ITERATIVE PROCESSES IN ABSTRACT DRAWING AND PAINTING
6 Sessions >> Saturdays, October 1–November 5
10am–3pm, Studio 117, $440
This course utilizes repetitive, conceptual and binary thinking to develop abstract drawings and paintings. Through a series of assignments, experiments, patterns and processes, participants will learn new approaches to seeing and making visual works. Each morning a new theme is introduced and demonstrated. Lunchtime (bring your own) is taken together watching videos, meeting a guest artist and discussing ideas. The afternoon is spent working on personal projects/ paintings based on the morning’s explorations. Formal painting and drawing techniques are also demonstrated.
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: COLOR CHANT at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary (2015), Oakland; MoonBrightChime at Galleri Urbane (2014), Dallas; ZeppelinMetroMashup at B Sakata Garo (2013), Sacramento. Her works have been included in group shows at: The Drawing 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.
Image Credit: Courtesy of Mel Prest
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@example.com
What is the refund policy?
You can view the SFAI Public Education refund policy on the SFAI website here.