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24 Aug 2020


Image by courtesy of Dagmara Genda

Live Online Course DRAWING IT OUT: an exploration into the possibilities of drawing by Dagmara Genda


Duration: September 07 – 28, 2020 Enroll by September 05, 2020 Lecturer: Dagmara Genda Participation fee: 180 EUR
Seats are limited!


An der Industriebahn 12-16
13088 Berlin

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'Since the establishment of art academies, drawing has played a central role in art education. Up until the Romantic era, it was the only practical skill taught in art schools. Today, the practice has expanded beyond its former set of narrow criteria, but the fact remains, no matter what type of artist you may be, you'll likely be drawing in one form or another. While drawing cannot and should not be defined, the genre can be used as a set of guidelines against which we push in order to discover new material and conceptual possibilities. Can we interpret writing differently when we view it as a drawing and not as a text? Do we start to move differently when we consider drawing as the trace of an action? If lines form a visual language, what do they, or can they say? How can you translate a drawing into sound or movement? Questions like these will guide the course. With a series of lectures and exercises spread over the course of four weeks, we will explore the limits and possibilities of drawing. The lectures will cover the different ways we might understand drawing, starting from sketches and illustrations, to diagrams, notation, performance, choreography, and information systems. Perspectives outside of the European tradition will be explored and are encouraged.

After each lecture, a series of exercises will be offered, from which participants can choose or to which they can respond, in order to develop their own plan. The goal is to explore the genre and expand existing interests and skill-sets, regardless of where one might be in their art practice. The assignments will be completed over the course of one week, uploaded before the next seminar, shown and discussed after the lecture. Thereafter, a new set of exercises will be distributed and/or developed.' (Text by courtesy of Dagmara Genda)

Video conferences every Monday from 4 – 6 pm (Berlin time). We record the live sessions so that they remain available for the course participants.

Duration: September 07 – 28, 2020
Enroll by: September 05
Lecturer: Dagmara Genda
Participation fee: 180 EUR




WEEK 1: What is a drawing?

WEEK 2: Line as Boundary: dividing space

WEEK 3: Drawing as trace

WEEK 4: Story Lines



Dagmara Genda is an artist and writer. Her art art has been shown at the Arp Museum, Remagen DE Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; the Esker Foundation, Calgary; Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area Biennial 2014, as well as numerous public and private venues across Canada, the US and Europe. Genda is currently completing a public art project for the expansion of the subway system in Toronto.



The BERLIN ART INSTITUTE is an independent art school, international artist residency, innovative arts incubator and production site for artistic practice, training, discourse, and research. In addition to the Live Online Courses & Classes, the BERLIN ART INSTITUTE offers an international Studio Program, a Residency Program, Portfolio Courses, an Arts Incubator, a Spring Academy, a Friends Program, and the presentation display 404 | BAI.