Weimar, Germany

Free your Painting!

when 8 August 2021 - 20 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

+++ Due to the current pandemic we had to cancel this course for 2021 +++

"Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and... stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to "walk about" into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?" - Wassily Kandinsky

The Bauhaus- and Kandinsky-inspired course »Free your Painting!« will confront paintings’ agency, palpability, perceptibility, physicality, materiality and reflexivity. We will examine the "push and pull” effect of the painted two-dimensional surface; the performative power of paintings’ structures, fragments and use of space within the perceived painted frame, and the relating inherent surrounds.

Practical, hands-on (group and individual) exercises will kick-start the course, e.g., effecting pigment, use of grounds, surface and layering with new possibilities for handling and applying materials. Experimentation will invite participants to further examine the paintings’ traits: colour and light; shape and line; space and scale; surface and spatial depth; and illusion, allusion and expression.

Over the two-week period, artist Alex Roberts will provide you with the opportunity to work both collaboratively and individually to discover new methods and materials, extend technical skills and expand current methodologies and experiences – and to share these experiences with others. In addition, we will benefit from the vast cultural options in Weimar: We will be able to view the exclusive collections in the Zeitgenössische Kunst and Neues Museum Weimar as well as attend a series of presentations and discourse about contemporary painting.

In addition to the class programme, we have prepared a varied social programme for you: Meet participants from all over the world during our gaming night, the international food evening, at a joint free visit to the cinema, on a trip to Berlin or Leipzig or when diving into the vast cultural options that Weimar has to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Course leader

Alex Roberts

Target group

The course is geared towards all student groups from fields such as fine arts, visual arts, design, communication, and architecture.

Course aim

By the end of this course students will have expanded their current methodologies and painting experiences, acquired new modes of agency, materials, and extended technical skills surrounding contemporary painting.

The two week painting exchange, where students learn by shared discussion and practice by doing will propel artists’ future agency and autonomy.

Fee info

EUR 700: 2 weeks (90 hrs)
The course fee is 700 EUR.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
EUR 500: 2 weeks (90 hrs)
Students pay 500 EUR.

The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar