Advanced Painting Lab & Seminar

Felicita Norris
12 Sessions »Saturdays, September 16–December 9

no session November 25 due to Thanksgiving holiday
10 am–1 pm | Fort Mason Pier 2, Studio 218, Suite 26 | $530

Prerequisite: Students should have completed at least one intermediate-level painting course.

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In this advanced painting course, students will expand on or develop a new body of work while familiarizing themselves with the practical, historical and conceptual implications of contemporary art. Using a series of prompts as a guide, students will begin to define their authentic voice, pushing beyond comfort zones and experimenting with new concepts in painting. Class time will be primarily devoted to working on individual projects, and as large-scale painting is highly recommended, students should be prepared to work outside of class time. Even though students are expected to have some prior experience drawing and painting, demonstrations and discussions about materials and techniques will be given as needed. Regular class critiques will encourage students to examine how formal and conceptual approaches can shape each student’s artistic goals. Short weekly discussions, readings and visits to selected museums or galleries will supplement critiques.

NOTE: We are excited to have this class meet at SFAI's new graduate center, Pier 2 at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (Herbst Pavillion, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123). Close to the course start date, you will receive detailed directions of how to get to your classroom space. If you have any questions, please call: 415-749-4554 or email: You can read more about our new graduate center online here: 

Registration for this course is now Closed.

Felicita Norris received her BFA in Painting from SFAI and her MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University. Inspired by psychology, dreams, fantasy, pop culture, and personal experience, Norris has been drawing and painting for more than 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, the United Kingdom; Los Angeles; and San Francisco. She currently lives and works in San Jose.

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