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Life Drawing in August 2013

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Join us for Life Drawing with a nude model at the new Berlin Drawing Room!
Come check out our brand new renovated classroom! The Berlin Drawing Room never looked lovelier!

Thursday 6-9 pm : August 1, 8, 15.  2013
50 Euro for all 3 classes
- or- 20 Euro for individual classes

I kindly request that you sign up in advance so that I have an estimate of how many people are coming. This helps me with booking the model and arranging the classroom.  Sign up by sending me a message at

Freshly renovated Berlin Drawing Room

Draw from a live nude model! We start out with a warm up drawing excercise, such as blind contour drawing. Then we do a series of short gestural poses - always interesting because our models are typically dancers and performers! We end the session with a few longer 20 minute poses.  The instructor will suggest themes to focus on such as "the exploratory line" or "negative space".  Personal instruction and critique will be geared to the level of each participant. These classes are suitable for beginners as well as the more advanced who want to practice drawing from a model.

What to bring: sketch-book/ paper minimum A3 size, some pencils, any other drawings materials you want to use such as charcoal, conte crayons, ....

Gesture Drawings: 1 minute poses

Watercolor Workshop: July 31 - August 28

Sign up now to reserve your place by writing to!
Summer Watercolor Workshop:
the Berlin Landscape
Treptower Park, Spring 2013
In this Workshop we will use the landscape of Berlin as a subject for learning the subtle medium of watercolor.  Basic color theory will also be covered. We will learn how to layer transparent colors to create the effect of cool shadows and warm sunlight, how to control the paint flow for fine detail as well as smooth backgrounds, and how to use the brush for different types of texture.

The Workshop will take place twice per week, first in the studio and then outdoors. The classes held in Berlin Drawing Room studio will focus on technique, which can then be applied in the field. We will meet every Saturday in a new location, and paint plein-air.  See pictures below for some examples of past plein-air sites.

No experience required! This class is perfect for beginners as well as more advanced students who want to improve their skills or just discover interesting landscape locations with fellow painters!
Tiergarten (Spring 2013)
July 31 - August 28
7 meetings: 4 x on Wedneday in the studio 
from 6-9 pm  
(July 31, August 7, 14, 28)
**note that we skip August 21**
and 3 x on Saturday in the field from 12-3 pm. (August 3, 10, 17)
cost: 120 Euros 
(materials are not included, find the supply list here)

This Workshop is limited to 10 students.

To sign up contact and you will receive a registration form and payment instructions. 
"Thanks to Mira's lessons in just a few weeks my understanding of watercolours is light years ahead of where it was. She gave us some great tips and coaching and I now feel like I have a really firm grasp of the basics of colours and watercolours and a great skill for life." Testimonial from Spring 2013, scroll down for full text.
Work from the Spring 2013 Watercolor Workshop
To see more examples of student work from the Spring 2013 Watercolor Workshop, clickHERE.

The lovely garden at the Berlin Drawing Room.

Painting in the Berlin Drawing Room studio
Painting an unusual landscape at Gleisdreiecke (Summer 2012)
Plein Air Painting (Summer 2012)
Some reviews:
  1. After the Life Drawing workshop with Mira, drawing has become so important in my life. Its like a diary of my days. And so meditative being some minutes daily completely in the "here and now" with my pencil and really "seeing" what is there before me. I am 64 yrs old and never could draw. But now, I can and love it.....A new and important way to be myself and witness my world. Thanks, Mira.
    Wayne Mcknight
  2. I took the watercolor class last summer and would recommend it to anyone regardless of skill level. I had no experience with watercolors, and really hardly any experience with painting when I took the class. Mira is an extremely patient/open/encouraging teacher and the plein air days are a lot of fun (if the rain doesn't put a damper on things!). She introduced me to a new way of looking at things, of seeing and understanding color in the world around us. Do it!
  3. I took this course in Spring 2013 and if you're considering it, here's my take starting with a bit about my background: 

    I have always enjoyed being creative but I had neglected painting since I was a kid. Although I tried a few times in the past, I was never able to get my head around watercolours or use them effectively. Anything I tried always turned into a frustrating mess.

    Thanks to Mira's lessons in just a few weeks my understanding of watercolours is light years ahead of where it was. She gave us some great tips and coaching and I now feel like I have a really firm grasp of the basics of colours and watercolours and a great skill for life.

    When I picked up a brush to start the course, all my paintings turned into a big wet mess and the paper got all messed up but now I am able to produce stuff that I'm pretty pleased with. Here's some of the stuff I painted following the course:

    Also, the classes are relaxed and fun - there's no pressure at all and the trips with the class made it easier to start painting outside.