Germany, Weimar

Light: A Tool for Artistic Work in Two and Three Dimensions

when 2 August 2020 - 14 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

Please note: Bauhaus Summer School 2020 has been cancelled. Specialised and language courses will be postponed to next year.

Discover the aesthetic and communicative potential of light!

Which properties of light can be influenced? What potential do these properties have in terms of a communicative and aesthetic effect? How can these qualities be used for my (artistic) work?

In this workshop, we will answer these questions and expand your perception of light and light effects by discovering the aesthetic and communicative potential of light in two- and three-dimensional representations.
We will explore the different properties of light by experimenting with natural and artificial light sources; pigment and light colours; and translucent, reflective, and opaque materials and graphite (i.e., the optical properties: reflection and refraction).

The two-dimensional works of Lyonel Feininger (e.g., Villa am Strande, 1920; Gaberndorf I, 1921) and the spatial-light experiments of Lászlò Moholy-Nagy (e.g, Light-Space-Modulator, 1930; Dual Form with Chromium Rods, 1946; or Space Modulator, 1942) will be our starting point to discover new possibilities of colour, intensity, direction, movement of light, and light effects for works in the two- and/or three-dimensional artistic realm.

In this workshop, theoretical information will be provided and applied to practical exercises and experiments:

Light properties (based on the theory of light in the performing arts)
Light effect in space (three-dimensionality of the light and light effects)
Light on the surface (two-dimensionality of light: graphic notes of light and light effects)

The aim of the workshop is to explore the diversity of light and light effects and their perception in order to develop the use of light for two- and three-dimensional (artistic) works.

Course leader

Vanessa Farfán

Target group

The course is designed for architects, artists, and designers as well as creative and curious students of all subjects.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to examine the perception of light in order to experience its aesthetic and communication potential in two- and three-dimensionality.

Fee info

EUR 700: 2 weeks (90 hrs)

The course fee is 700 EUR.


The course fee includes:

• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
EUR 500: 2 weeks (90 hrs)

The course fee for students is 500 EUR.

The course fee includes:


• Orientation & Support
• Programme according to description
• Teaching materials
• Bauhaus Summer School ID card
• Free use of buses in Weimar and local trains in Thuringia
• Certificate
• Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
• Free use of library
• Accompanying programme (except excursions)
• Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar