bauhaus_RaumLabor 2009-2013

Since 2010 „Bauhaus_RaumLabor“ offers workshops who are based on the ideas and methods developed at the bauhaus, adapted for children groups corresponding to the age of the children.

RaumLabor_4 2012/13

‘Everything in Balance’ was the topic of the fourth SpaceLab (‘RaumLabor’). During the year, children from the Pestalozzi–Fröbel House explored the fascination of the topic of balance, in and with the Bauhaus Archive. They balanced with their bodies, placed objects in balance during building activities, and learned how to make measurable and perceptible aspects of the topic visible for themselves and others. They experienced what imbalance feels like as well as ways of restoring harmony and balance, and they investigated the ways in which balance affected their sense of well-being. The objects in the Museum and the building itself gave the children ideas for their own creative engagement with the subject. A new aspect this year was collaboration on the content of the event with the neighbouring youth culture center, ‘Pumpe’. This cultural institute’s experience in the area of theatre work with children and young people gave fresh impetus to the performance side of the workshop series.

Projekt management: Katharina Stahlhoven
Project coordination: Bärbel Mees
Co-operation: Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus
Supported by: Berliner Projektfonds für Kulturelle Bildung

RaumLabor_3 2011/12

The topic for the third SpaceLab was ‘Giants on the Shoulders of Dwarves’. Giants and dwarves, large and small – the human scale is the central focus in lots of fairy-tales and stories. Day-nursery children from the Pestalozzi–Fröbel House explored the fascination of this basic contrast between large and small by investigating and creatively implementing different aspects of ‘scale’ and ‘proportion’. In an initial workshop, they looked for, found and sketched dwarves and giants in the Bauhaus Archive collection: children’s chairs, large tables – small tables, architectural models. In the practical part, all of the participants built a dwarf chair – a model of the tubular steel chair freely adapted from Marcel Breuer. The two following workshops were held in the day-nurseries and schools where the children went into more detail on the topic of large and small. What happens to sizes relative to each other and as perceived nearby and far away? In the fourth workshop, the children created a walk-in room installation. Several small spatial sculptures – consisting of plastic rods connected with wire ties – produced a giant space.

Projekt management: Katharina Stahlhoven and Dipl. Ing. Friederike Holländer
Project coordination: Bärbel Mees
Co-operation: Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus
Supported by: Berliner Projektfonds für Kulturelle Bildung

RaumLabor_2 2010/11

The topic for the second SpaceLab was the development of basic principles in architecture and design using specific Bauhaus objects. Each workshop lasting around three hours provided an engagement with design topics that play a role both in the museum and in the children’s everyday life: opposites, lines, symmetry and balance, geometric shapes and bodies, light and space. The workshops offered movement games, creative work, language support and thinking about scientific and mathematical phenomena. This type of approach corresponds to the holistic claims made by Bauhaus teaching, as do the topics explored in the Berlin educational programme for day-nurseries. The programme included not only day-nursery children from the Pestalozzi–Fröbel House but also trainee kindergarten teachers at the institute’s College of Social Education. The collaboration with the Museum provided the students with additional ideas and skills that go beyond the specialist knowledge received during their training.

Projekt management: Dipl. Ing. Friederike Holländer
Project coordination: Bärbel Mees
Co-operation: Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus
Supported by: Berliner Projektfonds für Kulturelle Bildung

RaumLabor_1 2009/10

The first workshop in the SpaceLab (‘RaumLabor’) series made use of the special options available during the ‘good to look at – bauhaus archive’ project (2009), in which the linings on the museum windows, which are usually needed for conservation reasons, were removed and Walter Gropius’s building was able to be seen without any exhibition items. The empty rooms were a temptation to experiment. Topics for the workshop in this first SpaceLab event were the building’s architecture, geometry, materials, colour, construction, light, space, function and scale. Eight kindergarten groups from the Pestalozzi–Fröbel House each visited five workshops. In 2010, the topics were studied in greater detail in the children’s everyday environment, with the project team from the Museum visiting the kindergarten. This opened up free scope for museum educational activities linking the museum and the children’s own world. The focus was on creative self-discovery and finding things out.

Idea, concept and realization: Dipl. Ing. Friederike Holländer
Project coordination: Bärbel Mees
Co-operation: Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus
Supported by: Berliner Projektfonds für Kulturelle Bildung