Figure Drawing Workshop Series

A year-round online workshop series focused on understanding the human figure through drawing and painting.

Draw and paint the human figure with confidence!

Gain an in-depth understanding and skill set for drawing and painting the figure. This series of online workshops is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in depicting the human form to really go deep into the subject with an expert. Improve your figure drawing technique or build a solid foundation as a beginner. Each workshop covers the theory with detail and precision through live demos and hands on practice. Opportunities to analyze and grow together come through class discussions and individual feedback. 

G Caruso has studied anatomy and explored the human figure through their art for the past 20 years. They are ready to share all their knowledge and practical solutions to common problems with you. 

Included in this workshop series:

  • Learn the basics of anatomy, from inner structures to exterior details.
  • Observe and compare the work of old masters and learn how the representation of the human figure has evolved in western art history.
  • Explore different mediums
  • Develop a poetic and expressive understanding of the human form.

G Caruso always strives to create a cooperative and supportive environment in their classes. Time is dedicated for individual feedback and the teaching style is tailored to the needs of the group.

During my time learning with Berlin Drawing Room I have already been able to notice some of the changes that the classes and regular practice have helped me implement. My sketchbook has become a permanent fixture wherever I go, and taking classes with BDR over the last six months has noticeably improved my ability to draw the figure from life quickly and accurately. G is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher, and being able to share their experience with the rest of the class attending each workshop. The classes have always felt welcoming as well as personal, and the weekly schedule has been a great reminder to spend time nurturing some more base-level drawing skills and correcting bad habits that can sometimes be overlooked.
Beth Simcock
Participant in the Figure Drawing Workshop Series

Online Workshop Modules for 2022

    The workshop series follows a progression of concepts and skills. Each module can be also joined individually. Brave beginners are welcome to join at the start of any module. Experienced figurative artists have much to gain from this methodical and detailed approach.
  • Stuctural Anatomy & Morpho Anatomy – 8 Weeks 
  • Head and Facial Features, Hands and Feet, & Dynamic – 6 Weeks
  • Ink Techniques & Pastel Techniques – 5 Weeks 
  • Thursdays 6-8pm CET
  • (Starts 6pm in Berlin, 12pm in New York, 9am in San Francisco, 5pm in London)

Continuing Student Reward

Join a workshop series at the start of any module. When you continue on with the next consecutive module, join at a reduced price. Receive a 10% discount if you are a continuing student, within one series. We want to encourage deep exploration within our series themes and we want you to have the experience of watching your skills accumulate and layer in meaningful ways. 

Coupon Code: drawfigure22
Expires: 1 week before the start of each workshop

The coupon code will only be valid for continuing students who are signing up for consecutive modules.

Artist-Instructor G Caruso

G Caruso has studied anatomy and explored the human figure through their art for the past 20 years.

G Caruso’s personal art and teaching are deeply intertwined through the concepts of:

  • constant practice
  • study of classics
  • a disciplined approach to creative projects
  • always with the goal of discovering new things to then bring to the students. 

G Caruso is a traditional Italian artist focused on studying and transmitting the knowledge and methods of old classical masters. After years of intense foundation work in the studio of Antonio Marroni, Italian artist preserving the tradition of the “Bottega d’Arte” with all its techniques, G graduated at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera di Milano, with a curriculum focused on figure, pedagogy and symbolism in art. G Caruso taught at the Laboratorio Artistico of Milan for ten years before moving to Berlin and starting the collaboration with Berlin Drawing Room in 2017.


Our Online Workshop Format

  • Livestreaming classes take place via online video conference (using Zoom). The instructor conducts live demos with step-by-step instruction so that you can work together in real time. You also have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback during class time.
  • We keep class sizes small and the atmosphere is interactive and supportive.
  • Finish exercises or practice at your own pace, at home, outside of class time.
  • Receive individual feedback on your completed work and exchange comments and questions with the instructor and your fellow workshop participants in an encouraging environment.
  • Find supplemental material and watch the progress of other participants by visiting the workshop Dropbox folder in between classes.
  • Recordings from each week’s livestreaming session are available in case you miss a class or want to review a demo.

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I really recommend these classes to open minded people. Here you will learn basics or enhance your already established skills in a non academic way. You can always 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)

The course about anatomy with G was great! It’s amazing how much you can learn in such a short time and G is a very precise and nice instructor. Thank you for that!

Nathalie Frank (Anatomy Drawing Workshop, 2017)

I wanted to learn how to draw comics or create a graphic novel. Books and classes I found and did so far, had quite a conventional approach. When I found Ali’s course, I had the feeling this is a bit different from the others. I wasn’t sure at the beginning, if it would be worth to book all 5 classes at once, but I absolutely didn’t regret that I did. Over 5 months I participated nearly every week in the online class. Ali offered a nice mix of warm up exercised, theoretical input, feedback, answering questions, sharing own experiences and several drawing exercises. She encouraged the participants to create and stick with a character. Since the course happened over a long period and I got feedback and input every week, it was possible to get into a process and develop something. I didn’t had any specific in mind, but over the time I created a wolf character, who is now part of several comics I’ve made and still make. I also liked Ali’s political awareness and openness. I didn’t have a favourite exercise, but I liked a lot, that we started with a short warm up, did another longer exercise and did a long exercise in the end of each class.

Maria Preußmann (Visual Storytelling Workshop Series with Ali Fitzgerald, 2021)

G Caruso’s watercolor workshop was excellent and my first online art workshop. I hadn’t worked with watercolor for many years and I was able to refresh my memory and learn new techniques each week. Each session was recorded on dropbox so I was able to reinforce my learning. Each participant was able to upload their projects and get positive feedback and suggestions. G is an organized, very experienced water-colorist and teacher who shares her passion for the medium. She cares about each student and their progress. The sense of community that developed was such a treat. I live in the USA and worked from my studio. There were students from four other countries. I signed up for another class immediately and hope online classes will continue to be offered.

Norma Bradley (Sketchbook Practice Workshop, 2020)

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