Illustrative Map-making

Brooklyn Brainery || Illustrative Map-Making Highlights

Some absolute beauties from the Illustrative Map Making classes at the Brooklyn Brainery from January-April. With creative implementations such as a layered, fan-type map or a wedding invitation. But also plenty of new travel inspiration, with one of my students coming from Montevideo. A truly beautiful city, with some real interesting architecture. But also a more touching take on map making, mapping personal memories and experiences.

And below a larger overview:

Drawing Crash Course

Brooklyn Brainery || Drawing Crash Course Highlights

This crash course is great if you have always wanted to learn how to draw.

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Explaining proportion

Whether your last art class was in high school, or if you just want to refresh or add to your drawing skills and knowledge.

It’s a fun, hands-on, drawing class, where the first part starts off with a few warm-up sketches, followed by exercises introducing some of the essential drawing techniques.

The second part is about putting what you’ve learned into practice, where you’ll work on your own piece(s), at your own pace. This allows for the opportunity to ask one-on-one feedback or other questions you might have when you get stuck with the drawing process.

 

Below some more snapshots from the Drawing Crash Course classes:

DIY Cards

Brooklyn Brainery || DIY Cards Highlights

So much work to do in just 2 hours. An insight to an average class:

  • Sketching: coming up with an idea
  • Test stamp: getting the hang of the technique
  • Carving the print (Which takes time)
  • And then….15 left: go print everything. Luckily this doesn’t take longest.

Printing cards always ends up being a time-pressured process. And it amazes me how many cards people are able to print in the last 15 minutes of a class. Below some beauties from the Valentine’s Day class

And some cards and stamps for other occasions. Don’t you just love the little milk and coffee stamps?

Experimental Watercolours

Brooklyn Brainery || Experimental Watercolours Highlights

A full on 2,5 hour class, playing with different tricks and utensils to create some funky watercolour effects. Starting with the very basics, followed by a dive into different experimental paintings, finishing with some personal work.

 

Illustrative Map-Making Workshop

One of the things that I enjoy about teaching, is that I sometimes learn a lot myself. The illustrative map-making workshop is one of those.

This 2nd map-making workshop took place at the new Brooklyn Brainery location in Windsor Terrace. In this lovely small space we worked on a variety of different maps. Two students combined their love for food with map-maping, creating a map placing iconic British dishes geographically on the map and another guiding you through all the things you should eat when visiting Singapore.

Other maps were incredible as well; mapping a wardrobe, the world map through the eyes of a cat or mapping friendships and relations. Another student put the local ‘characters’ from her neighborhood on the map of Prospect Park area. Loved it!

 

 

Experimental Watercolors @Brooklyn Brainery

This Experimental Watercolor workshop focuses on series of different experiments, to better understand this versatile medium. Once we’ve covered some different techniques, everone gets a chance to work on their own watercolor piece. Which is great, because that way everyone gets to ask all sorts of individual questions regarding their pieces.

 

 

DIY Holiday Cards @Brooklyn Brainery

DIY Holiday Cards at the Brooklyn Brainery. Another one of my favorites. Even when I think I’ve run out of Holiday themed ideas, students always come up with something new.

Check out the student gallery below for some truly atmospheric beauties.

Student Gallery: Mixed Media & Collage 11|6 Brooklyn Brainery 

This class is always a surprise for me. Sometimes students want to make as many experiments as possible, but sometimes it’s the complete opposite. This group anonymously chose to focus on some beautiful finished fine art pieces and illustrations. Funny thing is, I think everything was a little travel inspired

See below for the results of this 2 hour workshop:


Student Gallery | Experimental Watercolors

Student Gallery: Experimental Watercolors at the Brooklyn Brainery.

This was the best; over the course of two hours students created a range of  washes, color blooms, textures, color gradients and more. It’s unbelievable how much you can do with watercolors… I guess we could’ve spend another hour (or 2?) creating all sorts of fun experiments.

The class was divided into 2 sections; where we focused on experimenting in the first half, and on a personal project in the last last 30min – 45 min. Students could choose to either work on something they’ve brought with them, or work on exercises that focus on layering paint, by creating a forest. Or one where they combine  ifferent techniques: create a cloud, dripping ink and splashing on the floor, combining 3 colors.

 

 

3 Hrs Recipe Illustration workshop @Brooklyn Brainery

Another student gallery from a very fun Recipe Illustration workshop at the Brooklyn Brainery. Although the 2 hour classes are great, I somewhat felt that it didn’t allow for enough time to actually create the artwork.

So this time we ran one that was 3 hours instead of 2. Which was great because it allowed for a larger focus on illustration and design exercises and more time to get into action. The feedback was great, everyone loved the fact that they had plenty of time to work on their recipes. As it always takes a little while to get into the process of creating.