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TRAVEL AS INSPIRATION: An Exploration of the Senses – with Lisa Pressman and Susan Stover

April 22, 2022 - May 2, 2022


Lisa Pressman and Sue Stover lead a workshop to explore travel as a source of sensory stimulation, and how to use that information to infuse your work with fresh perspective.

Students will work with textures, tones, colors, and the clarity of light from a variety of breathtaking locations chosen to inspire—a chance for artists to immerse themselves in the beauty and sensations of Umbria, Italy.

Cameras, sketchbooks, and assignments focusing on specific art fundamentals will shape your Italian experience, help you to discover new ways of seeing, and build a visual library influenced by the Umbrian landscape and villages.

With outings as inspiration, students will experiment in the studio using a range of materials including R&F pigment sticks, oil paint, cold wax, graphite, ink, water-based paints, fabrics, collage materials, and pastels. A variety of techniques, tools, and exercises will be used to explore personal imagery—abstract as well as representational.

Instruction will include demos, drawing exercises, and PowerPoint presentations with discussions on composition, color, and finding your unique voice. Sue and Lisa will give individual attention to each student, helping them to observe and experience the landscape, color, and light, and to take these inspirations back to their home studios.

Lisa and Sue combine their diverse backgrounds into a holistic approach to art making. Lisa is known for her painting and color expertise and Sue for her knowledge of textiles and sculpture. The two have partnered in teaching several classes together and revel in guiding their students toward an examination of process and motivation. 

About Lisa

Lisa Pressman’s career as an artist has been marked by exploration of the expressive potential of a variety of mediums, among them oil, encaustic, cold wax, and mixed-media collage. Her work is abstract, conceptually based, and process-driven, featuring marks, forms, colors, and patterns that are evocative rather than descriptive.

A highly respected arts educator, Lisa maintains a vigorous teaching program. She’s been on the faculty at the former Art Institute of NY, a visiting professor at Pratt Institute and other universities, and has taught workshops in France, Mexico, Italy, and the U.S. Especially renowned for her teaching of encaustic and cold wax processes, Lisa is an annual presenter at the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA. She also is an instructor for R&F Handmade Paints and Gamblin Artists Colors. As a mentor, her focus is on the facilitation of each student’s voice—the awareness of the source in what they are doing and why, and the medium and visual language with which they can most effectively express their artistic vision.

“All of my teaching concentrates on content, creativity, art-making, and technique, with an emphasis on helping students 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 in 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.”

About Sue

Susan Stover is a San Francisco Bay Area artist who creates paintings and sculptures that explore themes of cultural identity and mythology. With the study of ethnic patterns and of utilitarian and sacred objects in non-western cultures, her work embraces ritual, tradition, and meditation through repetitive labor.

Susan received a MFA from California College of Art in Oakland, California and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her paintings are in many private collections and in 2016 was commissioned for several pieces for the American Ag Credit headquarters in Windsor, CA. Her work was featured on the cover and in the lead article of the Surface Design Journal Winter 2016 issue and has been included in The Art of Expressive Collage by Crystal Neubauer, Studio Visit, and Gathering Clouds – A Magazine of Contemporary Art. She teaches workshops in her northern California studio, other locations in the U.S., and internationally.

 “My paintings and sculptures often recall an ethnic sensibility and geometric organization. I am interested in the objects made by non-Western cultures and how they are tied to identity, status, religious beliefs, and mythologies. Adapting processes that are traditionally used in the production of textiles, I use materials and techniques that refer to a collective history with the completed painting and forms revealing themselves in the making. Pattern and repetition are an integral part of the work as I dye fabric, melt wax, embed fibers, and construct surfaces. I am intrigued with how repetitive labor, such as stamping, stitching and constructing, can be transformational and meditative. I choose these methods because it connects me to people in other cultures who work in the same way. Because of these interests, I continually explore my own ties to history, culture, and the arena of contemporary painting and sculpture.”




April 22, 2022
May 2, 2022
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La Romita School of Art
Terni, Italy


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