Weimar, Germany

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

when 8 August 2021 - 20 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 700

Light effectively affects. With sound knowledge of light and its well-thought-out use, we are able to create specific effects and reactions, in an artistic context and beyond. Which properties of light can we influence, and how? What potential do these properties have in terms of a communicative as well as aesthetic effect? And how can they be used for (artistic) work?

In this two-week intensive course, we will discuss and answer these and many other questions about light. Together we will explore the aesthetic and communicative potential of light in two- and three-dimensional representations. You will be able to significantly broaden and deepen your perception of light and its manifold effects. We will deal with light properties based on the theory of light in the performing arts, with light effects in space, as well as with light and its graphic recording on two-dimensional surfaces.

Based on theoretical principles, this workshop will focus on the practical implementation. We will experiment with light in terms of its most diverse aspects: With natural and artificial light sources, with pigment and light colours, with translucent, reflective and opaque materials, we will investigate the different optical properties of light.

In doing so, we are taking advantage of being at the historical founding site of the Bauhaus and are following the footsteps of great Bauhaus masters: The two-dimensional works of Lyonel Feininger and the spatial light experiments of Lászlò Moholy-Nagy will be our starting points to discover new, diverse possibilities of light colour, intensity, direction, movement of light and its effects for artistic work.

In addition to the class programme, we have prepared a varied social programme for you: Meet participants from all over the world during our gaming night, the international food evening, at a joint free visit to the cinema, on a trip to Berlin or Leipzig or when diving into the vast cultural options that Weimar has to offer.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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 the workshop is to learn the theoretical basics about light and to implement them directly in practical exercises and experiments. The course offers you the opportunity to explore the variety of light as well as its effects and perception in order to be able to apply this knowledge in your (artistic) works.

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