Watercolor paintings, works on paper, and other water media have a strong presence in contemporary art practice. The spontaneity and luminosity of water-based media on paper is unsurpassed. We will engage in a laboratory of contemporary practice, with both traditional and untraditional watercolor techniques, engaging with watercolor paint, gouache, alternative papers, pens, and ink. You will begin to set up experiments with material and processes that
will lead you to your own unique visual language. Methods of critical analysis, color literacy, contemporary painting issues, and basic painting methods and skills will will also be covered. Both experienced painters and beginners are welcome.
Francesca Pastine was born in New York City and received her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has had exhibitions throughout the Bay Area and many major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Milwaukee, and Sofia. Pastine is represented by Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco and Pentimenti Gallery. in Philadelphia. She will participate in an exhibit, Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art, at Halsey Contemporary Art Centre at the University of North Carolina in 2013. Pastine is the recipient of Pollock-Krasner Grant and a Kala Art Institute Fellowship. She has taught art at the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, the City College of San Francisco, and Dominican University.