Learning to Think With Your Hands. Mit den Händen denken lernen.
Erwin Eisch, co-founder of the International Studio-Glass Movement, had the idea of founding an Academy in Frauenau along the lines of the "free" summer schools in the USA. In November 1987, this impulse led to the founding of the society, "Bild-Werk-Frauenau".
From 1988 on, with the support of the Eisch Glassworks, the first workshops were set up in converted buildings. Alongside the rooms in the old "Gasworks"( formerly a liquid gas mixing plant) and rooms in a former building of the Gistl Glass factory, renamed "Tom´s Hall", after the American painter Thomas S. Buechner who was a course leader for many years. In July and August 1988, the first ´summer Academy for Head, Hand and Artwork" with course leaders from Germany, the USA and Czechoslovakia, took place. It was a private initiative led by Stan Dengler, with 65 participants.
The Academy was based, from the very beginning, on an interdisciplinary programme covering many areas of the visual arts but with an emphasis on glass as an art medium. The international aspect was always important, as was the collaboration with glass artists from around the world.
The Summer Academy has grown to encompass between 35 and 40 courses. These courses are led by artists and teachers from our region, other parts of Germany, other European countries and from overseas. A total of 190 participants from around the globe take part in courses annually.
Bild-Werk Frauenau Summer Academy bild-werk-frauenau.de
Learning To Think With Your Hands by Andrew G-J andrewgj.uk
Filmed summer 2016
Camera and edit Andrew G-J
Additional footage Michal Poustka
Additional photos Acki
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