Let's FOCUS on your work. We want to take you where you are and discuss your work in a nurturing environment where artists can learn from one another, exchange ideas, and inspire each other's artistic journeys. Feedback plays a crucial role in the growth and development of an artist. It helps them gain valuable insights, improve their skills, and broaden their perspectives.

This seminar is offered with six 2 hour meetings for artists to engage in a critical examination of their work and in discussions on professional topics. This is for artists who have accomplished a certain level of mastery over their mediums and want to push their work forward and to develop a cohesive body of work.
This session will focus on work created by participants and also on the practices of contemporary and historical artists in various mediums. By studying the work of other artists we can gain insight into the ways in which art can communicate, provoke thought, and evoke emotion.

Each week we'll explore a different topic with presentations and discussion.

Drawing, for example, is a fundamental form of artistic expression that has evolved over the years to encompass a broad spectrum of styles and approaches. We will explore how artists today are pushing the boundaries of traditional drawing techniques, experimenting with new materials, and challenging conventional notions of representation. From the intricate pen drawings of Olafur Eliasson to the dynamic charcoal sketches of Kara Walker, there is a vast array of inspiration to draw from in the world of contemporary drawing.

Abstraction is another key aspect that we will delve into during this course. Artists like Mark Rothko and Agnes Martin have pioneered new ways of thinking about form, color, and space through their abstract works. By examining their practices and the impact they have had on the art world, we can gain a deeper understanding of the power and possibilities of abstraction. Whether through bold geometric shapes or gestural brushstrokes, abstraction offers a limitless space for experimentation and innovation, and we will explore how artists today are continuing to push the boundaries of this genre.

Furthermore, we will explore the realms of realism, mixed media, sculpture, and installation art, each presenting unique opportunities for creative exploration and expression. From hyper-realistic oil paintings to assemblages of found objects, from monumental sculptures in public spaces to immersive installations that engage all the senses, the world of contemporary art is rich and diverse. Through this exploration, we hope to inspire and challenge participants to think critically and creatively about their own studio practice.

Previous participants work

Ellen Hutchinson (detail)

Ingrid Amols

Jorge Pena (detail)

Join us in this seminar to expand new ways of seeing.

Please review our refund policy below:

  • Enrollees are eligible for a full refund within 14 days of the date of purchase.
  • Refund requests made after the initial 14 days will incur processing fees.
  • Cancellations made within 2 weeks before the course start date are subject to a 50% refund. 
  • No refunds will be given once a class has started.
  • Instead of a refund, you may opt to use your purchase as credits for a future class.

To request a refund, please contact us at [email protected] within the specified time frames. Include your [Course Name], and the reason for the refund request in your email.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our refund policy, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

We appreciate your understanding and commitment to Focus: Studio and Professional Practices - Winter 2024. Happy learning!

About Lisa & Sue

Instructors Sue Stover and Lisa Pressman have been teaching together online and in-person courses since 2020. The focus of their courses is to direct artists toward a more contemplative practice, exploring techniques, materials and concepts along with a strong foundation in art fundamentals. Destination workshops inspire the artist within unique cultural frameworks and capitalize on the extended time together. Our approach to teaching is flexible and welcoming, and we strive to meet participants wherever they are on their journey as artists.

Lisa Pressman

Lisa Pressman’s artistic career is marked by exploration: testing the boundaries of the expressive potential latent in a variety of mediums, among them oil, encaustic, cold wax, and mixed-media collage. Her work is abstract, conceptually based, and process-driven. Lisa’s artworks feature marks, forms, colors and patterns that are evocative rather than overt.

Lisa received her BA, Fine Art from Douglass College in 1979 from Rutgers University, with an emphasis in ceramics and sculpture. As a graduate student she changed her emphasis from sculpture to painting, receiving her MFA in Painting from Bard College in 1981. Since then she has exhibited regionally and nationally in solo and group exhibitions at spaces such as the Watchung Arts Center (Watchung, NJ,) The Holter Museum of Art (Helena, MT,) and Jack Meier Gallery (Houston, TX,) and her work is held in numerous private and public collections. Her work is represented by Susan Eley Fine Arts (New York, NY,) Addington Gallery (Chicago, IL) and Slate Gallery (Telluride, Colorado.) Recently, the artist has had two solo shows in New York City; at Susan Eley Fine Art in LES and at The Painting Center in Chelsea.

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Susan Stover

Susan Stover is a San Francisco Bay Area artist who creates paintings and sculptures that explore themes of cultural identity and mythology. Having studied many aesthetic traditions from around the world, she embraces ritual, tradition, and meditation inherent in repetitive processes.

Susan received a MFA from California College of Art in Oakland, California and a BFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with both degrees concentrating in textiles ad painting. Her work is in many private and corporate collections. She is represented by Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY and Seager/Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, CA. Susan teaches workshops online from her northern California studio, in person at other locations in the U.S., and internationally.

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Q: Who is this course for?

A: For artists who have accomplished a certain level of mastery over their mediums and want to push their work forward, develop a cohesive body of work, and hone their presentation materials.

Q: Is there a specific medium we need to be working with?

A: No.

Q: How long do I have access to the course curriculum?

A: 90 days after the last class.

Q: What time is the class?

A: 12 - 2pm Central / 1pm - 3pm Eastern / 10am - 12pm Pacific

Q: How do I log in to the class?

A: go to to www.c2c-art.com, click the log-in button on the upper right corner of the page.

Q: I have more questions. How do I reach you?

A: Email me at [email protected]