ateliers de la creation (studios of creation)
education, training & workshops

Initiated by the Center Pompidou and IRCAM, this artistic educational project Ateliers de la creation (Studios of Creation) has a simple but demanding ambition: to offer students of professional lycées, far from the world of art and its institutions, a dive at the heart of the most contemporary creation.


Ateliers de la creation (Studios of Creation) is a trans-disciplinary project designed for teenagers aged 15 to 17 combining the discovery of visual and sound arts.

This project is developed during one year, and is aimed at young people studying in secondary school for vocational training. During more than twenty hours of workshops, completed by meetings with contemporary artists and performances, students explore a visual arts work (typically a painting or sculpture) from week to week to go beyond their spontaneous first reactions by analyzing it, understanding the techniques and context in which the work was created.

A sonic personal interpretation of the work is created based on the concepts derived from an analysis of the work. Through this gradual appropriation of the work the student becomes a mediator of the work for another public on the occasion of a presentation in an exhibition space.

In 2016-2017 more than 50 students from the following French professional training schools participated in the project:

-Lycée Métiers du Bois – Paris, France: training dedicated to the mastery of woodcrafts.

-Lycée des Métiers de l’Hotellerie et de la Gastronomie – Dardilly, France : training in hotel management and gastronomy.

Lycée Polyvalent Augustin Cournot – Gray, France: training in computer programming.

Lycée Agricole Granvelle – Dannemare-Sur-Crete: training in agricultural production.

Lycée Polyvalent Jean Macé – Vitry-Sur-Seine: training in administrative management.

In partnership with the following cultural organizations: Mac/Val Museum (Val-deMarne), FRAC (Besançon), IAC (Villeurbanne), Grame (Lyon), Centre Pompidou (Paris).

The Ateliers de la creation (Studios of Creation) are based on the idea of choosing a provocative work of art, obtaining the intuitive reactions of young students unfamiliar with the art world, recording sounds from the students training environment, and – finally – asking the students to produce a sonic work reflecting their reactions to the art work. This process takes place over several months and culminates with presentations by the students themselves in front of the students from the other schools.

The works studied by the students:

  • -L’Ours by Leonid Sokov
  • -What the Living Do by Jason Dodge
  • -Vu by Mimmo Rotella
  • -Walt Disney Production by Bertrand Lavier
  • -Maria Callas by Ange Lecca

The sonic works produced were of surprising quality given the absence of formal training in music or related disciplines. For some students verbal expression was a real challenge since most were doing this for the first time in their lives. Many students expressed the fact that the project opened new vistas for them from the point of view of music and art appreciation.