Teachers Exploring Modern Design: Bauhaus


A Workshop for Waltham Forest Design & Technology Teachers: Key Stage 4
Friday 10th January, 10am – 3.30pm
Free for Waltham Forest teachers / £75 for teachers outside the borough
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Join us at Blackhorse Workshop for a design session inspired by the exhibition Pioneers: William Morris and the Bauhaus at the William Morris Gallery. 2019 marks one hundred years since the Bauhaus – the ground-breaking German art school established by Walter Gropius. This exhibition celebrates the centenary and explores the relationship between the English Arts and Crafts movement and the Bauhaus. We are very excited to be partnering with the William Morris Gallery and Waltham Forest Council to run design sessions for local secondary schools inspired by this show.

On Friday 10th January we will be running a CPD workshop for Design & Technology and Art & Design teachers, to give an introduction to the context of the exhibition for key stage 4 classes. There will be a focus on easy metalworking techniques to teach in schools, and a chance to explore how to respond to the domestic object design brief set by the gallery. We have developed a toolkit for teachers to take away and will provide advice on future projects including the Schools Design Challenge below. Teachers will visit the William Morris Gallery and also preview the new spring exhibition on Danad Design including products by 1960’s pop artists such as Peter Blake.

The day will provide a practical making session at Blackhorse Workshop exploring key metalworking processes and how these can be applied to the Bauhaus’ principles of ‘form follows function’ and designing ‘true to materials’. Those participating will design a series of simple tabletop forms that can be taken back to school for students to develop their own material language and understanding of working with sheet metal.


Schools Design Challenge
Using these two exhibitions as inspiration, we are setting a design challenge to all Waltham Forest secondary students over the spring term to design and make a useful household object. A selection of students work including models, design drawings and final objects will be displayed as part of a special schools exhibition at One Hoe Street in May 2020. There will be three prizes awarded of £50 vouchers to the best designs.


Please note this course is funded by Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2109 so initially is only offered to Waltham Forest teachers. It is free of charge but a cancellation charge of £100 will be payable in case of non-attendance.