Gisela Beker, American (1932 - )<br/><br/> Gisela Beker, (maiden name Sander) was born on October 9, 1932, in Danzig Germany (Poland since August 1945). Her public education started in 1938 up to 1945 in Danzig; 1945 to 1949 in East Germany and 1949-1952 in Duesseldorf, West Germany where she studied under Rudolf Kroll. <br/><br/>Rudolf Kroll, taught at the Bauhaus School in Berlin before Hitler closed that world famous, progressive Art Institution in 1933. Beker was impressed by Kroll's determination, ideas and compassion to continue teaching in the style of the Bauhaus School which was founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius. <br/><br/>Kroll did not permit his students to sketch what they intended to paint. His Philosophy was: "A sketch is the original art work which must not be copied by the artist and transferred to canvas or paper". His student were taught to let the imagination flow as the artist starts to paint.