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Lose and Find Yourself in Tunisian Collaborative Painting … at the Art Students League

7 Jan


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Lose and Find Yourself in Tunisian Collaborative Painting

Artist David Black Returns to Art Students League to Lead Workshops

Innovative Art Method Continues to Circle the Globe


NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2013 – The Art Students League of New York will host five evenings of Tunisian Collaborative Painting workshops, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, 2013.

This marks the fourth time artist and Fulbright scholar David Black, is conducting workshops at the Art Students League, where he serves on the faculty. He has also introduced the innovative art method to the United States and elsewhere around the world.

Tunisian Collaborative Painting (TCP) requires groups of artists to apply a set of rules that result in a cohesive painting with the appearance of a sole artistic presence.

“The painters work in silence for an allotted period, and there is no preconceived subject,” Black said, adding, “The concept behind Tunisian Collaborative Painting is simple, yet profound. It celebrates the oneness of all human beings and the wonder of the creative process.”

The workshops – Black will conduct all of them – are set for 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28, to Friday, Feb. 1. Enrollment is limited to 15 people daily. Fees for the daily sessions are $35 (includes a $10 materials fee). The fee for all five sessions is $160 (includes a $50 materials fee).

To register, visit the Art Students League’s front desk, call (212) 247-4510, ext. 101, or e-mail The League is located at 215 W. 57th St. in New York.

Black will also speak at noon on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Art Students League on “The Magic of Tunisian Collaborative Painting: Why Do the Paintings Always End up Looking Like the Work of a Single Artist?” No registration is required for the talk.

A self-taught artist, author and a Tony-award winning Broadway producer, Black learned the art form in 2008 in Tunis and facilitated its first U.S. appearance in February 2010 at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Connecticut. He held workshops in December 2012 for artists in Paris, and is planning sessions in London, Prague, Berlin, Egypt, Dubai and Kenya. Hundreds of artists have participated in TCP workshops since 2010.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently called Black “an honorary diplomat” for introducing Tunisian Collaborative Painting to the United States: “By introducing this unique art form to the United States at a time when the Tunisian artists who pioneered it could not travel, he built a bridge that artists from both countries are now able to cross.”

More About David Black

David Black’s paintings are exhibited nationally and internationally, and they hang in the residences of U.S. ambassadors through the ART in Embassies Program of the U.S. State Department. He has written and performed his one-person play, Falling Off Broadway, in both London and New York. In addition, his books include The Actor’s Audition (Vintage/Random House) and The Magic of Theater (Simon & Schuster), based on his popular course at The New School.

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About Tunisian Collaborative Painting

Tunisian Collaborative Painting adheres to the following rules:

  • The participation of at least three artists with a maximum of seven.
  • There is no preconceived subject.
  • One artist starts the painting.
  • Anyone can paint at any time and anyone can paint over anyone else’s work.
  • One of the artists is appointed arbiter to settle any disputes.
  • If an artist thinks the painting is finished he raises his hand and the arbiter takes a vote; only a majority of the artists can declare a painting finished.
  • A painting can take a maximum of three hours.
  • The painting is created in silence.

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About the History of Tunisian Collaborative Painting

Tunisian artist Hechmi Ghachem created Tunisian Collaborative Painting in 1988 during the rule of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Ghachem set out to reclaim freedom of expression for Tunisian artists through collaborative paintings.