Drawing Workshop

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the Berlin Drawing Room in action
This workshop introduces basic techniques in drawing, with a focus on drawing from observation. Exercises explore technique, medium and strategies in visual thinking. This class is a perfect introduction for beginners, with some new skills to be learned for the more experienced. You will see your skills improve, no matter what level you are starting at!

Each class is structured around a formal topic: contour lines, tonality, negative space, portraits, etc...  with examples from art-history and contemporary art, followed by a brief discussion. We will build technique through guided exercises, followed by time for experimentation and longer drawings. We will draw from a live model and from still-life creations.

We will make an excursion to draw the ready-made still-lives of Berlin’s Natural History Museum, including dinosaur bones and exotic taxidermy. This class will take the form of a Drawing Scavenger Hunt!

Location: Berlin Drawing Room in Kreuzberg
Schedule: 6-9 pm
      - Field-Trip to the Natural History Museum
Cost: 150 Euro for the complete Workshop (7 classes: 6 regular plus 1 field-trip)

Link to drawing supply list and suggestions where to purchase HERE

Matisse-inspired drawing exercise
"I really recommend this classes to open minded people. Here you will learn basics or enhance your already established skills in a non academic way. You can alwais 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 alwais 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."   -  (Review by Simone Brizzi, participant of the Drawing Workshop)



**Scroll down to read more great reviews in the comment section of this page.



Some student work from past workshops.
Negative Space
Life Drawing
Portrait (tonality)
Natural History Museum: invent a new species

8 comments:

  1. "The class was great! Never did any drawing before but now I know I can learn to do something I will like! (I actually liked what I was able to do yesterday, thanks to Mira's instruction and the wonderful warm-up.) I can learn this! A thrilling promise of things to be, and looking forward to MORE!"
    Wayne Mcknight

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  2. A really enjoyable class in a friendly atmosphere - I particularly loved the scavenger hunt in the Natural History museum and the life drawing sessions, which I've never done before! Thanks Mira! Tania

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  3. This was a lovely introduction to drawing. I've always been nervous about my self-proclaimed lack of drawing skills, and Mira did a good job of teaching the technical aspects while also being encouraging and creating a fun space to come to every week.

    I would without a doubt still be taking part if I was in Berlin, and I encourage everyone to give it a try!

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  4. I really recommend this classes to open minded people. Here you will learn basics or enhance your already established skills in a non academic way. You can alwais 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 alwais 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

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  5. I took the Spring 2013 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!

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  6. I am an academic in my early forties who took the drawing course as a free-time activity to balance my language-driven day job. Prior to this I had not drawn anything since elementary school and do not consider myself talented in that respect. In six weeks I went from scratch to achieving a recognizable likeness of still-life arrangements, portraits, nudes, and objects from nature in a variety of different techniques including blind sketches, contour-line and gesture drawings, and tonality drawings in pencil and charcoal. Other members of the class who also entered with no prior experience or practice achieved more striking results than mine. Apart from gaining a new and more profound appreciation of artworks involving drawing, I have benefited from the perceptual shift that goes along with close observation and manual rendering of a subject; I have also been surprised to note intriguing analogies between the cognitive aspects of drawing and the scholarly work I do for a living. The class includes some discussion of exemplary work by Sargent, Matisse, Morandi, Hockney and others, but the focus is on practice and technique. There’s no pressure to perform, but the three hours are intense and go by fast. I now find myself practicing drawing even when I’m supposed to be doing other things, so be forewarned: it can be habit-forming. — Brady Bowman

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  8. Thank you Mira!
    The drawing workshop was a really enjoyable and worthwhile course to take- I really like the techniques we learned and the way they were introduced with a little bit of background and explanation with examples from artists and their works.
    The class was fun and relaxed but we also got a lot done, and Mira helps you out with guidance if needed. Loved the day trip to the Naturkundemuseum too!
    I would definitely recommend the class and hope to take another of the workshops in the future!
    Annemarie

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