Drapery in Art History and in the Sketchbook
New to the blog: follow Giulia’s sketchbook through the museum, drawing folds and drapery.
“Drawing drapery is one of the things that most often makes my students moan and roll their eyes. It can be frustrating and discouraging how a simple piece of cloth can be so stubborn in its shadows and so hard to render with decent softness and volume. But drapery can be the perfect starting point to learn how to master chiaroscuro and find confidence in other subjects. If you can make a dress feel alive, then everything else will follow.”
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 the scientific branch, responding to the unique characteristics of their subject matter.
Read full blog POST.
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. Hobza’s Drawing Water Workshop with the Berlin Drawing Room arose out of her deep engagement with water as subject matter in combination with a long term drawing practice. FULL ARTICLE by Hallie Frost
BDR in der Tagesspiegel
“Drawing and Wonder” read full article HERE.
“Pilze können die Wahrnehmung verändern – und genau darum geht es Mira O’Brien: Mit der Hilfe von Pilzen will die 36-Jährige lehren, die Welt um sich herum anders zu sehen. Der Plan ist jedoch nicht, sie zu essen und auf eine halluzinogene Wirkung zu warten, sondern sie zu zeichnen. „Denn je genauer wir uns ein Objekt anschauen, desto detaillierter nehmen wir es auch wahr“, sagt O’Brien.”
Josef Albers "Interaction of Color" to be 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 Kirbach
What is an Image Transfer Collage?
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.
"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. - Read the full blog post by Hallie Frost
Results from Hybrid Paper-Making Workshop
See the surprising and incredible results from the recent Paper-Making Workshop with artist Loren Britton. LINK
New Painting Workshop instructor is Artist Maureen Jeram
We are very excited to offer the Painting Workshop with internationally acclaimed painter Maureen Jeram. Maureen combines her training in Italian Renaissance painting with her studies under George Baselitz to give you an entirely fresh approach to traditional painting techniques.
Maureen Jeram: traditional and contemporary painting techniques
"I am fascinated with both traditional and contemporary painting techniques and feel that the combination of the two can create a powerful image." - Maureen Jeram
A New Queer Abstractionist, Meet Artist Loren Britton
By Maya Chung on ART MAZE Mag
Britton is currently grappling with the hegemony of language and naming through the use of paper pulp. Called Second Date, their current exhibition at the Field Projects Gallery in New York showcases a number of colorful paper pulp creations, which Britton sees as a way of digesting political urgency….
New Guest Artist Workshop by Certified City Nature Guide Kristin Hensel
Kristin Hensel has been researching and teaching the history of natural dyes and pigments for many years in Berlin. Using a technique similar to watercolors, we will paint with these beautiful natural colors that Kristin has rediscovered following historical recipes and experimentation.
Learn to make paints from plants in the one day workshop “Colors from Nature” on July 7, 2018!
Linocut: The Underdog of Printmaking
There are a lot of ways to make a print. Some people are seduced by the glossy speed of pulling an ink-charged squeegee across a silkscreen. Others prefer tooling away at sheets of copper destined for an acid bath. I, for one, have always been a sucker for the linocut.
Photo Transfer Video Demonstration
Watch instructor Keegan Luttrell give a demonstration of one of the photo transfer techniques to be practiced in the upcoming workshop Photo Transfer: Image and Memory.
These accordion sketchbooks were made in the recent Watercolor Accordion Book Workshop with Giulia Caruso.
Keegan Luttrell's solo exhibition at Display
We are so proud of BDR instructor Keegan Luttrell for her solo exhibition at Berlin project space Display. Check out the documentation of her performance installation.
Berlin inspired Collage Workshop
We had such an amazing time hosting this group of students from London while they were exploring Berlin and making art. We designed a unique workshop for the students to channel their experience of the city into mixed media artworks.
Interview with Instructor Patrick J. Reed
"I’ve always had an interest in this sort of cultural phenomena that is the apocalypse narrative – I find it fascinating. But the danger in being interested in that kind of narrative is that it can be very easily romanticized." Full article
Impressions from January Photo Transfer Workshop
Check out what the participants of the Photo Transfer Workshop created with Keegan! Also images from their field trip to Display.
Interview with Witte Wartena
"I think it is not interesting to show the typical landmarks and beauty spots. They are well known and will be captured by many others (and probably better than I ever could). The unknown or unseen (overlooked) is more fascinating." Interview Link
Cyanotype Workshop Impressions
Cyanotype is a photographic technique that exposes images in sunlight. Creating an image requires no negatives but rather invites a direct approach that combines elements of drawing, painting and sculpture with the final element of time. Full article
Botanical Drawing Exhibition
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. See documentation.
Summer Art Program with the children of NUK Wrangelstrasse
Impressions from our Summer Art Program for the children living at the Notunterkunft Wrangelstrasse; a place where refugees live temporarily in Berlin. We were happy to share a bit of fun and creativity with our neighbors. Read more and see images.
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