Winter Botanical Drawing Workshop
with Mira O'Brien (Berlin Drawing Room Founding Director) and Matthias Wilkens (Botanical Expert from Prinzessinnengarten)
Join us for a special winter edition of the Botanical Drawing Workshop. Learn techniques for botanical illustration inspired by the tradition of Naturalists, who recorded their scientific discoveries through detailed painting and drawing. We will be making our own discoveries through a process of close observation guided by Matthias' botanical expertise. Drawing and watercolor techniques specific to the subject matter, such as layering with watercolors in order to capture different textures and the effect of fine detail, will be introduced each week.
No previous experience required.
Topics will include:
- Microscopy drawing: with images projected live via Beamer accompanied by scientific explanation.
- Cross-sections with layered watercolor, see example below.
- Winter specimen possibilities to draw and paint from: succulents, forced apple blossoms, ferns, orchids, seed pods, etc...
Course Schedule: February 15 - March 15
- 5 x on Wednesday in the studio from 6 - 9 pm
- 1 x field trip, Saturday, March 4 from 12 - 2 pm
Full version of this workshop will be offered in Summer 2017.
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Botanical Drawing Workshop: coming Summer 2017
Learn techniques for botanical illustration in this workshop held in collaboration with the Prinzessinnengarten. Inspired by the tradition of Naturalists, who recorded specimens through detailed paintings and drawings, we will explore the fauna of Kreuzberg.
On Saturdays we meet in the Prinzessinnengarten and work out in the field. Matze, our plant-expert at the garden, will introduce us to the plants. Each week we will focus on a different theme, such as medicinal plants, trees of the garden, etc... These notes can be incorporated into the illustrations.
On Wednesday evenings we meet in the studio, where we will focus on learning new watercolor and drawing techniques. Specimens will be available to work from in the studio, and we will always work from direct observation. Topics might include plant-pressings, cross-sections, succulents, etc...
The drawings and painting we make in this workshop will be more like the field notes kept in the sketch books of Naturalists than the highly polished technical illustrations found in a botany textbook. These recordings are just as much about the subjective process of observation as they are about the recording of scientific data. It is this process of gaining understanding through experience that leaves these illustrations somewhere on a spectrum between art and science. **
Techniques will include line drawing with watercolor tea wash, building up layers with watercolor washes, adding detail with special watercolor effects and paying close attention to oft-overlooked subjects! Find a link to the Supply List here.
Course Schedule: Spring/ Summer 2017!
- 4 x on Wednesday in the studio from 6 - 9 pm
- 3 x at the Prinzessinnengarten from 12 - 3 pm