The Architecture School of Toledo launched in 2014 a series of workshops aiming to complement student’s training with playful and creative activities. Theater, writing, music and engraving workshops were created. This exhibition shows the work developed during these years by the students of the engraving workshop. In this workshop students can freely experiment with different engraving and printing techniques. Therefore, the exhibition that is now presented is very varied in terms of style. The exhibition mainly gathers works of etching and linoleum and also some monotypes stamped in different supports and materials.

Juan Mera, headmster at Toledo’s Architecture School, explains the origin of these workshops:

Architecture students had lost the opportunity to learn essential techniques that during history had proved to be fundamental as expressing tools of the architecture work. The art and technique of engraving letters, drawings or shapes on a surface, using instruments such as chisels and other sharp objects, were a mean of expression for  artists such as Dürer, Rembrandt or Goya. Although drawing has always been important in architecture, the dedication to it has been reduced recently in favor of computer techniques. The use of computers is essencial but it has been proved not to be the best thinking instrument.

However, during these years of building the School of Toledo EAT, we have seen that the expert use of the hands, the knowledge of light and shadow, the study of the history of painting and art, the love for the manual and mechanical work including engraving, provides the student with wings to express the ideas. Engraving, despised in architecture’s teaching here and there, is in our opinion fundamental, and our workshop has become one of the signs of identity of our School. We will persevere. We will continue to increase the dedication to drawing, because no student can become an architect without focussing in it.

It is an honor. It is very exciting to see this clear and enjoyable sample of small pieces of art, in a revolutionary exhibition pursuing collective knowledge. Soon these exhibitions will be claimed as examples of pedagogical value.

Opening February the 7th

Exhibition from the 7th until the 9th of February in Pavilion