Travel Sketching Workshop

One-week Summer Intensive

with Giulia Caruso

The poetry of the Carnet de Voyage, created by artists during the Romantic Age, is still alive and fascinating. Have you always wanted to be able to keep a sketchbook while travelling? To preserve memories in a more personal way? With this in depth one week workshop you will learn all the tools and tricks of the trade to find your own style and create your personal travel sketchbook.

We will explore Berlin, utilizing its variety of urban landscapes and landmarks to learn a variety of sketching techniques. During every step of the process there will be live step by step demos and individual tutoring, to really focus finding your own sketching voice. Using watercolor and other water based media, we will analyze each subject in order to find ways of rendering space and light.

This workshop is perfect for someone visiting Berlin as well as those based in the city wanting to learn techniques to carry along with them on their next voyage.

July 1-5, 2019
5 x 10am-1pm, Monday - Friday

Cost: 180€*
* including 19% VAT

Watercolor Workshop: the Berlin Landscape

June 7 - 28, 2017

with Witte Wartena

Learn the subtle medium of watercolor while looking to the urban-landscape of Berlin as a subject. Watercolor techniques, as well as basic color theory are covered in this workshop. Learn how to create the effects of cool shadows and warm sunlight by layering transparent colors, how to control the paint flow for fine detail as well as smooth backgrounds and how to use the brush for different types of texture. Some mixed-media techniques combining watercolor and drawing will also be introduced, according to instructor Witte Wartena's own unique style. 

We will explore subject matter and composition with an expanded version of the picturesque. Illuminated signs, trash or graffiti may not detract from a view, but add to an experiential and atmospheric image. Advertising Slogans or texts on the wall show a unique context. 

The Workshop will take place twice per week, first in the studio and then outdoors. The classes held in the studio will focus on technique, which can then be applied in the field. We will meet every Saturday in a new location and paint plein-air.  See pictures below for some examples of past plein-air sites.

No experience required! This class is perfect for beginners as well as more advanced students who want to improve their skills or just discover interesting landscape locations with fellow painters.

June 7 - 28, 2017

  • 4 x on Wednesday in the studio from 6-9 pm (June 7, 14, 21, 28)

  • 3 x on Saturday in the field from 12-3 pm (June 10, 17, 24)

    Watercolor Supply List

Thanks to Mira’s lessons in just a few weeks my understanding of watercolours is light years ahead of where it was. She gave us some great tips and coaching and I now feel like I have a really firm grasp of the basics of colours and watercolours and a great skill for life. Also, the classes are relaxed and fun - there’s no pressure at all and the trips with the class made it easier to start painting outside.
— Kier E. (Watercolor Workshop, 2013)
I took the watercolor class last summer and would recommend it to anyone regardless of skill level. I had no experience with watercolors, and really hardly any experience with painting when I took the class. Mira is an extremely patient/open/encouraging teacher and the plein air days are a lot of fun (if the rain doesn’t put a damper on things!). She introduced me to a new way of looking at things, of seeing and understanding color in the world around us. Do it!
— Greg R. (Watercolor Workshop, 2013)
I took Mira’s watercolor class this spring (2015). Mira provided helpful examples and guidance to get us started, but did not prescribing a particular style to follow, so there was great diversity in the kind of work we produced - we were each able to take the medium in our own direction. I had not touched a paintbrush in years, and I found the learning curve manageable. Now that the class is over I’m continuing to paint on my own and I really enjoy it! I had previously taken Mira’s drawing class, which I would recommend, as it was helpful to have already practiced the basics of composition, perspective, and learning how to “see.”
— Matt H. (Watercolor Workshop 2015)