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Bauhaus DIY

Modular, interdisciplinary and open: our DIY-kit is aimed at a target group aged twelve to eighteen and conveys relevant aspects of the Bauhaus and its ideas in a practical and personal way.

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Der weiße Würfel Goethe-Institut | CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Module 1
The White Cube

School // Workshop // Age 12–14 // 2 hours // 3 lessons
Making // building // paper
Preliminary course // theory of form // community // reduction
material // balance
can be combined with Module 4

Workshop Modul 2 Silke Wittig | CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Module 2
Light & Shade

School // Workshop // Age 12–18 // 2 hours // 3 lessons
Making // designing // presenting
Preliminary course // community // material // Josef Albers
light // shade
can be combined with Module 4

typografie und siebdruck Alexia Manzano | CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Module 3
Typography & Screen Printing

School // Workshop // Age 14–18 // 3 hours // 3–4 lessons
Fabric // screen printing
Printing and advertising workshop // typography // graphic design // Herbert Beyer

Bauhausdinge Silke Wittig | CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Module 4
Bauhaus Things – Material Exercises

School // Workshop // Age 12–15 // 2 hours // 3 lessons
Making // feeling // experimenting // exhibiting
Preliminary course // material // theory of form
can be combined with Modules 1 and 2

Utopie in meiner Stadt Silke Wittig | CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Module 5
Utopia in My City

School // Workshop // Age 15–18 // 3 hours // 3–4 lessons
Mindmap // moodboard
Society // community // active citizenship // design // utopian spirit // the New Human // Bauhaus in my city

Kartenmöbel Silke Wittig | CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Module 6
Form Follows Function

School // Workshop // Makerspace
Age 14–18 // 2x3 hours // 1 project day
Recycling // upcycling // cardboard furniture // packaging // making
Product design // furniture design // Marcel Breuer // Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Bauhaus Brettspiel MNP | CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Module 7
Bauhaus Board Game

The Bauhaus Board Game will be available soon.

Farbe, Form, Malerei Silke Wittig | CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Module 8
Colour, Form, Painting

School // Workshop
Age 12–15 // 2 hours // 3 lessons
Painting // collage // Theory of colour // theory of form // Wassily Kandinsky // Paul Klee

Paul Klee - Ausstellungspostkarte anlässlich der Bauhausausstellung in Weimar im Jahr 1923 public domain

Module 9
Postcards & Posters

School // Workshop
Age 12–18 // 2 hours // 3 lessons
Painting // graphic art // collage // poster art
Graphic printshop // theory of form // typography // illustration // Bauhaus Exhibition Weimar 1923

Mit allen Sinnen Silke Wittig | CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Module 10
All the Senses

School // Workshop
Age 12–15 // 30 minutes per exercise // 1 lesson // 5 exercises on perception
Seeing // perceiving // feeling // moving // drawing
Preliminary course // stage // László Moholy-Nagy // Oskar Schlemmer // Paul Klee
Individual exercises can be used as warm-up with any other module

Faltbeispiel aus dem Bauhaus-VermittlungsbaukastenGoethe-Institut | CC BY-NC 3.0

About the Bauhaus DIY kit

What was the Bauhaus? Why has it remained so important? What impact have the Bauhaus ideas had in South-East Europe? Is it still relevant today? Where can its influence be seen in our region? 

The Bauhaus existed for just fourteen years. During that brief interval, political pressures forced it to reinvent itself several times. Yet the School succeeded in paving the way for the artistic revolution of modernism, and exerted an influence that is still felt today. Founded by Walter Gropius one hundred years ago in Weimar, the Bauhaus sought to integrate arts and crafts to create new languages of form suited to industrial manufacturing. The School also pursued the idea of shaping society as a whole by improving everyday life and routines. The focus was on creating collective “total artworks” (Gesamtkunstwerke), with interdisciplinarity and experimentation forming decisive aspects of the educational approach.

The principles guiding the actions of teachers and students included a striving for pluralism, a spirit of cooperation, a sense of community, and the value placed on diversity and internationalism. In line with these thoroughly humanist values, the Bauhaus sought not only to teach talented creators, but also to shape integrated personalities. As such, graduates were also capable of communicating these values worldwide. The idea was to train talented young artists using new and experimental educational methods, bringing together art, architecture and craft in an ideal combination – and create buildings as “total artworks” (Gesamtkunstwerke).

The basic principles of the Bauhaus and the experimental slant of its teaching served as inspiration for the Bauhaus DIY kit. The objective is to convey relevant aspects of the Bauhaus and its ideas in a practical and personal way, taking consideration of the participants’ background, location, country, and contemporary perspectives.

The Bauhaus DIY kit comprises twelve formats for communicating wide-ranging aspects of the Bauhaus, and is designed for teachers, multipliers and communicators in South-East Europe. It is modular, interdisciplinary and aimed at a target group aged twelve to eighteen. The individual formats employ various experimental methods and elements of teaching used at the Bauhaus. They examine the different disciplines and apply playful and practical techniques to convey both the ideals of the Bauhaus and basic knowledge about its phases and personalities.

Each module comes with information on methods, age range, time required, topic of focus, application possibilities and required materials. The modules also contain instructions, background information, visual materials, templates and links to books and online resources.

The Bauhaus DIY kit and all the modules were designed and developed for Goethe-Institut Athens by the art educator and curator Silke Wittig and the German teacher Evriklia Siakagianni, with academic input from the architect Loukas Bartatilas.