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Behind the Scenes at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

During the Wunderkammer Drawing Workshop we’ve been so lucky to meet some of the scientists that work at the Natural History Museum and not only hear about their research but gain access to the research collections and draw from their specimens. It has been fascinating to learn how different disciplines within the natural sciences record and document their specimens. There are varying traditions according to…

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Sketchbook Creative Journey

We are excited to introduce a new workshop format the the Berlin Drawing Room. The new series Sketchbook Practice will take place over the course of an entire year, starting in January. This format enables participants to embark on a deep personal journey of not only learning to draw but developing a practice that they can choose to continue or always return to over the course of a life time.

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Linocut Gift Ideas

Here are 10 gift ideas using the Linocut Printmaking technique. You can create any of these objects during the upcoming Linocut Printmaking Workshop (December 2, 4, 11) at the Berlin Drawing Room with G Caruso. Print a small edition and use them as hand made holiday cards! 2. Small stamps like this are quick to make and you can print them in all kinds of…

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Power Cage Exhibition

Berlin Drawing Room instructor and founder Mira O’Brien will be exhibiting her artwork, as well as teaching two one-night workshops, within the exhibition Power Cage (22.11. – 07.12.19). Vernissage: November 22, 6-10pm.The interdisziplinary project “POWER CAGE – Experimentalraum Aquarium” will open with a concert by Tomoko Sauvage, who will present a sound work with underwater microphones. More information and complete event program, including other exciting…

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Drawing Workshop within Power Cage Exhibition

During this drawing workshop, we will embody the spirit of the naturalists as they sought to record their specimens. How might the process of drawing from observation have influenced the view point and ultimately the findings of these early scientists? We will explore the unique intimacy of this meditative process, while also venturing into more interpretative, creative territory as we seek to reimagine the lost…

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BDR in der Tagesspiegel

“Drawing and Wonder” read full article HERE. “Pilze können die Wahrnehmung verändern – und genau darum geht es Mira O’Brien: Mit der Hilfe von Pilzen will die 36-Jährige lehren, die Welt um sich herum anders zu sehen. Der Plan ist jedoch nicht, sie zu essen und auf eine halluzinogene Wirkung zu warten, sondern sie zu zeichnen. „Denn je genauer wir uns ein Objekt anschauen, desto detaillierter…

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Drapery in Art History and in the Sketchbook

Flowing folds of fabric can be incredibly expressive, suggestive, or even uncanny, making drapery a crucial subject to master for artists throughout the centuries. The formal properties of drapery have been used to accentuate and guide compositions, even serving as emotional cues, within sculpture, drawing and painting. Being able to proper render drapery has also been a way for artists to put their technical mastery…

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Josef Albers “Interaction of Color”

I first encountered Albers’ Interaction of Color as an undergraduate student at the Slade School of Fine Art, in London, U.K. The Slade had one of the original sets of screen prints that accompanied the first edition, so I spent hours poring over the prints and marveling at the mutability of color. Years later, when I was asked to teach a Color class at the School of…

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