Weimar, Germany

Build Your Bauhaus

when 17 August 2014 - 29 August 2014
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 550

The Bauhaus was a school, not a design-studio. Walter Gropius wanted to educate a new generation of designers. Therefore he wanted his pupils to learn a craft and to work in the workshops. He encouraged them to experience in the workshops. Those experiences seemed to him the best way to find a the design for a new century. So the objects were not bestsellers from the beginning. They were stations on the way to something new.

We will follow the advices of Gropius and the traces of the Bauhaus in our workshop. Starting in the museums regarding the drafts of the Bauhaus-pupils and ending in the wood-workshop, where we will bring our projects to live.

We will visit the Bauhaus-sights and museums in Weimar and Dessau. Another stop will be the Grassi-museum for art and craft in Leipzig. The old designs are supposed to inspire us for the workshop training.

The wood-workshop of the Bauhaus-University Weimar is our base for the design and the manufacturing of chairs, easy chairs and stools. We use all kind of tools and machines there to build our models there.

All chairs will be shown in a little exhibition at the end of the course. You will take your chair with you.

Course leader

Thomas Apel architect and guide in Weimar

Thomas Apel was trained as a carpenter. Afterwards he worked as carpenter in France, Germany and Togo. He studied architecture at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, where he graduated 2013 with a master`s degree.

Target group

The course is intended for designers and architects as well as for everyone who is interested in the history of the Bauhaus and want to design and build a chair. Participants should bring along curiosity and courage for the experience to work with their hands.

Course aim

- History of the Bauhaus School in Weimar and Dessau
- Visit of buildings and museums in both cities
- Debate on the conception of the design in the 20th century
- Creative debate in the workshop
- Design and realisation of furniture, especially chairs

Credits info

3 EC
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.

Fee info

EUR 550: The course fee is 550,-€.
EUR 450: Students and alumni pay the reduced fee of 450,-€.