Focusing your Visual Voice with Encaustic

Class Level: Intermediate-Advanced.

This class, led by Lisa Pressman, is developed to help you find a voice in your encaustic work. The qualities that make encaustic an alluring and unique material also create technical and compositional challenges for painters. Lisa helps participants develop a greater understanding of how to refine and finish encaustic paintings. Hands on exercises help students understand how to layer for optimal color saturation and luminosity. Participants will learn controlled mark making and surface development using R&F Pigment Sticks for glazing and transfer. Students are encouraged to use alternatives to brushes for their mark-making. Lisa emphasizes the importance of compositional elements such as point, line, weight, and space. You are encouraged to identify personal symbols and markings to develop into a deeper visual dialogue. Conversations around contemporary art, career support, and establishing visual narratives in your work will be themes throughout the class. 


In addition to demonstrations and work time, there will be slide presentations that look at artistic influences and inspirational directions relevant to individual participants in the class. Lisa fosters collective growth and dialogue in her workshops making this a perfect setting for students looking for engaged feedback and problem-solving. 

Techniques Covered:

  • Creating a smooth shiny surface.
  • How colors influence each other.
  • Mark making with Pigment Sticks, Pastels, and Pencils.
  • Review of health and safety.
  • Reviewing compositional elements: line, point space, weight
  • Torch Fusing.
  • Understanding Opacity and translucency in layering.
  • Working in a series.

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Instructor: Lisa Pressman
Price: $550.00