Friends Workshops

Workshops with Friends 

Engaging in the creative process is a fun and  rewarding experience to share with your friends! We offer multiple formats, always led by professional artist, that can be adapted to your need and your special event or celebration. 

Below you will find the workshop offers we provide. Once you decide on a workshop click “Send an Inquiry” and fill out a form to gives us more details about the workshop you are interested in. We will reach out to you in a few days with a quote. 

Some of our clients:

Ubisoft, Fotografen Online Services, Contentful, Hy.am Studio, Awin AG, St. Paul’s Girls’ School, Bombardier, Gidsy, Chapman University, City of London Freemen’s School, Berlin Collective and numerous private groups…

Workshop Formats:

Life Drawing Workshop

Draw the human form from a live (nude of clothes) model. This fast paced workshop is all about the process and no previous drawing experience is required. Your group will create numerous drawings based on various exercises and prompts. Each pose has a time limit, and you will be given specific instructions for each drawing exercise. In the end, you can sort through your drawings and choose a few favorites to take home.  

Cyanotype Workshop

Learn the history and process of a cyanotype during this workshop. Each class includes step-by-step instructions on how to develop your print, as well as individual consultation. You will gain the tools and knowledge to be able to continue making cyanotypes, explore new ideas, and continue experimenting. 

  • 8 Participants Max.
  • 2-4 hour workshop.
  • Location: Erdmannstraße 13, 10827 Berlin) *Note: There is no restroom in the studio but there is a cafe around the corner to  us.

Watercolor Workshop

Learning how to paint with watercolor will also train your mind to plan your work in advance. Yes  watercolor is very strategic. Organize your tonal values and enhance your analytical skils. Watercolor can be difficult to control, but once you understand the process a structure emerges. It is within this structure that personal expression and improvisation can emerge.  

 
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Linocut Workshop

Design and carve a linoleum block and create a small edition, while learning printmaking tricks-of-the-trade. Explore the process of printing by hand, without a press, and its myriad possibilities. Not only can this process be replicated at home with a few specialized printmaking tools, but it allows for an intuitive experimental approach.

  • 8 Participants Max.
  • 3-4 hour workshop.
  • Location: Erdmannstraße 13, 10827 Berlin) *Note: There is no restroom in the studio but there is a cafe around the corner to  us.

Museum Sketching 

Learn about art and art history by studying the masterpieces on display at the Berlin state museums. The museum artworks come alive as we make studies and learn techniques with the guidance of one of out professional artist. 

 

Portrait Drawing and Painting 

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. Explore wide variety of mediums and techniques to create portraits with friends, like watercolor, acrylic, oil, pencil, and ink. 
 
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Urban Sketching  

Fall in love with the city of Berlin while learning sketching and watercolor techniques. Live step by step demos and individual tutoring take place during every step of the process to help you find your own sketching style and voice.  
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Monoprint Workshop

Learn the mono-print technique through using printmaking ink to make impressions from found and everyday life objects such as onion/garlic mesh-bags from grocery stores, bubble wraps, aluminum foil, leaves, etc. Grasp the concept of printing without a press in a free and uninhibited way by starting off with this simple approach. Create multiple images during one sitting and get into the flow of printing with a variety of textures and surfaces.

  • 8 Participants Max.
  • 3-4 hour workshop.
  • Location: Erdmannstraße 13, 10827 Berlin) *Note: There is no restroom in the studio but there is a cafe around the corner to  us.

Testimonials

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)

Best art workshops I’ve ever attended! I really enjoyed a botanical watercolour workshop with Mira, and have attended the Sketchbook Workshop series monthly for the past year. It’s changed my artistic life by keeping me motivated to create art daily, and I learn so much from the instructor and the other students each class. Best of all, the sketchbook series is completely online right now, so students from around the world can join in! I highly recommend classes from Berlin Drawing Room for students who are beginners, advanced, or anywhere in between 🙂

Lindsey Gould

Starting in January, I began a course in Writing and Illustrating Graphic Novels with Ali Fitzgerald through Berlin Drawing Room.  Ali is a fantastic instructor. She helps you find ways into your work: generative exercises, critical examples, interviews with artists about methods and materials. She also encourages you to find the ways to have fun. I was really intimidated by the idea of graphic novels – the undertaking seemed too daunting- but working with Ali and alongside artists with widely different approaches has been so helpful and inspiring.

