Ghoulfriends: Painting from Reference Workshop

In this fun technical workshop, Ghoulfriends exhibiting artist Zoë Tirado will guide you through the process of painting a picture using a reference. Tirado will demonstrate the process in real time so that you can follow along and ask questions. Advanced registration is required to attend.

WHERE: Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Gallery G
WHEN: Sunday, June 13 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
ADMISSION: General admission: $10 | Snug Harbor Members: $5


This will be very interactive and requires that you have a reference photo or object that you intend to use as your inspiration. You can take notes to square away for later, or paint along with Zoë. Many of the pieces in Ghoulfriends are inspired by this concept of photos taken at past Halloween parties. Painting from Reference is a great way to learn new tools to add to your creative practice.

Ghoulfriends highlights the underground, creative, queer and diverse people on Staten Island that often are unnoticed by the local community. The paintings and mixed media on display comes from past photos of Halloween parties, costumed events and performances. Tirado writes, “these photos reflect my friends and peers as their truest and most bold selves, unafraid, and free to be weird. The feeling of being “other” is something that I feel many Staten Islanders have felt beside the rest of NYC artscape and especially being a young and transgressive artist in a majority red borough this has been something difficult to express for so many of us.”

Zoë Tirado is a multidisciplinary artist living in Staten Island, New York. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts in 2014. Her work is self-reflective and deeply personal; often referencing her own search to define womanhood and femininity, Zoë’s work explores the female body, the abject and identity.

Snug Harbor arts programming is made possible through generous support from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, HumanitiesNY, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.