Sketching with Line and Wash

Artist-instructor: Tora Aghabayova

Format: In-Person
Location: Denizen, Köpenicker Str. 40, 10179 Berlin

Dates: January 25, February 1, February 8, February 15 (Wednesdays)
Time: 6-8pm

Cost: 35€ per class (inc. VAT)

          Workshop Bundle: 4x classes
          Cost: 122€ (inc. VAT)

Materials: Please bring your own pigment liner pen (permanent ink) and a pencil.
Watercolors, brushes and paper are provided, but if you have your own watercolors and brushes, feel free to bring them.

Next Up: Tora will be teaching Sketching with Watercolor as a follow up to this workshop.

What to Expect:

Create sketches using the expressive and efficient technique of combing ink lines with watercolor washes. Combine pen and ink with watercolor, and something special happens on the paper. The black ink is perfect for capturing details and structure in an immediate and graphic style. The watercolor adds not only color, but a flowing atmospheric quality. Even for complete beginners, by following a few guidelines, the sum is greater than the parts. No wonder this technique has become so popular for urban sketching, nature journaling, figure drawing and more.

Would you like to be able to create colorful sketches from your everyday life, from your travels, or even from your imagination? Each class will have a different subject matter and will cover different variations on the combination of line a wash. Tora will demonstrate each new technique and provide hands on assistance within a small class size.


The workshop takes place in the Denizen co-working space on Köpenicker Str. 40. If you would like to make use of the co-working space before the workshop starts, you are welcome to purchase a walk-in day-pass for 15 Euros, as a special offer to workshop participants.

About Your Instructor:

Tora Aghabayova is an Azerbaijani multidisciplinary artist based in Berlin. Formally trained as a painter with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Azerbaijani State Art Academy. She also has over 13 years of teaching experience having taught at Azerbaijani State Art Academy, and Expat Learning Centre in, Shanghai, China.

Tora has experimented with performance and video art at the onset of her career. Her performance piece in a format of a video installation entitle ‘Mood’ was on display at the first Azerbaijani pavilion exhibition at the Venice Biennial in 2007. In her most recent series of paintings entitles “Nonexistent Myths” Tora revisits and reinvents scenes from biblical mythology. While incorporating elements of surrealism and dark humour, Tora is subtly mocking the piousness and religiosity of the Rennissance epoch art.