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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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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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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 observe: leaves, stems, flowers, seed pods. Place your specimen in…

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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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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…

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Linocut: The Underdog of Printmaking

There are a lot of ways to make a print. Some people are seduced by the glossy speed of pulling an ink-charged squeegee across a silkscreen. Others prefer tooling away at sheets of copper destined for an acid bath. I, for one, have always been a sucker for the linocut. Bold, graphic, and immediate, linocut is the underdog of the printmaking world. First used extensively…

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Guides for Seeing Art in Berlin

In the mood to go see some art but not sure where to go? Tired of paying museum admission fees but intimidated by the long list of galleries? Already saw the “big names” but not sure what to see next? Help is here! Well indirectly… I wanted to share with the Berlin Drawing Room community my list of art guides in Berlin.  These are great…

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