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:

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.

 

BARD Graduate Center | Paper Sculpture Mask Making Workshop

This is one for those of you with kids in NYC
When: Dec.10 2016 
Where: 18w 86 st, New York

Charles Percier
The Bard Graduate Center approached me about a mask-making workshop based on their exhibition about the neoclassical French architect and interior designer Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions. He is the designer of the Arc de Triomphe, and was later appointed to be one of the personal architects of Napoleon Bonaparte.

For this workshop we focused on paper art creation only: folding, curling, ripping, and layering paper, working with the colorful and playful characteristics of paper. Characters from both ancient Greek drama and Charles Percier’s own social world come alive; tragedy or comedy, an artist or an empress?

Workshop context
Before Charles Percier designed furniture and interiors for Napoleon Bonaparte, he supervised the creation of theatrical stage sets for the Paris Opera. Children and their caretakers were invited to explore a Percier’s dramatic imagination on an educator-led tour of Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions. This tour was then followed by a hands-on colorful and expressive mask making workshop.

The mask making workshop touched on the Neo-Classical aspect of Percier’s work, being inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman art. Nowadays, we might think Greek and Roman sculptures were all white marble, but the opposite is true. For this mask making workshop we worked using the true colors which allowed for some colorful mask creations.

Workshop Flyer:

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For more information and registration:
http://www.bgc.bard.edu/news/events/kids-workshop.html

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.

 

Student Gallery – Illustrative Map making

Below some images of a very fun map making illustration workshop at the Brooklyn Brainery. It always surprises me as to how many different ideas students can come up with.

One of the things I want to focus on are for my workshops and classes to be creative and free. To provide an experience where students can focus on their individual interests, rather than working on the same exercise as a group.

However, this time I included a little group experiment. Symbols are very important to visualize the locations and their importance on a map. To get everyone to think outside their box, I got them to think of 3 different ways to visualize WaterAnd everyone showed a different way; so in 15 minutes we had over 23 examples of water. So inspiring…

Mixed Media & Collage Illustration Workshop – Brooklyn Brainery

June kicked off with a great workshop at the Brooklyn Brainery. This mixed media and collage workshop is perfect if you love creating art or illustration, but feel limited in your drawing skills, or if you want to try something new.

We decided to all work on a similar image; as a warming up exercise I asked the group to create 2 – 3 different flowers, which we started off by creating our own collage material, and combining those with magazines, and patterned paper. After that images of birds, cat’s and even a teapot pouring tea into winterboots were created. Loved it.