Full course description
Wednesdays, 9/8-9/29/2021, 6:30-8:30pm, plus 30 minute asynchonous time
optional 1 hour Engagement Lab 8:30-9:30
Instructor: Mel Prest
Color is a tricky muse, a temporal quality that can excite and elude the eye. This workshop, designed specifically for painters, will approach color through a variety of applications and exercises. Students will learn how to stretch their current painting palette beyond comfortable favorites, how to create mood and intensity within their paintings. Utilizing acrylic paint and texts from Josef Albers to Dr. Margaret Livingstone, students will create projects that explore aspects of color, including hue, value, intensity, tints, and shades. Each day is a work day, and the course will include asynchronous slide viewing, optional homework and Engagement Lab hours. This workshop is for any painter looking to refresh and expand their painting palette.
Image credit: Color studies by Emil Wilson
Mel Prest is a non-objective painter whose work is focused on color and perceptual visual relationships and has exhibited internationally. Recent solo shows include: lux at Galleri Urbane (2018), Lilac Aura at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary (2017); In Praise of Planetary Time at B Sakata Garo (2016) in Sacramento, COLOR CHANT at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary (2015), Oakland; MoonBrightChime at Galleri Urbane (2014), Dallas. Her works have been included in group shows at: Saturation Point ACME studios, London, UK; 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, Bullseye Glass, among others.
Prest received her BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Mills College in Oakland. Prest has taught at Mills College, San Francisco State University and adult education courses at: San Francisco City College, San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts and Root Division. She is currently an advisory board member of Root Division, a non-profit arts organization in San Francisco and served as a board member from 2012-2014. She is an artist advisory board member of Trestle Gallery in Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Prest served on the advisory board of The Art Monastery Project, Calvi della Umbria and Labro, Italy from 2007-2010.
As an independent curator, Prest has organized shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Bay Area, New York, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich and Zagreb. She is also a founding member of Transmitter, a collaborative curatorial gallery initiative in Bushwick area of Brooklyn, New York.