TUMO S T U D I O S

PUTTING YOUR MARK ON CONTEMPORARY ARMENIAN DESIGN

If you have a burning passion for creating and designing, join us and our network of acclaimed designers and artisans to shape your own Armenian-inspired contemporary products.

At TUMO Studios, you will acquire new technical and design skills and gain hands-on practice in product creation. You will work towards developing your own product line, which you will be able to promote in partnership with TUMO Studios or get assistance in creating your own brand and personal studio.

BECOME A STUDENT

TUMO Studios offers free of charge technical courses and design ateliers for imaginative individuals looking to tap into their artistic potential. If you have a burning passion for creating and designing and are between the ages of 16 and 28, join us and our network of internationally acclaimed designers to shape your own artisanal, Armenian-inspired products while putting your own mark on contemporary Armenian design.

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PROGRAM

The TUMO Studios educational program consists of technical courses and design ateliers. You will determine your own pace, designing a personal schedule around the standard program timeline.

Build up your skills in a beginner level technical course. Technical courses are currently available in jewelry making, ceramics, pattern making, embroidery, and silk screen printing.
In parallel to the technical course, you will be able to participate in design ateliers with local and international experts.

Duration of a technical course: 3 – 12 months
Minimum requirement: 1 technical course

Hone your craft by participating in design ateliers and diving deeper into a focus area. With each atelier you complete you will add more products to your portfolio, and will round out your set of skills and knowhow.
Students are required to participate in a minimum of 1 technical course and 12 design ateliers to complete the TUMO Studios educational program.

Duration of a design atelier: 2 – 4 weeks
Minimum requirement: 12 design ateliers

If you complete at least 1 technical course and 12 design ateliers, you will have the opportunity to design and produce an original collection of products for TUMO Studios and showcase your work in exhibitions.

Duration of residency: 1 year

In parallel to your studies, you will have many opportunities to advance and improve your craftsmanship and design skills. TUMO Studios provides students who have shown commitment and excellence with opportunities to study abroad, do internships with renowned designers, work on product development and production, and take part in exhibitions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Anyone residing in Armenia and between the ages of 16 and 28 can become a TUMO Studios student. No prior knowledge or background is required to participate in our technical courses.

Design ateliers require some basic experience. For participation, you will be asked to provide a selection of your work.

Apply to become a TUMO Studios student by completing an application form online or in person at TUMO Studios.

TUMO Studios technical courses and design ateliers are free of charge.

TUMO Studios currently offers technical courses in jewelry making, ceramics, pattern making, embroidery, and printmaking. Two admissions rounds are held per year for technical courses in April and October. The technical courses are taught by permanent staff at TUMO Studios.

Each technical course has different schedules. Students will have the flexibility to determine their own schedules when fulfilling them. For example, students can work in three hour sessions, two times a week. Schedules are provided upon acceptance.

Students may take more than one technical course at a time, provided that they complete the designated hours for each.

*Technical courses do not limit the kind of design ateliers that can be taken later. For example, a student who has taken a technical course in jewelry making may participate in a printmaking design atelier.

A design atelier is an educational workshop in any of our focus areas led by a visiting expert from Armenia or abroad.

Design ateliers last between two weeks and one month long, and they are held throughout the year. When in session, they take place five days a week, Monday through Friday, 11:00 – 15:00 or 16:00 – 20:00.

Design ateliers are announced two to three weeks ahead of their start date. Space is limited and enrollment depends on the requirements of the atelier and the portfolio submitted by the applicant.

Students are required to participate in a minimum of 1 technical course and 12 design ateliers to complete the TUMO Studios educational program.

Completing the full educational program can take anywhere from two to three years depending on the study pace of the student and the duration of the courses.

By participating in the TUMO Studios program, you gain technical and design skills around a certain craft and create your own portfolio of products.

You will learn from expert artisans and designers, have opportunities to study abroad, participate in internships, gain employment and exhibit your work publicly.

