Linocut Workshop

with Patrick J. Reed

This workshop offers an introduction to the linocut printmaking technique. During the first evening class on Thursday, there will be an overview of the Linocut Technique and we will look at historical and contemporary examples. Patrick will give instructions on how to create a design that will be carved into the block so that there is some time to gather ideas before the next class. On Saturday, we will be ready to start carving. Over the course of an intensive weekend, we will design and carve a linoleum block, create a small edition, learn printmaking tricks-of-the-trade, and become familiar with the history of this versatile and efficient technique. Each class will include step-by-step instructions for how to develop projects, as well as individual consultation with participants as they craft their own designs.   

Known for its strong graphic presence and its ability to translate fine detail, linocut is beloved for being an accessible printmaking technique that does not require a lot of special equipment. First used extensively by the German Expressionist group Die Brücke in the early 20th century, linocut quickly became a popular and widespread practice among artist and designers. Further championed by the likes of Picasso and Matisse, this method of image making is now considered a staple among the arts of printmaking.

Perfect for beginners and print enthusiasts already familiar with linocut and woodcut.

March 1 - March 4, 2018
March 1 (Thursday) from 6-9 pm
March 3 (Saturday) from 11-5 pm, includes lunch break
March 4 (Sunday) from 11-4 pm, includes lunch break

Location: Berlin Drawing Room

Cost: 140 Euros (includes one lino block, all paper, ink and printmaking supplies)

Accordion Bookmaking Workshop: Watercolor

October 5-12, 2017

with instructor Giulia Caruso

Make your own sketch book and learn watercolor techniques in this workshop led by artist Giulia Caruso. Giulia will guide the class with step by step demonstrations of each new technique!

Learning to sketch is like learning a new language: a form of perception and ability to communicate. Shapes and colors tell the story of a place and we will focus on the quickest, most efficient ways to transcribe these fleeting experiences.

Choosing the best tools when sketching on location is essential for scenarios where space and time are limited. We will learn how to use watercolor with a “water-brush” and how to mix it with pens and graphite.

We will make a Japanese style accordion sketchbook with watercolor paper, to be used for the field trip and life drawing session.

During this 3 day workshop you can expect to learn:

  • How to create a Japanese style accordion book
  • Drawing with a brush to quickly set an idea on the page
  • How to use shadows to reveal the poetry of a subject
  • Using “water-brushes” and how to modulate the diluition of watercolor

Schedule: October 5-12, 2017
Thursday, Oct 5 (6-9pm): Make a Japanese style accordion book and introduction to the materials to be used during the workshop.
Saturday, Oct 7 (12-3pm): Paint on location, focusing on figurative sculptures.
Thursday, Oct 12 (6-9pm): Life drawing with nude model and step by step instruction.

Cost: 90 Euro, including book making materials.
Water brushes will be available to buy.

Accordion Bookmaking Workshop: Sketching

August 9 - 16, 2017

with instructor Giulia Caruso

Make your own sketch book and learn sketching techniques using water-based drawing media in this workshop led by master sketch artist Giulia Caruso. Giulia will guide the class with step by step demonstrations of each new technique!

Learning to sketch is like learning a new language: a form of perception and ability to communicate. Shifts of light and shadow reveal forms in space and we will focus on the quickest, most efficient ways to transcribe these fleeting experiences.

Choosing the best tools when sketching on location is essential for scenarios where space and time are limited. We will explore water soluble mediums, such as water soluble graphite, watercolor and a “water-brush”.

Japanese style Bookbinding is a beautiful way to create your own sketchbook. We will make a Japanese accordion sketchbook with watercolor paper, to be used for our field trip in the park and our life drawing session.

During this 3 day workshop you can expect to learn:

  • How to create a Japanese style accordion book
  • Gesture drawing as a base for sketching
  • How to use shadows to reveal the poetry of a subject
  • Using “water-brushes” and how to modulate the solubility of water soluble mediums (water soluble graphite, pens  and watercolor)

Schedule: August 9 - 16, 2017
Wednesday, August 9 (6-9pm): Make a Japanese style accordion book and introduction to water soluble sketch materials to be used during the workshop.
Saturday, August 12 (12-3pm): Paint on location, focusing on figurative sculptures that make up monuments.
Wednesday, August 16 (6-9pm): Life drawing with nude model and step by step instruction.

Cost: 90 Euro, including book making materials.
Water brushes will be available to buy.

It is a very interesting experience were you push yourself to create an art piece, even from everyday objects, reaching surprising results. Mira O’Brien is a very talented artist and instructor with a lot experience that will help you to think about other artistic points of view.
I’m already looking forward for the next workshop at Berlin Drawing Room.
— Miguel C. (Mixed Media Workshop, 2015)
I truly enjoyed every part of the workshop! The combination of simple assignments with presentations on historical backgrounds and contemporary art, and discussions through all classes, almost automatically lead to creating and understanding the process of developing more complex projects, and eventually our final project.
— Wiesje B. (Mixed Media Workshop, 2016)
My second workshop after painting, and I enjoyed both of them so much. Wonderful group of people, and I really like the balance in the class of instruction, looking at other paintings for inspiration, and working on our own projects. The assignments themselves are also thought provoking and meaningful, and it is always fascinating to see how different each work is, though we start with the same framework of the assignment. I’m really looking forward to continuing in the fall!
— Mayumi K. (Mixed Media, 2014)