“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


All workshops will concentrate on content, creativity and art making and of course technique. I will be revisiting the fundamentals of art including : color, composition, mark making and more. I schedule fast paced demos and exercises along with plenty of painting time, personal attention and group discussions.
My specialty is focusing on each individual ‘s 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

April 19-12
Exploring Visual Language
R&F Handmade Paint
Kingston, NY

May 19-21
Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, oils and mixed media
South Shore Art Center
Cohasset, MA

June 19-23
Advanced Encaustic
Cullowhee Mountain Arts
Cullowhee, NC

July 13-15
Exploring Your Visual Language: Conversations on Color
R&F Handmade Paint
Kingston, NY

August  1-3
Encaustic Painting:Building History in Wax with Lisa Pressman and Sara Mast
Sara Mast Studio/ Contact Lisa @
Bozeman, Montana

This 3-day encaustic workshop will take beginning and/or intermediate painters to the next level of technique and expression. Sara and Lisa’s collaborative approach is grounded in the language of abstraction, and will provide participants with various pathways toward the development of personal vision and voice. Guiding students through a series of creative exercises that emphasize process and sharpen one’s intuitive abilities, students will develop a body of work that is fresh, vigorous and energetic.Layering, color application, fusing, and mark making with pigment sticks, pastels, and graphite—all this and more will ‘build history’ in the participant’s body of work, creating a new  richness in form, content and meaning. This is an environment for students who seek individual feedback, problem-solving, and dialogue, and want to engage in innovative practices to enliven the painted surface. Encaustic equipment, history and safety will be addressed.

August 7-11
Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, oils and mixed media
Aha School of the Arts
Telluride, Co


September 8-9
Exploring Personal Language with Mixed Media
Clancy Studio
Snow Hill, Maryland


September 14-16
Large Format Encaustic
R&F Handmade Paint
Kingston, NY

 October 2-6
Expanding Your Vision with R&F Pigment Sticks, oils and mixed media
Northeast Art Workshops
Gloucester, MA

 October 8-10
Advanced Encaustic
Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill
Truro, Ma

October 27-29
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
David Clark Studio
Palm Springs, Ca

Advanced Encaustic
R&F Handmade Paint
Kingston, NY




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