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

community table design

Duration: August 22 – September 2
Scheduling: Monday – Friday, 11:00 – 15:00

Deadline to apply: August 14

This atelier led by Borgi Bastormagi will explore the creation of a site specific furniture item that blurs the boundary between furniture and architecture. Students will work hands-on with different techniques to design a community table while also analyzing the space and understanding the needs of the owners and their clientele. The designed pieces will be conceptualized using context, space and scenography as design tools.

CERAMICS IN SISIAN

Duration: August 29 – September 1
Deadline to apply: August 21

Want to travel to Sisian for 4 days to learn from cofounder of Sisian Ceramics, Vahagn Hambardzumyan? Register for this atelier to learn how to dig and process Armenian clay, use a pottery wheel, and fire pottery outdoors.

Transportation and lodging will be provided by TUMO Studios.

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.

SKETCHING

Duration: June 13 – August 25
Scheduling: Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 – 15:00
Deadline to apply: June 5

Duration: June 13 – August 25
Scheduling: Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 – 15:00
Deadline to apply: June 5

Explore the language of sketching! TUMO Studios is offering a technical course where you’ll learn how to sketch figures and clothes. During the course, you’ll acquire basic sketching skills and learn how to bring your designs to life.