• Christina Quarles: Small Offerings, 2017; acrylic on canvas; BAMPFA collection, purchase made possible through a gift of an anonymous donor. Photo: Jonathan Bloom.

Gallery + Studio: Get Personal: Watercolor Self-Portraits

For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • Workshop led by

    Originally from Los Angeles, Claire Astrow is a San Francisco–based artist with a BA in art practice from UC Berkeley. A former BAMPFA Art Lab facilitator, she is currently editorial and marketing manager at Illustoria Magazine. She was awarded the Blau-Gold Fellowship at Root Division in 2017–18 and held a screen printing fellowship at Kala Art Institute in 2020–21. Astrow has shown her work at Soft Times, Mini Mart, Root Division, and Oakland Artworks.

Christina Quarles’s painting Small Offerings is on view in What Has Been and What Could Be: The BAMPFA Collection. It looks abstract and drippy and is filled with mysterious objects that suggest a story about the figure in the painting. After a short tour in which we view this painting and other works in the exhibition that combine figures with objects, use Quarles’s distinctive style and technique as inspiration for making an abstract self-portrait in watercolors, including personally significant objects that tell a story about you.

Event Accessibility

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