Featuring Movement Founder Hechmi Ghachem from Tunisia and David Black
Tunisian Collaborative Painting
November 14–18, Monday–Friday
Morning session: 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Afternoon session: 1:00 pm–4:00 pm
$150 per weekly session, am or pm (includes $50 materials fee)
Limited to 5 students per am or pm session*
$35 per daily am or pm session (includes $10 materials fee)
Limited to 10 daily tickets per session
Instructor is present every day
Tunisian Collaborative Painting is an art form that was developed in Tunisia in the mid-1980s by artist Hechmi Ghachem and this fall he will be at the Art Students League in person. The post-revolution Tunisian government has cleared Mr. Ghachem and two other painters to leave the country to help lead the Tunisian Collaborative Painting workshop at the Art Students League. This style of painting helps artists give up control in ways that can help them become better artists. Seeing what emerges without any pre-determination gives artists new insight into what is possible in art.
David Black is an artist and Fulbright Fellow and was initiated into the process upon arrival at the Bouabana Art Space in Tunis in 2008 when he was invited to Tunisia by the U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia, who had chosen Mr. Black’s work for his residence through the U.S. State Department’s ART in Embassies Program. As he worked with his collaborators on the canvases, Mr. Black felt and saw how art—as it is meant to do—transcends boundaries of culture and language. The wish to share that connection led him to introduce Tunisian Collaborative Painting to artists in the U.S.
*5 painters will have the unusual opportunity of painting for five days (am or pm session) with the same group. A commitment to attend all five sessions is required. David Black will give details to the participants.