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Drawing Workshop within Power Cage Exhibition

Bei diesem Zeichenworkshop werden die Teilnehmer*innen selbst den Geist der Naturalisten beim Aufzeichnen ihrer Exemplare verkörpern.Wie könnte der Prozess des Zeichnens durch Beobachtung die Sichtweise und letztendlich die Ergebnisse dieser frühen Wissenschaftler beeinflusst haben? Wir werden die einzigartige Intimität dieses meditativen Prozesses erforschen und uns gleichzeitig auf ein interpretatives und kreatives Terrain begeben, um die verlorenen wissenschaftlichen Werke von Jeanne Viellepreux-Power neu zu kreieren. Im…

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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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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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Reflecting back on Drawing Water

Last summer accomplished multi media artist, drawing instructor and 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! Sign up…

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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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Watercolor Landscape with Limited Palette

How to paint a landscape (from a photograph) with a limited palette We already started to learn about the power of a limited palette to create a cohesive color world in the last class. A color world within a painting ties all of the elements in the picture together in a unified sense of space and light, and even time for that matter. To see this effect in action, look…

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Botanical Drawing and Watercolor Supply List

Here is the supply list for the upcoming Botanical Drawing Workshop. For a guide on where to buy art supplies in Berlin, go HERE.   Paper: Hot Press Watercolor Paper (also called smooth, Glatt, Glad) 300 g, A4. Botanical Illustrators have traditionally used Hot Press Watercolor Paper for their work because its smooth surface is conducive to fine detail.  Watercolor paper can be purchased as a block (edges glued together so…

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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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Pastel Hues of Maurice Prendergast

Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924) was a masterful painter and colorist. His watercolor paintings have a beautiful shimmering luminosity, achieved through his transparent use of color and loose brushstrokes. His use of color is very much inspired by impressionist painters, like Claude Monet, who attempted to capture very exact moments of light. This atmosphere of light and color is created through the use of a “color world,” painting…

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