Botanical Watercolor: Painting Leaves (video)
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Botanical Watercolor: Painting Leaves (video)

Learn how to paint a leaves in botanical watercolor style. How does one paint a leaf that has both light and dark veins? Paint along in real time with artist instructor Mira O’Brien as she works from the reference photo below. Learn how to easily add details such a serrated edged to your leaf drawing,…

Edible Spring Wildflowers in Watercolor
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Edible Spring Wildflowers in Watercolor

As spring emerges I’m always so grateful to those very early tiny flowers that give the signal that winter is over. These weeds and wildflowers that are first on the scene are so fragile looking one can hardly believe they would also be so brave. Pictured here are Veronica chamaedrys also known as cat eyes….

Three Generations Paint Together in Online Class
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Three Generations Paint Together in Online Class

During the past year lockdowns around the world as well as the decrees or altogether halt of travel, due the pandemic, has kept quite a few families apart. Especially amongst an expat community, like the one I belong to in Berlin, many people have their families spread out across multiple countries. While video calls and…

Printable Holiday Cards Gift
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Printable Holiday Cards Gift

Print out these cards for your friends and family this Holiday Season! What a year! 2020 has been full of challenges and new discoveries. Thank you for joining us, if you are a new member of our community. THANK YOU for sticking with us, if you are one of our loyal repeat students. Our gift…

Botanical Watercolor Weed Diary
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Botanical Watercolor Weed Diary

For the first meeting of the Botanical Watercolor Workshop I would like each of you to collect a weed, or two, as your specimen. The more common and despised the weed, the better. Try to collect the entire plant, if possible. Also try to collect examples of every part of the plant that you can…

Livestreaming Workshops FAQ
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Livestreaming Workshops FAQ

Answers to some frequently asked questions from our international livestreaming participants regarding payment, participating, supplies, etc…

Drawing Workshop within Power Cage Exhibition
Botanical | Watercolor

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…

Behind the Scenes at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
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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…

BDR in der Tagesspiegel
Botanical

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….

Collaboration with Natural History Museum
Botanical

Collaboration with Natural History Museum

I am excited to officially announce a new collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Berlin; something that has been in the ‘planning and development’ phase for over a year now. Read more about the new workshop Wunderkammer Drawing.