Bernau bei Berlin, Germany

Observations and Answers

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

One of the fundamentals of design is observing the world and asking an interesting question. These observations, questions and responses can be created in many different ways.

The aim of this course will be to build observational and reflective skills. Engaging with everyday occurrences and phenomena from science, architecture, and nature and find ways in which these can be utilised, interfered with or mimicked in a design, architectural or sculptural context with the intention of producing installations, sculptures or models.

Through exploring the surroundings of the Bauhaus monument and observing on both the macro and the micro, participants will reflect on what they have seen, felt and experienced. Looking at things from textures, structures, chemical and physical changes to growth decay, cycles, patterns, chance occurrences, interactions, partnerships, and relationships.

The course will undertake a series of hands-on making, drawing, and social workshops. Participants will explore and develop concepts based on observations, creating outcomes in response to them; either from a large part of what has been experienced or merely be using a small element as a catalyst.

Course leader

Craig Barrow (Nottingham, UK, 1990) is a design-based creator of objects, systems, and devices. His body of work takes inspiration from scientific and natural phenomena and processes.

Target group

Best suited for: designers and artists, students and professionals or anyone with good observational skills and an interest in hands-on, three-dimensional exploration of materials and lateral thinking. Basic making skills or understanding of making useful.

Course aim

Throughout these workshops, participants will be noting and reflecting collected observations and developing ideas and concepts towards their final outcomes of the week.

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:

A registration fee of 160.00 EUR (this amount is not refundable)
A 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: 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".