Portrait Drawing Workshop

with Giulia Caruso

Explore how portraiture has evolved in art history and experiment with different techniques and styles. Learn which physiognomic features are relevant to achieve recognizability in the subject and how to describe features through color and shadows rather that mainly contour lines.

Learn techniques with a variety of drawing materials such as: pencils, charcoal and soft artist pastels. We will work from a live model, references and propaedeutic exercises in order to develop specific skills. Finally there will be the opportunity to draw a portrait of the subject of your choice.

November 26 - December 17, 2018
4 x on Monday in the studio from 6-9 pm (Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17)
1 x Field-Trip (Saturday, December 8, 12-2pm at the Gemäldegalerie)

Cost: 130 Euros (includes some supplies)

Drawing from Observation

with Giulia Caruso

Introduces basic drawing techniques with a focus on drawing from observation. Class exercises explore technique, medium and strategies in visual thinking. A perfect introduction for beginners, with new skills to be learned for the more experienced. You will see your skills improve, no matter what level you are starting at!

Each class is structured around a formal topic: contour lines, tonality, negative space, portraits, etc...  with examples from art-history and contemporary art. Technique is built through guided exercises, followed by time for experimentation and longer drawings. We draw from a live model and from still-life creations.

The field-trip is an excursion to draw the ready-made still-lives of Berlin’s Natural History Museum, including dinosaur bones and exotic taxidermy.

January 7 - February 11, 2019
6 x Monday from 6-9 pm
1 x Field-Trip

Cost: 160€ (not including VAT) for payments received before December 31, 2018
160+30 VAT = 190€ (including 19% VAT) starting January 1, 2019

Drawing Supply List

Figure Drawing Workshop

with Giulia Caruso

Explore the expressive capacity of the human form. By developing our technique, we open the possibility to capture on paper the specific gestures and emotions evoked by the model. Figure drawing has always been the primary focus of artist Giulia Caruso and she is ready to share her trade secrets.

Working from a live model, as well as from historical examples and live demonstrations, we will cover a range of traditional mediums including: graphite sticks, white and red chalks on toned paper and inks. We will focus on gesture drawing, negative space and relative proportions to achieve an expressive result.  We will learn simple ground rules to manage foreshortening, avoid graphic symbolizations and other common issues.

During a Saturday field trip  to the Altes Museum we will see how the portrayal of the human body has developed in classic times and make drawings on site from the classical statues.

October 22 - November 19, 2018
5 x on Monday in the studio from 6-9 pm
1 x Field-Trip (Saturday, November 10, 12-2pm)

Cost: 150 Euros (includes some supplies)

Anatomy Drawing Workshop: 2

with Giulia Caruso

This workshop will expand on the techniques learned in the previous Anatomy Workshop and allow more time to focus on specific topics, such as hands and faces. The class will be guided by master figurative artist Giulia Caruso and she is ready to share her trade secrets. Working from a live model, as well as from historical examples and live demonstrations, we will cover a range of traditional mediums.

While new material will be introduced for continuing students, it is not necessary to have completed the previous Anatomy Drawing Workshop in order to participate here. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as more advanced students. 

SOLD OUT - September 17 - October 15, 2018
 5 x on Monday in the studio from 6-9 pm
1 x Field-Trip (Saturday, October 6, 12-2pm)

Cost: 150 Euros (includes some supplies)

Anatomy Drawing Workshop: 1

with Giulia Caruso

Draw the figure from the inside out! Learn the basics of anatomy, body structure and muscle dynamics that make up a traditional figure drawing foundation. By developing our technique, we open the possibility to capture on paper the specific gestures and emotions expressed by the model. Figure drawing has always been the primary focus of artist Giulia Caruso and she is ready to share her trade secrets.

Working from a live model, as well as from historical examples and live demonstrations, we will cover a range of traditional mediums including: graphite sticks, white and red chalks on toned paper and inks. We will focus on gesture drawing, negative space and relative proportions to achieve an expressive result.  We will learn simple ground rules to manage foreshortening, avoid graphic symbolizations and other common issues.

