Wednesday, June 7, 2017

New Summer Figure Workshops with Anthony Baus & Jessica Artman

Raven by Anthony Baus
Graphite, black chalk, gouache on toned paper. 11 x15 in. 2017
Announcing a new workshop added to our 2017 Summer schedule. The "Studio Figure." This is a revised version of the perspective drawing workshop with a focus on the figure within a studio environment.

This five-day workshop will be split into mornings and afternoons. Mornings will be spent drawing the figure from life using toned paper which we will learn to do on the first morning class.

In regards to the figure, we will begin wish a block-in focused on correct proportions and use of anatomical landmarks.

We then proceed to an economical modeling using hatching and the tone of the paper with added white chalk.

The use of a dynamic contour will be emphasized in regards to the figure's relationship to the environment.

Illustrating the use of linear perspective. In Anthony's drawing of Raven, the studio casts were organized to conform to the pose with respect to rhythms and central mass of the composition. Papers strewn about the foreground open up a path leading the viewer into the picture. The background of easels and canvases fades with minimal treatment.
Afternoons will be spent on the studio environment complete with casts and drapery. Artists will learn to manipulate the value hierarchy in order to dictate depth.

Basic concepts of linear perspective will also be introduced: horizon line, vanishing points and the manipulation of each in order to achieve a desired effect.

This workshop is ideal for anyone wishing to create convincing spatial relationships within an observed or constructed environment.

July Summer Drawing Boot Camp Week 4: Studio Figure with Anthony Baus.  July 24 - 28, 2017 (5 days) 10am - 5pm. Monday - Friday. Read more on our workshop page.


Jessica Artman's 3-day workshop is an intensive on how to begin a figure drawing from life with a focus on finding and maintaining the model's gesture.
Nessa by Jessica Artman
Gesture is defined as a movement of part of the body to express an idea or meaning.

During the 18-hour pose, you will study the models proportion through anatomical landmarks that build upon that idea or gesture of the model.

This "idea" could be a dramatic outreach in the air, or a quiet shift in weight with a soft gaze toward the ground. Drawing concepts surrounding proportion, anatomy, geometric solids, value and form will all be discussed.

Jessica will give personal critiques as well as demonstrate a simple method to analyzing the figure from life and maintaining a model's gesture from start to finish.

June 3-day Figure: Obtaining the Gesture with Jessica Artman. June 24 - 26, 2017 (3 days) 10am - 5pm. Saturday - Monday. Read more on our workshop page.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Interview with 2017 Graduate Tsultrim Tenzin

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Tsultrim Tenzin, a recent graduate of the Core Program, about his experience at GCA. A New Jersey native, he began his education here in 2013, and graduated earlier this May.

What drove you to apply to GCA?
I was looking for proper art training and I knew of the ARC (Art Renewal Center), where I found GCA. It also happened to be close to home and it was financially the only choice for my art education. Seeing the instructors' work really was a big indicator of the quality of the program as well. It felt like everything was in the right place and the circumstances were perfect to attend GCA.

Did you set any goals when you started the program?
Coming in it was more or less that I just really wanted to learn to draw and paint and get really good at it, but after that I did set some goals. It's a work in progress that will continue for the rest of my career.

What did you struggle most with as a student?
My first year I struggled a lot with form - just getting on the form. I understood the concepts that the teachers would talk about but just couldn't translate it to paper. I remember rendering over 20 spheres trying to practice, constantly practicing to build up that dexterity and handling. That was the biggest struggle, getting on the form early on.



Is there a particularly memorable or helpful critique that has stuck with you?
That's a tough one, because I feel that a lot of critiques were helpful. If there's one thing, it's not quite a critique, but more a bit of advice from Colleen Barry. I remember her telling me that it's about the long run. So for me, as an emotional person who gets upset whenever I do something wrong, that advice felt like she was telling me I need to calm down - this art that we do is really hard, and I need to take it easy. It's a step-by-step process and it's not about who gets there the quickest. That's something that really helps me today when I'm feeling down. It's about looking at the bigger picture.

What are your future plans?

Some of them would be to improve my abilities even further. Studying the masters even more closely will be a big part of it. I'm a particularly big fan of Rembrandt and Velasquez. So copies. Down the road, I definitely would love to, if I could, do a portrait of the 14th Dalai lama, Tenzin Gyatso. I also want to do a Tibetan series, depicting Tibetans in exile, but I want that to be a really special show where I'm technically really proficient and ready.

What advice would you give incoming GCA students who are starting their education?
Have humility and be open minded. You can't be egotistical as if you're more important than anyone else, because you're not. And be open minded - don't pretend that you know everything. Your teachers have your best interests in mind, so listen to them. Don't take your teachers for granted and don't be afraid to ask questions. You just can't think that you're better than anyone else; you have to be grounded and you can only do the best that you can.

