Sketching Workshop: Bookmaking and Water Media

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.

Watercolor Workshop: the Berlin Landscape

June 7 - 28, 2017

with instructor/ artist 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)
  • Cost: 150 Euros 
  • Sign up: or use the button below and you will receive a registration form and payment instructions. 
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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)