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  • Lisa Pressman - France 2018 - Artmaking: Travel as the Source

    September 11 - 18, 2018

    Medium:  Drawing & Painting –  R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, and pastels, mark-making tools 
    Levels:  Intermediate to Advanced 
    Workshop, Lodging, Meals:  $3,000 
    Materials Fee:  $50 

    Join Lisa Pressman and Norma Hendrix in the stunning landscape and textures of Southern France. Our Destination is the Village of Durfort, also known as the Village of Copper. Our lodging, meals and studio space will be in one lovely location, La Cascade. And our exploration of the region will be our inspiration and resource for a week of creative exploration.

    Lisa Pressman has envisioned this workshop to be a focus on ways to use traveling as a source of sensory information that will get translated into visual data. Cameras or I-phones, sketchbooks and assignments focusing on specific art fundamentals will shape our France experience. On our outings we will photograph and draw while being mindful of all our senses.

    In the studio, using our outings as inspiration, we will be experimenting with a 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. Individual attention is given to each student so participants will get the feedback needed to bring back to their studio. Power points, discussions of contemporary art, professional and career support are all offered.

    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. Her work focuses on a visual synthesis of stored and personal memory.

    Lisa’s paintings have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the USA and internationally including The Hunderton Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, The Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR, Susan Eley Fine Arts, NY, NY, Causey Contemporary, NY, NY, The Curator Gallery, NY, NY, Thomas Deans Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Telluride Gallery of Art,Telluride, Colorado, and the Jen Tough Gallery, Vallejo, CA.

    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. Lisa teaches workshops in both encaustic and oil and cold wax mediums throughout the U.S; including Penland School of Arts and Crafts, Pratt Institute, Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Art Institute of New York and Cullowhee Mountain Arts.

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    • Enrollment is made with a $500 deposit, a payment of $1275 by January 31, and the final payment of $1275 by May 31.
    • Spaces are limited to 10 students. In order to reserve your spot, it is advisable to enroll as soon as possible.
    • Balance Due - March 30, 2018.

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      if you withdraw before March 30, 2018. You may use this credit for any other CMA program or workshop within the calendar year. 
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    Workshop, Lodging and Meals: $3,000
    Materials Fee: $50


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