Painting Technique Workshop (material, technique and context)

Annett Stenzel

Werkstatt Maltechnik | Foto: Emmi Heckel

Werkstatt Maltechnik | Foto: Emmi Heckel

Werkstatt Maltechnik | Foto: Emmi Heckel

Werkstatt Maltechnik | Foto: Emmi Heckel

Werkstatt Maltechnik | Foto: Emmi Heckel

Werkstatt Maltechnik | Foto: Emmi Heckel

Werkstatt Maltechnik | Foto: Emmi Heckel

Werkstatt Maltechnik | Foto: Emmi Heckel

Through practical and theoretical approaches, the material and technical aspects of painting in the workshop are conveyed and embedded in their art and cultural-historical, socio-economic, ecological, and scientific contexts.
In addition to the preservation of traditional techniques, as well as the introduction to material science and work safety, a further focus is on the artistic examination of digital aspects of painting.
The courses relate to contemporary issues and develop experimentally from artistic practice.



  • Mosaic: a large selection of mosaic stones, mosaic tongs, spatulas, and sponges.
  • Stained glass: colored antique glass, lead rods, pewter, rim plates
  • Gilding: Gold leaf, silver leaf, gilding tools for all types of gilding
  • Painting techniques: pigments, binders, fillers, canvas, cotton, enamel paints, encaustic, processing tools and equipment


Course content

  • Art & Detox: Hazard awareness and sustainability in the context of materials science and artistic practice
  • From Lascaux to Geneva: a natural history approach to artistic production conditions from the Stone Age to today
  • Blockchain vs. painting block: interactions, possibilities and limitations
  • Mosaic: selection and processing of mosaic stones, fixing with acrylic binder, transfer to final support with cement, paper removal and grouting of the mosaic
  • Stained glass: cutting the glass with glass cutter, joining the glass pieces with lead rods, tinning the end pieces, cementing, soldering out the edge plate
  • Gilding: sealing of the base, application of chalk and poliment, wet and dry grinding, application of leaf metal, agate polishing, protective lacquering
  • Painting technique: material science for substrates, preparation of different primers and colors from pigments and binders, mounting, gluing and priming of picture supports


The workshop is in the process of being redesigned, so course dates will not be announced until the current semester.


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Friday: 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.
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Please note that the opening hours may change at short notice. Current changes will be announced in time by e-mail, on the homepage and at the library entrance.


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