A series of Botanical Watercolor Workshops that take place online and follow the changing of the seasons. Join at any point in the year for one or all four modules.
Learn botanical watercolor techniques from your home. While instruction will take place through an interactive livestreaming format (Zoom), care will be taken to emphasize the individual sensual experience of drawing from living specimens and working with watercolors.
Specimens: Each class includes high quality original photo references that we can paint from together. Sometimes Mira also provides instructions for specimen collection, in case you want work from direct observation. Simple instructions provided days in advance direct you to pick up a green leaf from the sidewalk, grab a weed sprouting out from a crevice, purchase a piece of seasonal produce, and other actions intended to call attention to oft overlooked instances of nature.
Watercolor Painting: The livestreaming classes introduce watercolor techniques through live demos and interactive instruction. You can follow live each brushstroke that makes up the finishes painting, with a close up view of Mira’s work table. Techniques include line drawing with watercolor tea wash, building up layers with washes, adding detail with special watercolor effects, mixing colors and more. All levels are welcome.
The paintings made in this workshop are inspired by the figure of the Naturalist, who was both artist and scientist. These recordings are just as much about the subjective process of observation as they are about the recording of scientific data.
Join at the start of any workshop, no matter what level you are at.
Mira O’Brien’s artistic research into topics such as the figure of the Naturalist and the conceptions of landscape and nature find expression not only through her paintings and installations but also through her teaching practice.
Mira is an internationally exhibited artist and the founder of the Berlin Drawing Room. She studied art and philosophy at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and went on to received an MFA in Painting from Yale University School of Art.
Her work has been exhibited internationally, notably in New York, Los Angeles, Spain, Berlin, and Kassel as an auxiliary project of Documenta (13). Solo-exhibitions have taken place at DD55 Galerie (Köln), General Public (Berlin), Vierter Stock Galerie supported by a grant from the US Embassy (Berlin), and as a solo-project at the historic Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Berlin), to name a few.
Learn how to paint a leaves in botanical watercolor style. How does one paint a leaf that has both light and dark veins? Paint along in real time with artist instructor Mira O’Brien as she works from the reference photo here. Learn how to easily add details such a serrated edged to your leaf drawing, how to preserve the light of the paper so that lighter veins stand out, and how to add textural details.
This botanical watercolor class was part of our monthly FREE livestreaming series. We offer a free live class on a different drawing or painting topic every month. All are welcome to join! We send out the details for the classes and the livestreaming join link via our newsletter, every month. Sign up for our newsletter if you want to participate next time live.