Sketchbook Practice Watercolor
Drawing | Painting | Watercolor

Sketchbook Practice Watercolor

The upcoming module of the yearlong Sketchbook Practice Workshop with G Caruso will be focused on watercolor. Find details HERE. Watercolor is a medium beloved for its immediacy and versatility. Centuries before the modern romantic age revival as a carnet de voyage (travel sketching) medium, watercolor was employed by old masters in their sketches. We will…

Botanical Watercolor Weed Diary
Botanical | Featured | Watercolor

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…

Painting on location and the practice of mindful observation
Drawing | Featured | Mixed media | Watercolor

Painting on location and the practice of mindful observation

Painting on location is a practice that requires mindfulness and kindness towards ourselves. What we put on paper may not always be perfect or satisfying to our inner critic, but the time we spend in communion with the beauty before us, our eyes wide open and receptive, is an invaluable gift.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin
Botanical | Drawing | Watercolor

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…

Klara Hobza draws water
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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…

Reflecting back on Drawing Water
Drawing | Mixed media | Watercolor

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…

Botanical Drawing Exhibition: July 2-3
Botanical | Drawing | Watercolor

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…

Watercolor Landscape with Limited Palette
Painting | Watercolor

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…

Botanical Drawing and Watercolor Supply List
Botanical | Watercolor

Botanical Drawing and Watercolor Supply List

Here is the supply list for the upcoming Botanical Watercolor Workshop. For a guide on where to buy art supplies in Berlin, go HERE.   Check List: Hot Press Watercolor Block, 300g, A4 Watercolor Set (Malkasten) – cakes in a box with space for mixing colors Watercolor Brush round size 6 (size 1-2 optional) Pencils, HB…

Guides for Seeing Art in Berlin
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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…