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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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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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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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Josef Albers “Interaction of Color” taught at Berlin Drawing Room

“In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually” – Joseph Albers “Albers’ approach to color theory still feels relevant today because he places the importance of practice before theory. In doing this, he created one of the best manuals for any visual artist hoping to better understand the role that color plays within their work. Read full blog post by Katy…

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Art supplies in Berlin

I have been meaning to get around to this for a long time now! Students ask me all the time where to go to buy art supplies in Berlin. Here are some of my recommendations, all in one spot! If you don’t see your favorite shop listed here, leave your recommendations in the comments. Thanks! 1. BoesnerThis is the largest art supply store in Berlin with…

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Botanical Drawing Exhibition: July 2-3

Please join us for a special exhibition of botanical illustrations created during the Botanical Drawing Workshop. The drawings and paintings on display were created through a process of close observation, both at the Prinzessinensgarten and the Berlin Drawing Room.  The workshop is inspired by the Naturalists of the 19th century, who were simultaneously artists, explorers and scientists. Through the process of drawing from life, we…

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Contemporary Botanical Artists

Linda Stillman uses actual plants as pigment to create her colorful drawings and paintings, often plants from a specific garden or location. The identification of the plants becomes a part of the title and the artwork itself. Taryn Simon: In Paperwork and the Will of Capital, Simon examines accords, treaties, and decrees drafted to influence systems of governance and economics, from nuclear armament to oil deals and diamond trading….

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Alberto Baraya’s Herbarium of Artificial Plants

Alberto Baraya’s “Herbarium of Artificial Plants” is an example of a contemporary artist engaging with the technique and history of traditional Herbarium plates. Instead of collecting living plant specimens and drying them, he collects artificial plants and disassembles them. Important to his research, like a true Botanist, is the context and location in which the plant was found. He often documents other aspects of the…

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Botanical Drawing and Watercolor Supply List

Here is the supply list for the upcoming Botanical Watercolor Workshop. For a guide on where to buy art supplies in Berlin, go HERE.   Check List: Hot Press Watercolor Block, 300g, A4 Watercolor Set (Malkasten) – cakes in a box with space for mixing colors Watercolor Brushes, size 1-2 and size 6 Pencils, HB and 2B White eraser Paper-towel Water cup Long version with explanations…

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