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Susan Stover and Lisa Pressman: Mark-Making, Drawing and Encaustic

$860/3-day Workshop
 
February 18, 2023- February 20, 2023

Workshop Description

Drawing and mark-making can help to create a richly layered surface particularly with the medium of encaustic. In this workshop, we will explore several techniques and a variety of materials for drawing and mark-making in combination with encaustic painting. Both Pressman and Stover, who co-teach many classes together, will address many formal and expressive aspects of drawing such as line, texture, form, shape, and depth, variety and scale. Demos will include fusing, layering, incising, transfers, scraping and collage. Students will be encouraged to develop their own voice whether they tend toward representational or abstract work. This class is designed for those with some encaustic experience and want to expand their techniques and explore their ideas more fully.

 

Skill Level Required

Encaustic

Intermediate

About Lisa Pressman

Lisa Pressman’s career as an artist has been marked by exploration of the expressive potential of a variety of mediums, among them oil, encaustic, cold wax, and mixed-media collage. Her work is abstract, conceptually based, and process-driven, featuring marks, forms, colors and patterns that are evocative rather than descriptive.

A New Jersey native, Lisa developed rich visual imagination at an early age. Her father owned a lumberyard and her mother was an actress, artist, and antiques dealer. Lisa grew up surrounded by building materials and immersed in multiple forms of cultural expression that nurtured her curiosity and aesthetic sensibility. A trip to Israel when she was 12 revealed to her that the world is filled with a variety of visual images, textures and colors that contrasted sharply with her previous experiences. This recognition of her own visual acuity was the defining moment when she realized she was going to become an artist.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art from Douglass College at Rutgers University, with an emphasis in ceramics and sculpture, in 1979. As a graduate student she changed her emphasis to painting, and in 1981 was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Bard College. Since then she has exhibited regionally and nationally in solo and group exhibitions, and her work is held in numerous private and public collections. Her work is represented by Susan Eley Fine Arts in New York, Addington Gallery in Chicago, and The Gallery of Fine Arts in Telluride, Colorado.

A highly respected arts educator, Lisa maintains a vigorous teaching program. She worked on the faculty of the former Art Institute of NY, a visiting professor at Pratt Institute and other universities. Pressman has taught workshops in France, Mexico, Italy and the US. She is renowned for her knowledge of encaustic, cold wax processes, concept based courses, and presents annually at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. She is a core instructor for R&F Handmade Paints. As a mentor, she facilitates each student’s voice, emphasizing the awareness of the source of what they are doing and why, and the medium and visual language with which they can most effectively express their artistic vision.

Learn more about Lisa Pressman

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About Susan Stover

Susan Stover is a San Francisco Bay Area artist who creates paintings and sculptures that explore themes of cultural identity and mythology. Having studied many aesthetic traditions from around the world, she embraces ritual, tradition, and meditation inherent in repetitive processes.
Originally from the midwest, SusanStover received a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her MFA from California College of Art in Oakland, CA. Both of her degrees concentrated in textiles and painting. She has taught extensively including workshops in Australia, India, Italy, France, Mexico and throughout the U.S.
Susan currently lives in the northern California wine country. Her work often combines traditional textile techniques such as basketry, stitching, batik, and indigo dyeing with encaustic and other paint mediums. She is interested in creating work that has historical and cultural reference at the same time bringing it into a personal and contemporary context. Her inspiration comes from traveling and immersing herself in other cultures, absorbing the colors and textures of a place and learning about local artisan traditions. She is represented by Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY and Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, CA.

 

A New Jersey native, Lisa developed rich visual imagination at an early age. Her father owned a lumberyard and her mother was an actress, artist, and antiques dealer. Lisa grew up surrounded by building materials and immersed in multiple forms of cultural expression that nurtured her curiosity and aesthetic sensibility. A trip to Israel when she was 12 revealed to her that the world is filled with a variety of visual images, textures and colors that contrasted sharply with her previous experiences. This recognition of her own visual acuity was the defining moment when she realized she was going to become an artist.

Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art from Douglass College at Rutgers University, with an emphasis in ceramics and sculpture, in 1979. As a graduate student she changed her emphasis to painting, and in 1981 was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Bard College. Since then she has exhibited regionally and nationally in solo and group exhibitions, and her work is held in numerous private and public collections. Her work is represented by Susan Eley Fine Arts in New York, Addington Gallery in Chicago, and The Gallery of Fine Arts in Telluride, Colorado.

A highly respected arts educator, Lisa maintains a vigorous teaching program. She worked on the faculty of the former Art Institute of NY, a visiting professor at Pratt Institute and other universities. Pressman has taught workshops in France, Mexico, Italy and the US. She is renowned for her knowledge of encaustic, cold wax processes, concept based courses, and presents annually at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. She is a core instructor for R&F Handmade Paints. As a mentor, she facilitates each student’s voice, emphasizing the awareness of the source of what they are doing and why, and the medium and visual language with which they can most effectively express their artistic vision.

Learn more about Susan Stover

on her website:

During the pandemic, I had the opportunity to study with Lisa and Sue Stover together, bringing together two master teachers who shared more knowledge and technique than I thought possible to fit into each session.  I was challenged and encouraged, introduced to new ways of working, but more than that, I was introduced to new ways of thinking.  Each class left me with an extensive list of ways to experiment on my own in a mindful manner, letting go of methods that no longer felt right and anxious to explore new ideas Lisa and Sue shared.

Kathy E

Lisa and Sue have created classes that are thought-provoking and encourage self reflection, which helped me create more personally meaningful work. Class exercises led me to explore the stories behind my work and to also write about them. Their honest, constructive feedback about our work was so valuable and insightful.

Helen K

It all boils down to a big Thank You!
Under the direction of Sue and Lisa I have explored new ways of working, expanded my art vocabulary and discovered I do like to draw!
Sue and Lisa complement each other in their styles and knowledge. Their classes pushed me in new directions and have been the impetus to take my work in unexplored directions. – Ellen H.

Ellen H

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