Photo courtesy of Mariana Hernandez-Rivera

Thank you to Tsultrim for the time, and congratulations and good luck to all you 2017 graduates!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sunday 5/21 Concert: Russian Piano Trios - 1pm

Join us this Sunday for Russian Piano Trios our final chamber music concert of the academic year!

Enjoy works by M. Glinka, I. Stravinsky, and A. Didorenko
Aaron Irwin, clarinet
Andy Didorenko, violin
Valeriya Sholokhova, cello
Yuliya Basis, piano

The concert will take place among the SELF PORTRAITS on display in Eleventh Street Arts. 
Click here to find a link to the show's catalog.

Doors open at 12:30pm. 
Refreshments will be served. Enjoy Mimosas, Kir Royale and mini pastries. Orange juice for the kids!

Afterwards, you are invited to tour the GCA studios to view the The 2017 Salon, a group exhibition featuring portraits, figures, casts, still lifes and landscapes of over 45 artists training in the core program at GCA and highlighting works by the graduates. Part of LIC Arts Open.

Concert tickets are $20 in advance - click here for online purchase.
$25 at the door.
$10 for 12 Years & Under.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Announcing the 2017 Still Life Competition Finalists

The following twelve artists have been selected to compete in this year's Still Life Painting Competition: Liz Beard, Julie Beck, Lucas Gabriel Bononi, Kevin Müller Cisneros, Emma Christine Hirst, Samuel Shih Hao Hung, Brendan Johnston, Rodrigo Mateo, Ron Richmond, Alex Joseph Venezia, Justin Wood and Dale Zinkowski.

The Competition will be held June 22 - 27, 2017. The studios will be open for daily lunch-time viewings from 1:00-2:00pm. The awards ceremony is held Tuesday, June 27 from 7:00 - 9:00pm and is free and open to the Public. Refreshments will be served.

This year's competition judges are Tony Curanaj, William Gerdts and Sarah Lamb.

Michael Klein won the 2014 competition and was among the judges choosing the finalists.

Liz Beard: Citrus on Canvas
Julie Beck: Bones in the Ground
Lucas Gabriel Bononi: Untitled
Kevin Müller Cisneros: Wild Roses
Emma Christine Hirst: Awakening
Sam Shih Hao Hung: Family of Trinkets
Brendan Johnston: Phaesant and Wicker Basket
Rodrigo Mateo: Copper pot with apples

Ron Richmond: Exchange
Alex Joseph Venezia: Longevity

Justin Wood: Mandolin and Music

Dale Zinkowski: Sabot

Finalists will compete for 48 hours over 6 days to paint a still life. The participants will be allowed to include  a few objects of their own choosing into a composition built around some secret objects selected by the judges.

First Prize: $10,000. Second Prize: $3,000. Third Prize: $2,000.

The GCA and advent of this competition are made possible through generous support of the Morris and Alma Schapiro Foundation.

Friday, May 5, 2017

The 2017 End-of-Year Salon

The end of the year has at last dawned upon us! While most of us are excitedly gearing up for summer, the bustling bees of the studio are still buzzing with activity: creating artwork, cleaning out studio spaces, anticipating second semester critiques and senior graduation, and preparing for the end-of-year salon.

Our 2017 Salon will feature select work from our core students, showcasing the art created this past year. The dates and times are listed below.

4th year artists & upcoming graduates, Sandra Sanchez and Tsultrim Tenzin work on their paintings in one of the final poses of the year.

4th year artist & upcoming graduate, Brian West.

1st & 2nd year artists in the Friday portrait class.


Thursday, May 18th 6:00 - 9:00pm
Free & Open to the Public. Refreshments!

Saturday May 20 & Sunday May 21st 12:00 - 6pm
Free & Open to the Public.

Sunday May 21, 1-2pm 
Russian Piano Trios
Works by M. Glinka, I. Stravinsky, and A. Didorenko.
SELF PORTRAIT on display at Eleventh Street Arts
Information and tickets here.

These events are part of LIC Arts Open 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Congratulations to Jess, Dale, and Savannah!

On Thursday, April 27, Drawing New York held its First Annual Portrait and Figure Drawing Competition. GCA resident Jess Artman and core students Savannah Cuff and Dale Zinkowski were all winners in this event. Congratulations, and thank you to Drawing New York and the Salmagundi Club for hosting the competition!

Photo by Jason Wardy

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thank you for coming to SELF PORTRAIT!

Thank you all so much for making the SELF PORTRAIT opening reception a success! We had great fun mingling with all you artists, friends, and art lovers who helped make this possible. The show will be open until June 20; to arrange a viewing, email For more information on the show - including a forthcoming online catalog of the work - check out our website.

