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. 

If your product(s) is selected to become part of the TUMO Studios collection, you will receive a percentage of the profit from its sales. 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

Pattern making

20.01.2021 – 13.02.2021

The technical course will guide you through the fundamentals of pattern making, teaching you how to work with different materials and showing you how to translate your vision into a reality. Upon acceptance, students will work with TUMO Studios staff to build their personal schedule.

Jewelry making

20.01.2021 – 13.02.2021

This technical course will guide you through the fundamentals of jewelry making, teaching you how to work with different materials and showing you how to translate your vision into a reality. Upon acceptance, students will work with TUMO Studios staff to build their personal schedule.

Quilt making with Nelli Astvatsatrian

20.01.2021 – 13.02.2021

“Home” has become a charged topic this year, with the war in Artsakh and the refugee fallout highlighting the contrast of quarantining safely in our homes. This collaborative workshop led by Nelli Astvatsarian invites our community to reflect on what “home” means to them – a person, a place, an object, a word – and to translate it into a quilt. Quilting is a powerful communal act, and in bringing individuals together to think about the convergence of personal and collective memory, the quilt becomes a physical testament loaded with history that can be passed down from generation to generation.

The one month workshop will start on June 28th and will meet Monday to Friday, from 11am-2pm.

Apply by June 22nd.

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Create paper objects with Sahar Hafda

20.01.2021 – 13.02.2021

Lebanese designer Sahar Hafda’s work is diverse in its formats and aesthetics, but consistent in its material — paper. In her three-week atelier, TUMO Studios students will be introduced to both classical and innovative techniques for making paper pulp and paper clay, and for crafting 3D creations. Participants will explore Armenian flora and fauna to create designer objects.

The atelier will take place July 13-30, Monday to Friday, 11am to 2pm.

Apply by July 4th.