Moving Paint: Working with Oil and Cold Wax with Lisa Pressman

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Moving Paint: Working with Oil and Cold Wax with Lisa Pressman


Lisa Pressman
What I bring to teaching is my years of experience with conceptually-driven abstraction and the love of layers of materials. All of my teaching concentrates on content, creativity, art making and of course, technique, with an emphasis on helping students to discover their unique marks and concepts. Many artists who attend my workshops want and need to revisit the fundamentals of art, including color, composition, and mark making. We cover these important aspects of what makes a painting hold together.
  • Day 1 - Moving Paint
    October 24, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 2 -Moving Paint
    October 25, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 3 - Moving Paint
    October 26, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Day 4 - Moving Paint
    October 27, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Class size: Minimum 8; Maximum 12.  Minimum age to participate: 18. All levels of experience welcome.

cold waxPrice: $799 which includes R&F Pigment sticks sponsored by the company & instructor, daily lunches, drinks & snacks for a 4-day Workshop

R&F Educator Lisa Pressman brings a world of knowledge to this high-energy, multi-faceted workshop. You will focus on a painting approach using wax and other media to create layered, expressive, richly surfaced paintings.

You will be experimenting with a wide range of materials including R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. The techniques of using cold wax along with the other materials will be the focus.

A variety of tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational – and students will be encouraged to use alternatives to brushes for their mark making. Layering, excavating, edge, line, texture, mark making, color and the concept of “editing” will be addressed. lisa pressman

Working on multiple panels helps to free the creative spirit so that a personal language and vision can develop into a new body of work.

Individual attention is given to each student so the beginner, as well as the professional, will get the feedback needed to bring back to their studio. Power points, discussions of contemporary art, professional and career support are all offered.

All levels are encouraged to participate.


Pigment Sticks supplied by R&F Core Program and Lisa Pressman, Core instructor

Students should bring: 
  • Oil Paints: Gamblin, Williamsburg, Sennelier and/or Rembrandt Brands recommended.
    • One Large tube of Titanium white and a selection of transparent and opaque warm and cool colors (indication on tube or color chart). (From Lisa: Choose colors that you like to paint with. I like Gamblin, Williamsburg paints. Small tubes are fine. look for a combination of transparent and opaque choices. )
  • 16 oz GAMBLIN cold wax
  • Paper, specifically taped pages
    • bring one pad of ARCHES oil paper 9″ x 12″ for painting exercise
    • Tape with painters tape with a one-inch border around and then in half. (trick: lay the tape on your jeans to remove some the stickiness so when you pull it up it won’t pull paper) (BEFORE THE FIRST DAY)
  • 8-12 Substrates: Ampersand Boards, EncausticBord, ClayBoard or birch panels prepared for oil: gessoed. Arches oil paper is excellent and an easy solution if traveling. All boards/paper should be the same size, preferably square and no larger than 20 x 20.
  • Several brushes (cheap are fine) for oil paint in various sizes
  • Several soft rubber brayers speedball 4-inch, 6-inch. etc.
  • Cheap sponge paint rollers
  • 3-4 Palette knives
  • Scrapers: credit cards and/or shaper tools
  • Blue painters tape
  • Wax paper for layering between wet panels
  • Cardboard (pizza boxes) for transporting wet work home
  • Unscented baby wipes
  • Paper palette, craft sheet or 12″ x 16″ or freezer paper (for palette)
  • Disposable gloves (if you have a preference/sensitivity bring the kind you like. We will have some to share)
  • *If you would like to have any supplies waiting for you, please zip Kristin an email.

Included is:

  • Use of drawing materials, tools, stencils, & pan pastels
  • Gamblin Solvents
  • Rags & paper towels
  • Newsprint
  • Tissue paper
  • Disposable gloves
  • Lunch, snacks & drinks daily

You may register for the entire weekend by using our “$99 Holds Your Spot” deal which allows you to pay over time.

Please note that your $99 deposit is nonrefundable but is applied to your balance. The $700 balance is due no later than September 1, 2019, and can be made by mailing a check to Ephemera Paducah, 333 N. 9th Street, Paducah, KY 42001 or on this page via PayPal or Credit Card.

Not paying your balance before September 1, 2019, will result in the loss of your deposit and place in class.

Before registering for this workshop, please familiarize yourself with our Cancellation Policies Updated September 1, 2018.


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