Imaginative Realism

Tenaya has worked professionally as an industry artist, teacher, gallery artist, and business owner. Tenaya began working in the video games industry at Crystal Dynamics (Eidos) while in high school. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, he continued working in this field at Treyarch (Activision). After feeling compelled to produce physical artwork, and to reach an equivalent level of mastery as the the historical painters that inspired him, Tenaya left the video games industry to apprentice full-time with artists Jeff Watts and Juliette Aristides for a duration of 5 years. Tenaya began his teaching career working with incarcerated youth while apprenticing with artist Juliette Aristides. While this job was originally intended to finance his own studies, Tenaya found through working with these youth, that he had a passion for teaching. After completing his studies, Tenaya began teaching adults at a variety of venues. When a dedicated student base formed, he founded his own academy called Georgetown Atelier. Tenaya owned and ran Georgetown Atelier for 7 years as an independent organization, until merging with Gage Academy of Art in August 2016. Over the past 8 years, Tenaya has exhibited his work at a variety of galleries and venues, most recently at Krab Jab Gallery in Seattle, WA, and Abend Gallery in Denver, CO. Tenaya was selected as a ‘main show’ artist of IX ARTs in 2017, in Redding, PA, and will be exhibiting there in October 2017. He will be showing at the Salmagundi Club in New York in June 2017, and at the MEAM Museum in Barcelona, Spain, as part of the 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition. In 2016, Tenaya won Best in Show for the 12th International ARC Salon Competition.
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
Gage Georgetown
For this workshop, we’ll be using basic drawing supplies. You are welcome to bring digital tools (such as laptop & wacom tablet, Surface Pro, iPad pro) to work with, but isn’t required.

  • Generals Charcoal Pencils: a few of the Medium grade, and one one of Soft (though you may want to get an extra in case it breaks).
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils: 1 of White #101 (though you may want to get an extra in case it breaks).
  • Grey/cool toned paper, a few individual sheets, or pad of paper. We’ll be using this mostly for thumbnails/value studies.
  • Pad of Smooth Newsprint, 18×24 size.
  • Tortillions or stomps for smoothing
  • Kneaded eraser.
  • *optional but a very useful tool* Tombo mono zero eraser pencil, or similar.
  • Razor blades for sharpening charcoal pencils, the the rectangular box cutter refills are best for this.
  • Sandpaper for sharpening charcoal pencils (not rougher than 150 grit though. Anything from 150-200 works fine). This is better found at hardware stores. Don’t get those ‘chicken leg’ hand held sticks with sandpaper.
  • Artists tape.
  • Drawing Board: this can simply be an 18×24 mdf wood panel, foam-core board or similar.

You are also welcome to bring graphite supplies if you have them.

In this three-day workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of how to build upon observation and extend into the imaginative. On the first day, you are introduced to core principles and exercises and begin by re-shaping a rock as a still-life object in your drawings. During the following days, you will learn to create an invented/imaginary composition that draws both from the live model, the re-shaped rock, as well and external or internal sources.