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Intro Painting Workshop

Artist-instructorMira O’Brien

Format: In-person in the Berlin Drawing Room Studio (directions)

January 20 – February 17, 2022 SOLD OUT (up next Creative Painting Workshop)
– 5x Thursdays
– 6-8pm
Waiting List: [email protected]

Cost: 190€
(incl. VAT)

Supply List: Acrylic paint is included. See “Materials” section below.

Covid-19 Update: 2G. Small class size (max 8 people plus instructor). Please wear a mask.

Workshop Description:

Learn how to craft a painting from start to finish. This workshop is an introduction to the expressive and versatile medium of painting with a focus on foundation techniques. Learn how to mix colors, arrange your pallet and plan your painting in order to lay down those first few strokes with confidence. The focus of this workshop will be painting from direct observation, using still lifes.

Build your painter’s vocabulary with the following skills:

    • Essential color theory.
    • Mix colors and organize a palette.
    • Plan a composition.
    • Introduction to layering and glazing.
    • Painting on a toned ground.
    • The difference between painting from life and painting from a photograph.
    • Tricks and tips for keeping a painting fresh, finishing touches and unifying elements.

By the end of this workshop you will have a solid foundation upon which to launch your own painting journey. Even if you are complete beginner! Practice painting from direct observation as well as how to use photographs and reproductions as inspiration. Finally, begin your exploration of individual style and personal expression. We will look at examples from both art history and contemporary art for technical and conceptual insights.


  • Provided: Acrylic paint and basic painting set up.
  • To be purchased by the studentEverything for the first class is provided and we will go over additional supplies in detail. Own set of brushes (so that we don’t need to disinfect). Own mixed-media paper block or canvas boards (your choice). Disposable palette.
  • Recommended: Own set of acrylic paint so that you can practice at home or join via livestreaming (when necessary, see below). Sketchbook for taking notes, testing colors, diagraming compositions, etc… Pencil and eraser.

Can I participate as a complete beginner?

Yes! This is a perfect introduction to painting for a complete beginner. You will learn foundation skills that can be applied to any future painting project.

Will I have a finished painting that I can hang on the wall?

Maybe yes, maybe no. This is not the type of painting workshop where everyone copies the teacher and ends up with the exact same painting. The focus here is on learning techniques and engaging in a painting process, not necessarily on the final result. We want you to leave this painting course with skills that can be applied to any creative endeavor, not just a single finished painting.

What if I have to miss a class because I am sick or must quarantine?

If you have to miss a class in the studio, you will be able to participate from home via Zoom. We can’t guarantee an identical experience, but you will be able to watch all demos and slide presentations livestreaming. A recording will also be available for up to one week. For this reason, it is advisable to have a set of paints at home, purchased in advance. You will want them once the workshop ends anyway, so that you can continue painting! Partial refunds for missed classes are not available.

What if there is a lockdown?

In the case of a mandatory lockdown the workshop will be switched to online and no refunds will be offered.