Planned as an ongoing workshop program for children and young people aged between 6 and 19, individual course blocks offer participants a change to examine concepts, methods, media and techniques in fine art. The age-specific courses prompt the kids and young people to take a close look at the exhibitions at the SCHIRN, expand their own practical art skills and make an important contribution to their all-round character development. The themed units foster interest and courage in trying new things and prompt unconventional ways of thinking and expression. In German

Study places on request – supported by the FRIENDS OF THE SCHIRN


AGE 6–9

To the exhibition RENÉ MAGRITTE

Tuesday, March 14 + 21 + 28, 4:00-5:30 pm

Together we decipher and discover selected works by Magritte and learn about soft pastels in various techniques as a means of artistic expression.

Tuesday, May 9 + 16 + 23, 4:00-5:30 pm

In the images by Magritte we move between the foreground, the middle and the background and learn about important principles of composition that we can apply in our own works.

To the exhibition RICHARD GERSTL

Tuesday, April 18 + 25 + MAY 2, 4:00-5:30 pm

In the color lab we will experiment with colors we create ourselves, learn the principles of mixing colors, and research the possibilities of applying them in a playful way. In the exhibition we examine the painting style of Richard Gerstl and find our own solutions for our image ideas. At the end of the course we get our “color license” so that we are well prepared for future research tasks.


AGE 9–12

To the exhibition RENÉ MAGRITTE  

Wednesday, March 15 + 22 + 29, 4:00-5:30 pm

The near and far in Magritte’s pictorial compositions call for a close examination of the principles of perspectival representations and spatiality. Through exercises involving sketching and painting, we put the new knowledge to use

Wednesday, March 10 + 17 + 23, 4:00-5:30 pm.

Magritte’s surreal pictorial inventions inspire us to bring object representation, painting and collage together in relation to one another. Using photography and acrylic paint, we approach the fine color application of realistic painting techniques

To the exhibition RICHARD GERSTL

Wednesday, April 19 + 26 + MAY 3, 4:00-5:30 pm

The colorfulness and the wild color application in Richard Gerstl’s images inspire us to attempt to apply colors we have created ourselves to paper. Participants get an idea of how it is possible to paint strongly expressive images by deliberately leaving out details


AGE 12–15

To the exhibition RENÉ MAGRITTE

Thursday, March 16 + 23 + 30, 4:00-5:30 pm

How does an idea, a question or a vision become an image? And how does Magritte paint things that he wants to name but not to show? We get to the bottom of the mysteries in his puzzling works and find solutions for our own works using various different techniques

Thursday, May 11 + 18 + JUNE 1, 4:00-5:30 pm.

The relationships between words and images, from the visible to the invisible in Magritte’s works, prompt pictorial experimentation with concepts and writing in the image. Personal ideas become typographical representations in acrylic on canvas and other techniques

To the exhibition RICHARD GERSTL

Thursday, April 20 + 27 + MAY 4, 4:00-5:30 pm

Expressionist color application and the abstract handling of shapes – what do these concepts mean? By leaving out and simplifying, we come closer to the concept of abstraction and test out how color and material can be made to express inner worlds


AGE 15–19+

To the exhibition RENÉ MAGRITTE

Friday, March 10 + 17, 5:00-7:00 pm

Magritte as a conjurer of enigmatic images inspires us to perceive things differently. With hands, feet and fingers we create “Körperklänge” or “sounds of the body”, which disrupt habitual ways of thinking and moving and counter the everyday and the familiar with something unexpected. We experience rhythm and order as a clear structure although not always unambiguously. Course leader: Christian Lunscken

Friday, MAY 12 + 19 + JUNE 2, 5:00-7:00 pm

Magritte’s works provide orientation and inspiration for a pictorial confrontation of personally relevant themes. In the design of individual works, participants can make use of the broad spectrum of materials from the Schirn Studio as well as diverse artistic techniques

To the exhibition RICHARD GERSTL

Friday, April 21+ 28 + MAY 5, 5:00-7:00 pm

By jointly addressing the concepts of expression, abstraction and self-examination, we will explore overriding themes that give all the participants sufficient space, time and ideas to search for their personal standpoint