Thursday, January 19, 2017

Resident Artist Spotlight: Master Copying with Jessica Artman

Jessica's copy of The Boatman of Barcelona by Verdaguer
While copying my first painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Boatman of Barcelona by Dionisio Baixeras y Verdaguer, 1886), a museum visitor asked me why I decided to copy that particular painting instead of its more famous neighbor, Young Woman Gazing at Her Child by William Bouguereau. Even though I do find Bouguereau’s paintings to be exquisite, at the time I was interested in learning more about the figure in the environment with an atmospheric landscape. I was inspired by Verdaguer’s brightly backlit figures and I wanted to study his technique for achieving that effect. I discovered he achieved this from glazing – which is one of the last stages in painting.

Since then I have been developing my portraiture and have copied Bouguereau’s Portrait of Gabrielle Cot, Dennis Miller Bunker’s portrait of Walter Griffin, both from high res images and most recently Thomas Eakins’ The Writing Master directly from the original at The MET.

Jessica working at the MET copying Eakins' The Writing Master
Since my first visit to The MET, The Writing Master (1882) became a personal landmark for every visit. I appreciated the concept of it being a portrait in action, the subject is doing his craft as opposed to looking at the viewer. When I learned it was also a portrait of his father, I was further inspired to study the composition. I’m planning to paint my own father, an engineer, concentrated over his work. Eakins' composition is simple and strong, a stable equilateral triangle, re-enforced by a clear value pattern to highlight the subject of the painting, his father and his dedication as a master calligrapher. To have had the opportunity to immerse in the study and copying of this painting was immensely humbling and eye opening. 

1st Day of Grisaille
Eakins employed many techniques to achieve specific results. For example, the background in The Writing Master is painted dark and thin opposed to his father’s coat which is dark and thick. Despite being similar in value, the different treatment in paint gives a warm atmospheric quality to the environment. Comparatively, the portrait and hands are the lightest values and were painted alla prima. He compresses his values with such subtlety that their changes in temperature give the sense of form and of flesh exuding life.

Jessica's final painting

Copying Master Works has become a staple in my practice. I look to them for inspiration in design and color when developing new works. For myself, the exercise began as a way to study color, but it quickly expanded my development of composition, technique, subject matter, and even history. 

Starting this February, I’m teaching a Master Copy class on Tuesday afternoons. We will reference the MET’s database for hi-resolution images from their collection, as well as numerous books from my library at the studio. I will work one-on-one with students to develop a plan to refine and achieve their personal painting goals.

Jessica's winter session runs Tuesdays 1-5pm from January 31 - March 14. Registration is open now. Her spring session will be held March 28 - May 16 and will open for registration in mid-February.
To read more and sign up click here.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Announcing GCA's Holiday Raffle Winners!

Thank you to all our friends who participated in GCA's 2016 Annual Appeal, entering the Donate to Win! Holiday Raffle! And a special thanks to the Resident Artists who painted the prizes! The artists are Justin Wood, Rodrigo Mateo, Jessica Artman, Grant Perry, Brendan Johnston and Dale Zinkowski (not an RA at this time, but joined in the fun!) Click on their names in the captions below to see more of their work.

Yes, there is a theme to the sketches....

Want to guess? The first person to email us with the correct guess will be comped a raffle ticket right now in next year's holiday raffle....!

Now, onto the six RAFFLE WINNERS....

...Justine Kalb is shuffling the tickets....Ted Minoff is waiting to draw the names....

First name drawn: Libby Whipple!
By Justin Wood

Second name drawn: Lucy Kalian!
By Rodrigo Mateo

Third name drawn: Cynthia Farris!
By Jessica Artman

Fourth name drawn: Ann Lindsay!
By Grant Perry

Fifth name drawn: Fran Schnall!
By Brendan Johnston

Sixth name drawn: Cynthia St. John!
By Dale Zinkowski
Visit Dale's Instagram to find out what this mysterious object is...

Office Raffle Team!
(Left to Right) Justine Kalb, Mariya Marcheva, Ted Minoff & Joy Tomasko
Thanks for design work by Leonor Kerke, photography by Mariana Hernandez-Rivera and
website work by The Firm Graphics

to everyone who participate and donated!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Chamber Music @ Eleventh Street Arts - Jan. 12th Clara and Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms

Eleventh Street Arts is delighted to announce a second concert in the three-concert series curated by Resident Artist Michelle Ross.
Join us on January 12th in the gallery for:

Ich Grolle Nicht, 'I Bear No Grudge'
January 12th
(Doors open at 6:30pm, Q&A to follow)
Buy tickets here.

Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22 Clara Schumann
Dichterliebe, 'A Poet's Love,' Op. 48 Robert Schumann
Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40 Johannes Brahms

Laura Weiner, horn     Michelle Ross, violin
Adam Golka, piano     John Moore, baritone

$20 general admission. $10 for ages 12 & under.
Space is limited. Get your ticket today, seats will sell out!
Buy tickets here.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanks for Coming to our Small Works Opening!

Photo: Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times

Thank you to the Epoch Times for capturing the festive opening reception of Eleventh Street Arts' 

Wrap Me Up: Winter Small Works Show!

By Milene Fernandez

Don't forget! 
Eleventh Street Arts will be open for 2 more special shopping Saturdays!
Dec. 3 and Dec. 10
11AM - 4PM

Photo: Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times

Photo: Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times

Photo: Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Baroque Connections: Chamber Music @ Eleventh Street Arts

Please join us for our next concert at Eleventh Street Arts! 

"Violin" by Jacob Collins

Baroque Connections
Friday, November 11th 
6:30 pm

Andy Didorenko, violin     Jessie Snoke, violin     Yuliya Basis, piano    
Join us for an intimate chamber music performance among the paintings on display
in Eleventh Street Arts. The theme of the recital will be Baroque and its influences. We will perform works by J. S. Bach, Hindemith, Corelli and Didorenko.

purchase $10 tickets here

Friday, November 4, 2016

Congratulations to Resident Artist Prize Winners Sam Hung and Jessica Artman!

We are thrilled to announce that Jessica Artman and Sam Hung are recipients of a 2016-2017 Resident Artist Prize. The awards are made possible by a generous gift. Awards of $4,200 will be applied towards each of their studio fees.

Both artists--Jessica, a 2016 graduate, and Sam, a 2013 graduate--have impressed the judges with their artistic vision, professionalism and contributions to studio life.

Resident Artists are GCA graduates who have been accepted into a shared studio space. Working alongside their colleagues, with access to all the studio resources, Resident Artists develop their professional careers. They play an important role in studio life with their consistent presence and practice, as well as by teaching and/or helping advance one of GCA's many academic or public programs.

Visit Sam Hung's website
Follow him on Instagram!
Epoch Times: "Artist Samuel Hung Evokes Playfulness: A Glimpse into the Atelier Art Movement"

Visit Jessica Artman's website
Follow her on Instagram!

"Sam Hung" painted by colleague Patrick Byrnes

Hudson Hung is a Chip off the Old Block!

"Jessica Artman" This Self Portrait will be featured in Eleventh Street Arts' 
Wrap Me Up: Winter Small Works Show opening Nov. 17th

"Green Bear" by Sam Hung will be featured in Eleventh Street Arts'
Wrap Me Up: Winter Small Works Show opening Nov. 17th

"Turnips" by Sam Hung

"Imposters #5" by Sam Hung

Sketch of ICAA Cast Hall by Jessica Artman
By Jessica Artman

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wrap Me Up: Winter Small Works Show @ Eleventh Street Arts

Thomas Kegler - Evening Cord
Long Island City, NY – Eleventh Street Arts is thrilled to announce its next exhibition: Wrap Me Up: Winter Small Works Show. This group show presents contemporary realist paintings, drawings and sculptures by over 40 different artists of the prestigious Water Street and Grand Central Ateliers. All exhibited works measure under 12 inches in size. The result will be a dazzling array of unique visions that invite the viewer into a close, intimate setting.

Opening reception Thursday, November 17, 6-9 PM
Live Jazz Trio courtesy of our neighbors - Fifth Hammer Brewing!
Eleventh Street Arts
46-06 11th St
Long Island City, NY 11101

Special shopping Saturday hours!
November 19: 11 AM - 6 PM
December 3: 11 AM - 4 PM
December 10: 11 AM - 4 PM

Featured artists include:
Abigail Tulis
Alex Haskel
Alexandro Berrios
Allison Parker
Anthony Baus
Anthony Mastromatteo
Arthur Haywood
Audrey Rodriguez
Brandon Beckstrom
Brendan Johnston
Brian West
Charlie Mostow
Colleen Barry
Dale Zinkowski
Devin Cecil-Wishing
Diana C Buitrago
Edward Minoff
Emilie Lee
Grant Perry
Greg Mortenson
Helena Valle Dallaire
Irvin Rodriguez
Jacob Collins
Jamie Morren
Jessica Artman
John Darley
Jon Brogie
Justin Wood
Kathryn Engberg
Kathryn Kincaid
Katie G Whipple
Kelly Foss
Kenneth Salaz
Kevin Muller Cisneros
Kristin Nikitin
Lauren Sansaricq
Martha Crow
Mary Jane Ward
Patrick Byrnes
Rebecca Gray
Robert Silverman
Rodrigo Mateo
Sam Hung
Sarah Bird
Thalia Chantziara
Thomas Kegler
Todd Casey
Tsultrim Tenzin
Will St John
And others!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Workshop Highlight: Drawing the Portrait in Chalk

