The Eye of the Beholder - Drawing & Sketching Outdoors

The Eye of the Beholder – Drawing & Sketching Outdoors

Learning to behold – drawing and sketching as a tool of sharpening our perception of the world surrounding us.

We are living in fast times in which we are exposed to digital images that we can consume and create at an unprecedented pace. In this class, we aim at resharpening our perception by means of graphical approaches, to again make real tangible experiences and decelerate the processes mentioned above. The technique of exploratory, unbiased drawing is our method of choice to again intensely engage with the structures surrounding us.

When drawing our environment, everything we behold travels through our eyes, arm, and hand onto paper and thus virtually permeates our bodies. When drawing, we truly experience the place and our surroundings. We hear the sounds around us, smell the scents, and are able to recall those precise memories even years later when looking at our work. Drawing is our technique to identify and elaborate atmospheric qualities, to give room to the unremarkable and undiscovered. A skill that is more important than ever in light of the progressing trivialisation and commercialisation of our built environment.

Equipped with a folding stool, sketchbook, and pencil, we will work in the open air for ten days. Our artistic excursions will not only be limited to Weimar with its beautiful spots and motives, but we will also take day trips to locations in the Thuringian vicinity like Eisenach, Gotha, Erfurt, and Jena.

The participants will learn the basics and techniques of drawing. In a sequence of intensive workshops, we will deal with, among others: perspective, image composition, use of colour, and different media and materials.

The course is designed for students from the fields of architecture, art, design, and history.

Lion Schreiber

- Architect
- Studied at RWTH Aachen, AHO Oslo and Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
- Academic assistant at the chair of residential buildings at TU Dresden
- Work Experience in various architectural offices, such as Bruno Fioretti Marquez and David Chipperfield | Architektur und Bilder

Yu Chen

The course fee is 890 EURO.

690 EURO for students & alumni
350 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Daily Lunch at the University Cafeteria (Monday-Friday)
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme including excursions
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Please note our terms and conditions (admission conditions, cancellation conditions etc.)

The course fee does not include:

  • Travel costs
  • Accommodation
  • Insurance
  • Additional module(s) (190 €)

1. Online Registration

Please register first in our system ► Registration
Please follow the instructions on the page.

2. Documents

Please submit until 01 Juni 2023 the following documents:.

  • CV

  • Letter of motivation 

  • Portfolio (optional)

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive notification about the outcome of the selection process as soon as possible via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

If you need a VISA, we recommend you to get informed now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

In addition to the specialised course, you can also attend one of the three Cultural Studies modules. The modules take place on three afternoons and you can receive 2 additional ECTS to your specialised course.  Further information can be found here. 

Topics of the modules taught in Englisch:

  • German Bauhaus
  • Germany's Position in International Geopolitics
  • Germany and Fashion

Price: 190 € (per module)

After successful completion of the language course, you will receive a certificate of participation issued by the Bauhaus Summer School. I

Participants earn 3 credit points (ECTS) after completion of the two-week course. In order to receive credit points, t is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons and to fulfil the required tasks. It is possible to receive 2 extra credit points (ECTS) for the course if you book an additional module.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.

If you would like to receive a grade, you must discuss this with the teacher at the beginning of the course! The fulfilment of additional tasks may be necessary.

The course took place in 2023.


The course language is English.