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The Bauhaus Preliminary Course: light and space and thread

Five-day practical and theoretical course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 22 July 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 23 July 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 24 July 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 25 July 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 26 July 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm

Josef Albers, Interaction of Color, 1963.

© Yale University Press.

To celebrate the 2019 Bauhaus centenary, the Royal Academy of Arts is bringing you the exciting opportunity to experience the legendary ‘Bauhaus Preliminary Course’. This five-day practical course explores space, light, shadows, thread and colour to follow in the teachings of Walter Gropius and Josef Albers.

“There is no essential difference between the artist and the craftsman.” – Walter Gropius, Bauhaus Manifesto, 1919

In 1919, Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus art school in Germany, pioneering the idea of marrying fine art with crafts, which has became an integral influence on modern design.

Bauhaus students started off their education by enrolling in the so-called ‘Preliminary Course’, which encouraged them to explore humble materials, colour and shapes. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, Fritz Horstman, educator and artist-in-residence at the Albers Foundation in the USA, leads an exciting five-day summer course inspired by this course. While this is not an orthodox re-enactment of the Preliminary Course, it provides a unique opportunity to re-engage with the materials and ideas of the Bauhaus. Participants explore specific classroom exercises from Bauhaus masters including László Moholy-Nagy, Anni Albers and Josef Albers, as well as exercises that follow in the creative vein of the Bauhaus.

At the heart of the Preliminary Course was an investigation of material. Principles of design were drawn out through hands-on experimentation with material – be it wire, coloured glass, plastic or paper. Fritz Horstman leads participants as they gain hands-on knowledge and skills with exercises related to Josef Albers’ colour course, Anni Albers’ weaving and Moholy-Nagy’s material studies. In addition, participants explore texture studies, paper folding, shadows and movement.

An ongoing theoretical discussion of pedagogical techniques will run through the practical sessions. Participants will get the exclusive opportunity to work in the RA Schools and the RA’s artist studios, usually not open to the public. You will also visit the RA Library to be inspired by a very rare and complete set of Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color along with other relevant historic material.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 22 July 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 23 July 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 24 July 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 25 July 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 26 July 2019, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Life Room, Royal Academy Schools

£1,900. Includes all materials, light refreshments, lunch and wine receptions throughout the week.