AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BRUSHSTROKES
3 sessions >> Saturdays, July 8-July 22
10 am-4pm | Studio 117 | $275
No prerequisite. This course welcomes all levels.
If painting is the story, brushstrokes are the language. In this course, we focus on the language of painting through mark making. Using acrylic paint and a variety of tools and techniques we will make an encyclopedia of brushstrokes that each person will take home. In-class exercises and experiments are combined with modern and contemporary painting viewing. Students will copy a contemporary painter’s work or create a new translation or mash-up between artists’ styles. Casual critiques, collaboration and a sense of investigation will invigorate the discussion.
Mel Prest is an artist, curator and educator living and working in San Francisco and occasionally New York. She received her BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Mills College in Oakland. Prest is adjunct faculty at San Francisco State University and teaches adult education courses at: San Francisco City College, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC). She is a past board member (2012-2014) and current advisory board member of Root Division, a non-profit arts organization in San Francisco where she also teaches professional development courses for artists.
Prest is a non-objective painter whose work is focused on color and perceptual visual relationships who has shown internationally. Recent solo shows include: Lilac Aura at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary (2017), Oakland; In Praise of Planetary Time at B.Sakata Garo (2016), Sacramento; COLOR CHANT at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary (2015; MoonBrightChime at Galleri Urbane (2014), Dallas; ZeppelinMetroMashup at B Sakata Garo (2013). Her works have been included in group shows at: The Drawing Center, New York, NY; The Painting Center, New York, NY; The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Durham, NC; Zeitgeist gallery, Nashville, TN; IS Projects, Leiden, The Netherlands; Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Prest has been awarded funded artist residencies at: Ragdale, The Sam and Adele Golden Artist Foundation, Willapa Bay AiR, The Wassaic Project and Vermont Studio Center, among others.
As an independent curator, Prest has organized shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich. She is also a founding member of Transmitter, a collaborative curatorial gallery initiative in Bushwick area of Brooklyn, New York.
PLEASE NOTE: Public Education courses are held contingent on a minimum enrollment, which is determined two business days prior to a class start date. Public Education Staff will contact you ONLY if there is a course cancellation or change.
What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?All classes meet at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.
SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9 pm, so evening Public Education students do not need to move their car, unless you arrive prior to 7 pm.SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?SFAI Public Education Staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the Public Education program, or our courses. We are in the office Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call us at: 415.749.4554 or e-mail: [email protected]
What is the refund policy?You can view the SFAI Public Education refund policy on the SFAI website here.