R&F Pigment Sticks are oil paint with just enough wax added for the paint to be molded into stick form. They allow the artist to draw or paint onto a surface with freedom and directness. This workshop introduces you to pigment sticks and allows you to explore a wide variety of mark making, creating rich layered surfaces. Exercises are designed to help beginners and professionals alike free themselves from preconceived ideas of painting. Emphasis will be on using the techniques to heighten and enhance the artist's own visual language. Though the exercises are grounded in abstraction, attention will be paid to the use of personal symbols and markings that could interface with any imagery. An intuitive method is highlighted and participants will return to their studios with a fresh approach, new ideas, and a variety of ways in which to express their perspective. We will cover: what are pigments sticks, health and safety, supports, transparency, layering with cold wax, building a surface, stenciling , mono-printing, transfers, mark making with mixed media, combining with oil paint and using a variety of tools to move paint. Focus will be on personal presence, art fundamentals, working in a series, and offering a comprehensive selection of materials.