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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Announcing a 2-Week Plein Air Painting Residency on the French Riviera: Apply by April 15!




In partnership with the La Napoule Art Foundation (LNAF), GCA is pleased to announce dates for the 2017 landscape painting residency for two artists on the grounds of the Chateau de La Napoule in the South of France. This year's residency runs July 11 - 25 and is open to the public.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2017.  Click here for an application.

Details:
Artists will 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 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. The roundtrip flight is not covered. Artists need only speak the language of art, no French necessary.

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

Studies by Bethann Moran

Savannah Tate Cuff, 2016 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Thursday Lecture: "Type Talk: The Essential Structure of our Roman Alphabet" @ 6:30pm


















Join us this Thursday at 6:30pm at Eleventh Street Arts for first of two lectures related to our our current Art of Architecture exhibit!

Lecture Series:
Thursday, March 9, 6:30-7:30pm
"Type Talk: The Essential Structure of Our Roman Alphabet" by Seth Weine
Typography & lettering are enormous topics, and one could hardly cover even the "A-B-C's" of them---but we can start by looking at the basic structure of our letters: the Roman alphabet. Seth will take us through its "skeleton", and also address other font-o-philic matters.

Thursday, March 30, 6:30-7:30pm
"Hand Drawing for a House Design: Process & Composition" by Sam Roche
This talk will explore how some architects have used hand drawing to develop general concepts into finished building designs. We will focus not only on the hand-drawn design process itself but also on some compositional ideas that are common to painting, sculpture, and architecture which this process can emphasize and develop.



Villa Laurentine, rendering by Micheal G Imber for Micheal G Imber Architects, watercolor

The Eleventh Street Arts Exhibition "Art of Architecture" was recently featured in the Epoch Times! Thanks again to Milene Fernandez and Samira Bouaou. Article can be found here. 

Now up through April 7. Please make an appointment to visit. 
Contact: info@eleventhstreetarts.com

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Art of Architecture @ Eleventh Street Arts

Drumlin Hall - Peter Pennoyer Architects, rendering by Anton Glikin

A Celebration of the Traditional Approach to Architecture.

Art of Architecture opens this week! The group show will present 50 exquisite drawings and paintings from 15 of today’s top classically trained architects and artists; proof that the once thought extinct classical tradition is alive and well.

Opening reception Thursday, March 2, 6-9 PM
Refreshments! Free and open to the public

Eleventh Street Arts
46-06 11th St
Long Island City, NY 11101
www.eleventhstreetarts.com

Featured artists include:
Atelier & Co.
Steve Bass
Anthony Baus
Patrick Connors
Alexander Creswell
Andrew Dodson
Ferguson and Shamamian Architects
Fairfax and Sammons Architects
David Genther
Anton Glikin
Michael G Imber Architects
Peter Pennoyer Architects
Sam Roche
Irina Shumitskaya
Abigail Tulis
Charlotte Worthy Architects

Lecture Series:
Thursday, March 9, 6:30-7:30pm
"Type Talk: The Essential Structure of Our Roman Alphabet" by Seth Weine
Typography & lettering are enormous topics, and one could hardly cover even the "A-B-C's" of them---but we can start by looking at the basic structure of our letters: the Roman alphabet. Seth will take us through its "skeleton", and also address other font-o-philic matters.

Thursday, March 30, 6:30-7:30pm
"Hand Drawing for a House Design: Process & Composition" by Sam Roche
This talk will explore how some architects have used hand drawing to develop general concepts into finished building designs. We will focus not only on the hand-drawn design process itself but also on some compositional ideas that are common to painting, sculpture, and architecture which this process can emphasize and develop.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Alex Haskel wins ninth Structure Prix


The ninth Structure Prix was awarded to Alex Haskel in February 2017. 


drawing by Alex Haskel
Instructor Colleen Barry offered the following critique:

