Masterclass with John Pastoriza-Piñol

November 8, 9 and 10, 2016
9:30 am – 4:00pm each day
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Cost, BAGSC Members: $300
Non-Members: $330

Maximum Registration: 16 students

To register: $50 non-refundable deposit (or full amount), check made out to BAGSC, with John Pastoriza-Piñol on the subject line. Contact the BAGSC Education Chair for address.

Remaining balance due by Monday, October 25, 2016, check made out to BAGSC, with John Pastoriza-Piñol on the subject line. Contact the BAGSC Education Chair for address.

Bring your lunch, or purchase lunch at any of the open Huntington Cafes, at The Huntington.

Questions about the Workshop? Contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

Workshop Description

Students will learn the intricacies of achieving fine detail with watercolour masking fluid and NEEF ¼ Comb, invaluable tools for contemporary botanical artists. As a result, your paintings will be brought to a new level of realism and detail. Students should have skills in drawing and watercolor. Over three days, John will assist you with painting the chosen class subject. John will show how masking fluid can be used to achieve very fine detail and will instruct students how to use the NEEF ¼ Comb.

Learning Objectives

Students who enroll in this workshop would have completed some level of introduction to Botanical Art and be at an intermediate to advanced level. The structure of the class involves a 3-day painting project and the demonstrator assists each student with composition, painting techniques, colour theory which will be offered in class and assigned for homework.


This is a BAGSC-sponsored workshop; there is no information about this workshop on The Huntington's website. If you have questions, or need additional information, please contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

The workshop will be held at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, in the Botanical Education Center. The Huntington is located at: 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108.

The room location is in the downstairs lab, next to the atrium. Please note that this is a working lab. No food or drink is allowed in this room at any time. There are tables outside the lab to leave your drinks and lunches. Eating is not allowed on The Huntington's grounds, except in designated areas.

Parking and Entrance:

Parking is free at The Huntington. You do not need to go through the front gate to attend the workshop. Park in the smaller parking lot to the right as you face the main entrance and walk directly to the small building to the right, the Botanical Education Center, in front of the Children's Garden. A map of The Huntington's grounds can be downloaded from their website.

Directions from surface streets, freeways and public transportation are also available on their website, in addition to accessibility, hours and dining information.

  • John Pastoriza-Piñol

    John Pastoriza-Piñol

    Fragaria x ananassa
    Watercolor, © 2014

  • John Pastoriza-Piñol

    John Pastoriza-Piñol

    Anthurium x andreanum
    The Glove
    Watercolor, © 2012

  • John Pastoriza-Piñol

    John Pastoriza-Piñol

    Tulipa x hybrida 'Monet'
    Peony, Bi-Colour Salmon
    Watercolor, © 2016

  • John Pastoriza-Piñol

    John Pastoriza-Piñol

    Lilium henyri x speciosum 'Black Beauty'
    Generation Zero
    Watercolor, © 2016

  • John Pastoriza-Piñol

    John Pastoriza-Piñol

    Paeonia lactifolia
    Red Charm
    Watercolor, © 2016

Materials List for
John Pastoriza-Piñol

Download a PDF of the Materials List

Addendum to the Materials List PDF: John's preferred masking fluid is Winsor Newton. John will be bringing kits with him that contain the nibs and seven (7) brushes. They will be available for $60 each. To order instructor-provided supplies, please contact BAGSC's Education Chair.

John Pastoriza-Piñol

About the Instructor

Rich luminous hues and gorgeously exotic and rare botanical specimens epitomize John’s work, however his are much more than mere flower paintings: closer inspection reveals a certain ambiguity of form and intent directing us towards a complex narrative.

A master of his medium, his perfectly executed watercolours remain true to the accuracy that is vital to botanical illustration yet they have a fluidity and sensuality that stirs the viewer to experience more than a mere marveling of technique.

The artist suggestively urges us to look beyond the aesthetic and move into slightly more uneasy territory as his work inhabits a territory somewhere between scientific analysis and symbolic realism, prompting a reading that goes beyond the purely representational and literal. The artist intends for literal and subversive elements to coexist uneasily on the same plane, while the aesthetics will remain true to the fundamental principle of objective observation of the natural world.