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Botanical Watercolor

with Mira O’Brien (Berlin Drawing Room Founding Director) and Matthias Wilkens (Botanical Expert from Prinzessinnengarten)

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.

Working directly from botanical specimens, we will learn basic, as well as more particular, watercolor techniques. Each week we will focus on a different theme, such as medicinal plants, trees of the garden, flowers, etc… accompanied by scientific and cultural information about the plants. We will also create an Herbarium sheet, necessarily including a pressing and an illustration, employed whenever a species needs to be documented.

The drawings and painting made in this workshop are more like the field notes kept in the sketch books of Naturalists than the highly polished 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.

Techniques will include line drawing with watercolor tea wash, building up layers with washes, adding detail with special watercolor effects and paying close attention to oft-overlooked subjects!

Cost: 190€*

*includes 19% MwSt