Posts TaggedMixed media

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…

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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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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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Death and the Maiden (Mixed Media class)

Last week in Mixed Media, we revisited a theme that originated in 16th century Northern Europe: Death and the Maiden. Related to earlier Medieval motifs, such as Danse Macabre or the dance of death, the Death and the Maiden theme has an added erotic element. It seems the sentiment “all life ends” shifts to “all beauty must die”. Rather than showing an old person passing away, these images classically depict a young…

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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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