Renaissance Inspired Portrait with Katie Whipple 

It was towards the end of my first year at GCA when I flipped through a borrowed copy of Dover's "Holbein Portrait Drawings" for the first time. My knowledge of Renaissance works was severely limited, and I was amazed by how much I loved these simple line drawings. Four years of study at GCA and many art books later, I headed to Italy to drink up all the old masters had to offer. Almost accidentally, I dove head first into the Renaissance. 

Anne Boleyn by Hans Holbein 

It wasn't long after arriving in Rome that the Renaissance works dazzled me and I quickly became hooked on the Quattrocento. While copying Lippi's works, I realized I was rediscovering everything I loved about drawing. Painters of the Quattrocento and Renaissance have an exquisite understanding of line. These artists were able to use line to describe form, volume, light effect, and structure so elegantly and simply. And on top of that, the beauty of design in these finished pieces and studies took my breath away. 

Copy of Filippo Lippi drawing by Katie Whipple, "Head of a Woman" 1452

In this upcoming workshop, I want to explore and share these elements of drawing that so excite me. There is much to be learned from old master drawings. However, painters often copy a drawing or painting giving little thought to how they will apply the ideas and techniques to their own work. Even the seemingly primitive drawings (to our contemporary eye) of the early 15th century have so much to contribute to current techniques and methods. 

Cartoon for the Angel Gabriel by Katie Whipple, inspired by Fra Angelico, 2016

Filippo Lippi described his work as "a deliberate blend of the plausible with the beautiful." Constantly striving for this in my own work, I hope students in this workshop will be encouraged to blend the beautiful techniques and aesthetic of the Renaissance with the likeness and character of a live model. 
"Self Portrait after Holbein" by Katie Whipple, 2013

Drawing the Portrait In Chalk: Renaissance Inspired Portrait 
November 11th - 13th
9am - 4pm 
Friday through Sunday 

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Alma Schapiro Prize Deadline is December 9: 2017 Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome

Sketch by Anthony Baus, Winner of the 2015 Alma Schapiro Prize

In partnership with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA), we are pleased to announce the next application deadline for the Alma Schapiro Prize, a three-month fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. The application deadline is December 9, 2016.

The purpose of the award is to advance the work of a mid-career or emerging artist, and to foster knowledge of the classical tradition. Past winners include Michael Grimaldi (2007), Jeffrey Mims (2009), Will St. John (2011), Katie Whipple (2013), Anthony Baus (2015).

A panel of 5 judges chosen by the ICAA and GCA will review the applications and select the next winner who will attend for three-months between September of 2017 and May of 2018.

The drawings included in this post are field sketches by Anthony Baus while on location.

By Anthony Baus

The award includes academy fees for lodging and a studio, travel funds and a stipend. The fellowship must begin between September of the prize year (2017) and May of the following year. Artists must be 21 years old to apply. Some rigorous training or career accomplishment in painting or sculpture tied in expression or technique to contemporary classicism are essential to competitive applications.

Visit the ICAA's website for full details about this fellowship and to complete the application and pay the $25 application fee. Applications will not be accepted through email; and include an essay, a resume, seven images and two recommendation letters.

By Anthony Baus

By Anthony Baus

By Anthony Baus
By Anthony Baus

We Caught a Werewolf!

By Jacob Collins 30" x 40" 

Dear Reader,

After reports of eerie howling last Tuesday afternoon heard by students in Katie Whipple's Designing Nature class and also the next night during Colleen Barry and Will St. John's Figure Drawing and Painting class, we are relieved to report that the peril is over. It is safe to sign up for classes.

Thursday night, after the crowd had cleared from the Bach and Beyond concert, Resident Artist Grant Perry, who was locking up the for the night, heard quiet howling that interestingly seemed to be mirroring the third movement of Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio Passacaille performed in the gallery earlier in the evening.

The sounds were coming from the boiler room.

Just as Grant was deciding which cast to grab as a weapon, a werewolf burst from the boiler room stairwell wielding a long white PVC pipe "tree" left from Joy Tomasko's installation piece last May.

Grant, who has many skills, battled and defeated the werewolf landing it with it's last breath on a still life stand perfectly lit. All while his girlfriend was waiting for Uber on the sidewalk.

Thank you Grant!