Internationale Sommerakademie für Kunst und Design

Program 2020

will be released at the beginning of december 2019

Program 2019 2019




2 Weeks / 21.7.—04.8.2019
€ 680 (
student discount € 530)

Scribble for life

In this course expressive drawing and writing meets the full spectrum of colourful and spacious expression possibilities of painting



2 Weeks / 21.7.—04.8.2019
€ 680 (
student discount € 530)

Real Abstraction, Abstract Reality

Different techniques will be introduced and tested as to how colour, beyond the paintbrush, can be applied to canvas, in the endeavor to explore a new imagery



2 Weeks / 21.7.—04.8.2019
€ 680 (
student discount € 530)

In Search of the Boundaries of Abstraction

In a search for the balance and boundary, in individual approaches, between the figurative and the abstract, in order to develop a personal, visual style and, accordingly, attribute expression, to a series of paintings



2 Weeks / 21.7.—04.8.2019
€ 680 (
student discount € 530)

Drawing in Public Space

We illustrate people, animals and plants, which enliven the public space while we practice to apply the essentials to paper with ease and confidence



2 Weeks / 21.7.—04.8.2019
€ 680 (
student discount € 530)

Serendipity Days

Wandering about in a state of intensified perception or just sitting around with a sketchbook, grasping whatever one may encounter. These could be either figures, words, light and shadows, colours or associations, we’ll see



2 Weeks / 21.7.—04.8.2019
€ 680 (
student discount € 530)

Portrait of a Place

We look for a common place (Alster, harbour, a street, etc.) which leaves us enough space for differing photographic approaches. These can be portraits, documentaries, architecture



2 Weeks / 21.7.—04.8.2019
€ 680 (
student discount € 530)

Urban Hacking

This course deals with artistic interventions in public space. It deals with actions or amendments, which playfully refer to local characteristics. Every technique is an artistic tool: Performances, Paste Ups, Stencils, Performances, Urban Knitting, Paper Works, Photo Collage, Sticker Art



2 Weeks / 21.7.—04.8.2019
€ 680 (
student discount € 530)

Stone Sculpting

Stone is, despite its resistance, also within a brief period, a certainly malleable material, from which an individual form of expression can be developed. Each productive step, the usage of tools will be conveyed to each participant individually, in every respective situation



2 Weeks / 21.7.—04.8.2019
€ 680 (
student discount € 530)

Creatures and Critters

Dreams and imagination, or the exact observation of nature, lead to drafts and sketches. These create the basis with which we elaborate in the first part of the course a series of little wax sculptures, either figuratively or abstract. One of the creations will be moulded in bronze by means of melting



2 Weeks / 21.7.—04.8.2019
€ 680 (
student discount € 530)

No Comment On That

We want to dedicate ourselves to a combination of an image-word-object, meaning to deal with word(s) in an image, or object. Not as a necessary evil, but as an unequivocal position



2 Weeks / 21.7.—04.8.2019
€ 680 (
student discount € 530)

Print-Graphics: Relief Printing, Linoleum Printing, Wood Printing

Our adventure begins with a draft, or an idea. There are no limitations. Stamping, etching, stenciling, linoleum, wood, structuring, rough/fine, multi-coloured, black and white, etc. …etc.



2 Weeks / 21.7.—04.8.2019
€ 480

Portfolio Course / Creative Processes

This course deal with drawing, painting, collaging, constructing, arranging, photography, nude studies and filming. The participants learn how to deal with differing techniques and media, as well making themselves familiar with workstragegies


public workshops, lectures & exhibitions

Online Application

Terms and Conditions 




Opening and start of courses
Sunday, 21.7.2019, from 14.00 Uhr, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Armgartstr. 24, 22087 Hamburg

Sunday, 4.8.2019, 11.00 - 16.00 Uhr, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Armgartstr. 24, 22087 Hamburg


Registration opens
Application is possible until the beginning of the Pentiment as long as there is still space available in the courses.

Proof of basic artistic qualification is required for participation. Therefore, samples of art work must be submitted with the application. On the basis of these samples, the admissions committee will assess the conditions of participation with respect to the courses chosen by the applicants.
If a course is overfilled, a selection of participants will be made.
Work samples also serve guest professors as helpful advance information. It is therefore necessary that previous Pentiment participants submit samples of their art work with each new application.

Application Documents

  • Completed application form.

  • 3-10 samples of art work. Work samples as a digital portfolio with the online registration or by mail to:

  • Or: copies, photos or printouts (no larger than DIN A-4) but no original works to: Pentiment // St. Georgs Kirchhof 3 // 20099 Hamburg

(Pentiment cannot accept liability for these documents)

Second Course Choice
As course size is limited, Pentiment recommends applying as soon as possible (from 18 March) and to indicate a second, binding course choice in the event that one's preferred course is overcrowded.

Confirmation of Admission
Upon receipt of all registration documents, Pentiment will send applicants a confirmation of same. Within six weeks after the posting of this confirmation, Pentiment will inform each applicant whether (s)he has been admitted to the summerprogramme. From this point on Pentiment cancellation policy goes into effect. Tuition is payable to the business office of HAW Hamburg.
Courses for which there are still too few applicants six weeks before the beginning of the programme (i.e. by June 9th 2013) must be cancelled. Applicants will be informed immediately and, with their agreement, assigned their second course choice. If no agreement can be reached, Pentiment will reimburse the applicant in full.

