“Lisa Pressman is a model of what a teacher can bring to the table for students. I have seen her teach, and I’m in awe of her ability to bring out the best. It also says a great deal that other teachers take her workshops. No one–no one–who takes a few workshops and then turns around to teach could come close to what a seasoned, generous and brilliant teacher like Lisa has to offer. Why would any student want to settle for less?”
Joanne Mattera, painter, founder/director of the International Encaustic Conference 


Workshops 2017-2018


I have been painting and exhibiting since 1979 and received my MFA in 1981. My experience is in various media and abstraction.  All my  workshops concentrate on content, creativity and art making and of course, technique. Revisiting the fundamentals of art including : color, composition, mark making is the focus along with experimenting with materials. I schedule fast paced demos and exercises along with plenty of painting time, personal attention and group discussions.



My specialty is focusing on each individuals’  needs, editing and critique.  Each class is a different experience!



Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, oils and mixed media will be focused on approaching  painting and the creative process using  R&F pigments sticks, drawing supplies, oil, cold wax, pan pastels and more.  


Advanced Encaustic students must have participated in 2 or more workshops addressing  the basics of the technique
Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, oils and mixed media
Amanda Jolley Studio
Kansas City, MO 

November 10-12
Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, oils and mixed media
Clark Studio
Palm Springs, Ca

December 7-9
Advanced Encaustic
R&F Handmade Paint
Kingston, NY


January 19-21
Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, Oils, & Mixed Media”
Suzanne Seigel’s Studios
Gulford, Conn

Feb 16- 19  new session added Feb 11-13th
Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, Oils, & Mixed Media
Sue Stover’s Studio
Grafton, California

March 8-10
Advanced Encaustic
R&F Handmade Paints
Kingston, NY 

March 19-23
Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, Oils, & Mixed Media
Bonita Springs Art Center
Bonita, Florida

April 22-27
Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, Oils, & Mixed Media
Mabel Dodge Luhan House
Taos, NM

May 10-12
Exploring Visual Language
R&F Handmade Paints
Kingston, NY

May 18-21
Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, Oils, & Mixed MediaÎ
Fountainhead Art SpaceWorkshop
Roswell, GA

June 25-28
Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, Oils, & Mixed Media
Pacific Northwest School of Art
Whidbey Island, Washington

July 12-14
Large Format Encaustic
R&F Handmade Paints
Kingston NY

August 24-26
Focusing on Creativity, Exporations and COnversation
Jeff Hirst Studio
Chicago, IL

Pressman and Hirst will lead this 4-day advanced painting intensive that focuses on each individual participant’s work and where they are currently at as an artist. The workshop is designed to expand your unique aesthetic vision through creative exercises, group conversations and individual direction and support. Available media will be oil, cold wax, drawing materials, encaustic and printmaking processes as both instructors are well versed in multiple mediums. Invigorating brainstorming sessions will provide the opportunity to strengthen you creative intention. Individual student work and websites will be reviewed and professional practices discussed that help each artist further their professional appearance in the art world.

September 10-14
Artmaking: Travel as the Source, Mixed Media
La Cascade, France
Cullowhee Mountain Arts

October 26-28
Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, Oils, & Mixed Media
Shake Rag Alley School of Arts and Crafts
Mineral Point, W

November 8-10
Conversations in Color
R&F Handmade Paints

December 13-15
Exploring Visual  Language
R&F Handmade Paints




One on one sessions via phone or Skype, addressing the work, goals and future projects of individual artists. 3 hour blocks that can be broken up into half hour sessions.


Recommendation from artist Joan Geary
On a friend’s recommendation, I took an oil and cold wax workshop with Lisa Pressman earlier this year.  I expected to gain a few insights into this medium that I had been working in for some time, but what I got out of studying with her was beyond my expectation. Yes, there were general demos showing various tricks and techniques, but Lisa zeroes in on what each student is about and tailors her instruction individually.  I came away from the workshop unexpectedly discombobulated in the best possible way with an exciting new direction that I had not considered.  She has challenged me to go outside of my comfort zone and push the work toward a deeper and more elevated level. The most exciting thing about it is that I now have a new vision of where I ultimately want the work to go. Getting there is a metamorphosis that will take time, but is in progress. Real change is hard work, but Lisa can push you there if you let her.  She is intuitive, kind, and yet frank about your work.  I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Also, since the workshop I hired Lisa for mentoring.  She has helped me pull my art business together and put forth a more professional face to everything.  Because of her and other people she has put me in touch with, my business has grown monumentally in a very short time.  We also work on the painting aspect, but tying up the loose ends of the business side has been a big boost to my career.



Recommendation from artist Bridgette Guerzon Mills

“I came to Lisa Pressman with a specific set of goals in mind that I wanted to address in my art and my art career goals and she was a wonderful soundboard and guide. I really appreciated the way she looked at my work and my goals and helped me hone in on what is essential to my visual voice, as well as pushing me to really think and delve further. Months later, I am still referring to my notes I took during our sessions and our email exchanges. Doing the mentorship with Lisa was like being given a toolbox full of resources and reflections that I have taken with me and will keep with me for a long time. ”

To read  Blog Posts about Workshops:

Terry-Jarrad-Diamond 24-7• Encaustic Workshop at Cullowhee Mountain Arts

Jane Davies Studios  • Lisa Pressman at R&F Handmade Paints

Anna Wagner-Ott’s  Exploration in Encaustic •  Lisa Pressman’s Workshop

Judy Wise’s Blog  •  Lisa Pressman and Elise Wagner Workshop

Marji’s Art and Life • Alchemy of Process, ….. and the New World of Cold Wax

Terry Jarrard-Dimond Studio 24-7 • Oil Sticks, Oil Paint, Cold Wax, Lisa Pressman,Cullowhee Mountain Arts and Western Carolina University

Rochelle Weiner Fine Art  Experimenting with Pigment Sticks