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12 sessions >> Thursdays, February 2-April 27
No session March 23 due to spring break
6:30-9:30 pm | Studio 14 | $530
Prerequisite: Previous drawing and/or painting experience recommended.
Take portraiture beyond realism in this experimental watercolor painting course. Students will be encouraged to use faces of the familiar to create several psychologically dramatic and conceptually challenging portraits throughout the semester. Using mainly watercolor and working from both life and photography, students will better understand the challenge of changing and static environments, while learning the fundamentals of color theory and relevant anatomy. Throughout this course, individual experimentation with the media will be encouraged, utilizing the distortive properties of watercolor to create imagery that goes a step beyond “likeness.” Slide lectures and readings will provide contemporary and historical context for the medium and will enhance studio work time. Some drawing experience is recommended.
Felicita Norris received her BFA in Painting from SFAI and her MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University. Inspired by narrative psychology, dreams, fantasy, pop culture, and personal experience, Norris has been drawing and painting for over 20 years. She was recently long-listed for the Aesthetica Magazine Art Prize and featured in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology, Future Now. She has exhibited her work at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, Leeds College of Art, United Kingdom, Los Angeles, Seattle, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Image courtesy of Felicita Norris
PLEASE NOTE: Public Education courses are held contingent on a minimum enrollment, which is determined up to 24 hours in advance of the class start date. Public Education Staff will contact you ONLY if there is a course cancellation or change.
What is the refund policy?
You can view the SFAI Public Education refund policy on the SFAI website here.
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.
I have a question that isn't on this list. Who can I contact?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org