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 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, emboidery 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

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

Level up to an advanced technical course. You will 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 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 in our focus areas are required.

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. Technical courses in Module 1 and a complimentary design atelier for new students are free of charge. 

In order to maintain enrollment, we do require Module 2 students to commit to the program with a $300 security deposit. Upon completion of the program — after the year-long residency — the security deposit is returned in full. 

If the program is not completed, the security deposit is not returned.

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 ten focus areas led by a visiting expert from Armenia or abroad.

Design ateliers are anywhere from two weeks to one month long. When in session, they take place five days a week — Monday through Friday — between the hours of 3:30 and 8:30 pm.

Design ateliers are announced one month 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 Saturday between 11:00 am and 8:00 pm. Each technical course and design atelier has its own schedule and hour requirements.

Typically, design ateliers take place Monday through Friday, 3:30 – 8:00 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.

Products that you design may become part of the TUMO Studios collection. For those that do, you will receive a percentage of the profits from their sales. Your commission will be added to your security deposit and given to you upon completing the program.

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

People who are new to the program may enroll in a complimentary design atelier, provided that there is space. After that, if you wish to join the program, you will enroll in Module 1.

UPCOMING DESIGN ATELIERS

CREATIVE RESEARCH LAB

Duration: November 29 – February 25
Scheduling: Monday to Thursday, 18:00 – 21:00
Deadline to apply: November 21

Let your imagination run wild with TUMO Studios students Lily Mehrabyan and Mariam Emeksizyan. After studying fashion design at the École Duperré Paris, they’re back to lead a creative research lab that will unleash your artistic potential. In the atelier, you’ll experiment with any medium of your choice and adopt an interdisciplinary approach to your work. The atelier is a free-form exploration of various artistic techniques and disciplines as opposed to a focus on one medium or final product.

LINO PRINTING

Duration: November 29 – December 10
Scheduling: Monday to Friday, 15:00 – 19:00
Deadline to apply: November 21

Create lino prints centered on the topic of “the city” with Swiss artist Marcel Mayer. Students will experiment with lino carving tools, mix colors, and learn about transferring drawings onto the printing plate. Each student will design and make a portfolio of lino prints.

UPCOMING technical courses

POTTERY MAKING

Duration: 1 year; starts December 13th
Schedule: Flexible; twice a week from Monday to Friday; between 13:00 – 20:00
Deadline to apply: November 30th

Duration: 1 year; starts December 13th
Schedule: Flexible; twice a week from Monday to Friday; between 13:00 – 20:00
Deadline to apply: November 30th

Grab some clay and get ready for the new technical course in pottery making! In this year-long 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.