Drawing Monsters: an exploration of the shadow
Custom | Drawing | Featured | Mixed media

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…

Studio Visit with Ian Jehle
Featured | Mixed media | Painting

Studio Visit with Ian Jehle

Artist Ian Jehle, instructor of The Art and Science of Color, meets us in his studio to discuss art, science and color theory, and how his teaching practice ties it all together.

Josef Albers “Interaction of Color”
Painting

Josef Albers “Interaction of Color”

I first encountered Albers’ Interaction of Color as an undergraduate student at the Slade School of Fine Art, in London, U.K. The Slade had one of the original sets of screen prints that accompanied the first edition, so I spent hours poring over the prints and marveling at the mutability of color. Years later, when I was…

What is an Image Transfer Collage?
Mixed media

What is an Image Transfer Collage?

Watch a video demonstration and see examples of Keegan Luttrell’s ethereal work, using the same techniques that will be taught in the workshop, on the BLOG. Sign up for the upcoming mixed media workshop “Image Transfer Collage: Jan 22 – Feb 12” with Keegan, and find all details, here: REGISTRATION.

“Painting Exploded” Instructor Alisa Margolis
Painting

“Painting Exploded” Instructor Alisa Margolis

Upon first encountering Alisa Margolis’ paintings online I was unsure whether I was looking at paint. The American artist’s work ranges from technically rendered explosions and carefully constructed rubble to the Baroque meets deep space and the Athenians at a rock concert. “There’s something primal about painting, the materiality, the color- it produces endorphins,” I…

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.

Josef Albers “Interaction of Color” taught at Berlin Drawing Room
Botanical | Mixed media | Painting

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…

Art supplies in Berlin
Botanical | Drawing | Featured | Mixed media | Painting | Printmaking | Watercolor

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!…

John Singer Sargent’s Mugs and Madame X
Drawing | Painting

John Singer Sargent’s Mugs and Madame X

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) made hundreds of rapidly drawn charcoal sketches of society personalities, drawings he referred to as “mugs.” He made these in response to a high demand for his work. Not being able to satisfy all with oil paintings, he satiated his sitters with quick charcoal drawings.  These portraits are mostly of wealthy…

Contemporary Botanical Artists
Botanical | Mixed media | Painting

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…