Studios of Creation

Courses that unite the visual arts, the arts of sound, and new technologies

Since 2007, the “Studios of Creation” have had a simple, but demanding, goal: offer students in professional high schools, far from the world of art and its institutions, a dive into the heart of contemporary creation throughout an entire school year, simultaneously addressing the visual arts, the arts of sound, and new technologies for creation.

Initiated by the Centre Pompidou and IRCAM, this artistic education program has expanded since 2010 with the participation of several structures outside Paris. For more than 20 hours, at school and in the museum, through encounters with artists and performances, the students explore a work of art over several weeks. They go beyond their first impression and analyze the materials, the processes at work in the artwork, learn to use techniques for sound capture and work in the studio, refine their sight and hearing.

Students develop a new relationship with their daily lives, with the professional world; they test the creative process through the creation of a sound scene imagined like a personal reading of a visual artwork. Through this progressive appropriation, the students themselves become the intermediary between the artworks and another audience, the employees of the company where they are interns during a presentation of the project, but also during a full day of presentations held every year at IRCAM and the Centre Pompidou.

Students in vocational and agricultural high schools
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In partnership with the Grame, Centre national de création musical. With the support of the Interfaces network, subventionné par le programme Europe Créative de l'Union européenne.

Restitution des Ateliers de la Création 2021 avec le Grame

2020-2021 Project

Project Presentation

Despite the current health situation, the students at the lycée Guynemer in a program specialized in maintenance, materials, construction and materials handling were able to carry out their project during the year by adapting it. They discovered, remotely, works at the musée de Grenoble in order to carry out their project with the composer Frédéric Kahn. They chose to work with Cabin Fever by Duncan Wylie. Wylie was born in Zimbabwe and works in Paris and London; his visual research focuses on architecture and ruins. His works generally show a destructed world, an empty world void of all human presence.

Cabin Fever, 2009, huile sur toile, 207 x 300cm. Collection Musée de Grenoble, France

The final presentation was not able to be held in Paris this year due to Covid, but a day was able to be organized on May 27th in Grenoble. The event was held at the museum with the artist who came especially for the day. Duncan Wylie presented the work to the students in real life and they were able to discuss their interpretations of the work, talk with the artist, and present their sound piece to him.


The  MMCM Class (Maintenance Matériaux Construction et Manutention

Founded by Pierre Alain Jaffrennou and James Giroudon in 1982, today Grame is one of the six centers that make up the network of national centers for musical creation, a label created by the French Ministry of Culture in 1997.

Grame's main mission is to facilitate the conception and realization of new musical works, in a context of transversality between the arts, and synergy between the arts and sciences.

Grame is a place of reception and residence for composers, performers, researchers, and artists of diverse disciplines committed to a process of innovation. They find a high-level technical environment, accompanied by artistic and technological assistance. About twenty French and foreign composers, as well as various artistic teams, are invited for residencies during each season.

Creations and combinations are presented in a variety of instrumental forms, from soloists to large ensembles. The new productions cover forms as much related to concerts as to performances, opera, or exhibitions with sound and visual installations.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the musée de Grenoble, thanks to the wealth and quality of its collection of antiquities, was already considered one of the great museums of France. Under the leadership of Andry-Farcy, its curator from 1919 to 1949, it became the first museum of modern art.

While the museum's mission is to preserve and study its permanent collection and in so doing contribute to the advancement of knowledge and research, it also has the responsibility of expanding its collections through a proactive and informed acquisition policy.  The museum's scientific and cultural project aims to make its heritage accessible to the widest possible audience, to design and implement educational and dissemination activities to ensure equal access to culture for all, and to enhance the value of its collections through exhibitions.

Documentaire réalisé sur le projet du lycée de Guynemer, par Gre.Mag, le webzine de la ville de Grenoble

Commitments of the label

The projects that conform to the "Les Ateliers de la creation" label must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet the project’s objectives  (multidisciplinary, ambition to train students, teaching methods focused on an aesthetic experience and work on art)
  • Create a coherent and explicit project based on the school’s context and project in collaboration with local cultural partners
  • Commit to a well-thought out pedagogical project that will be documented so the experience and results can be shared on the web platform.

The Centre Pompidou and IRCAM offer:

  • Expertise offered to the project coordinators from setting up the project to the project’s implementation and action, assistance with reflection on the pedagogical project
  • Students and project coordinators can participate in a day-long presentation that brings together all the classes that took part in the project.
  • Financial aid to facilitate the documentation of the project and the trip to Paris at the end of the year

How can I take part in the project?

To obtain the "Les Ateliers de la creation" label, you must send a dossier with the following elements:

  • The names and addresses of the school and cultural partners selected in the region
  • The class’ specialty and level
  • A presentation of the members of the project’s team members, including the instructors involved in the project, cultural mediators, and teacher-coordinator
  • A statement (4,000 – 6,000 characters long) addressing:
    - The project’s aim
    - An explanation of how the project’s methodology and objectives relate to the pilot project “The Studios of Creation” (common or specific axes, new organizational suggestions, contents, documentation)
    - The articulation of the project with that of the school, and its inclusion in the educational policy of the cultural partners
    - A provisional calendar indicating the dates IRCAM and the Centre Pompidou will be involved

Criteria for selection rely primarily on: 

  • The pertinence of the suggested project in regards to the major educational priorities of the pilot project
  • The suitability of the project in regards to the school’s educational project
  • The uniqueness with which the project formulates these educational priorities in a specific project that fosters shared reflections
  • The soundness and implication of the cultural partners in the project
  • The teacher team’s motivation