Drawing at the Nature Lab

The workshop is intended to provide an intensive study of the plant world. The participants will do research on historical plant samples, explore the Berlin Botanical Garden, discover the plants' cellular structures with the microscope and graphically interpret the gathered knowledge about their form.

Graphic preoccupation with nature teaches us how to consciously perceive it: through our eyes and hands, drawing provides us an embodied understanding of its form. 

In this course, we will develop our artistry by playing with translation and abstraction. Historical templates from the UdK teaching archives, as well as models and plant samples from the Botanical Museum, will serve as a starting point. We will conduct field researches in the Botanical Garden and contextually rediscover isolated plant parts, as well as continue exploring our selected plant samples at the Humbold University's Miscroscopic Center and explore their structures and growth principles in the microcosm. 

This comprehensive inventory should further transform into an artistic investigation where the participants will visualize their interpretation of the plant world.

Drawing tools and materials for experimentation will be provided and are included in the price.



Day 1

UdK University Archive

Drawing historical templates, models and plant samples


Day 2

Visiting Botanical Garden

Field research


Day 3

Microscopy Center of the Humboldt University, Campus Nord, Charité Investigation of plant samples


Day 4

UdK Laboratory for Drawing

Free work and individual consultations


Day 5

UdK Laboratory for Drawing

Free work and a concluding presentation



Kerstin Hille studied communication design at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee and the Facultad de Bellas Artes Salamanca (Spain). Since 2001 she has worked as a freelance draughtswoman, illustrator and graphic designer in Berlin. Amongst others she did scientific illustrations for the Natural History Museum in Berlin. A further focus of her work lies in the field of printmaking. After a five-year teaching position in drawing at the Graphic Design School in Anklam/Greifswald, she has been head of the Laboratory for Drawing at the Berlin University of the Arts since 2013.


Oliver Thie draws to make the visible recognizable. In 2012, he graduated from Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee. Since then he has been researching the relevance of hand drawing as a tool of knowledge in cooperation projects with scientists. In 2018 he conserved the shadows of minerals in the Temporary Object Laboratory at Tieranatomisches Theater Berlin. In 2016 he accompanied a biological expedition through the USA to study the social behaviour of aphids. From 2014 to 2016 he was artist in residence at the Natural History Museum Berlin. In a public drawing laboratory he researched microstructures on the Hawaiian cave planthopper (an insect). His works have already been exhibited in the Berlin galleries Stella A and Galerie Parterre as well as in the Kunstverein Neukölln.


Run period:
07.09.2020 – 11.09.2020
Course time:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 515

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