YEARLY CHRISTMAS NOSTALGIA

Text by Jo Day
Dead tree by Sarah Kilcoyne

 

If you haven’t realised already with these short, short days, and the firecrackers being sold for New Years Eve/Silvester/The Apocalypse, the year is nearly over.

This is sometimes cause for a freak out, where you either think oh boy, where did the year go, or, if you’re slightly more prone to histrionics, where you slap your hands to your cheeks Home Alone style and shriek WHAT HAVE I EVEN DONE THIS YEAR?

ESDIP doesn’t have to do that because they did a lot. It’s too much to tell you about it, so I’m going to show you instead.

Most of these courses and events are available next year, so check out the links. I’m not going to say it should be a part of any kind of New Year’s resolutions, because really, no, I’m not into them. Just eat as much cake as you want, it’s fine.

But you should come to these classes or events because they’re great, and they’re fun, and you’ll learn a lot. I took the illustration class and the collage course this year, and even though the last art class I took was the type with crayons, I learned so much and despite always being…let’s say, the least acquainted with artistic techniques than the other classmates (as in: I used to find stick figures challenging) I came out feeling pretty artistic, like I could wear a beret non-ironically and, most importantly, people can recognise the stuff I draw now for what it is, and not hold it upside down while squinting.

 

Let’s get into it! Put on “Happy Xmas (War is Over)”, get some Glühwein, and settle back.


WINTER

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE

The screen printing collective Suspicious Package set up their own studio inside ESDIP. You can rent the space to do some work yourself or, if you’re kinda lazy (and hey, again, don’t make resolutions, just be lazy, it’s fine) you can HIRE them to do your work for you.

 

 

 

 

INTENSIVE ILLUSTRATION COURSE

Learn illustration, drawing, painting, digital illustrations and life drawing with models. Register here for 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTISTIC ANATOMY WORKSHOP

This class studied anatomy for artistic purposes, to be able to convey realistic figures, but also so that the participants could casually tell their friends they were on their way to anatomy class. I took a version of this class in the Intensive Illustration course and felt so smart when I learned a lot of complicated words for body parts I didn’t know I had. (I forgot them all immediately but for those few hours I felt like I’d missed my calling as a surgeon.)

 


LIFE DRAWING

Life drawing sessions happen at ESDIP once a month, every month. Bring some paper and pencils and come for a two hour classical drawing session, complete with wine and music.
(By the way, this is available to all levels, you don’t need to be as talented as the artists of these two pictures. You can just sit like I did at the start of last year and happily draw people-shaped scribbles.)

 

 

 

SPRING

“GLUED IN BERLIN” 

Jorge Chamorro’s exhibition and book launch

photo by Rob Hanna

Jorge Chamorro launched his book of collages. To see any of his other amazing work, go to his website.

 

 

 

 

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN COURSE

photo: Lisi Badia

Learn things like design thinking, typography, visual identity and editorial design. Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.
Sign up to the next one here.

 

 

 

 


SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP

Do you like red? Do you like cats? Of course you do! Who doesn’t?
Sign up for it next year here.

 

 

 

 

 


WORDPRESS WORKSHOP

This was for people who wanted to build a professional and beautiful website on WordPress but needed some help. For some reason I didn’t take this class, which is why my WordPress website has weird cross-outs in the links and all of my pictures are lumped together. You call it unprofessional, I call it delightfully eccentric. (I really need to take this course.)

 

 

INTENSIVE ILLUSTRATION COURSE

Look at those shades! Sign up here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEHANCE REVIEWS BERLIN

Graphic designers, illustrators, motion designers, animators, painters, collagists and all the creative minds of Berlin come together and share the things that make them tick.

See the video here.

 

 

 

 

 

LIFE DRAWING

Another night of music, wine, and feeling very cultured, while people around you just casually whip up masterpieces like this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMER

COLLAGE WORKSHOP

This workshop, run by Jorge Chamorro, covered the history of collage, and then talked about techniques, authors, art and anti-art movements. After the history, the students – yours truly included – sat down with magazines and made our own (master)pieces.

 

 

 

 

JO DAY’s “A NEW TENSE”

book launch with exhibitions by Katherine and Camila

photo by Rob Hanna

Oh hi! That’s my book, I wrote that! I wrote a lot of it in ESDIP, and I self-published it, and Rob Hanna not only took those great photos, he also did the layout of the book itself. See where coworking gets you?
(By the way, the two artists Katherine and Camila have now joined forces and have made a clothing line, Mikah Studios.)
Also…hey, I mean, buy my book, if you want. I won’t stop you.

ILLUSTRATION COURSE

photo by Rob Hanna

Illustration and art classes run throughout the year in ESDIP, and you can book already for next year here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL COLLAGE WORKSHOP

In this course, students learned a technique to explore different creative alternatives, in order to push the visual boundaries of a design, illustration or art piece. Taught by Marcos Morales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIFE DRAWING

More oh-so-casual super impressive drawings at the Life Drawing evenings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTUMN

SCREEN PRINTING PRINTING WORKSHOP

This was designed and printed by the students at ESDIP! Join up and make something like this next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINE ARTS COURSE

photo: sculpting some heads with Eveline van de Griend

Do you want to learn how to make and draw…well, everything? This year the Fine Arts students learned:
› Drawing techniques
› Emphasis of personal style
› Anatomical study of the human form with live model
› Hands and feet
› Portrait
› Perspective
› Shading theory and technique through still life and figure drawing
› Editorial illustration: children’s book, cartoons
› Drawing animals, objects, superheroes, fabrics
› Color techniques: watercolour, pencil, ink
› Digital Illustration: Photoshop
› Clay sculpture
› Printmaking: screen-printing, linocut

LIFE DRAWING

Oh my goodness. I mean…again, yep, just a casual Friday night, a couple of artists just threw this together. Easy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINTER AGAIN

FINE ART STUDENTS’s EXHIBITION

ESDIP showcased the work from the students of the fine arts course…

…which were achieved…

…in only three months!

 

 

 

 

 

Aaaaaaaannnd….Merry Christmas/Frohe Weihnachten!

Enjoy your holidays, keep surviving winter, and come to ESDIP, either to join the art/educational classes, or to use the desks to work.