making Photo Transfers

We are very excited to offer a new workshop within the Mixed media category at the Berlin Drawing Room. Click on the link below for a complete workshop description. Registration is now open for the upcoming January 5 - 26, 2017 workshop. Sign up now to reserve your place!

Photo Transfer: Image and Memory

Artist Keegan Luttrell will teach several Photo Transfer techniques that relate to her own artistic practice. The Photo Transfer is actually just the starting point to making richly layered mixed media artworks, incorporating painting, drawing and collage. 

Check out the demo video below for a teaser of what to expect from this workshop. 

Staring with found images, photos, drawing, etc... the image is transferred to the drawing surface using a variety of techniques.

Photo Transfer Demo with Keegan Luttrell

Berlin Drawing Room seeks workshop locations

Starting in 2017 we are adopting a new more mobile format! 

We are looking for locations to host workshops, either as a one-off or on an ongoing basis. Project spaces, artist studios, co-working spaces are all options we would consider! If you have a space to offer or a recommendation we look forward to hearing from you:

Our workshops typically take place on evenings during the week or on the weekend. Workshop formats vary, from one day workshops to weekly/ bi-weekly workshops that meet over the course of 4-6 weeks. Find out more on our website:

Are you an artist and you would like to host a workshop in your own studio? Check out our Guest Artist Workshop Open Call

Space Requirements:
- Can host workshops with at least 10 students.
- Has a creative atmosphere that can handle a little bit of messiness.
- Reasonably priced: although we can't afford to pay a large sum for each usage, we would like to work with a few spaces on a regular basis with more than just a couple bookings.

Space Wishes:
- Artist run.
- Collaborative in nature and would offer some level of promotion, even if just an event listing in calendar. Berlin Drawing Room would obviously reciprocate!
- Would be interested in working together long term. 
- Could potentially store some still-life props, art-supplies, stackable table-tops/ chairs on a temporary basis to be used for in-progress workshops. 

Berlin Drawing Room is hiring instructors

We are hiring artists for two different positions at the Berlin Drawing Room!

The Berlin Drawing Room was founded by artist Mira O'Brien in 2011 and offers studio workshops with a focus on drawing and painting. We are looking to work with additional artists who share our passion for teaching and bringing creativity into the lives of a diverse and inclusive group of participants.

Find instructions on how to apply for two different opportunities at the Berlin Drawing Room: Guest Artist Workshop and Instructor. Please familiarize yourself with our current offerings and team at our website:

Send all application material and questions to

Update: Instructor position has been filled, Guest Artist Workshop proposals are reviewed on an ongoing basis. If you have an idea for a workshop, get in touch!

1) Open Call: Guest Artist Workshops

Apply to teach a Guest Artist Workshop that relates to your own studio practice!
"In this series of intensive workshops we invite Guest Artists to teach a technique specific to their own practice. Guest Artists are highly accomplished in their respective mediums and have exhibited internationally.
Learn directly from the artists that are defining current trends and bringing fresh relevance to both traditional and experimental techniques!"
- You are an actively exhibiting artist with a committed studio practice.
- You have completed a university level degree in fine art.
- You have a passion for teaching and sharing your knowledge!
- Preferable: you can write invoices as a Kleinunternehmer.

You can expect:
- If we think your proposal  would be a good fit with the Berlin Drawing Room, we will get in touch with you. A few selected proposals will get scheduled this winter, while others will be kept on file to be scheduled in the near future.
- Compensation varies, depending on the length of the workshop, what the additional costs might be, number of students, etc... but you can expect something in the range of 200-400 Euro, plus material budget.

To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Proposal for Guest Artist Workshop:
A Guest Artist Workshop is an intensive 1-2 day format that usually takes place over a weekend. The focus should be on teaching a specific skill that relates to the applicants own studio practice. Although the focus on a hands on skill is central, it can also include a conceptual/ theoretical grounding.
- CV
- Link to artist website.
- Please indicate whether or not you can host the workshop in your own studio, or would have access to a space to host the workshop (approx. 10 students). At this time, preference will be given to applicants who can provide their own workshop space.

**NOTE: At the moment we are not accepting proposals for design related workshops. 

2) Instructor: for ongoing workshops (this position has been filled)

Apply to become an instructor at the Berlin Drawing Room and teach one (or more) of the ongoing workshops we offer. This instructor will work closely with Founding Director Mira O'Brien to take over one or more of the classes she currently teaches, for at least one year. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is eager to gain teaching experience and is interested in alternative educational models.

- You are an actively exhibiting artist with a committed studio practice, with a focus on drawing and painting.
- You have completed a university level degree in fine art.
- You can envision working with the Berlin Drawing Room on an ongoing basis.
- You have a passion for teaching and sharing your knowledge!
- Preferable: you can write invoices as a Kleinunternehmer.

You can expect:
- Training to teach a specific workshop with access to pre-existing teaching material, including syllabus.
- Possibility to propose your own workshop ideas.
- Hourly compensation with a small research honorarium.

To apply, please submit the following materials:
- CV
- Link to artist website.
- From the current list of workshops on our website, which workshops could you imagine teaching. Are you confident in teaching representational drawing and painting?
- Optional: Title and short description (one paragraph) of a new workshop you would like to teach.
- Briefly summarize your teaching philosophy and goals (one paragraph).

Drawing Workshop Supply List

Drawing Workshop Supply List
- various pencils from soft to hard (a kit of at least 6 pencils) 
- sketch pad, A2-3 
- graphite stick (soft, that means ~ B6)
- kneadable eraser
- hard white eraser
- sharpener

Guide for where to buy art supplies

Back to Drawing Workshop page

Cyanotype Workshop Impressions

Impressions from our first Guest Artist Workshop which took place on September 10-11. We had a wonderful group of students! We are looking forward to repeating this workshop in the Spring when the sun comes out again. 
"Cyanotype: Drawing in Four Dimensions"with Hiroshi McDonald Mori 
Dive into the process of Cyanotype in this intensive weekend workshop! Cyanotype is a photographic technique that exposes images in sunlight. Creating an image requires no negatives but rather invites a direct approach that combines elements of drawing, painting and sculpture with the final element of time. Mix the alchemical concoction discovered by Sir John Herschel in 1842 to create your own solutions, prepare, expose, and develop photosensitive paper. By learning the chemical process involved, you will also unlock infinite possibilities for deconstructing the medium to create unique effects.

Summer Art Program with the children of NUK Wrangelstrasse

We have just concluded our Summer Art Program for the children living at the Notunterkunft Wrangelstrasse. This is a place where refugees live temporarily in Berlin, and we were happy to share a bit of fun and creativity with out neighbors.

I am proud to report that we were able offer 6 art classes with the help of 7 volunteers from the Berlin Drawing Room (Tali, Sina, Signe, Wiesje, Elly, Ines, Mira). We received donations or art and craft supplies from several generous individuals, as well as substantial donations from Kita Nestwarme and Peters Art. We worked with a group of about ten children who were full of energy and enthusiasm!

Some projects included potato stamps, bubble paintings, a mural, masks and leaf rubbings.

We have been invited back to continue our art program during the school year and we are searching for new volunteers! If you are interesting in participating, please get in touch at Thanks!