Anatomy Drawing Supply List


Dear Class,
Please bring these supplies with you for the Anatomy Drawing Workshop. Other more specialized drawing materials will be provided at the Berlin Drawing Room.

  • A3 sketchbook
  • watersoluble/very soft colored pencils (3-4 different colors, or a set if you already have)
  • kneaded eraser (Knetgummi)
  • 4b pencil
Check out our handy guide on where to buy art supplies in Berlin! GUIDE



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.

Bold, graphic, and immediate, linocut is the underdog of the printmaking world. First used extensively by the German Expressionist group Die Brücke in the early 20th century, this utilitarian technique quickly became a popular and widespread practice with artists and designers. 

Linoleum was cheap, easy to find, and easier to carve. It was initially unrecognized as a refined method of print production—and all the better. Without the burdens of history and style, artists could whittle whatever they wanted out of the smooth, industrially-produced surfaces, from ex libris bookplates to posters advertising political dissent. 

In time, linocut was championed by the likes of Picasso and Matisse, who contributed wonderful additions (or should we editions) to this burgeoning art form. However, it always retained its status as an everyday way to publish texts and artist’s books, produce bespoke fabric patterns, and experiment with visualizing one's ideas.

Below I’ve included some reproductions of linocut prints made by the Polish artist Karol Hiller and others by Josef Čapek, the Czech painter, poet, and inventor of the word “robot.” I find these works especially compelling for their linear clarity and dynamic compositions. Although most are printed with a single layer of ink, like black, red, or blue, the last one has been augmented with hand-coloring to brighten the image. 

Here at the Berlin Drawing Room, we are excited to tap into the unique, creative energy offered by linocut with our inaugural printmaking workshop solely dedicated to the technique. It is perfect for beginners and for print enthusiasts alike. You can find more information by following this link to the Berlin Drawing Room's workshop website: 

I hope you enjoy the images. 

All the best,

Patrick

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1.   Karol Hiller, Cotton I (1930), linocut on paper
2.   Karol Hiller, Machines (1929), linocut on paper
3.   Karol Hiller, At the Machine (1931), linocut on paper
4.   Karol Hiller, Factory's Courtyard (1922), linocut on paper
5.   Josef Čapek, Dívka (1918), linocut on paper
6.   Josef Čapek, Kouřící voják (1919), linocut on paper
7.   Josef Čapek, Letící ptáček (1920), linocut on paper
8.   Josef Čapek, Musaion (1920), linocut on paper
9.   Josef Čapek, Sen o zástupu zoufajících (1921), linocut on paper
10. Josef Čapek, Zajíc před terčem (1920), linocut on paper





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. 













Accordion Sketchbooks

These accordion sketchbooks were made in the recent Watercolor Accordion Book Workshop with Giulia Caruso. 







Make your own sketch book and learn watercolor techniques in this workshop led by artist Giulia Caruso. Giulia will guide the class with step by step demonstrations of each new technique!
Learning to sketch is like learning a new language: a form of perception and ability to communicate. Shapes and colors tell the story of a place and we will focus on the quickest, most efficient ways to transcribe these fleeting experiences.
Choosing the best tools when sketching on location is essential for scenarios where space and time are limited. We will learn how to use watercolor with a “water-brush” and how to mix it with pens and graphite.
We will make a Japanese style accordion sketchbook with watercolor paper, to be used for the field trip and life drawing session.

Photo Transfer Video Demonstration



Photo Transfer Salon

with Keegan Luttrell
Join us for an evening of art making in a laid back studio setting. Photo transfer is an accessible mixed media technique that can produce beautiful and layered results when combined with watercolor or acrylic paint. Using a non-toxic solvent, Keegan will guide the class step by step through the image transfer technique. Each student will have a unique image that can then be painted over to create a finished work. 
All materials are included, however you are welcome to bring your own xerox images. We will start off with a complementary glass of Prosecco to get the creative juices flowing! 
Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, July 27, 7-10pm
Thursday, August 10, 7-10pm
Cost: 43 Euro (includes all materials and a glass of Prosecco)

Keegan Luttrell teaching in Myanmar

Berlin Drawing Room instructor and artist Keegan Luttrell just returned to Berlin after teaching art to international high school students in Myanmar. Keegan's own description of her experience is truly inspiring! We are so excited to continue working with her and see what she will do next! Stay tuned for updates on her upcoming workshops and exhibitions. 

"This is me. In my classroom on one of the last day of school. I never thought coming here would have changed me so much. This place has opened its arms to me and has found its way deep into my core, a bond unshakable. I came here to be a teacher, but like always it has taught me much more than I could ever give. Its beauty doesn't just lie in golden pagodas or busy street markets and old colonial buildings. Its beauty lies in the people - the people of Myanmar and the people who have flocked here to find something. I've always been attracted to places that are deeply rooted in trauma, perhaps in order to deal with my own. Myanmar is no exception - its had a rough past and now a quick rebirth. In the moments that were difficult or different from what I deem "normal", no matter how devastating, something beautiful was always around the corner. That polarity allows you, if you are willing, to connect to the people here. A smile, a mingalabar, a new found openness. There is beauty in everything here and if you just open your eyes and your heart, it will change you. It is what the people have given me that I will remember the most - their unwavering, insurmountable kindness and beauty that I hope to carry after I leave. This place will change. I will change, but I am grateful that I got to connect in whatever way possible and that I have so much to take with me. I am full. " - Keegan Luttrell, 2017



Check out Keegan's own work here www.keeganluttrell.com