Student: Oh, what’s the difference?
Professor: Well, the Bauhaus is not really an artistic style like cubism.
It was the name of an art and design school in Germany in the early 20th century.
The Bauhaus was started as an experiment in education, and one ground-breaking technique used in its teaching was that students actively participated in workshops instead of just sitting in classes.
Student: Interesting! I don’t have much background in art or anything.
I’m an economics major and I’m taking this class as an elective, decided I wanted to broaden my awareness, try something new!
Professor: Excellent! I’m really glad to hear that.
Student: So, was the focus of the Bauhaus architecture, I mean, I studied German and Bauhaus translates into house for building...
Professor: Well, the founding director was an architect.
However, he aimed to combine an incredibly broad variety of fine arts and crafts under one artistic roof.
As a matter of fact, when the Bauhaus first opened, it was without any architecture department for several years.
But later, it became very influential in architecture.
Student: So I wasn’t all wrong.
Professor: You’ll see on the syllabus that you are required to visit the Rutherford Museum exhibit.