Session 1: Oded Arad
Session 2: Tora Aghabayova

Format: In-person. Changing outdoor locations throughout Berlin, accessible by public transportation.

Language: English


May 26-28, 2023
3x 10:00-13:00

August 11-13,2023
3x 10:00-13:00

Cost: 135€ (includes 19% VAT)

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What to Expect:

Have you always wanted to be able to keep a sketchbook while traveling? To preserve memories in a more personal way? With this in depth weekend workshop you will learn all the tools and tricks of the trade to find your own style and create your personal travel sketchbook.

Capture your impressions and experiences through drawing and watercolor. Join us for a weekend of urban landscape sketching discovering hidden corners of the city!

The practice of keeping a travel journal was once a necessity for artists to record their observations, before we all walked around with a high res camera on our smartphones. Sketching in-situ, however, can record an experience in time and space in a way that photography cannot. By focusing on the process itself, we are creating memories and personal expression.

Explore Berlin and its variety of urban landscapes and landmarks as a way to learn various sketching techniques. Live step by step demos and individual tutoring take place during every step of the process there to help you find your own sketching style and voice

Learn how to analyzing various subject and viewpoints in order to choose an approach that best suits its depiction. Discover ways to render space and light effects using watercolor and mixed-media drawing techniques.

Session 1: Oded Arad

May 26: Grünewald

  • We will meet up in the forest of Berlin (Grünewald) and will try to focus on making sense out of the wild and chaotic shapes of nature.

May 27: Museum Island

  • Will be dedicated to exploring architectural constructions. We will discuss perspective and how it influences geometrical shapes such as squares and circles. Some measuring techniques will be taught.

May 28: Nikoaviertel

  • On the last day we will meet in “Nikolaivertel” and incorporate all the skills from the last two days using mainly watercolor.

Session 2: Tora Aghabayova

More information coming soon…


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.


Oded Arad is an Israeli artist, living and working from Berlin. He is an MFA graduate of Hito Steyerl’s class at the Berlin University of the Arts (UDK). The media he uses vary from painting, drawings, an experimental film that he writes, produces and directs. His works are mainly concerned with the themes of memory, the grotesque and humor, and have been exhibited in Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Israel. Oded is currently working on graphic novel.

During his workshops he wants to discover together with his students their specific way of expressing themselves, or the way they see the world.