For further backstory: My cousin Jessica had found Berlin Drawing Room classes in the height of lockdown and recommended I check them out. The recommendation proved incredibly fruitful. After I defended my dissertation in 2020 and my drawing practice turned mostly into Zoom conference sketching (still very useful!), I felt a little lost. Starting with Mira O’Brien technical instruction in botanical watercolor, then G’s figure drawing classes, I had a new place to go every week that helped me get out of my head about academia and work and job prospects. I am so grateful for this community of artists. Something about the global span is reassuring. I know I could find regular classes in New York (and should, perhaps), but I’ve paradoxically appreciated the distance.

I recently finished Mira’s online Winter Botanical Watercolour series and it’s been a very special experience, not only because the class was wonderful, but also because I signed up together with my eleven-year-old daughter and my mum. I think it’s the first time the Berlin Drawing Room has seen three generations of one family in a class!

Out of all of the art classes that I’ve taken this was the one that I see my skills progress the fastest. My instructor taught at a great pace, had such care for their students, and patience. You guys rule!! Portrait Painting Workshop.

The 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 so I was able to reinforce my learning. Each participant was able to upload their projects and get positive feedback and suggestions. The instructor 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)

I’ve been taking drawing workshops all year online from California. They have been fantastic! I’ve notice huge improvements in my technical abilities, confidence, and overall passion for drawing. I highly recommend.

Derek Chan

Great drawing and painting courses. Teachers have a professional background and outstanding social skills – to make a group feel comfortable. Even beginners and people who feel insecure about their creativity are taken care of here. Definitely recommend! I’m currently participating in an online course and enjoy being creative in a group from the comfort of my home.

Pat Re

I loved the specimens that she chose for the winter botanical series. Mira is an excellent teacher. She was gentle and kind with her appraisals of my work (I was a beginner) and she was open to the needs of her students. I highly recommend this class!

Michele Villeneuve

I took the 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)

I recently took a workshop with Ali Fitzgerald and it was absolutely wonderful! I am an illustrator, meaning I am used to working with single images, but I have always admired comic artists who work with multiple panels. Ali’s lessons were super insightful and she had so many simple and efficient tips that helped me actually put my single images together and tell a story with real emotional expressions and a storyline. Highly recommend it to any artists out there who are trying to take a leap into making comics or bringing their stories to life! But if you are a beginner this workshop will also be perfect for you 🙂 Ali is super patient, kind and willing to help with everything you might need.

Julia Mota Albuquerque

The course about anatomy 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)

This class was a real eye opener in every respect – I never thought I could draw and then the magic happens with the help of the calm professional inspired guidance by Mira O’Brien. This sounds exaggerated I’m sure, but to me the whole drawing course was a real life changing experience!!! I recommend to everybody to dive in there and come out feeling like a talented artistic person with loads of new skills : ))) Drawing Workshop

Hannelore (Drawing from Observation)

Mira celebrates her wonder of nature with her students. Whether for beginners or for more advanced participants, her classes provide technical instruction from the blank page and fresh paints to the finished work. Participants gain tips from her meticulous drawings, as well as courage from each other as we each develop our skills. Emotionally soothing and intellectually captivating, these drawing classes are a great investment for developing a new skill or honing an old one!

Wendy M K Shaw

I took the Summer Botanical Watercolor Workshop with Mira O’Brien. It was a such a marvelous experience; clear, precise, informative and wonderful. Although initially slightly hesitant about taking an online class, I was especially impressed! The online nature of the class gave us up close access to watching Mira do demos which was a huge highlight! I would recommend this class to anyone who is either interested in learning about watercolor techniques as a beginner or as someone who has watercolor experience. Mira’s enthusiasm for botanical watercolors comes through in so many ways! For each class she prepared wonderful slide shows about plants and techniques – always giving us a context with which to understand that day’s class! Take this class! It’s marvelous!

April Gertler

Had a wonderful experience at the Anatomy Drawing Online Workshop. The technical side of it was well organised and all the details before, during and after the course were excellently communicated by the tutor via email/dropbox! Overall a great experience. Would definitely recommend it to others! Liked it so much I’m taking another course there this month!

Heidy Wein

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

Mira’s Botanical watercolor classes are wonderful on many levels! Not only does one learn watercolor techniques, but also the skills of observation and recording the natural world. Mira is very knowledgeable, inclusive and accepting of all skill levels. It was fun!

Michelle Soule