This workshop will focus on using wax and other media to create layered, expressive, richly surfaced paintings. We will be experimenting with a wide range of materials including: R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels. There is a freedom of gesture, movement and process that occurs when painting with these materials. A variety of techniques, tools and exercises are used to explore personal imagery – abstract as well as representational – and 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. Students will work in a series, while revisiting the painting process. Working on multiple panels helps to free the creative spirit so that a personal language and vision can develop into a new body of work. Informal group discussion and individual support will be offered along with basic art fundamentals. This class is for beginners and professionals alike. Lisa Pressman Lisa Pressman creates paintings that draw upon an exploration of the unknown. The work invites a deep, visceral response that evolves over time; the paintings have a life of their own. Lisa has a BA in Art from Douglass College, Rutgers University and an MFA from Bard College. Her work is exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, and is included in many public and private collections. Her paintings were featured in a solo exhibition at The Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA in the fall of 2013; and also in group shows, including: Noctures, curated by Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D. Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ; and Shape Shifting, Susan Eley Fine Art, and ”Infused” at Butters Gallery, Portland Oregon. Lisa lives in West Orange, NJ and currently is teaching around the country including the Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ; Penland School of Art, Penland, NC; and Arrowmont School.