UPCOMING DESIGN ATELIERS

Creating Artbooks

Duration: First stage: March 11-15, Second stage: March 18 – 29
Scheduling: Monday thru Friday, 16:00 – 20:00

Deadline to apply: March 3
Language: English

Beginning March 11th, an artbook creation atelier will be held at TUMO Studios under the leadership of Tomasz Laczny. Tomasz, who is a visual artist, researcher, storyteller, bookmaker, and educator, will be traveling from London to lead this atelier. His recent artbooks encompass a retrospective exploration of family history and archives.

During this atelier, participants will collaborate with Tomasz to delve into the art of storytelling and craft their own books. Do not worry if you do not have a story in mind; assistance will be provided.

The atelier will unfold in two stages. The first stage caters to those without a predefined story. TUMO Studios’ team will guide you through a week-long process to develop your narrative. Following this, all participants will spend two weeks with Tomasz, focusing on design principles, selection of the visuals, editing and layout design. Next, students will transition to the physical creation of their books, involving binding exercises, cover design, and printing.

This atelier welcomes students engaged in photography, drawing, design, graphic arts, storytelling and anyone intrigued by the idea of translating their story into book form.

PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY

Duration: February 12 – 23
Scheduling: Monday through Friday, 16:00 – 20:00

Deadline to apply: January 28
Language: Armenian

Let’s learn how to best showcase the product you’ve created!

TUMO Studios is launching a product photography atelier under the leadership of Anna Mkrtchyan.

Anna has been behind the TUMO Studios camera for years and is the author of all the photos you see on our social platforms. All credits to our aesthetic shots go to her.

During the atelier, students will learn how to showcase products, select photos for their portfolios, explore the history of photography from its inception, practice working with cameras, and discover new perspectives for the application of product photography.

Theory

Crafting a Compelling Brand Identity

Duration: September 18 – 26
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 12։00-15։00
Deadline to apply: September 10
Language: English

TUMO Studios will be hosting Vardui Grigoryan, a creative marketing strategist, to lead the “Crafting a Compelling Brand Identity” atelier.

This atelier aims to empower participants with the knowledge and skills to create a comprehensive brand identity and voice that can be applied to various aspects of business, such as marketing, social media management, and packaging design. Through practical exercises, interactive sessions, and expert guidance, the participants will learn to develop a cohesive brand strategy that resonates with their target audience.

Apply before September 3. The atelier will take place from September 18 to 26, Monday through Friday, 12։00-15։00.

Ceramics

Duration: 12 months (April – March)
Schedule: 4 hours weekly
Deadline to apply: March 26
Language: Armenian
Led by: Vardan Aghabekyan

Duration: 12 months
Schedule: 4 hours weekly
Deadline to apply: March 26
Language: Armenian
Led by: Vardan Aghabekyan

The ceramics technical course at TUMO Studios starts with feeling the clay in your hands, crafting the details of the final product, and ends with becoming a pro at the pottery wheel.

The course will take place at TUMO Studios (Pushkin 38).

UPCOMING technical courses

Jewelry Making

Duration: April 15 – October 3 (6 months)
Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 4 hours weekly (11:00 – 13:00 or 14:00 – 16:00)

Deadline to apply: February 25
Language: Armenian
Led by: Shushan Ayvazyan

Start creating the jewelry you’ve always looked for! You’ll learn the fundamentals of jewelry making by working with different materials and translating your vision into a reality.

The courses will take place at TUMO Studios (Pushkin 38).

Schedules are selected by participants upon acceptance.

Embroidery technical course 2024

Embroidery

Duration: April 15 – April 4 (12 months)
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 18:00 – 20:00

Deadline to apply: March 26
Language: Armenian
Led by: Mariam Gharibyan

During the 12 month technical course, you will learn about crochet, macramé, and five types of Armenian embroidery styles: Urfa, Sebastia, Marash, Van, and Ayntap.

The courses will take place at TUMO Studios (Pushkin 38).

Silkscreen Printing

Duration: April – July (3 months)
Schedule: Monday and Thursday, (13:30 – 16:00 or 11:30 – 14:00)

Deadline to apply: March 26
Language: Armenian
Led by: Armine Margaryan

During the course, you will get the practical knowledge of silk screen printing and learn how to transfer your designs onto materials like fabric or paper.

The courses will take place at TUMO Studios (Pushkin 38).