Wednesday, September 6, 2017


I will be teaching two exciting classes  this Fall at UC Berkeley Extension: Approaches to Abstract Painting and Working in a Series. These courses are designed to facilitate your art-making vision and goals. Feel free to share if you know anyone who may be interested in furthering their art skills.
Curiosity Installation at Eleanor Harwood Gallery, 2017







"My classes are designed to take your painting to  the next level by asking you to consider what it means to be an artist. Organized like a laboratory, they encourage an exploration of art practices and art making specific to artistic maturation. You will explore a variety of approaches to painting, hone your technical painting skills, and look closer at contemporary painting practices. You will increase your familiarity with art history and concepts of contemporary art specific to painting through in-class lectures, local museum and gallery visits and image presentations.   My goal is to aid you to make art a valuable part of your life that leads to personal expression as well as a foundation to build upon in your future artistic/academic pursuits." Francesca Pastine


Course Description

Understand the many options possible for making an abstract painting. Explore a variety of approaches, such as improvisational abstraction, geometric abstraction, process-based painting and abstraction based on mark making. The instructor offers demonstrations of painting techniques and image-illustrated lectures on the history of abstract painting and its current trends. Group discussions and critiques help familiarize you with the vocabulary and concepts involved in analyzing and evaluating abstraction.

Thursday 6:30PM to 9:30PM 
Sep 21, 2017 to Dec 14, 2017
San Francisco Campus
Classroom 705

Schedule and Location

Applies Toward the Following Certificate(s) and Program(s) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Art
Electives (Painting)
Specialized Program in Painting


Course Description

The process of working in series is an effective vehicle to unlock creative potential, capitalize on unexpected discoveries and uncover new forms of self-expression. You will be introduced to contemporary artists who work in series and to the ideas behind this approach. Through course assignments you expand your innovative thinking and delve into your own serial explorations.  ALL 2D MEDIA WELCOME: Acrylic paint, watercolor, oil paint, drawing, and mixed media.
6:30PM to 9:30PM
Sep 26, 2017 to Dec 12, 2017
San Francisco Campus
Classroom 705

Applies Toward the Following Certificate(s) and Program(s)
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts :
Electives (Drawing)

Monday, June 26, 2017

CUT UP | CUT OUT Opens at the Bellevue Arts Museum

510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Preview Party: Cut Up/Cut Out

  • Thursday, June 29, 2017:
  • 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • June 29 thru October 22
Join us for an exclusive preview of the transformational exhibition Cut Up/Cut Out

Cut Up/ Cut Out features national and international artists who explore the captivating methods of decorative piercing and cutting.

Francesca Pastine, ArtForum 50, Hindsight, 2015
ARTFORUM magazine, Plexiglas, screws

Cut Up/Cut Out

2017-2020 National Tour

Cut Up/Cut Out features approximately 100, 2-D and 3-D works by a dynamic roster of national and international artists who explore the practice of “cutting” in various ways – from cut paper to plastic to metal.
The art of cutting paper dates back thousands of years, with early artworks coming from 6th Century China. The artists of Cut Up/Cut Out explore the many methods of decorative piercing and cutting, but extend their media to include paper, cloth, metal, wood, rubber and much more. The transformative nature of cutting into and through a surface provides endless possibilities for converting the material from opaque to transparent, from flat to sculptural, from rigid to delicate, and from ordinary to exquisite. The artist might retain the plane of the surface and incise it to create lace-like imagery, or use thousands of intricately cut pieces to build a sculptural object or atmosphere. The process and precision required for this method of art-making is laborious, technically demanding, and always astonishing.

artists include:

James Allen, Ana Bidart, Lucrezia Bieler, Tord Boontje, Nathalie Boutté, Claire Brewster, Robert Brinker, Rogan Brown, Sarah Burgess, Michael Buscemi, Charles Clary, Adriane Colburn, Wim Delvoye, Lorenzo Durán, Mounir Fatmi, Hillary Waters Fayle, Adam Feibelman, Carmen Lomas Garza, Margaret Griffith, Mayumi Hamanaka, Adriene Heloise, Meg Hitchcock, Justine Khamara, Kyong Ae Kim, Will Kurtz, Lauren Kussro, Cal Lane, Bovey Lee, Simone Lourenço, Karen Margolis, Chris Natrop, Amy Oates, Francesca Pastine, Irène Pijoan, Nikki Rosato, Donna Ruff, Rob Ryan, Lyndi Sales,  Gabriel Schama, Brian Singer, Andy Singleton, Xin Song, Jen Stark, Janna Syvänoja, Yuken Teruya, Kako Ueda, Annie Vought, Mark Wagner, Maude White, Barbara Wildenboer, Ty Zemelsky

exhibition schedule

Bellevue Arts Museum, WA
June 30 - October 22, 2017
Huntsville Museum of Art, AL
November 19 - February 11, 2018
Pensacola Museum of Art, FL
March 2 - June 17, 2018
Ellen Noel Art Museum, TX
July 19 - October 14, 2018
Foosaner Art Museum at the Florida Institute of Technology, FL
November 10 - February 3, 2019
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, WI
March 2 - May 26, 2019
Amarillo Museum of Art
July 6 - September 15, 2019
Art Museum of West Virginia University, WV
October 12 - September 8, 2019
image: Margaret Griffith, Coringa, 2012, hand cut paper, 114 x 48 x 46 inches

Friday, February 3, 2017

CURIOSITY: Visual Art Source Review

I'm very excited to share with you critic DeWitt Cheng's thoughtful review in Visual Art Source in response to my exhibition Curiosity at Eleanor Harwood Gallery.

Monday, January 30, 2017

CURIOSITY | New Work by Francesca Pastine at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

Mel Prest, a Bay Area artist/curator made an impromptu video of me talking about two works: The Astronaut and Solaris after Tarkovsky, which are in my show, Curiosity, at Eleanor Harwood Gallery.
Please excuse the alarm that goes off at the beginning of the video.

Friday, January 6, 2017

CURIOSITY at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

C U R I O S I T Y 

Opens January 7 from 6 to 8pm

Eleanor Harwood Gallery
1275 Minnesota Street, Suite 206
San Francisco, CA 94107

Tuesday 1-5:00pm
Wednesday – Saturday 11am-5:00pm
& by appointment
*First Saturday of every month, open until 8pm