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Exploring Visual Language

Exploring Visual Language | Dec 4 - Dec 6 | Lisa Pressman

Class Level: Intermediate-Advanced.

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 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.

LocationR&F Handmade Paints (NY) 
Instructor: Lisa Pressman 
Date: Wednesday, 4 Dec 2019 - Friday, 6 Dec 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Registration requires payment in full. If you would prefer to pay a $100 deposit to reserve your space, please contact our office at #845.331.3112 or email For information on payments, cancellations, transfers, and refunds, see our FAQ section.

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