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These video clips provide inspiration for artistic projects using simple materials that can be found in any household. In the workshops, for example, a graphic motif from the exhibition traverses different art forms, manifesting as a painting, a work of handicraft, and a sculpture. Of course, there are no rules to which motifs you can choose!

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#1 Graphic Arts – pick your motif

In the graphic arts, which includes both drawing and printmaking, significant technical innovations were made during the late Gothic era. This allowed motifs and subject matter to travel, spreading across vast distances and transforming along the way. In the first workshop, we experiment with how you can pick out a motif and transform it using your own ideas and simple materials.

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#2 Sculpture – your motif becomes spatial

In the late Gothic period sculptures are mainly found in the context of the decoration of churches and monasteries. Altarpieces tell biblical stories. Sculptures depict Jesus, Mary or saints. Three-dimensional works of art – carved from wood, chiseled from stone, cast in iron or modeled in clay. In the second workshop, your motif will be turned into a spatial work of art with a modeling clay you can make yourself.

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#3 Craft – your motif in silver

From gold and silver, ivory and enamel, silk and precious stones, small works of art were produced in the late Gothic period – for ornamentation and for use. For Churches, for example, there were precious chalices, crosses or containers for relics. Artful objects were also made for rich citizens for private use. In the third workshop, your motif will become a small piece of jewelry, made from a beverage carton.

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#4 Painting – your motif in color

How did people paint more than five hundred years ago, when there were no colors from a tube? In the past, painters had to make their own paints – from paint powder. These powders were made, for example, from earth, semi-precious stones, plants, or even lice blood and rubbed with eggs. In the fourth workshop, the paint is mixed for your motif. You will find the powder in your spice rack.

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