There are additional opportunities to view the show in May:

Chamber Music @ Eleventh Street Arts presents music by Orlando Gibbons, Go From my Window, Matthias Pintscher, Profiles of Light, and Arnold Schoenberg, Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night). View the show while listening to chamber music on May 4, 7-9pm. Read more...


LIC Arts Open Reception: May 18, 6 - 9pm
LIC Arts Open Studio Weekend: May 20 & 21, 2-6pm
These LIC Arts Open events are free and open to the public.

 A mischievous Anthony Baus poses next to his portrait...

until everyone jumps in!

Monday, April 17, 2017

SELF PORTRAIT Exhibition Opening Reception is this Thursday!

Eleventh Street Arts invites you to SELF PORTRAIT opening this Thursday evening, 6-9pm. Curated by Artist Colleen Barry, the exhibition convenes 27 leaders of the contemporary realist revival for a painting and drawing show that celebrates self-portraiture.

"We were created to look at one another weren't we?" - Edgar Degas

Featuring work by: Daniela Astone, Colleen Barry, Stephen Bauman, Anthony Baus, Benjamin Bjorklund, Patrick Byrnes, Jacob Collins, Kamille Corry, Hollis Dunlap, Louise Fenne, Richard Greathouse, Amaya Gurpide, Daniel Graves, Cornelia Hernes, Brendan Johnston, Joshua LaRock, Rodrigo Mateo, Edward Minoff, Gregory Mortenson, Carolyn Pyfrom, Edmond Rochat, Irvin Rodriguez, Travis Schlaht, Jordan Sokol, Will St. John, Nicolas Uribe, Charles Weed and Justin Wood.

The following opportunities to view the exhibition are free and open to the public!
Opening Reception: April 20, 6 - 9pm
LIC Arts Open Reception: May 18, 6 - 9pm
LIC Arts Open Studio Weekend: May 20 & 21, 2-6pm



Eleventh Street Arts and GCA Resident Artist Michelle Ross have programmed an opportunity to view the works while listening to chamber music on May 4, 7-9pm. Read more...
Presenting a program of works by Orlando Gibbons, Mattias Pintscher and Arnold Schoenberg with acclaimed musicians Fred Sherry, Jay Campbell and Brook Speltz on cello; Michelle Ross and Alexi Kenney, violins; Milena Pajaro-Van de Stadt and Luke Fleming on violas; Conor Hanick, piano.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

La Napoule Announces a Residency Stipend! Application deadline extended to MAY 1.

The LNAF Foundation is now providing a residency stipend of $2,500 per artist to facilitate participation. 

EXTENDED Application Deadline May 1, 2017.  
Click here for an application. 
This year's residency dates are July 11 - 25, 2017. It is open to the public.

Two artists will be selected stay at a villa on the grounds of the 14th Century Chateau de La Napoule in the historic seaside town of Mandelieu-la Napoule. The chateau is a French historical monument renowned for its restoration and architectural details. Six acres of grounds surround the property. Surrounding natural areas are accessible on foot. The public beach is close.

The residency also covers lodging, breakfast and travel back and forth from the Nice airport. The villa rooms each have a private bath. There is a kitchen for cooking, and markets and restaurants nearby. Artists need only speak the language of art, no French necessary.

Chateau de La Napoule

Application Requirements:

-A brief statement of intent (500 words or less)
-Three images. Subject matter is not limited to landscapes and can include figure, cast and still life. Drawings, particularly figure drawings, are encouraged.

-$25 application fee

Other Opportunities for Artists at LNAF:
La Napoule Art Foundation also offers other kinds of residencies open to all artists that include one for a sculptor, interdisciplinary group and themed group residencies. Click here to read more...

Previous participants:
(2014) Thomas KeglerJoshua LaRock, (2015) Ken SalazCamie Davis, (2016) Bethann Moran, Savannah Tate Cuff.

(Center) Bethann Moran, 2016

Study by Josh LaRock

Tom Kegler

Ken Salaz

Study by Tom Kegler

Camie Salaz

Monday, March 27, 2017

Anthony Baus Talks about Italy - March 28th

Join us! This Tuesday, March 28th, 5:00pm. 
Anthony Baus will share his painting adventures in Italy. 

Anthony Baus "Assumption of the Virgin" after Antonio Gherardi

Anthony received the 2015 Alma Schaprio Prize, which sent him to the American Academy in Rome for a three month fellowship. Anthony remained in Italy, traveling to Florence, to continue his studies of the old masters. In this talk, Anthony will share some of the work he made in Italy and how his experiences learning from old masters influence his work today. 

46-06 11th Street 
Long Island City, NY

free and open to the public

Currently on view at Eleventh Street Arts: Art of Architecture