Blog

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Supply List for Color: Theory and Practice

Available to purchase at first class: mixed media paper block  (12 Euro from Boesner) – make sure to bring 12 Euro exact change to first class. Bring:  Clean palette or disposable palettes Scissors glue stick Optional: your own brushes other optional materials will be discussed during the workshop, as things progress and individual interests develop Provided by Berlin Drawing Room: acrylic paint brushes (used) paper…

Read More

“Painting Exploded” Instructor Alisa Margolis

Upon first encountering Alisa Margolis’ paintings online I was unsure whether I was looking at paint. The American artist’s work ranges from technically rendered explosions and carefully constructed rubble to the Baroque meets deep space and the Athenians at a rock concert. “There’s something primal about painting, the materiality, the color- it produces endorphins,” I caught up with Margolis outside the Spati in Mitte, her…

Read More

Klara Hobza draws water

To hone her drawing practice, Klara Hobza visits the water. Wherever she is, everyday she tries to find the closest river, lake or ocean to draw its surface. “Water forces you not to cling to landmarks” she says, and I recall some introductory art class professor referring to drawing as “mapping”. Not here.  Hobza’s Drawing Water Workshop with the Berlin Drawing Room arose out of her deep…

Read More

Anatomy Drawing Supply List

Dear Class, Please bring these supplies with you for the Anatomy Drawing Workshop. Other more specialized drawing materials will be provided at the Berlin Drawing Room. A3 sketchbook watersoluble/very soft colored pencils (3-4 different colors, or a set if you already have) kneaded eraser (Knetgummi) 4b pencil Check out our handy guide on where to buy art supplies in Berlin! GUIDE Once again details regarding the…

Read More

Results from Drawing Water Workshop

Last summer artist, drawing instructor and expert scuba diver Klara Hobza led the Drawing Water Workshop. Equal parts drawing workshop and immersive experience, the meditative nature of this class led to some stunning work made by the participants. This summer we are offering a second edition of this workshop. So if these images look inspiring to you, you can join us! View student work gallery…

Read More