Sketchbook Practice Workshop Series

A year-round online workshop series focused on developing a sketchbook practice.

Develop a consistent sketchbook practice. Whatever your goal is – improving drawing skills, learning new techniques, or advancing a specific project – a sketchbook is the best place to work on it. For countless artists before us and now, the sketchbook has always been the place to collect and analyze ideas, practice specific drawing skills and experiment in small format with techniques and solutions that would later be developed into larger works.

Learn foundation skills for drawing, as well as special sketchbook techniques, through:

  • live demonstrations
  • step by step exercises
  • hands on practice
  • time for individual style and expression

Sketchbook Practice Workshop Series consists of different modules, each focused on a different subject or technique. 

The teaching develops organically with each module over the course of the year, but if you start mid-year you will be guided into the overall process.

Individual tutoring and specific exercises will respond to the goals, struggles and needs of each student. Complete beginners are welcome and you are invited to join at the start of any module, or leave and come back. This workshop series is for anyone that wants to train towards a consistent drawing practice and to improve and develop their skills.

Online Workshop Modules for 2021

Join at the start of any workshop, no matter what level you are at. 

  • Each workshop lasts 8 weeks.
  • Mondays 6-8pm CET
  • (Starts 6pm in Berlin, 12pm in New York, 9am in San Francisco, 5pm in London)

G Caruso: artist-instructor

G Caruso has been a sketchbook enthusiast for the past 25 years, filling up pages and pages with life studies, sketches, diagrams, portraits, exercises.

G Caruso’s personal art and teaching are deeply intertwined through the concepts of:

  • constant practice
  • study of classics
  • a disciplined approach to creative projects
  • always with the goal of discovering new things to then bring to the students. 

G Caruso is a traditional Italian artist focused on studying and transmitting the knowledge and methods of old classical masters. After years of intense foundation work in the studio of Antonio Marroni, Italian artist preserving the tradition of the “Bottega d’Arte” with all its techniques, G graduated at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera di Milano, with a curriculum focused on figure, pedagogy and symbolism in art. G Caruso taught at the Laboratorio Artistico of Milan for ten years before moving to Berlin and starting the collaboration with Berlin Drawing Room in 2017.


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