If you want to create stunning paintings, understanding color is your most important tool.

Color: Theory and Practice

with Katy Kirbach

Color is dependent on everything around it! Embark on a series of color study exercises, developed by Josef Albers in the Interaction of Color, in order to unlock these complex relationships. Learn how to make one color look like two different colors, but also how two colors can look like one; use color to create an illusion of transparency; and explore ideas of color quantity, harmony and juxtaposition.

This course will provide a hands-on introduction to color through the mediums of painting and collage. While learning about mixing color, we will make a selection of painted paper as a class in order to be used for color studies based on exercises from Albers’ Interaction of Color.

A professor at the Bauhaus in Germany, Albers emigrated to the U.S. and created the exercises that became the Interaction of Color with his students at Yale. First published in 1963, it revolutionized the way color was taught, emphasizing practice and hands-on experience before theory. Artists including Eva Hesse and Robert Rauschenberg studied color with Albers, and completed these same exercises.This workshop is based on a course that artist and instructor Katy Kirbach taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Acrylic paint will be supplied.

September 10 - October 15, 2019
6x on Tuesday in the studio from 6-9 pm
1 x Field trip on Saturday, September 28, 12-2pm

Cost: 208€ (includes 19% VAT)

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Personalized genre painting meets expression meets explosion!

Painting Exploded

with Alisa Margolis

Unlock self expression while learning a more personalized approach to painting. Combine expanded traditional technique with playful exploration at the boundaries of using paint, ultimately learning how to see with paint. Discover how the many aspects of mark making and the interaction of color can be harnessed not only to describe your subject matter but as a form of expression.

Alisa will guide the class through topics such as drawing with paint, conveying mood and depth through color, and working with non-traditional lighting situations and color palettes. Classical painting techniques will be pushed and adapted to your own unique vision. The Abstract Expressionists all started out as representational painters, so how did they get there and how can we learn from the ideas and gestures of abstract expressionism as a starting point to create our own work?

Acrylic paint will be supplied.

July 30 - September 3, 2019
6x on Tuesday in the studio from 6-9 pm
1 x Field trip on Saturday, August 17, 12-2pm

Cost: 190€* (including paint)

*Includes 19% VAT

Portait Painting Workshop

with Giulia Caruso

The genre of portraiture is as timeless as painting itself. The portrayal of the human face creates a deep psychological connection between the artist, the painting and the viewer. This intensity will be explored through two very different methods, including a more expressionistic “alla prima” self-portrait and a posed portrait in the traditional layering technique of "chiaroscuro tonale".

While the self-portrait will be painted in one sitting, the technique of "chiaroscuro tonale" will develop over several sessions. Starting with a tonal monochrome base of acrylic and continuing with glazes using water-based oil paints, we will focus on giving depth to shadows and volume to the subject. Special attention will also be paid to lighting the model. Throughout the workshop there will be live-demos, showing how to render specific details and effects such as eyes, nose, lips, and hair texture. The subtlety and richness of this layering technique is an invaluable tool for anyone interested in figurative painting, whether just getting started or already more experienced.

Acrylic and oil paints will be supplied.

June 19 - July 24, 2019
6x on Wednesday in the studio from 6-9 pm
1 x Field trip on Saturday, June 22, 12-2pm (Gemäldegalerie, admission not included)

Cost: 208€* (including paint)

*Includes 19% VAT

Intro Painting Workshop

with Giulia Caruso

An introduction to the expressive and versatile medium of painting with a focus on traditional painting methods. Starting with basic color theory, learn how to mix colors and achieve a unified color world. Through exercises designed to show the difference between hue and value, or the relationship between complimentary colors, we sharpen our understanding of how colors interact and how to mix paint.  Learn step by step, with many live demos, how to craft a painting by exploring techniques for paint application, brushstrokes, blending and composition. The final class will introduce a technique for glazing with water-based oil paints over an acrylic underpainting. By the end of this workshop you will have a solid foundation upon which to launch your own painting journey.

While the focus is on painting from direct observation, such as from a still-life, there are still opportunities to explore individual style and personal expression. We will look to examples from both art history and contemporary art for technical and conceptual insights. We will take a field trip to the Alte Nationalgalerie, to observe how different artists have made specific techniques choices to express their vision.

Non-toxic acrylic paint will be supplied.

May 8 - June 12, 2019 SOLD OUT
6x on Wednesday in the studio from 6-9 pm
1 x Field trip on Saturday, May 25 , 12-2pm

Cost: 190€* (including paint)

*Includes 19% VAT

This was the first course I took at the Berlin Drawing Room (me being an absolute beginner) and I loved each and every class. I learned so much about the world of colours from her! She had a very well chosen topic for each class, so that by the end of the workshop, we had covered a variety of different areas. I actually learned to paint things that I never would have dreamt of being able to master. Mira is a very approachable teacher, always friendly and with a big heart for her students! I enjoyed the class so much, that I also signed up for the Mixed Media Workshop.
— Sara Z. (Painting Workshop, 2014)
This is the third course I have taken with Mira as a teacher. And I am one of those also taking the mixed media classes. So it is quite obvious for me to recommend this course to anybody who wants to get closer to his creative side. I really enjoy Mira´s approach which is really dinamic and fluid, you won´t definitely get bored here. If you just feel like “trying”, or if you would like to develop your skills and views more, this is the right course for you.
— Simone Brizzi (Painting Workshop, 2014)
This was my second course at the Berlin Drawing Room (I also took the fall drawing workshop) and I’m now taking the mixed-media workshop. This workshop was so much fun and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves to paint regardless of skills. In this workshop you will learn among other things how to mix and experiment with different colours and styles of painting. The most fun for me was just letting go and painting with crazy colours and shapes, and I couldn’t believe how great it turned out! Mira is a great teacher who guides you throughout your painting with advice and great ideas. Since this workshop I honestly can’t stop painting every free minute I have!
— Kate P. (Painting Workshop, 2014)