»Free your Painting!«

"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?" (Kandinsky) 


A Bauhaus- and Kandinsky-inspired course

This Bauhaus- and Kandinsky-inspired course 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 surround.

A practical, hands-on workshop!

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 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 experience - and to share these experiences with others.

Participants 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.

The play with materials and rethinking of processes will be accompanied by critique, culminating with open ateliers and a sharing of findings that have been identified.


Learning objectives

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.

The course language is English.
Please contact us if you would like personal consultation. We will be happy to help you.

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

Alex Roberts | https://www.alexroberts.com/

Alex Roberts is a British artist, a collaborative researcher who curates, and an educator. She lives and works between Berlin and the UK.

Alex works with paint and translucence, addressing paintings’ surface, layers and spatial depth, via the play of colour and immediacy of marks. Testing the sliding scale of figuration and abstraction, her focus is how we perceive identity, change, and encounters – human tangibility.

Born in Rickmansworth, Alex gained her Masters in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, along with previous study at the University of Arts London: 2D Digital Design for Communication, following a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from The University of Reading.  Alex holds an accredited teaching and learning Fellowship (FHEA) from Advance HE.

Alex works as a Lecturer in Fine Art at Leicester School of Art, De Montfort University and as a Lecturer at Bauhaus Summer School, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (2019), alongside supporting Drawing Projects UK and The Drawing Week, Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University as a visiting artist tutor.  Specialisms: painting, drawing, fine art; often working with an array of students from architecture to painting.

She exhibits internationally. Curating and facilitating visual art projects is a research method, an extension of her studio practice.  Her broad interest ranges from painting, drawing to installation, as well as other forms of visual exchange.

1. Online Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2020 as a pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae (max. two pages)
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words
  • Portfolio: specify e.g. presentation of two projects with photos, sketches, texts

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application [COURSE TITLE]«
  • Name of PDF file »[COURSE TITLE]_family name_first Name«

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 1 June 2020 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 12 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

With regard to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus in Europe and worldwide, the difficult but necessary decision was made to cancel this year's Bauhaus Summer School. Please find more information on our COVID-19 page.