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
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.
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.
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.
Fragaria x ananassa
Watercolor, © 2014
Anthurium x andreanum
Watercolor, © 2012
Tulipa x hybrida 'Monet'
Peony, Bi-Colour Salmon
Watercolor, © 2016
Lilium henyri x speciosum 'Black Beauty'
Watercolor, © 2016
Watercolor, © 2016
Materials List for
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.
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.