"What I love about this drawing is how it commands the space within the page. It has a sense of perspective that the judges found to be very commanding. There is a strong psychological presence in the drawing even though we can only see just the sliver of the model's face. There exists strong interlocking structural parts i.e. the ribcage, pelvis, the greater trochanter of the femur into the pelvic girdle. The arm is rooted down on the thigh. Alex has successfully portrayed the sense of the parts interconnecting with one another by employing a dynamic contour on the right side of the torso with each intersecting tilt having its reciprocal event on the other side. I like the unrefined feeling to the modeling. I try to remind students that many older drawings from the 19th century are not as smooth and polished as they may look in small reproductions online and in books. Although these figure drawings are academic exercises don't forget that what makes a drawing stand out is its artfulness and how much the drawing speaks to the viewer. Sometimes over refinement can cause a drawing to lose its strength. Go bold or go home."

A winning drawing should have:
  1. Naturalistic proportion and gesture.
  2. A clear and graphic display of the light and shadow pattern on the figure.
  3. A bold and confident use of value to allow for visual clarity when viewed from a distance.
  4. An efficient and descriptive use of hatching and/or graining when describing the structural components of the half tones. A sensitive use of line to describe important overlaps or ascents.
  5. A convincing description of the core structural elements of the figure such as the relationship of the rib cage and pelvis, the head and neck on the shoulders and the relationship of the legs as they support the weight of the standing figure.
  6. An overall sense of artistic integrity and aesthetic.
This is the ninth time the Structure Prix has been awarded in the spirit of inspiring healthy competition among peers as inspired by weekly cash prizes at the Academy Julien in Paris during the 19th Century.

Kevin Müller Cisneros and Dale Zinkowski won the eighth prize in December 2016.
Kevin Müller Cisneros won the seventh prize in October 2016.
Jessica Artman and Savannah Tate Cuff won the sixth prize in May 2016.
Jon Brogie and Kevin Müller Cisneros won the fifth prize in April 2016.
Sandra Sanchez won the fourth prize in March 2016.
Katie Engberg won the third prize in February 2016.
Raina Dai won the second prize in November 2015.
Kevin Müller Cisneros won the first prize in October 2015. 

Kevin Müller Cisneros & Dale Zinkowski win Eighth Structure Prix


The eighth Structure Prix was awarded as a tie to both Kevin Müller Cisneros and Dale Zinkowski at the end of December 2016. Instructor Colleen Barry offered the following critique:

"Both of these drawings have a very bold presence and both successfully captured the models gesture and proportion. Kevin made his drawing from the floor and convinces the viewer of that particular perspective. Dale made his drawing from an easel and did a very fine job modeling his torso. Both artists employed abbreviated modeling and good value choices. Over all these two drawings have excellent form and compression of values in the light areas. Good graphite shapes as well. Congrats guys."

drawing by Kevin Müller Cisneros

drawing by Dale Zinkowski

A winning drawing should have:
1. Naturalistic proportion and gesture.
2. A clear and graphic display of the light and shadow pattern on the figure.
3. A bold and confident use of value to allow for visual clarity when viewed from a distance.
4. An efficient and descriptive use of hatching and/or graining when describing the structural components of the half tones. A sensitive use of line to describe important overlaps or ascents.
5. A convincing description of the core structural elements of the figure such as the relationship of the rib cage and pelvis, the head and neck on the shoulders and the relationship of the legs as they support the weight of the standing figure.
6. An overall sense of artistic integrity and aesthetic.

This is the eighth time the Structure Prix has been awarded in the spirit of inspiring healthy competition among peers as inspired by weekly cash prizes at the Academy Julien in Paris during the 19th Century.

Kevin Müller Cisneros won the seventh prize in October 2016.
Jessica Artman and Savannah Tate Cuff won the sixth prize in May 2016.
Jon Brogie and Kevin Müller Cisneros won the fifth prize in April 2016.
Sandra Sanchez won the fourth prize in March 2016.
Katie Engberg won the third prize in February 2016.
Raina Dai won the second prize in November 2015.
Kevin Müller Cisneros won the first prize in October 2015. 

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

A BIG STUDIO THANK YOU 
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