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 internationally acclaimed leaders to shape your own handmade, Armenian-inspired products.

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 leaders to shape your own handmade, Armenian-inspired products while putting your own mark on contemporary Armenian design.

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PROGRAM

The TUMO Studios educational program consists of three modules and a residency. While our program model includes an approximate timeline, you will determine your own pace through the modules.

Build up your skills in a beginner level technical course. Technical courses are available in jewelry making, pottery, fashion, embroidery and printmaking. In parallel to your technical course, you will be able to participate in design ateliers with local and international experts.

Duration: 3 to 6 months

Level up to an advanced technical course. Specialize in a focus area and start building a portfolio of products. 

Beginning in Module 2, you also have the opportunity to work at TUMO Studios producing our products.

Duration: 6 to 9 months

Hone your craft by participating in more design ateliers and diving deeper into a focus area. The more ateliers under your belt, the more products in your portfolio and the more you learn. By the end of this module, you should have participated in 12 to 15 design ateliers.

Duration: 6 to 9 months

Finally, you will complete a year-long Residency. You will design and produce an original collection of products for TUMO Studios and showcase your work in group exhibitions. You will learn about production, marketing and sales. As a resident, you will have access to internship opportunities in Armenia and beyond.

Duration: 1 year

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

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

Apply to become a TUMO Studios student by completing an application form online or in person at TUMO Studios. 
At TUMO Studios, there are no deadlines to join the program. Students are admitted on a rolling basis.

TUMO Studios is a nonprofit educational program. Our technical courses and design ateliers are free of charge.

TUMO Studios offers technical courses in jewelry making, pottery, fashion, embroidery and printmaking. They are taught by permanent staff at TUMO Studios. Each course has three levels — beginner, intermediate, advanced — and gives students a foundation of skills that prepares them for design ateliers.

Each technical course has different hour requirements. Students will have the flexibility to determine their own schedules when fulfilling them. 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 down the line. For example, a student who has taken a technical course in jewelry making may participate in a printmaking 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 are from two weeks to one month long. When in session, they take place five days a week — Monday through Friday — between the hours of 11 am and 8 pm.

Design ateliers are announced two to three weeks ahead of their start date. Space is limited and enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis.

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

Completing the full educational program can take anywhere from two to three years.

TUMO Studios is open Monday through Friday between 11 am and 8 pm. Each technical course and design atelier has its own schedule and hour requirements.

Typically, design ateliers take place Monday through Friday between 11 am – 3 pm or 4 pm – 8 pm. Students in technical courses have the flexibility to determine their own schedules. For example, students can work in three hour sessions, two to three times a week.

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

You will learn from expert artisans and designers, have access to internship and employment opportunities and exhibit your work publicly.

Copyright of all items designed and made in our program belongs to TUMO Studios.

People who are new to the program may enroll in our design ateliers, provided that there is space.

UPCOMING DESIGN ATELIERS

CERAMICS

Duration: May 30 – June 10
Scheduling: Monday – Friday, 11:00 – 15:00
Deadline to apply: May 22

Explore various underglaze techniques with ceramic artist Chie Fujii. First, you’ll explore multicultural patterns and turn them into a collage. Later, you’ll transfer your patterns onto clay using underglaze techniques.

JEWELRY DESIGN

Duration: June 6 – June 17 
Scheduling: Monday – Friday, 15:00 – 19:00
Deadline to apply: May 22

Who said jewelry design only involves metal? Join designer Cristina Zani to create necklaces by experimenting with different kinds of wood. After sketching out your prototype idea and learning how to work with wood as your main material, you’ll develop your custom piece.

PRINTMAKING

Duration: May 30 – June 10
Scheduling: Monday – Friday, 16:00 – 20:00
Deadline to apply: May 22

In Herbert Maier’s atelier at TUMO Studios, you’ll dive into the world of printmaking. After learning all about the history of etching, you’ll explore different techniques like mezzotint, soft ground, and sugar sprinkling to create your own prints.

ACCESSORY DESIGN

Duration: May 16 – June 3
Scheduling: Monday – Friday, 11:00 – 15:00
Deadline to apply: May 9

Get to know yourself through the world of accessories. Design your own sustainable accessory pieces using various eco-friendly materials and explore your identity as an artist during the creative process.

UPCOMING technical courses

PATTERN MAKING

Duration: 9 months
Start Date: June 13
Deadline to apply: June 5
Scheduling: 3 hours weekly; students will create their own schedules upon acceptance

Duration: 9 months
Start Date: June 13
Deadline to apply: June 5
Scheduling: 3 hours weekly; students will create their own schedules upon acceptance

If you dream of becoming a fashion designer, this technical course is for you! During the 9 months, you’ll create patterns for everything from skirts and blouses to coats and jackets. You’ll also learn to sew and do the finishing on your pieces.

CERAMICS

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: March 14
Deadline to apply: March 6

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: March 14
Deadline to apply: March 6

Grab some clay and get ready for the new technical course in pottery making! In this technical course, you’ll learn all of the essentials about ceramics: hand building, wheel throwing, glazing, and even specific techniques like fusing. Upon acceptance, students will work with TUMO Studios staff to build their personal schedules.