Express Yourself! Experimental Painting


Program Description

»EXPRESS YOURSELF! EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING« FIND UNEXPLORED POSSIBILITIES IN FORMS OF CREATIVITY THROUGH EXPERIMENTATION WITH COLOUR AND PAINTING TECHNIQUES. The course mainly focuses on providing knowledge of craft-based artistic work within the studio practice. You learn to use paint (acrylic), brushes and imaginative painting techniques through concentrated, experimental approaches to advance the development of your skills in this area. You experiment with stencils, prints and the various ways of applying brushes. You translate forms (i.e. from nature or the city) and observations in painting and learn new techniques in the treatment of color. You can also create your own paintings and work on your own. The course provides assistance and stimulation in finding compositions and the application of paint. Aside from that, we will observe how the Bauhaus artists painted and created our own paintings and collages in their style. The course offers an overview of Bauhaus painting and art practices and explains their content. Additionally, you are given an overview of the development of painting “after Bauhaus” in America and Europe and learn about contemporary painting practices that revive Bauhaus themes. By emulating a Bauhaus master lesson we better understand Bauhaus ideas. You do painting exercises in color and form and expand your understanding of their relationship. As an outcome of the course you'll have paintings and/or collages to be used as: original artworks, application material for art schools, or new forms within adjacent areas such as design or architecture. We conclude the course with an exhibition of the works produced and learned how to present paintings. Learning Objective: The course provides artistic and craft-based skills in the realm of painting, with an emphasis on the experimental applications of paint, brushes and painting techniques. You will learn how to organize a functional workspace for such practices and through it, explore and realize new themes and applications within painting. Additionally, you learn to observe the painting of Bauhaus artists analytically and develop new skills regarding color, form, structure and composition in their style. You expand your creative skills in the realization of your own artistic ideas. Course participants from adjacent areas such as architecture and design have the opportunity to create new forms and surfaces that aren't computer generated. You develop an understanding of the art and ideas of Bauhaus and get an overview of the development of painting “after Bauhaus” in America and Europe. At the end of the course you learn to develop selection criteria for exhibiting and presenting your work. You take paintings and/or collages home with you for further development. The course language is English.

Certificate & Credit Points

After successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate of participation. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course, the number of contact hours as well as the main contents and topics. Participants will earn 3 credit points (ECTS). The course takes place all day from Monday until Friday. It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons to receive credit points.

Target Group

Students, prospective students, or graduates (Bachelors and Masters) of art and design disciplines, students of architecture, and people who want to apply themselves to concentrated and experimental painting in relation to Bauhaus. Both beginning and advanced practices are welcome.


1. Online Registration In order to register, please complete our registration form. 2. Documents Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2017 as one pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae: max. two pages
  • Portfolio: Please introduce 5 of your significant works/series!
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable

Please note the following points:

  • All application documents submitted as one pdf document (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application Experimental Painting«
  • Name of pdf document »Experimental_Painting_family name_first name«

ONLY COMPLETE AND CORRECTLY NAMED APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED! 3. Selection Process All applicants will receive admission notification by 15 May 2017 via e-mail and will have to confirm participation within 3 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list. After you have confirmed your participation you will receive the invoice for your specialized course until the end of May. If you need a VISA, we recommend to inform 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.

Course Fee

The course fee is 700 EURO.

  • 500 EURO for students & alumni
  • 300 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Program according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying program (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Last updated Dec 2017

About the School

Each year approximately 400 participants from 70 countries around the world create a unique intercultural atmosphere. Be a part of the experience and make friendships that will last a lifetime!

Each year approximately 400 participants from 70 countries around the world create a unique intercultural atmosphere. Be a part of the experience and make friendships that will last a lifetime! Read less