic: Layers, Richness and Personal Vision
Cullowhee Mountain Arts
July 18-August 1 Fuse: Art in Motion with Sara Mast
Sara Mast Studio
FUSE is an integrative experience designed to expand your creativity through visual art and expressive movement in the pristine setting of the Rocky Mountain West in Bozeman, Montana. Work and play with artists Lisa Pressman and Sara Mast to discover and focus your artistic vision in drawing, encaustic and mixed media painting. Immersed in the natural beauty of the Gallatin Valley, participants will be able to incorporate earth materials from natural pigments to flowers as part of the creative process. We will offer daily movement sessions that engage the body and the mind, re-educating the body to move with fluidity, ease, relaxation and power. Come join us on this unique journey to release and empower your creative possibilities!
Quote from Joanne Mattera: artist, author, blogger and director of the International Encaustic Conference.
Encaustic: Art, Craft, HobbyIn Post-Conference at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, I visited Lisa Pressman’s Introduction to Pigment Sticks and Encaustic and was impressed by the ease with which she demonstrated and then introduced a series of one-minute exercises designed to get students actively involved in the possibilities of the medium. There was none of the chitchat that often accompanies workshops; students were fully engrossed. Returning at the end of the day, I was bowled over by what the group had achieved. In many instances, their results were finished works of art. One memorable work by Deborah Dryden was a triptych of 12 x 12” paintings in palette of aqua and ultramarine with bold cursive markings. Emotion of the Ocean,inspired by the environment and, of course, by Pressman, was so polished it would be included in Dryden’s upcoming solo. (See image in the sidebar.) Given a choice, who wouldn’t want to study with a teacher so able to elicit this kind of work?
Quote from Georgia McKenna: Visual Art Specialist, Boston Public Schools
“Lisa is an outstanding teacher and accomplished artist. She’s
committed to furthering her student’s growth as artists and is so
generous with her time. Frequent daily critiques were targeted,
intuitive, perceptive and always helpful. I’ve never worked harder, or
progressed so quickly, in any class. I recommend Lisa Pressman’s
classes without reservation, and hope to take another one soon!”
Quote from Lynda Lyons:
“Having the chance to take a workshop led by Lisa Pressman was an amazing experience. Lisa is a wonderfully talented and generous teacher. The creative exercises and her demonstrations were informative and challenging. It was incredible to be guided in such an inspirational way to push beyond my comfort zone and to take some creative risks. I feel that Lisa’s workshop truly helped me discover my own visual language so that I can better express my artistic ideas and feelings. “