Digging deeper :

R&F Pigment Sticks and Visual Language


Full Payment

Deposit Only


In this workshop participants use R&F Pigment Sticks® to create layered, expressive, richly surfaced paintings. We will be experimenting with a wide range of materials including oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pan pastels. R&F Pigment Sticks® allow the artist to draw or paint onto a surface with freedom and directness.

Lisa will highlight a variety of techniques, tools, and exercises to explore color, personal imagery abstract as well as representational. 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. Working on multiple panels in a series liberates the creative spirit so that a personal language and vision can develop. Individual attention and feedback is given to each student, the beginner as well as the professional. Group discussions of contemporary art and career support accompany this class. Exercises are grounded in abstraction, 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 return to their studios with refreshed confidence, new ideas, and a variety of new expressive tools. Topics and techniques covered include: health and safety; how to prepare supports; layering; building a surface; stenciling; monoprinting; transfers; mark making; combining oil paint with Pigment Stick® and cold wax.


​April 29-May 1, 2022



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. 

Joanne Mattera, painter, founder/director of the International Encaustic Conference