Germany, Bernau bei Berlin

Paper Engineering from the Bauhaus: Josef Albers to the Modern Day

when 23 July 2018 - 28 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 590

One of the mainstays of the Bauhaus preliminary course for first-year students was working with paper – to make something more with it that still spoke to the essential qualities of the paper itself. These exercises led them on a path of self-discovery and observational “learning through doing.”

Paper artist Eric Gjerde leads a course of experimentation and discovery in the spirit of Josef Alber’s preliminary course, using historical paper art exercises and creations from the Bauhaus School as well as modern designs and ideas that build on the original concepts. Paper architecture, pop-up structures, origami tessellations, kirigami, and complex crumpling are some of the techniques students on this course will explore.

Course leader

Eric Gjerde (Minnesota, USA, 1978) is a paper artist who explores shape and structure using complex folding techniques he developed through years of experimentation.

Target group

Best suited for: anyone dealing professional or personally with geometry, form and structure, and exploration of shapes and space. Like designers, architects or (paper-) artists. Some practical knowledge of paper-folding is useful but not required.

Course aim

In this course, we will follow a Bauhaus / Black Mountain College style form of discussion, open exercises and experimentation, and constructive group critique. Students will take techniques and create their own works within various design constraints, in line with Bauhaus methodology. Our intent is to open minds and expand horizons (while also having a lot of fun playing with paper!)

Credits info

There are no credits for this course. After finishing the course successfully, the participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Fee info

EUR 590: The participation fee is 590.00 EUR per one-week course.

The participation fee includes:

Registration fee of 160.00 EUR (this amount is not refundable)
Course fee of 430.00 EUR

The course fee includes lunch and dinner (Mon-Sat) as well as the preliminary course and all evening events. For several courses we might have to charge an additional materials fee, please see the specific course page for the exact total price.
EUR 220: Accommodations

We also offer you the possibility of overnight accommodations including breakfast at the Bauhaus landmark. The cost of the accommodations depends on your room selection:

220.00 EUR for a seven-night stay in a double room / breakfast
310.00 EUR for a seven-night stay in a single room / breakfast

The accommodations gains also access to the local swimming pool. We recommend attending the course while staying at the Bauhaus monument since this allows you to take advantage of the Summer School’s extensive evening programming without having to commute daily.


Reduced fees for students and young professionals are available through awarded grants (the number of grants is limited).

Please check our Homepage for further Information, under "Grants & Reductions".