Teacher Workshop: World of Forms


Teachers create art during a workshop
Photo © MCA Chicago


The new exhibition Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac contains prototypes and study drawings alongside three-dimensional objects created by these renowned designers. These studies are evidence of a process that help the Bouroullecs land on resolved forms for new objects. Intuitions about scale, volume, and overlap are explored through lineweight, color, and shading, then translated from two-dimensions into three and back again.

The Bouroullecs liken this process to that of “natural scientists who investigate and continually retest the forms of their own array of ideas with a spirit of curiosity.” How can we ignite this same kind of curiosity and instill a patience and passion for process in our classrooms?

Led by small-batch design brand ODLCO, participants will translate abstract study drawings produced during the workshop into three-dimensional forms using an array of materials and methods.

ODLCO is a small batch design brand founded by Caroline Linder and Lisa Smith in 2011, after a number of years working to produce design exhibitions, workshops, and pop up shops in Chicago. ODLCO works with independent designers and regional manufacturers to produce small runs of household products with an adventurous spirit.

NOTE: MCA teacher programs are free for Illinois teachers. Participants receive CPDUs. Vouchers for free parking in the MCA garage are provided pending availability.


Support for teacher programs at the MCA is generously provided by the Polk Bros. Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Crown Family Philanthropies and Discover.