the encaustic center

580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080

Four Day Cold Wax Workshop with guest artist instructor

Lisa Pressman

Moving Paint: Expanding Your Vision with Oil and Wax


Friday November 6th, Saturday November 7th, Sunday November 8th and Monday November 9th, 2020

10:00 to 4:00 each day.  The cost is $875.00 (includes many supplies, more info below)



This workshop is for intermediate /advanced artists that have worked with oil and cold wax. We will be expanding your personal vocabulary and vision through a series of exercises that that are based on the various ways of learning, along with drawing and moving paint. The language of art will be revisited: composition, color, tension and space, and scale will be discussed. Demonstrations include using R&F Pigment sticks, pastels and other materials along with excavating, monoprinting, glazing, mark making and editing. We will focus on content, how to see and moving your work forward. Students will be encouraged to work in a series, while revisiting the painting process. Professional practices will be addressed and activities will include exercises, informal group discussion and individual support. The workshop includes Power points with discussions of contemporary art.



Supplies: (Provided and what to bring below):

Provided supplies, Provided tools for use at the workshop, Optional and Links:

- Panels: Five 12x12 cradled encaustic gessoed panels provided, an additional two panels will be available for sale

- Pigment Sticks provided (we have more for sale at 20% 0ff)

- Gamblin Solvents provided

- Disposable 2" sponge paint rollers provided

- Gamblin Cold Wax provided (optional: bring more: click here to order)

- Drawing materials; art graf and stabilo graphite / pencils provided

- One Messermeister Silicone Bowl Scraper Blue provided (optional: click to purchase one of your own here)

- Rubber brayer: Speedball 6 inch soft rubber provided (optional: click to purchase one of your own here)

- Paper Towels provided (optional: bring more)

- Tissue paper, newsprint

- Unscented baby wipes provided (optional: bring more)



- Oil Paint: bring Gamblin, Williamsburg, Sennelier and or Rembrandt:

One Large tube of Titanium white and a selection of transparent and opaque warm and cool colors (indication on tube or color chart)

- 3-4 Palette knives bring

- Scrapers: bring credit cards and or shaper tools

- Paper:

- bring one pad of ARCHES oil paper 9x12 for painting exercise

- Tape with painters tape with one inch border around and then in half.  (trick: lay tape on your jeans to remove some the stickiness so when you pull it up it won’t pull paper) (BEFORE FIRST DAY) link for paper

(image of taped paper below and more supply info below it)



- Tape - bring one roll of blue painters tape

- bring Stencils, in a variety of your favorite shapes, these are great:

bring Various mark making tools: fruit bags, placemats, string, rubber bands; Anything that you think might make interesting texture—nothing fancy or expensive, they will get paint on them.

- bring Cardboard (pizza boxes) for transporting wet work home



Lisa Pressman, American abstract painter, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1958. She earned her BA in Art from Douglass College, Rutgers University and her MFA from Bard College.


Lisa’s paintings have been featured since 1981 in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the USA and internationally including The Hunderton Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR, Susan Eley Fine Arts, NY, NY, Causey Contemporary, NY, NY, The Curator Gallery, NY, NY, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, and OTA Contemporary, Sante Fe, NM.


Lisa is a core instructor for R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, NY and a workshop instructor for Gamblin Artists Colors. She is an annual presenter and instructor at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA and teaches workshops in both encaustic and oil and cold wax mediums throughout the U.S.


Lisa currently lives and works in West Orange, New Jersey.


“My work embodies a visual synthesis of stored memory. Personal recollections, both vivid and vague, build and decompose over time. Each painting, with its complex layered surface, elicits a visceral response, reshaping its own new history. “ LP


Lisa Pressman on teaching: 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. We have high-energy sessions that feature experimentation with a multitude of materials. I schedule fast-paced demos and exercises along with plenty of painting time, personal attention and group discussions. We look at slide shows I have created that address art history and the development of artwork over time. I also reference works of contemporary artists I have discovered from my connections in New York City, as well as all the art events, openings and museum shows I have had the privilege to visit annually.

My specialty is focusing on each individual’s needs, visual editing and critique.  I provide personal, one-on-one teaching time to my students so we can discuss their specific questions and what is happening in their work.

Each class is a different experience! It’s thrilling for me to be able to contribute to the art community in this personal way!


You can join Lisa's mailing list for news here:


Cost and payment:

The cost of the workshop is $875.00

A $100.00 non-refundable non-transferable deposit holds your space.

Please register asap as these spaces fill up quickly!

Balance due: September 25th, 2020: $775.00


Payment Options (after availability is confirmed:)

* via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your payment to or please request a paypal invoice from me.

* By check to The Encaustic Center, 580 W Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, TX, 75080

* By credit card; call Bonny at 214-405-5993

* By cash at The Bonny Studio or The Encaustic Center, please call or email Bonny to schedule a time: or 214-405-5993


Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after the September 25th, 2020 balance of $775 is paid; $765.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend.


Please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!




Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions



The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080























580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080