During a Saturday field trip  to the Altes Museum we will see how the portrayal of the human body has developed in classic times and make drawings on site from the classical statues.

The course about anatomy with Giulia was great! It’s amazing how much you can learn in such a short time and Giulia is a very precise and nice instructor. Thank you for that!
— Nathalie Frank (Anatomy Drawing Workshop, 2017)

June 19 - July 17, 2018
5 x on Tuesday in the studio from 6-9 pm
1 x Field-Trip (Saturday, July 7, 12-2pm)

Anatomy Drawing Supply List

Cost: 150 Euros (includes some supplies)

Drawing Water Workshop

with Klara Hobza, artist, drawing instructor and expert scuba diver.

Immerse yourself in deep observation and self-expression through the process of drawing water in motion. Explore how observational drawing can lead to abstract imagery by focusing on the unique qualities of water such as movement, rhythm and texture.

We will use the techniques of layered line drawing with liquid ink brush and charcoal. Out in the field we will practice both quick motion studies and multi layered long studies.

Day 1:  After an introduction to water images spanning from Japanese masters to contemporary artists, we will exercise basic drawing techniques that help us depict water in movement and water as a reflecting surface.

Day 2-3:  We will practice these skills out in the field at several exciting spots near the water.

The observational and immersive techniques acquired will prove valuable in the process of understanding the craft of making images.

August 2 – 5, 2018
Thursday, August 2nd in the studio, 6 – 9 pm
Saturday, August 4th at the river Spree, 2 – 5 pm
Sunday, August 5th at the river Spree and at Karpfenteich, 2 – 5 pm

Cost: 80€ + 12€ Materials Fee*= 92€
        *Materials Fee includes: A4 Drawing Paper Block, Portfolio Folder, Waterbrush, Chinese Ink, Willow Charcoal

I am an academic in my early forties who took the drawing course as a free-time activity to balance my language-driven day job. Prior to this I had not drawn anything since elementary school and do not consider myself talented in that respect. In six weeks I went from scratch to achieving a recognizable likeness of still-life arrangements, portraits, nudes, and objects from nature in a variety of different techniques including blind sketches, contour-line and gesture drawings, and tonality drawings in pencil and charcoal. Other members of the class who also entered with no prior experience or practice achieved more striking results than mine. Apart from gaining a new and more profound appreciation of artworks involving drawing, I have benefited from the perceptual shift that goes along with close observation and manual rendering of a subject; I have also been surprised to note intriguing analogies between the cognitive aspects of drawing and the scholarly work I do for a living. The class includes some discussion of exemplary work by Sargent, Matisse, Morandi, Hockney and others, but the focus is on practice and technique. There’s no pressure to perform, but the three hours are intense and go by fast. I now find myself practicing drawing even when I’m supposed to be doing other things, so be forewarned: it can be habit-forming.
— Brady Bowman (Drawing Workshop, 2014)
“I really recommend this classes to open minded people. Here you will learn basics or enhance your already established skills in a non academic way. You can alwais grab a book and learn about how you “should” draw lights and shadows, but this is different. This is about approaching reality, breaking through your “standards” and creating something that, sometimes surprisingly, is always definitely interesting. If you are not afraid of what can get out of your pencil when you let it go, just come to this workshop: it is the right place for you!”
— Simone Brizzi (Drawing Workshop, 2013)
I took the Spring 2013 Drawing Workshop and can highly recommend it. This is a great class for learning to observe and draw in a structured, yet playful and creative way. I was familiar with some of the ideas from Betty Edwards ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’, and I also met many new exercises and ways of approaching drawing. Mira is a gentle and supportive teacher, at the same time she is always stretching her students to try different methods and get beyond their self-imposed limits. By the end of the class, I noticed that my drawing had improved in ways that I hadn’t even realised!
— Catherine Lupton (Drawing Workshop, 2013)