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Alberto Baraya's Herbarium of Artificial Plants

Alberto Baraya's "Herbarium of Artificial Plants" is an example of a contemporary artist engaging with the technique and history of traditional Herbarium plates. Instead of collecting living plant specimens and drying them, he collects artificial plants and disassembles them. Important to his research, like a true Botanist, is the context and location in which the plant was found. He often documents other aspects of the collection process, along with the specimen itself. 

This project was presented at the 8th Berlin Biennale in 2014.

Alberto Baraya´s "Expedition Berlin, Herbarium of Artificial Plants" at the 8th Berlin Biennale from on Vimeo.

Baraya's work at the 8th Berlin Biennale

Compare Baraya's work with some 19th century Herbarium plates, using dried specimens.

Painting Workshop Supply List

- Acrylic paint is included in the course fee. 

Brushes and paper will be available to buy from the Berlin Drawing Room. 

- Paper comes as a block of 25 sheets and costs 12 Euro and is available to purchase on the first class.  

- Brushes are available in different sizes and cost just a couple of euros each. I buy them in packages so that it is cheaper for everyone. 

  • Palette for mixing paint (can be a store bought palette or even paper plates will work)
  • Palette knife
  • A large cup/ jar for water. 

Optional: any brushes or acrylic paints you already have that you want to use in class, paint rags, palette knives, etc...

If you have any questions, just let me know.