Drawing Monsters: an exploration of the shadow

Artists throughout history have used monsters and mythological creatures to explore their inner worlds and experiment in a free and expressive way. by Heidy Weingartner Monsters have been popular mythical creatures for as long as humans have been telling stories. Mythology has used monsters to describe something or someone outside the bounds of acceptable form or behavior. Artists have also used monsters and mythological creatures…

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Portrait Painting Materials List

Each student can use whatever set of colours they prefer or already have, between acrylics, gouache or oil paints. Color set (either acrylics, oil or gouache): primary colors+black and white. Extra useful colors: yellow ochre, sap green, payne’s grey, burnt umber. Canvas paper block for color testing and sketches Canvas cardboards, 20×30 or smaller. Sketching paper + 4B/soft pencil Paper towels or scrap fabric for…

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Sketchbook Practice: Pastels&Pencils Materials List

Canson Mi teintes/Lana rough colored paper/Any dark tonal pastel paper cut to the size of your sketchbook page. Pastel set, either stick pastels, or dry pastels in pencil form like carbothello Normal colored pencils, it can be oil based like polychromos or any soft not dry kind + White pencil for highlights, same kind.  White tissue/silken paper to protect paintings Pastel blenders (those wrapped paper…

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Drawing the City of Berlin at Berlinische Galerie

The exhibition at Berlinische Galerie displays a special selection of more than 175 paper-based works portraying the city of Berlin from 1945 to today. by Heidy Weingartner The Berlin Drawing Room team and students had the opportunity to take a guided tour through the ‘Drawing the City’ exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie. The tour was led by Sophie Vidal, one of our regular workshop participants…

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Sketchbook Practice: Monsters – Materials List

Mixed Media/Watercolor Sketchbook, min A5 size, paper min 200 gsm Colors: either watercolors, pencils, inks, gouache, acrylics… whatever you already have and are comfortable using. Permanent black ink, can be bottle and brush or brush pen Old naturalistic/animal/national geographic magazines or random animal/landscape/flowers images printed for the web. Scissors Glue Pigment liners/pens for contour lines/markers.

The Art and Science of Color Supply List

Sketchbook – A5 or larger (something that will hold together with a lot of use) Set of colour pencils (12 pencils minimum) Metal trowel palette knife Box to store your paint and brushes 2 jars for water (glass or plastic) Masking tape 5 cm house painting brush (#12 or higher) Schmencke: 75ml Acrylic Paints: Black, White, Vermillion, Lemon, Ultramarine Blue, May Green, Magenta Long handle…

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Drawing and Painting with Ink

Ink is an incredibly versatile medium used for drawing, painting and writing. We will be diving into the ink pool during our upcoming module of the Sketchbook Practice Workshop learning how to draw and paint with ink, starting August 17, 2020.

In order to wet your appetite, here are a few demo videos showing different ways to use ink. These techniques and many more will be covered during this online workshop.

Use ink as an efficient way to record your experiences and impressions while traveling in a sketchbook. Here seen in combination with watercolor. Created by artist and instructor G Caruso.
Here G Caruso expresses their love of trees in a cross hatching style inspired by Albrecht Dürer.
Ink can also be used in more painterly ways, like using wet into wet and washes. G Caruso
Sometimes an ink pen and a piece of paper are all you need to spontaneously capture a scene as it unfolds. A demo-video by one of our students!
Creating atmospheric perspective with ink layers. G Caruso

Discover the versatile potential of ink:

  • organized cross hatching
  • calligraphy-like gesture strokes
  • defined high contrast shadows
  • subtle tonal values when mixed with water

Learn how to draw and paint with ink! Explore different types of ink based materials, from pigment liners to brush pens, and learn how to choose the best one for our project.

Sketchbook Practice Workshop

with G Caruso

Whatever your goal is – developing a specific project, improving drawing skills, or learning new techniques – a consistent sketchbook practice is the best place to work on it. For countless artists before us and now, the sketchbook has always been the place to collect and analyze ideas, practice specific drawing skills and experiment in small format with techniques and solutions that would later be developed into larger works.

Through live demonstrations, exercises, and hands on practice you will learn foundation skills for drawing as well as special sketchbook techniques.

Sketchbook Practice Workshop will consist of a series of modules, each focused on a different subject or technique. The teaching will develop organically with each module over the course of the year, but if you start mid-year you will be guided into the overall process. Individual tutoring and specific exercises will respond on the goals, struggles and needs of each student. 

This online workshop is open to complete beginners and you are welcome to join at the start of any module, or leave and come back.

Sketchbook Practice: Inks
August 17 – September 21, 2020

6 x on Monday from 6-8 pm CET
Offered entirely online: livestreaming classes and personalized feedback on completed work.

Ink Supply List

–  Sketchbook: Watercolor/mixed media low porosity paper. – Pigment/waterproof ink: either brush and ink bottle or a brushpen (options: Usually the Pentel ones have the letter P in the code for pigment)     – Pigment liner: 0.1 or 0.2 and 0.5 or 0.7, suggested but any brand of waterproof one is ok.     – Water soluble ink: suggested but any kind of…

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