Selection Criteria
The awarding of the course places takes place after evaluation of the submitted work samples by the artistic director Pentiments.


The course fee includes the registration fee amount of € 150. For special classes the amount may differ. This amount will be forfeited in the case of a refund due to resignation from the course participation of Pentiment (see cancellation terms in the terms and conditions). Further costs for work material, accommodation are not included. The course amount can be higher, for example, with supervision by two course instructors, laboratory use or limited number of participants.

Price reductions for apprentices and students
In their first apprenticeship/course of study and who are under 28 years of age generally receive a tuition reduction. Unemployed participants (ALG 1/2) also generally receive a tuition reduction.

Loyalty discount
Pentiment participants receive a 10% discount for their fifth and each directly succeeding participation in the Pentiment summer programme if (s)he has not received another course discount.

All price reductions can be granted only if proof of eligibility is submitted with the application.


International Summer Academy courses are recognized in many German states as educational leave. If one applies for educational leave, Pentiment requires notification of his or her professional title and the state in which (s)he is employed. All questions pertaining to educational leave should be addressed to our office.


Course Schedule and opening times
Pentiment courses last eight classroom periods (six hours, divided into two sessions) every day from Monday to Friday. Course participants can work in classrooms on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and in labs and workshops usually from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday classrooms are open to course participants from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Work in labs and workshops outside normal course hours or at the weekend is possible only by arrangement with the lab or workshop personnel responsible.<br>

Course Size
As a rule courses are limited to 18 participants, in some courses (depending on work conditions, e.g. workshop use) to fewer than 18. In addition assistants and any scholarship holders also participate.

Classrooms and Workareas
Courses are conducted in the two buildings of the Department of Design of Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. The two buildings, “Media Campus Finkenau” and “Fashion Campus Armgartstraße”, are a ten-minute walk from each other. In addition a garden in Armgartstraße and the courtyard of the Finkenau campus can be used, as can the banks of the Eilbek Canal, which borders both buildings.

At the end of the Summer Academy each participant receives a certificate confirming completion of his/her course.

Food and Drinks
The canteens of the Department of Design in the Finkenau building and in the neighbouring Art College are open to Pentiment participants for meals and refreshments.
In addition a Pentiment Cafe offers drinks and snacks and also caters the celebration at the conclusion of the Pentiment summer session.

The library of the Department of Design in Armgartstraße is open to all Pentiment participants during its opening hours.

Additional Costs and Work Materials
Depending on course projects and individual techniques and demands, additional costs might accrue (e.g. for models, excursions, etc.). Most art supplies are available at stores in the near vicinity.

Supporting Programme
Coursework is accompanied by a broad supporting programme including presentations by guest professors, lectures and other on- and off-campus events, films, concerts and parties.

Concluding Exhibition
At the end of the Pentiment Summer Academy session, the work of all the courses will be presented in a public exhibition.


Admissions Criteria
The admissions criteria for Pentiment are not the same as those for study at HAW Hamburg.

Course Cancellation
Pentiment might have to cancel courses due to force majeure or an insufficient number of registrations. If course reassignment is not possible, applicants will be reimbursed for all payments made.

Course Transfer
Changing courses during the Pentiment summer session is not permitted.

After receipt of the binding admission confirmation, withdrawal is possible only on proof of an instance of force majeure (illness, a death in the family, etc.) up to six weeks before the beginning of the Academy session (i.e. up to June 9th 2013). Tuition will then be reimbursed, the admission fee of EUR 150, however, will be withheld. Full charges must be paid after receipt of the admission confirmation in the event of withdrawal for any other reason.

Cancellation Insurance
Pentiment recommends that all applicants take out an insurance policy with a cancellation clause. We will gladly supply further information if desired.

Liability and Health
The Academy cannot be held liable for illness, accidents, theft, etc. which occur during the Penti-ment session. Applicants are personally responsible for the postal delivery and the safekeeping of their art work. Moreover, participants will be held responsible for any damage they may cause during the course. For these reasons, all participants are urgently advised to take out pertinent insurance policies.

Application Fee
The application fee amounts to € 150 and is part of the charges for the course.

Workshops and Labs
Work in workshops and labs is allowed only by arrangement and under the supervision of personnel in charge of these facilities.

Security Measures
Course participants must be aware that allergy-causing substances (e.g. oil paints) are used in courses and that participants are responsible for their own health. The use of terpentine is strictly forbidden. Only course participants, instructors and other HAW personnel are allowed entrance to classrooms and workshops.
Guests may visit the ateliers only after registering in the office and when accompanied by a staff member. Exceptions to this rule are exhibitions and open house.
Pets are not allowed in HAW buildings.

Rules of Comportement
In the rooms of HAW Hamburg which are open to the public, certain rules of safety and behaviour must be observed. All course participants will be informed of these in writing at the beginning of the Summer Academy. Pentiment asks everyone to obey these regulations so that future Academy sessions can also take place in these rooms.